Wild and Untamed, This is Un-Cruise Adventures’ Alaska
September 4, 2014
Adventure is on the menu today aboard Un-Cruise Adventures’ Safari Endeavour. After another excellent breakfast, guests could indulge in a morning of watersports activities in the secluded bay off Chichagof Island that served as our overnight anchorage.
On the Adventure Menu du jour, kayaking was a popular choice, with two different difficulty levels for advanced and novice kayakers. For something a little more adventurous, guests could try their hand at a two-hour paddleboarding excursion, and a scenic boat tour was prepared for those who preferred to take things easy and perhaps rattle off a few dozen (hundred?) photos.
One of Un-Cruise Adventures’ greatest features is that all nearly all of their vessels – including the Safari Endeavour – have a special system mounted to the ship’s transom stern that allows guests to easily board kayaks or paddleboards without fear of falling in the water. Known as the EZ-Launch platform, this grey floating ‘pontoon’ has four slipways equipped with rollers for kayaks and paddleboards that allow guests to get into their desired water craft from a stable base and, once they’re situated, to be simply ‘rolled backwards’ into the water. Think of it like an under-construction ship rolling down the slipway and into the water at a shipyard and you’ll get the idea.
Even better, this same system allows guests to get out of their kayaks or off their paddleboards in the same fashion: water craft are pulled back onto one of the four slipways, and guests simply step off onto the EZ-Launch platform. Easy!
Today, I decided to do stand-up paddle boarding – for the first time ever. My theory is: why not? Un-Cruise offers it here, and it doesn’t cost