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Not fans of cruising with 2000 of our "favorite people". Did not want roller coasters, dance revues, etc. So we chose UnCruise. Got into small areas: THREE days in Glacier Bay with Ranger Matt, who was passionate, ... Read More
Not fans of cruising with 2000 of our "favorite people". Did not want roller coasters, dance revues, etc. So we chose UnCruise. Got into small areas: THREE days in Glacier Bay with Ranger Matt, who was passionate, informative, and very personable. Inforgettable. All the crew were friendly, informative, considerate, helpful, approachable and knowledgeable. No faults. Kayaking 101!! Lots of fun. It's pretty easy, but learning the paddle stroke helps a lot. You are VERY close to the water, so you get to see animals (sometimes BIG ones, like the humpbacked whale we saw on our first foray, who was (I thought) pretty close to us... but he dived down and resurfaces waayyy behind us. THRILLING!!!! We opted for the "cheap seats" but our cabin was VERY comfortable. No complaints. The water from tap was COLD and delicious! The food was very very good.Fruit was fresh and bright. Breakfast eggs were soft and fluffy (vs some dry "baked" eggs we have had..DRY). Meat and fish (I almost always had "Sea" vs Land. It was perfectly cooked. When I did have meat, it was also perfectly cooked. Open bar. Need I say more? We were SO delighted with this experience that we have booked another UnCruise to the Galapagos for March of 2020. We expect it to be just as fabulous. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
We had previously sailed with Lindblad in the Galapagos Islands with our granddaughters and had a wonderful experience. They wanted to go on another expedition, so we chose Lindblad again, this time to Alaska. The trip was great. Our ... Read More
We had previously sailed with Lindblad in the Galapagos Islands with our granddaughters and had a wonderful experience. They wanted to go on another expedition, so we chose Lindblad again, this time to Alaska. The trip was great. Our granddaughters particularly enjoyed the Explorers program and the naturalist, Jared, who ran the program. The staff and naturalists on board accommodated us beyond our expectations. Of particular interest were the sea mammals - bubble net feeding Humpback whales, sea lions, seals, sea otters and Orca whales. The American Bald Eagles were a pleasure to watch as well. The scenery was magnificent. Large glaciers caving and wonderful sunrises and sunsets, framed against soaring mountains. Truly an environment which is overpowering. The nature walks with the naturalists educated all of us with respect to the ecosystems of southeast Alaska. We learned about the forests and the muskeg. Now our granddaughters want to travel with Lindblad to the Antarctic. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
`We sailed Juneau-Juneau on the Glacier Country itinerary and were very impressed with the ship, the crew and the other passengers. We got an upgrade for reasons we don't know (maybe because we were celebrating our 50th wedding ... Read More
`We sailed Juneau-Juneau on the Glacier Country itinerary and were very impressed with the ship, the crew and the other passengers. We got an upgrade for reasons we don't know (maybe because we were celebrating our 50th wedding anniversary) and the Commodore Suite was great. The food was beyond good and the staff was totally responsive to special eating requests (vegan, gluten-free, etc.) There were a variety of excursions (all included in the price of the cruise) which were geared to all activity levels. All the staff without exception were cheerful,enthusiastic, and knowledgeable and obviously wanted the passengers to have a wonderful trip. The other passengers were a diverse but very congenial group, mostly Americans but at least one Australian couple. And it was a younger group than we are used to - lots of 30's, 40's, and 50's - which was fun. We saw glaciers calve, eagles, bears, otters, humpback whales, seals, sea lions, a bunch of birds, including puffins, and moose swimming. We did not see orcas - this itinerary is not in the best location for them we were told. If they are a must-see, you might want to consider one of their other itineraries. We can't say enough good things about our cruise and highly recommend it! Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
The Last Frontier Adventure cruise aboard the Admiralty Dream was fantastic from start to finish! This small-ship cruise line has figured out how to wow its passengers while providing opportunities on the Last Frontier Adventure cruise to ... Read More
The Last Frontier Adventure cruise aboard the Admiralty Dream was fantastic from start to finish! This small-ship cruise line has figured out how to wow its passengers while providing opportunities on the Last Frontier Adventure cruise to view wild life (sea-going, air-going and land loving), to get up close and personal with glaciers, to learn about Tlingit history and culture and about the flora and fauna of Alaska. The staff is over-the-top service oriented, diverse, well-educated and fun to be around! They appear proud to be members of the crew, respectful of each other and the passengers and happy to be of service. Food is well-prepared and the menu always contains a range of offerings to appeal to every pallet, including special dietary needs such as vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free. Since all port visits and shore excursions are included in the cost of the cruise, once you are met at the airport by cruise line staff, you can relax and participate on the exciting on shore or on water experiences that will provide you treasured memories, ample photo opportunities and valuable educational experiences. The ship, Admiralty Dream, is small enough (we had approximately 50 passengers and 21 staff/crew aboard) that we could go into the more narrow passages that large cruise ships avoid, could get close to shore out in the wilds and could easily stop to enjoy wildlife viewing from the decks. Our cabin, while small, was well-lit, in excellent condition and working order and had comfortable beds. All in all the cruise was an "exceeded expectations" experience with only one caveat - be certain to book a cabin in the forward portion of the ship and away from air circulation vents to ensure a quieter ambiance in your cabin. Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
This was the trip of a lifetime for my husband and me! The knowledgeable and delightful guides, the amazing food, the diversity of the folks on board, the warm Captain and lovely crew, the comfort of our tiny cabin, the kayaking, ... Read More
This was the trip of a lifetime for my husband and me! The knowledgeable and delightful guides, the amazing food, the diversity of the folks on board, the warm Captain and lovely crew, the comfort of our tiny cabin, the kayaking, bushwhacking, skiff riding, hiking, wildlife up close, following whales up close, eagles too many to count, just everything was perfect! Worth every penny! We enjoyed two nights in Juneau after a long flight across the country. Juneau is fun and we went to Mendenhall Glacier and hiked around there - just beautiful. We went to the Museum and to the Salmon Hatchery. We were so excited to get on our boat and Uncruise made that process so easy. They took care of our bags and had them waiting for us in our cabin. We immediately started meeting all the people on our cruise and they were all so great! Just loved every minute!! Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
My husband hates to travel and hates crowds. Having been on a large cruise with thousands of passengers and lots of "extras" tacked onto the original price of the cruise I wanted something different for our cruise together. ... Read More
My husband hates to travel and hates crowds. Having been on a large cruise with thousands of passengers and lots of "extras" tacked onto the original price of the cruise I wanted something different for our cruise together. American Cruiselines provides a different experience. We sailed with several individuals who have sailed with American Cruiselines repeatedly. The population on the cruise was generally older. It's not a cruise for children. There were two teenagers and two young adults who seemed to enjoy the cruise. The cruise is slower paced and staff worked to make adaptations necessary for anyone with mobility issues. The ship is small but cabins are spacious.The total passengers on our cruise was 172. Our staff commented that there were less than 130 passengers on in the previous week. The atmosphere is intimate. We probably talked with at least 60% of the passengers and the majority of the "front of the house" staff including the various departmental managers, first mate and pilot. There's at least 1-2 excursions that are "complimentary" in each port. We found each of those to be worthwhile. We paid extra for two additional excursions--the raft ride and fishing expedition. Both were interesting and fun. The raft ride was calm and no one got wet. The complimentary excursions were generally informational and related to the history or industry in the port. A naturalist traveled on the boat and gave daily presentations and was available throughout the cruise to take questions or provide additional information related to each port. When in Glacier Bay a park ranger and two Tligit native Alaskans joined the cruise for two days and a night. Both presented additional information and were available for questions and interacted with the passengers. The views were stupendous. We saw seals, sea lions, eagles puffins, whales and bears either along the shoreline or as we walked along various paths. The food was plentiful and well prepared. Service was a little slow probably due to the fact that most of the 172 passengers tended to descend into the dining room at the same time. We would definitely do this again. Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
National Geographic/Lindblad put together an amazing cruise of the Inside Passage of Alaska from Sitka to Juneau. The logistics were well done, and the pre-cruise tour of Sitka was very good, especially the Raptor center and the Totem ... Read More
National Geographic/Lindblad put together an amazing cruise of the Inside Passage of Alaska from Sitka to Juneau. The logistics were well done, and the pre-cruise tour of Sitka was very good, especially the Raptor center and the Totem Trail. By far the best thing about a Nat Geo/Lindblad cruise is the outstanding staff. The naturalists are very knowledgeable and easy to talk to, it is amazing to have National Geographic professional photographers going out with you to explore and give tips on taking photos, and the dining room staff are very friendly and give excellent service. There are excellent lectures on the wildlife and region by the staff and guest lecturers in the evening, though they tend to be too long after big days. The rooms are small but sufficient. The zodiak trips, hikes and kayaking opportunities seeing whales breach, Orcas swimming right near the ship, and the cute sea otters make it a trip of a lifetime. Being a small group, there is a good opportunity to meet interesting people from around the world. Simply outstanding! Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
If you are looking for an extraordinary way to explore the Last Frontier, unCruise Adventures gifts you the opportunity to not just visit Alaska, but to step Inside! ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ - Kayak through frozen, glacial water ⁣⁣⁣ - ... Read More
If you are looking for an extraordinary way to explore the Last Frontier, unCruise Adventures gifts you the opportunity to not just visit Alaska, but to step Inside! ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ - Kayak through frozen, glacial water ⁣⁣⁣ - Paddleboard alongside jumping salmon⁣ - Bushwhack through remote islands⁣ and land on deserted beaches⁣⁣ - Skiff to the face of calving glaciers⁣⁣⁣ - Taste bullwhip seaweed⁣⁣⁣ - Have a glacier silt facemask⁣⁣ - Kiss a giant slug⁣⁣⁣ - Dive into Polar Waters⁣⁣⁣ - Witness bears pounce and salmon jump⁣ - View a dozen 50-ton Humpback whales play and breach off the bow of your boat⁣⁣⁣ - Spot bald eagles, mountain goats, puffins, porpoise, sea lions, sea otters, seal, orca whales, countless bird species, starfish, porcupine....⁣⁣⁣ - Berry hunt for the sweetest, wild blueberries and strawberries you’ve ever tasted⁣⁣⁣ These can all be apart of your Alaskan Adventure! Mid-August, my family and I spent a week on Uncruise Adventures' largest ship, the 90-passenger S.S. Legacy. The cruise was roundtrip from Juneau and we spent the week sailing the inside passage with stops at Tracy Arm, Dawes Glacier, Robert & Crow Islands, Saginaw Bat, Halleck Harbor, Red Bluff Bay, Kasnyku Bay, Ell Cove, Glacier Bay National Park, and Fern Harbor. Compared to other cruise lines sailing in Alaska, our ship was tiny. We were able to maneuver into small bays where no large cruise ship could attempt to go. And because of this flexibility, the crew could make changes based on the weather forecast or stops for wildlife at a moments notice. Our departure date was one of Uncruise Adventure's family-focused sailings. There are typically 2 Alaska sailings each summer and 1 Baja Mexico sail date in the spring that are family-focused and include a guide specifically for children aboard. The departures dates and ships for 2020 are: Mexico: Baja's Bounty – Safari Endeavour - March 28, 2020 Alaska Fjords & Glaciers – Wilderness Discoverer - July 4 & August 1, 2020 Prior to boarding, Dan Blanchard the CEO of Uncruise spoke to all the guests about the week ahead and, to our pleasant surprise, informed us that he would be on board with us. He would lead some excursions and together with a documentarian would be filming an educational video in opposition to the proposed logging of the Tongass National Forest. Dan was a fantastic addition to the cruise, as his expertise of the region is second to none and his energy and enthusiasm are contagious! Once onboard, my family of four (Penny age 5 & Oliver age 7) found our accommodations very comfortable with twin beds in each room and fair-sized bathrooms. Our cabins are very well-appointed but not traditionally considered luxury in comparison to newer, larger ships, but don't let it scare you because the service is absolutely first class! This is an expedition-style ship with a focus on adventure and most of your time is spent off the boat or in common areas mingling with other guests. Every morning and afternoon there were a wide variety of excursions for all activity levels, including the kids -- short/long kayaking tours, paddleboarding, zodiac tours, beach and meadow walks, beginner bushwacks, extreme bushwacks, etc. The expedition team is incredibly friendly, knowledgable, flexible and enthusiastic! The crew and expedition team are over the top flexible and truly want to give each guest the best and most personalized experience possible and all activity levels are welcome. Besides the families, most of the guests were retired and one guest had extremely limited mobility and used a walker. The SS Legacy has an elevator for the lower 3 decks, she was able to move easily around the ship with the exception of the top deck where the wheelhouse and jacuzzis were located. The Legacy is also equipped with a special launch pad, called the Sea Dragon, allowing guests to load into the zodiacs, kayaks, and paddleboards without touching in the water or getting wet. For the kids, Alaskan-family-travel writer and guide, Erin Kirland created specific activities and excursions just for them. Parents could join in or choose to go on their own separate adventure, which allowed for a perfect balance between family time and freedom. There were 67 passengers and roughly 16 children onboard ranging from 5 years of age up to high school - several families, and a few children with their grandparents and a multi-generational family celebrating a 50th wedding anniversary. The first evening, Erin had a family "meet and greet" and explained the very flexible kid's program, introduced the designated "kid's hangout room" and laid out a few simple rules to keep the kids safe and happy. By morning, my kids had already made cruise buddies and by mid-week they were inseparable. My kids had the most incredible week learning about Alaskan wildlife, creating button quilts, making friendship bracelets, wild berry hunting, touring the engine room, exploring the beach, becoming Jr. Rangers, and enjoying "Kids Happy Hour" with the best snacks and so much more! The Food and Beverage program on the SS Legacy was exceptional. There is a lovely, spacious lounge located on deck 2 near the bow of the ship, where guests can mingle, relax, read books, play games and grab a beverage throughout the day. An early riser breakfast is served each morning with fruit, oatmeal, cereal, coffee, tea and delicious pastries baked daily by the ships dedicated pastry chef. The lounge also has a self-service coffee, tea, water, snack station throughout the day. And in the afternoon, there is a happy hour with light appetizers. There is a full bar located in the lounge with 2 incredible bartenders who make daily craft cocktails or any guests' favorite drink. A full sit down breakfast, lunch, and dinner are served in the dining room on deck 1 with beautiful windows for viewing the incredible scenery and wildlife. The menu always included meat, fish, salad, and vegetarian options with wine pairings and a full kids menu. And the chef was always willing to customize a dish or meal to accommodate dietary restrictions and preferences and all meals were incredibly fresh and delicious. The wait staff was very kind and attentive and although there are no assigned seats at any meals, they became very aware of guest preferences. One afternoon there was a tour of the small kitchen facilities, which made it all the more impressive that the chef and his team are able to produce such amazing food! Other things to note: - Uncruise Adventures has an Open Wheelhouse policy on their ships, which allows any guest to visit the captain and be in the wheelhouse at any time. My son and his new friends made very good use of this policy and helped steer and blow the horns. - There is no WiFi aboard the ship and the cell phone reception in Alaska was almost non-existent. My husband and I were nervous about this before the trip, but quickly realized the freedom and connection to each other this allowed. - Everything except gratuities is included in the price of the cruise --- all excursions, all food, all alcoholic beverages (including top-shelf liquor) I would be remiss if I did not mention that Alaska's landscape is rapidly changing. During our day in Glacier National Bay, a park ranger spent the day onboard and educated us about low precipitation, rising temperatures and the glaciers melting at alarming rates. So, now is the time to visit Alaska! Once you have been on an UnCruise, you immediately want to go on another! The beauty of the sea, land, and wildlife, the attentiveness of the crew, and the connections made with other guests combine to call you back for more. One of our fellow cruisers was on his 7th UnCruise Adventure! And my son had such an incredible experience and made such sweet friendships, he cried for two hours after leaving the ship. Both my kids speak daily of fond memories of our time in Alaska. To date, this is one of our favorite family trips! Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
My wife and I in our 70s, moderately fit, had a terrific time on this new ship. This adventure expedition fully met my expectations from advertising and reviews. Venture was nearly brand new and well designed for conveniently and safely ... Read More
My wife and I in our 70s, moderately fit, had a terrific time on this new ship. This adventure expedition fully met my expectations from advertising and reviews. Venture was nearly brand new and well designed for conveniently and safely getting us off the ship in zodiacs and small groups nearly every day. The food was tasty and plentiful, always with healthy options. Hotel service was excellent. The other 93 guests were all agreeable fellow adventurers. They included some grandparents, parents, and grandkids. The staff devoted lots of thought and attention to keeping-safe, educating, and amusing the kids, who bonded with new friends and eventually ate meals together. Expedition leader Sheri Bluestein and Captain Johnson did a great job. She announced her "Plan A" for the next day every evening, making the point that they would adapt plans as nature required and opportunities presented themselves. This happened several times and I had no complaints. We got to hike in near-wilderness conditions, to observe wildlife fairly closely. They turned the ship around and followed humpbacks backwards for an hour one evening to give us another look. Each excursion offered activities ranging from mild to strenuous. A team of some 10 Lindblad naturalists was always on deck spotting for wildlife, they led each zodiac cruise and hike, and were friendly and full of interesting information. I learned so much, they were easily available to me individually many times, and I miss Celso, Linda, and the others now. The emphasis on photography was a main draw for me. Five or so naturalists were certified by NatGeo. David Spiegel gave two briefings on board, one aimed more at DSLR users and one aimed at smartphone users. I learned useful stuff from both. On two photo hikes he gave us photographers an assignment to concentrate on. He loaned me an expensive zoom lens and set of binoculars, which I used the rest of the voyage. At the end of the cruise he showed a slide show of photos captured by guests, some of them stunning. Carlos Navarro is also a diver and one evening showed video he had shot underwater to show us what we were missing. James Biscardi produced a professional customized video chronicle of us on this particular voyage and we are glad I bought a copy. We saw humpback whales breaching, blowing, and even bubble-net feeding. A talk by the engaging Dr. Chris Szabo, who lives in the wilderness to study humpbacks and joined the ship for a day, was a fascinating major highlight for me. I also enjoyed author, storyteller, and folksinger Kim Heacox and Kari Ames, Tlingit cultural interpreter. She told me all the others are mispronouncing the tribal name as CLINK-IT. They say TH-LING-GIT. We got close to Stellar sea lions and sea otters by zodiac. They found brown bears feeding on a distant shore but I did not get a good look at any bears this time. Seabirds but not many land birds besides eagles. My top objective was to see tidewater Alaskan glaciers in person before they all melt. I'm glad we didn't wait another year. We saw several from a quarter-mile away. In Glacier Bay the National Park ranger pointed out that Margerie Glacier now ends on land on its right side, and that in a couple of years it might not be a tidewater glacier any more. The ranger and the entire team managed subtly to remind us what our carbon pollution is destroying without stirring up any arguments from climate change skeptics (if there were any). We were told that Lindblad is buying offsets to compensate for the ship's own emissions. On our last day, South Sawyer Glacier produced a dramatic large calving event for us, which was both exciting and a bit sad. Two guests with disabilities paid to come along with friends knowing they would not be able to board the zodiacs and participate in the most engaging parts of the voyage. Yet to their great credit, on the last day Sheri and her team noticed, reserved a zodiac just for these two, and went to extra trouble to help them get off the ship to visit South Sawyer Glacier from the water like everyone else. This year Alaska has been extremely dry and warm. We got drizzle on only one day in Petersburg. We did not need all the duplicate garments we brought in case of soaking, but we had followed their packing advice and would do so in the future. We used insect repellant and were never bothered by mosquitos. This expedition was expensive but fully worth the cost to me. I also admire Lindblad and NatGeo for respecting nature as they go. I'd love to go again with this warm, expert team. Read Less
Sail Date July 2019
Lindblad and National Geographic do an amazing job! We had a family of 17 with several young children. Everyone on the ship went out of their way to make sure we were all having an amazing time. The hotel manager was constantly asking what ... Read More
Lindblad and National Geographic do an amazing job! We had a family of 17 with several young children. Everyone on the ship went out of their way to make sure we were all having an amazing time. The hotel manager was constantly asking what food he could make for the kids. The pastry chef is truly gifted and an anniversary cake he made was one of the best cakes I have ever eaten. The naturalist on board taught us all so much and I am amazed at how much my kids learned. I am in awe at the knowledge and passion of all crew on board. They made you want to learn more and see more. The accommodations were wonderful as well. The cabins are well thought out. Plenty of storage, comfortable beds and spacious bathrooms. We don’t have a single negative thing to say. We hope to take more Lindblad vacations in the future. Read Less
Sail Date July 2019
Our fiftieth wedding anniversary gift to ourselves. My husband and I visited Alaska (on a BIG ship) almost 20 years ago. We wanted to take a small ship cruise to a less traveled “path”. The NatGeo quest was perfect! We invited our ... Read More
Our fiftieth wedding anniversary gift to ourselves. My husband and I visited Alaska (on a BIG ship) almost 20 years ago. We wanted to take a small ship cruise to a less traveled “path”. The NatGeo quest was perfect! We invited our son and his family, including two young children, (ages 7 and 9) to join us. It was a great family time and the childrens activities helped us all make lifelong memories. We are still young enough to participate in many of the memory-making activities such as kayaking, long hikes in the woods, float plane trips over the glaciers, shore excursions and coastal walks to find sea, bears, eagles, sea lions and otters, and watching whales dazzle us with their antics, and the humpbacks were bubble-feeding.. What a treat. We are members of the Nature Conservancy, which of course, is tirelessly working to protect the land, air, water, and endangered and threatened wildlife. This trip emphasized the need for all of us to become stewards of the planet and to be more involved to keep it clean. Many of the things we saw on this trip are no longer on the on the endangered species lists. I think our grandchildren will remember this vacation for a very long time, maybe their entire lifetime. I know my husband and i will certainly never forget it. The dining staff was extremely attentive to the children. They prepared special “kid meals” like grilled cheese, pizza, pasta and they even had a ‘Movie night” . Parents And kids loved that. The dinner service was a bit less attentive- not to say the food was not good. For the most part, it was delicious. The one problem we had was that the food was often not hot when it was brought to the table. Read Less
Sail Date July 2019
Whale sightings 6 of 7 days, excellent food and service, magnificent views up close of mountain goats, a wolf, hundreds of sea lions, otters, eagles and flocks of birds. Local seafood served as one choice in varied dishes at lunch and ... Read More
Whale sightings 6 of 7 days, excellent food and service, magnificent views up close of mountain goats, a wolf, hundreds of sea lions, otters, eagles and flocks of birds. Local seafood served as one choice in varied dishes at lunch and dinner. Crew was on target, baggage in our room when we arrived onboard after a morning at Mendenhall Glacier to have lunch onboard. We saw multiple types of glaciers. Presentations onboard for identifying whales readily and their habits. Also information from Alaskan native tribe and National Forest Service about what we would see in the 2 days in Glacier Bay. Stops in small towns were different and varied in their purpose. Train available to Yukon up the path taken by miners thru White Pass. Kayaks, rafting, who could want more? Accommodations were spacious, and food too often available as snacks between meals. Hors d’oeuvres and cocktails each afternoon, wine and beer with meals. Services were personalized and consistent. We added an extra day to wander and absorb the flavor of Juneau before boarding which was a good decision. Tracy’s Crab Shack in Juneau is a must for King Crab like a local! Leaving was smooth transition in early morning with assistance of crew to make early flights necessary to get to East Coast. Small ship experience was so much better than what my friends had on larger ships that have less access to places where we went. Now looking for another bucket list destination. Read Less
Sail Date July 2019
We chose to arrive in Juneau two days early expecting some cooler temps only to be greeted by 80 degree plus temps in a city that does not have an air-conditioner in any commercial establishment including our hotel, Ramada by Wyndham which ... Read More
We chose to arrive in Juneau two days early expecting some cooler temps only to be greeted by 80 degree plus temps in a city that does not have an air-conditioner in any commercial establishment including our hotel, Ramada by Wyndham which would not be my first choice of a hotel in Juneau except for the very good restaurant connected to it. Embarkation on June 29th was welcome and flawless. Our luggage was picked up at our hotel and we were off for a morning visit to the Mendenhall Glacier. By the time we reached the ship late morning my luggage was in my large clean single balcony cabin. I had good closet and drawer space and there was a personal safe in the room. All the meals were excellent with good choices including vegetarian at every meal. In between meals soft drinks, juices and snacks were always available with warm cookies and 10:00 am every day. Happy hour horderves were delicious and plentiful. On this particular trip we had several multi-generational families traveling together so we had some young school and college age people on board which was nice, and I think even though most of the passengers were 60 + they appeared to enjoy themselves and fit in nicely. The combination of shore excursions and time on the ship in Glacier Bay and Tracy Arm was perfect. Orcas and Humpbacks entertained us, the cultural interaction in Kake informative, and the narrow gage train out of Skagway great fun. The on board lectures were OK, and many enjoyed the "art classes" which were a big hit. Our entertainment consisted on one very talented pianist who was able to play and entertain us with a full variety of music. The Hammer Museum in Haines was interesting for me as my family's antique hammers were on display. The "dock" walk in Petersburg revealed how commercial fishing is big business and the fireworks the night before spectacular. Two of the signature excursions, rafting in Haines, and fishing in Petersburg were limited so some folks were not able to participate. This was my third small ship trip to SE Alaska so my expectations were high, and I was not disappointed. While the American Constellation is one of the larger small ships to cruise SE Alaska, because of her maneuverability she was able to go where the much smaller ships go, I think our Captain enjoyed the sights as much as we did as he was expert in positioning the ship with the assistance of the bow and stern thrusters to permit maximum viewing for all. The ships officers were very professional. The all America, mostly college age, dining/cabin stewards and deckhands were delightful to get to know. Though they were not as experienced as found on ships registered and cruising outside of the United States, they were always eager to please. Our weather was perfect the entire week except for the Juneau heat and the haze from the wild fires up north, and happy hour on deck in the Alaskan sun was fun. Because there wasn't WiFi or phone service except in a couple of places, it was good to disconnect and just enjoy the trip. Many disembarked very early and took to complementary airport transfer early in the morning at 5:15 am. A second transfer was offered at 8:15 am. Because of our late flight out of Juneau we were able to wait in the lounge on board until it was time for our taxi at 10:00 am. I have taken multiple trips with American Cruise Lines, and I am booked on another. I only wish they had more places to go in the US as I'm running out of itineraries. Read Less
Sail Date June 2019
Great week on the Quest. The expedition specialists were phenomenal and very knowledgeable. Cabins were well appointed. Bar staff very friendly. Crew interactive and helpful. Would definitely recommend this cruise. Will never ... Read More
Great week on the Quest. The expedition specialists were phenomenal and very knowledgeable. Cabins were well appointed. Bar staff very friendly. Crew interactive and helpful. Would definitely recommend this cruise. Will never travel on a big boat again Lindblad provides all the information you need prior to departure. Bring binoculars and a camera with a long lens to capture the wildlife. All the evenings recaps were outstanding. Having the National Geographic divers, photographer and videographer was a plus. You will never be bored. Trips in zodiacs were once in a lifetime and take advantage of all the hiking and kayaking excursions. They cater to all levels of activities and skill levels. Fitness center a plus. The naturalist are always on the lookout for wildlife. Brown bears, eagles, sea lions, sea otters, whales and seals. The captain makes every effort to allow the guests to see them all. Staff well organized Read Less
Sail Date June 2019
I have had a long term desire to see and experience Alaska. When we made the decision to actually do it, the Lindblad/National Geographic Quest was the obvious choice. The size of the ship (100 passengers), the presence of seasoned ... Read More
I have had a long term desire to see and experience Alaska. When we made the decision to actually do it, the Lindblad/National Geographic Quest was the obvious choice. The size of the ship (100 passengers), the presence of seasoned naturalists with remarkable expertise and passion for their respective fields of interest, and the numerous opportunities to get off of the boat and enjoy Southeast Alaska made for an incomparable experience! I had extremely high expectations prior to the trip. In almost every aspect, my expectations were exceeded. The way this journey is structured allows one to enjoy the scale and majesty of the Inside Passage and the Alaskan landscape, while simultaneously allowing intimate viewing of wildlife, the temperate rain forest, glaciers and icebergs! I would recommend this experience with my greatest enthusiasm. If you want to have a remarkable opportunity to enjoy nature in one of its most vibrant locales on the globe, and you are willing and ready to be awed by what you see, hear, feel and learn multiple times a day, then this expedition is for you! Read Less
Sail Date June 2019
This was our first cruise and first Lindblad expedition. Our Alaska Inside Passage trip was from Sitka to Juno and was overall an amazing experience. The staff are very accommodating and extremely well-trained. I can't imagine getting ... Read More
This was our first cruise and first Lindblad expedition. Our Alaska Inside Passage trip was from Sitka to Juno and was overall an amazing experience. The staff are very accommodating and extremely well-trained. I can't imagine getting better service. They make you feel like you are at home on the Venture. The naturalists are all amazing people, extremely knowledgeable and very friendly. You will leave the cruise missing their company. The incredible Lindblad customer service literally starts a your booking and continues on throughout the trip. We were met at the Seattle Airport by a very personable Lindblad representative who let us know what would be happening. It was fairly easy to spot our fellow passengers - nearly all of whom were wearing Columbia or Patagonia outdoor clothing. Yes, this is the sort of trip you will be taking - comfortable, relaxing and adventurous. The Venture itself is a wonderful ship. I totally fell in love with her. She and her sister ship, The Quest, are brand new (maiden voyages in November 2018), purpose-built just for National Geographic Linblad Expeditions.The public areas are extremely comfortable and the bow was specially built for wildlife viewing. The dinning room features wrap around windows for breathtaking views during meals. The food is excellent on the Venture. There were a couple of misses, i.e. pancakes that were cooked on too hot a griddle, but it's a new ship and I am sure the staff are just getting used to the equipment. Breakfast and lunch are buffets with plenty of choices. Dinners are plated, you choose from a set menu before the meal, but there is no problem if you change your mind at the last minute. Diet restrictions are accommodated beautifully, so be sure to let Lindblad know if you have any when you book. Each afternoon snacks are available and appetizers are offered during the happy hour. Drink prices are not extraordinarily high and the mixologists on our trip were delightful. Nearly every day of the trip featured some off boat activity, Zodiac tours, kayaking, hiking, or biking. Nothing too strenuous, though. If you want to see birds, I recommend the Zodiac rides over hiking. The guides make far too much noise because of bears for a good birding experience. Hikes are offered as aerobic, moderate and slow. Only the aerobic hikes seemed to go anywhere, so take that if you don't want to stay in one place. Off boat activities were generally 90 minutes to 2 hours. A printed daily program was placed outside our cabin each night which described the following day in detail. Our expedition leader, Annie Fiske, would let us know after each meal what to expect and what to wear to ensure an enjoyable experience. Each evening we had a recap of the days experience and some kind of educational entertainment. One of the highlights of a National Geographic Lindblad expedition are the trained naturalists and photographers who are on board. Our National Geographic certified photographer, Michael Nolan, gave an excellent class on iPhone photography, or as he described it, your camera that also makes phone calls. There was really never a dull moment - always something exciting to experience. During the times when we were cruising, if wildlife were spotted, the captain would turn the ship so that we could get a better look, even if it was in the opposite direction of our travel. It was truly one of the most extraordinary trips we have ever taken. The only downside of our trip was completely missing out on the Day 1 activities because we took the recommended flight into Sitka. That flight got us in too late to participate in anything that was scheduled. It was the only time that Lindblad completely fell down for us. Had we understood that would happen, we would have made other arrangements. As for Value for the Money - Lindblad trips are very expensive. It is a very intimate, first class experience and very worthwhile. I wish they were not quite so expensive as I would like to be able to travel with them more often. TRIP TIPS: Clothing - bring comfortable clothes and shoes. The temperature on the ship is comfortable, but it can get cold outside. A comfortable pair of slip on shoes is great for on board the ship. Tennis shoes and knee high rubber boots are all you need for off ship. Rubber boots (Alaskan Tennis Shoes) are actually very comfortable and a must as most landings are wet. Temperatures for us were highs were in the 50's to 40's. Outdoor clothing made of synthetic fibers that dries quickly and wicks away sweat are ideal. A polar fleece vest over a base layer shirt is perfect for inside the ship. You will probably wear it every day. A lightweight nano-type puff jacket is plenty warm with a layer or two underneath. Bring silk or synthetic long underwear/base layers 3 - 4 pairs. Wool or synthetic ski socks 4 - 5 pairs. Regular winter gloves are plenty warm, along with a knit cap and a neck gaiter. Rain pants and a rain coat are another must. Wear the pants with a comfortable warm layer underneath for hiking, kayaking and Zodiac trips. Avoid cotton clothing because when it gets wet, it stays that way for a long time. WHAT YOU DON'T NEED Though these items were recommended by Lindblad, we found they were not necessary: glove liners, trekking poles, kayak gloves and ski gloves. We did not need any special covers or protection for our camera or iPhones. If you need a hiking stick for balance they have wooden ones on board, but for the most part no hike is long enough to need them. RECOMMENDED FLIGHTS As mentioned above, Lindblad really let us down by scheduling us on a flight that arrived too late to experience the Day 1 activities. Before getting on the flight they recommend, consider whether or not it seems to YOU to arrive in time to do what is scheduled. We trusted that them there and they let us down, so we recommend that you don't. Read Less
Sail Date May 2019
We always wanted to go to Alaska and wanted and intimate experience. It was an excellent ship with a wonderful crew. We saw the wonders of Alaska; spectacular scenery, wildlife including bears, eagles, humpback whales and orcas, sea ... Read More
We always wanted to go to Alaska and wanted and intimate experience. It was an excellent ship with a wonderful crew. We saw the wonders of Alaska; spectacular scenery, wildlife including bears, eagles, humpback whales and orcas, sea otters and sea lions, the native culture and people, and wonderful history of the area. American Cruise Lines does an excellent first rate job. We have already booked another cruise. Accommodations were very comfortable. The crew was friendly, caring and service oriented. Onboard entertainment and lectures included people who lived the life we were learning about. The food was outstanding throughout with many delicious choices at each meal. Happy Hour was the time to share the day's experience with new found friends. On-shore excursions offered flexibility and choices that provided comfort and interest for all. Our cruise was an experience of a lifetime. We would highly recommend this Company for "Small Ship Cruising Done Perfectly." American Cruise Lines lives by this motto! Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
We decided on going with the Alaskan Dream Cruise line after reading a review of one of their trips in a newspaper many years ago. Being a small ship with only 50 passengers, we knew it would mean we could visit places that the bigger ... Read More
We decided on going with the Alaskan Dream Cruise line after reading a review of one of their trips in a newspaper many years ago. Being a small ship with only 50 passengers, we knew it would mean we could visit places that the bigger cruise ships could not and we would get to know the other passengers. With the company being owned by an Alaskan family, the promise was to visit select native owned lands which we did. Our journey commenced in Juneau where we were met at the airport by a representative of the company and taken to our hotel. Until our agreed meeting time the following day we were able to walk around the town, view the different shops and eating places for our evening meal. The following day we met at the National Museum for a tour before being transferred by coach to the ship. From this point on there was no question about the quality of the service provided in the staff, food, activities on board, selection of off boat excursions (which were all inclusive of the fare) and settings within the boat. The Captain made himself and the Bridge available at any time we wanted. It was the most amazing trip and we loved every minute of it. Very sad to have a final meal on reaching Juneau again and everyone going their separate ways. We would certainly travel with Alaskan Cruise Lines again and recommend the Admiralty Dream in particular to others. Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
We wanted a small ship to really see the wildlife and scenery in Alaska. The Admiralty Dream had 50 passengers and the flexibility to slow down and stop when something incredible, like whales bubble netting happened. Our room was ... Read More
We wanted a small ship to really see the wildlife and scenery in Alaska. The Admiralty Dream had 50 passengers and the flexibility to slow down and stop when something incredible, like whales bubble netting happened. Our room was comfortable and they loan you rain gear and boots....The area around Juneau is a rainforest. The crew and guides were exceptionally knowledgeable and friendly. The food on board was great with seafood, game, and vegetarian options.....They were even able to acommodate special dietary requirements form some guests. The cruise was focused on the wildlife and scenery of Alaska. There were edicational presentations in the evenings in the lounge and the staff went ashore with us and provider interesting information at each of the stops' There were kayaks to use, excursions on small boats, beachcombing, and just hanging out in the lounge getting to know our fellow cruisers. This was one of the most spectacular vacations we have ever had. Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
Having cruised on several "big box" ships, I much prefer the small ship experience and this was our second small ship cruise. Starting in Juneau AR, the Constellation made stops in ports that the larger ships skip. We got to ... Read More
Having cruised on several "big box" ships, I much prefer the small ship experience and this was our second small ship cruise. Starting in Juneau AR, the Constellation made stops in ports that the larger ships skip. We got to experience several National Parks saw 3 of Alaska's better known glaciers and witnessed the 'calvings' of large portions of glaciers. We saw wildlife up close, bears with cubs, moose and deer and on the water, whales, sea lions, seals and water birds. We threaded our way through waters dotted with brilliant blue and white glaciers. In the ports we met lots of people who are year round residents who gave us an insiders perspective on what it is to work and live in Alaska. Our days were busy and we were usually tired when we returned to the ship where all the service was excellent and we would enjoy a great evening meal and relax. Traveling on the Constellation made this a really great and memorable vacation. Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
Could not fault the operation of this cruise that included pickups from airport and hotel. With only 69 passengers and 29 crew members we were pampered with excellent organisation and wonderful food. The wildlife performed admirably ... Read More
Could not fault the operation of this cruise that included pickups from airport and hotel. With only 69 passengers and 29 crew members we were pampered with excellent organisation and wonderful food. The wildlife performed admirably although the presence of a brown bear ambling along the shore in front of a glacier meant that we were unable to land as the crew were not keen on losing any passengers as bear food. The scenery is great with the John Hopkins Glacier producing some impressive calving. Apart from the voyage, a number of shore excursions added to the holiday; as did the information about the local native American tribe, the Tlingit. A couple of kayaking sessions produced som amusement as did the sight of seeing about 15 brave souls leap into the rather cold water (they never remained in very long!). The experts, full-time on board and those who joined us for specific shore excursions, provided some great talks, illustrated with slides most evenings. Our cruise was amazingly lucky as we saw the Northern Lights one evening. With such a friendly crew, it was almost like an extended family trip. We saw a number of those huge liners (floating hotels) but none were able to travel to the places that we went. This is the only real way of seeing the Inside Passage if you wish to see all the wildflife and some of the more remarkable glaciers. Full, all-weather gear and binoculars that were provided meant that we neve had to carry excess gear as we flew to Juneau from New Zealand. Having access to the bridge and with a very friendly captain added another dimension to the experience. The information provided before the cruise was very helpful as we were not sure what to expect. We both returned home full of wonderful memories of a truly great holiday. Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
The opportunity to see Alaska's natural beauty and wildlife up close is what distinguishes Lindblad/Nat Geo cruises from all others. The naturalists, with their extensive knowledge about Alaskan fauna, flora, and wildlife, as well as ... Read More
The opportunity to see Alaska's natural beauty and wildlife up close is what distinguishes Lindblad/Nat Geo cruises from all others. The naturalists, with their extensive knowledge about Alaskan fauna, flora, and wildlife, as well as the guest speakers that were invited to speak, made the cruise all the more meaningful in so many ways. Having a Nat Geo certified photographer on board was a bonus as he not only provided group instruction but was willing to work with guests one-on-one while on board or tramping through the beautiful Alaskan landscape. Lindblad/Nat Geo provided a delightful tour of Sitka prior to the time we boarded the Sea Lion. When we stepped aboard the ship we were welcomed by the ship's Captain, given a packet with our name tags. The cabin was small but both the quality and quantity of storage space made it very easy to move around the cabin. The ship, which accommodated 60 passengers, was compact and clean. The dining room and lounge, located on the first deck, were easy to access and very welcoming. The food was delicious - offering at least three options for every taste. This worked out extremely well for those following a vegan/vegetarian lifestyle. The service was very good, cabins were made up daily. Staff members were very personable and willing to go the extra mile when it came to helping passengers. Safety first - so the Captain held a safety drill the first evening and passenger's life vests were inspected each time we left the ship in a DIB. Shore excursions in the DIB, with a naturalist, was what made this trip, above all others, so remarkable - you were experiencing nature as it unfolded. Disembarkation at Juneau went very smoothly. We had an opportunity to venture up the the mountain via tram to the vistas below as well as visit Alaska's museum. I was sad to leave the Sea Lion. I will definitely plan another Lindblad/NatGeo cruise in the near future. Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
The small ship (175 pax), great itinerary and solid crew made this cruise a most enjoyable experience. The staterooms are large (300 sq ft) and well appointed. The bathrooms are well laid out and the overall condition of the ship was ... Read More
The small ship (175 pax), great itinerary and solid crew made this cruise a most enjoyable experience. The staterooms are large (300 sq ft) and well appointed. The bathrooms are well laid out and the overall condition of the ship was excellent. We even used our balcony several times, even though we were in a cool climate in Alaska. The dining was uniformly outstanding all week. If you like fresh seafood from Alaska this is the cruise for you--wow what a feast! The dining room is large and well lit and can easily fit the entire passenger complement at one sitting. The shore excursions were also well planned and with one exception were terrific. We loved the nightly entertainment. Just the right amount of quality music and fun, since most of use were quite tired after days that were packed with so much to do. The White Pass Railroad trip was a big highlight, along with two separate glacier experiences that were almost beyond description. The smaller ship was able to get up close and personal to these massive rivers of ice and the experience was stunning. I have to mention the most extravagant and fun Hot Cocoa Bar we have ever seen as well. ON one of the glacier visits ACL really pulled out all stops--what an delicious and different bit of fun--yummy!!! All in all a terrific week all around. Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
We heard nothing but great reviews from people we know who have cruised with Linblad National Geographic. Now we will add to them! We found the Sea Lion ship just the right size (60 guests) with plenty of space to watch for wildlife ... Read More
We heard nothing but great reviews from people we know who have cruised with Linblad National Geographic. Now we will add to them! We found the Sea Lion ship just the right size (60 guests) with plenty of space to watch for wildlife outside, relax in the lounge with a beverage, edit photos and dine among new friends. Our cabin was perfectly comfortable. The dining experience was surprisingly good with plenty of options. Snacks were available and hot drinks too. The naturalists are superb. They are the highlight of the trip. Absolutely wonderful in all regards. Extremely knowledgable, personable and great at answering questions. They did a good job assessing the physical abilities of guests and adjusted activities accordingly. We had 20 children on board and observed that staff tailored programs to their energy and interests. All of the staff members are pleasant and accommodation. Our Expedition Leader, Cindy, was outstanding! We would go anywhere with her! We enjoyed the guest speakers and educational talks by the staff. Excursions to the Raptor Center and museums were very nice. We would liked more time to absorb these special places. We look forward to our next adventure with Linblad Nat Geo. While it is tempting to return to Alaska, we have heard wonderful things about other trips. Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
I got to go in this cruise because a friend if a friend of a friend could no longer go and sold it for a fraction of the price. It was the best vacation I've ever had. I'm not one for a lot of words, so this will be short and ... Read More
I got to go in this cruise because a friend if a friend of a friend could no longer go and sold it for a fraction of the price. It was the best vacation I've ever had. I'm not one for a lot of words, so this will be short and sweet. Food: excellent. Variety, vegetarian options, seafood and red meat. Ammenities: excellent, courteous staff, well timed service Staff: Friendly, personable, uplifting, patient, fun Ship: Beautiful, clean, relaxing, 5 lounges plus a small library. Scenery: Magnificent, beautiful, interesting, educational Ports of Call: Interesting and educational: Skagway is touristy, but the train ride is cool. Haines and Petersburg are interesting and educational. Look for the trash cans in Petersburg. Entertainment: A little lacking... Would love an onboard band and more onboard activities, game nights, etc NOT for young children, but the teens and younger adults seemed to have a good and relaxing time. Read Less
Sail Date July 2018

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