Are you looking for adventure? Experience that and much more on UnCruise Alaska cruises for families, singles, or couples. UnCruise is unlike other cruises. Our small cruise ships to Alaska are unique, holding just a few dozen passengers. These small ships redefine cruises with flexibility, exploration, and so much more. Alaska is the birthplace of UnCruise Adventures. We can't wait to share the wonders our home has to offer!
Before joining us, here are a few things to remember that will make your experience unforgettable.
Rules and Regulations to Follow
When vacationing in a new destination, it's important to consider the different laws of the place you are visiting. Also, consider typical cruise guidelines. It's easy to get caught up in the excitement and anticipation of going on a cruise, especially with our adventurous small cruise ships to Alaska. Wondrous Alaska has cuisine to die for, awe-inspiring scenery, and some uniquely Alaskan laws.
On your Alaskan cruise, remember these key requirements to follow and items to pack:
- A passport or government-issued ID is required for boarding the vessel.
- Cannabis is prohibited on board, but it is legal in Alaska, so partaking on land is okay.
- Alcoholic beverages not provided by the ship's amenities are prohibited.
- Smoking tobacco is only permitted on outside aft decks.
- COVID regulations on board and in Alaska have been lifted.
- Alaska's animal-specific laws
The animal-related laws in Alaska are abundant and impressively specific, requiring an explanation. These laws range from common sense ones like not giving animals alcohol to strange laws like not pushing a live moose out of a flying plane.
When you come across wildlife, a good rule of thumb is to treat them with the utmost respect. Realize many excursions are into their natural habitat, where they get to make the decisions. It is not uncommon for the day's schedule to change because of the presence of wildlife. Simply respect them and enjoy the beauty they have to offer.
Essential Tips for Visiting Alaska
In addition to Alaska's strange laws, the climate and seasons are unlike any other place in the U.S. Alaskan summers are short, ranging from May to August, and long winters beginning after fall in October and lasting through April.
However, the Pacific Northwest has some of the most varied climates. Alaska experiences everything from daytime temperatures between 60-70°F, d nighttime temps plummeting 20° to dry desert-like conditions, temperate rainforests, and snow-covered mountains. If you have never been before, here are some essential tips on what to bring with you aboard our Alaska cruises' small ships.
The best advice when making your packing checklist is to be prepared for anything and wear plenty of layers. Weather in Alaska is hard to dress for, with conditions changing drastically throughout the day. Some essentials to bring are plenty of warm clothes, rain gear, sunglasses, gloves, scarves, jackets, and clothes for different activities, including swimsuits in case you decide to take a polar plunge. Dressing in layers ensures you are warm enough, but you can remove layers if you get hot.
Prepare for Daylight Hours
The geographical location of Alaska leads to strange hours. Although it varies by location, some parts of Alaska experience 24 hours of daylight in the summer and 24 hours of darkness in the winter. You should be ready for the long summer days during your trip on one of our small cruise ships to Alaska. Many visitors find themselves waking up earlier and going to bed later, which can catch up with you after a few days.
Another factor to consider when joining our Alaska cruises for families is the lack of cell phone reception and WiFi. While phones may work when the ship is close to more populated areas, it is not guaranteed. Be prepared for limited phone use as far as internet connections go. In case of emergencies, our ships are equipped with a satellite phone for guests to use at additional costs. There is plenty to distract you from your screens in Alaska, from the incredible wildlife to the stunning scenery, so you may welcome the absence of technology.
Destination Musts in Alaska
We'd be remiss not to highlight the fantastic experiences available to you during your journey on our small cruise ships to Alaska. Don't let the price of Alaskan cruise packages deter you! Our many all-inclusive activities offer thrilling adventures and the chance to experience the unexpected. Alaska has a limitless amount of beauty for you wherever you go and plenty of activities and sights to check off your bucket list.
Alaska is home to a diverse population of animals, with new ones to discover at every turn. Whether you're on the water, in the mountains, or the forest, you will see all types of animals. The water is home to humpbacks, gray whales, sea lions, seals, sea otters, and glorious orca whales. On land, you'll find critters of all sizes, from baby animals to bears, eagles, moose (plural should be meese), and so much more.
Be sure to bring your cameras and binoculars so you don't miss anything. In early fall, many species become more active–mating, migrating, and feeding to prepare for winter. Our all-inclusive Alaska cruises on small ships maximize your experiences by adventuring where big cruises can't.
Alaska is renowned for its spectacular sights, so if you've had seeing the Aurora Borealis or larger-than-life glaciers on your bucket list, be prepared to cross them off. Our Alaskan cruise activities provide a complete experience of all Alaska offers, taking you from tours in Juneau to Sitka, Ketchikan, Whittier, and even Canada's Inside Passage.
From snow-covered mountains and freezing glaciers in Glacier Bay National Park to Tongass National Forest, the largest national forest in the country, and dazzling waterfalls, the views are one-of-a-kind. Immerse yourself in nature and enjoy the fresh air, whether you're partaking in our fun daily activities or taking in the breathtaking sight of the Northern Lights from the top deck.
We are known for our daily activities, with adventure and fun as our top priorities, after safety, of course. The activities and necessary gear are included in the price of our Alaskan cruise packages. There's something for everyone with plenty of different activities, and our smaller cruise ship gives us more flexibility to venture where others can't. Sail with us to experience Alaska while participating in any of these activities:
- Wildlife and sight-seeing tours for whale watching or glaciers
- Hiking, kayaking, paddle boarding, fishing, and skiing
- Tours of Alaska mines and other sights that are culturally significant
- Polar plunges and so much more
If you're ready for adventure, join UnCruise on one of our small cruise ships to Alaska to experience the breathtaking beauty of this unique state and the animals that call it their home.