Itinerary Spotlight: Hawaii With UnCruise Adventures

From Samantha Davis-Friedman, TravelAge West

The fact that UnCruise Adventures ships are small is the most noticeable difference from traditional cruise lines. But that’s just the beginning of the line’s distinctions — especially when it comes to Hawaii.

Vessels with just 22 to 90 passengers allow clients to get to know everyone onboard, but the small guest capacity also enables crews to tailor itineraries — including by providing last-minute adjustments — to see wildlife or accommodate for weather and ocean conditions.

My son Josh and I arrived on Molokai for our UnCruise adventure onboard the 36-guest Safari Explorer — a stark contrast from other big cruise ships, such as Norwegian Cruise Line’s intra-Hawaii 2,186-passenger Pride of America. We could tell immediately that this was going to be different from our previous cruising experiences. And with no set itinerary, there was no preplanning, no prebooking and no preconceived notions.