By Ellen Barone
Our voyage was one of Un-Cruise's specialties "Kids in Nature" departures offered for families traveling with children twelve and younger. For me, the kids greatly enhanced the trip. They were well behaved, smart, and curious, and their enthusiasm was contagious. The crew seamlessly integrated them when appropriate, and created kids–only treasure hunts, games and beach activities to keep them active and entertained when adult activities were unsuitable. It didn't take long for the children to morph into their own sub tribe, watching videos, playing cards and board games and sidling up to the bar for virgin versions of the adult cocktails.
And what youngster, teen, or kid at heart, wouldn't love a vacation that included snorkeling fish–filled coral reefs, beach bonfires, and rope swings over the water? Or the chance to swim, kayak, paddle board, whale watch and ride sturdy, sweet–eyed mules over steep mountaintops? For the adults add in sunset cocktails; free flowing fine wine, spirits and microbrews; plus a complimentary massage and morning yoga classes. It's easy to understand why an Un–Cruise makes an ideal multigenerational family vacation
One of the most memorable experiences of the voyage was snorkeling with juvenile sea lions at"Los Islotes" Sea Lion Colony. The young pups were playful, curious and eager to show off their acrobatic swimming skills. As if it's a game of tag, they teased and circled and unexpectedly popped up in front of your face mask to look you in the eye. This opportunity to frolic and interact with wildlife up–close–and–personal was as exhilarating as it was extraordinary.
This is the real luxury of an Un–Cruise — the richness of experience, with meaningful connections, active participation, exclusive encounters, and special surprises.
Without a hint of what they had planned, they simply suggested we take a sunset spin. It wasn't a hard sell, especially once they popped the Champagne and pulled out the hors d'oeuvres. Just one more amazing memory to carry home. Think you could stand it?
If you go:
8 Day/ 7 Night departures from La Paz and Cabo run $2,695 to $4,595: A Luxury Adventure includes all meals, adventure activities, sports gear, massage, premium wine/beer/spirits, transfers, port fees and taxes. To book an Un–Cruise Adventure or to request additional information, contact your travel agent or the company directly at 888-862-8881 or email sales@un–cruise.com.
Un–Cruise Adventures has recently announced the acquisition of the 64–guest Safari Voyager for its yacht fleet with plans to offer Luxury Adventures year–round in Mexico's Sea of Cortés beginning in November 2013. In winter 2015, the vessel will transition to sailing year–round in Central America. Previously named Sea Voyager, the vessel is currently in Colombia undergoing renovation.
The Safari Voyager will replace the line's 86–guest Safari Endeavour in Mexico's Sea of Cortez beginning in November 2013 and offer four different itineraries available year-round from homeports of La Paz, Cabo and Guaymas. Current plans have the Safari Voyager transitioning from Mexico to year-round itineraries in Central America beginning in December 2015. The vessel will spend winters exploring Costa Rica, summers in Belize and offer transits of the Panama Canal in spring and fall. The 86–guest Safari Endeavour will then return to sailing in the Sea of Cortés during the winter.
Off the Grid Technology
Digital nomads should be forewarned that an Un–Cruise is a total disconnect vacation. Boats are equipped with communication devices designed to conduct the ship's business and for emergency purposes. But they do not have Email/Internet access available for public use.
Cellular phones generally work near populated areas and in certain remote areas. Upon request, the crew can alert you when the ship is in cellular range. A satellite phone is available on the bridge of each ship and yacht for emergency guest use at a rate of US$5.00 per minute.
The vessels are equipped with flat screen TV/DVD players in each cabin and stateroom with the exception of the Safari Voyager ,where only the suites have TV/DVDs. Large flat screen TVs in the main salon are also available. Television channels are unavailable due to the remote cruise destinations. Vessels that have bow mounted cameras will broadcast over one of the channels and daily updates, menus, and schedules can also be viewed on TV. Each vessel offers a collection of DVDs on board for you to enjoy in your cabin or stateroom.
Story and photos by Ellen Barone.