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Wilderness Explorer Review

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Whale of a Tale!

Review for Alaska Cruise on Wilderness Explorer
2-5 Cruises • Age 70s

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Sail Date: Aug 2017

This was our second Un-cruise trip to Alaska. We chose Un-cruise as we wanted a small ship and to have the opportunity for skiff rides, kayaking and hiking. For us it was all about seeing the natural sites and wildlife. The trip began with a whale getting caught in our anchor chain. The Captain and Crew were dedicated to saving the whale. NOAA and a whale expert came to help as no one had seen this before. It took over 12 hours for a successful release to occur, the result was we lost our anchor. We also lost a days activity without one complaint from a passenger, the whale was the most important thing that day. As result we went to port in Petersburg to get a new anchor. Un-Cruise arranged for us to have a walking tour of the town lead by a retired teacher with a great sense of humor. Learned about local life and fishing industry. The highlight of the trip was arranged tour with Alaska Vistas to Anan bear viewing. Situated on stream filled with salmon there is a viewing platform and a blind to watch the bears fish and interact with each other-wonderful day.

The food was very good, two breakfast options one early with pastry and fruit followed by full buffet breakfast, lunch was soup, salad and sandwich or wrap buffet with homemade cookies. Evenings were plated and served with choice of meat, seafood or vegetarian. All wine and drinks are included.

The crew are the best, well educated funny and very hardworking. They bring Alaska to life. The guides all had knowledge of wildlife trees and plants which made hikes and skiff tours very interesting.

Cabin Review

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Cabins are small but efficient with under bed storage for suitcases, a couple deep drawers ,and small closet, we were fine with it. We chose a cabin with sliding window but inside door for privacy, those with doors and windows that open outside lead to common walkway.

We chose queen configuration for the bed, the downside to that is one side is up against wall so it's hard getting in and out!

Port Reviews


As this was an Un-Cruise we did not do typical port tours. We boarded at Juneau it's very scenic so we spent an extra day to see Mendenhal Glacier which is worthwhile. Main street can be covered in a half hour unless you love shopping for jewelry and tee shirts.

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