By Ellen Barone
Our voyage was one of UnCruise'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 UnCruise 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 UnCruise — 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 UnCruise Adventure or to request additional information, contact your travel agent or the company directly at 888-862-8881 or email [email protected]–cruise.com.
The 84-guest Safari Endeavour joined the UnCruise Adventure fleet in summer 2012 and sails all Mexico Sea of Cortés/Baja itineraries. A spacious expedition vessel with three decks with ample outside vantage points. Interior spaces include an intimate lounge, cask wine bar, and cozy library, and well-stocked, marble-topped bar in the main lounge. The yacht is fully loaded with adventure equipment including, kayaks, paddle boards, inflatable skiffs, hiking poles, yoga mats, and snorkel gear and wetsuits, plus, a hydrophone for listening to below-surface sounds and a bow-mounted underwater camera. For those moments when attention turns to relaxation, the vessel comes equipped with two hot tubs, fitness equipment, yoga mats, and a massage suite.
There are five cabin categories aboard the Safari Endeavour: Master; Commander; Captain; Admiral; and Commodore Suite. Depending on the category, singles, doubles or triples can be accommodated.
Common to all cabins are: Flat-screen TV/DVD; iPod docking station; air conditioning; desk and chair; private bath with shower; generous storage and closet space.
The UnCruise Adventure fleet consists of eight vessels directly operated by the company: 22-guest Safari Quest, 36-guest Safari Explorer, 76-guest Wilderness Discoverer, 60-guest Wilderness Adventurer, 74-guest Wilderness Explorer, 84-guest Safari Endeavour, 88-guest S.S. Legacy, a replica coastal steamer, and 62-guest Safari Voyager which will sail a new itinerary exploring Costa Rica with a full transit of the Panamá Canal begins in fall 2016 and a Pure Panamá adventure begins in spring 2017. In 2016, the company began offering adventures aboard the 48-guest La Pinta, a partner vessel in the Galápagos Islands. A new itinerary exploring Costa Rica with a full transit of the Panamá Canal beginning in fall 2016 and a Pure Panamá adventure begins in spring 2017.
Off the Grid Technology
Digital nomads should be forewarned that an UnCruise 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.
Story and photos by Ellen Barone.