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Alaska

Need to Know

Yak'ei haat yigoodee! (Welcome in Tlingit!)

The literal translation means “It is good that you have come,” and you’ll soon agree. Throughout your voyage get up-close to the wilderness, wildlife, and fascinating cultures of Alaska—The Great Land.

Here you’ll find important travel information and details about your expedition vessel that will help with your vacation planning. At any time during your adventure, feel free to direct questions to your captain or expedition leader.  

Identification: All guests need legal government-issued photo ID or a valid passport to board the vessel. Submit Identification & Emergency Contact information for each traveler to our office via the Online Guest Forms available on our Guest Portal. 

Passports / Visas: Non-U.S. residents - Passports are required to enter the U.S. Passport and visa requirements are dependent on your travel destinations and nationality. Most countries require that your passport be valid 6 months beyond your arrival into that country. It is your responsibility to verify entry requirements. Failure to do so could result in denial of entry into that country. Make photocopies of important documents, such as passport, or save photos of documents on your smartphone/camera. We recommend making copies of important documents like passports and I.D. and keeping copies separate from originals. Keep essential items with you in your carry-on bags while traveling.

Homeland Security: No one is allowed on board the vessels without prior permission and untagged luggage will be searched; any luggage is subject to search. Please properly tag all luggage and carry-on bags.

Boarding Vouchers: Vouchers/tickets for services are not necessary—your name will appear on transfer and boarding manifests.

Delays & Emergency Contacts:  On embarkation day – Seattle office, regular office hours: (7:00- 4:00 PT/Monday-Friday; 8:00-12:00 PT/ Saturday) at 888-862-8881. For the after-hours number, refer to your final documents. Family/friends can use these numbers for emergencies requiring you to be contacted during your voyage. Our Seattle staff will relay a message to the ship or our land operators.

Dietary / Medical: If you have a physical disability, require on-going or frequent medical attention, take special medications, or have any food allergies or special diets, complete the Dietary & Medical Needs section of your Guest Portal.

While crew members are trained in first-aid and expedition staff are certified Wilderness First Responders, there isn’t a doctor on board. The vessels are equipped with emergency first-aid supplies. Any emergency beyond the capability of the crew will be handled by motoring and/or air services to the nearest medical facility. Any costs for emergency evacuations or service are the responsibility of the traveler.  

Seasickness: In the event of high winds or some open passageway crossings, you may experience seasickness. Seasickness medication is provided on board and is not recommended for children.

Luggage: It is your responsibility to check directly with your airline and departing airports for current regulations concerning prohibited items, luggage allowances, overweight baggage and other airline charges. UnCruise Adventures representatives will handle and transfer your luggage once you arrive for embarkation. However, baggage handling services may be unavailable within restricted areas of airports, so it is a good rule not to pack more than you can carry or wheel yourself.

Fishing Pre-Cruise: FDA and CDC regulations mandate that any fish caught on a pre-cruise excursion cannot be stored or cooked on board an UnCruise vessel, even for charter guests. If you plan on fishing before your cruise please make arrangements to ship all of your catch home prior to boarding.

Transfers: On embarkation and disembarkation days, roundtrip group transfers are provided between the airport/hospitality area/vessel.  

Day-to-Day: Our intimate size gives us access to secluded passages, coves, and wilderness areas—allowing for spontaneity and the ability to take advantage of opportunities as they arise. A day's schedule may change when wildlife presents itself and/or it is the guests’ desire to explore an area beyond a certain period of time. Your captain and expedition leader will keep you informed.

Activities/Equipment: Throughout your voyage guided hiking, kayaking, paddle boarding, beachcombing, and skiff excursions are available. You should be able to comfortably walk distances of at least 1/2-mile at a time. A certain amount of agility is necessary when boarding the boats, kayaks, motorized skiffs, or hiking over exposed vegetation and rocks on trails. All vessels carry inflatable skiffs which are used for transfers to/from shore. Tandem sea kayaks and paddle boards are available with instruction provided by the crew. An exercise bike, elliptical machine, and other recreational equipment are also available.  

Public Areas: Each boat has an outer-deck hot tub, lounge, dining area, covered patio deck, an open bow for up-close viewing, and depending on your vessel a kayak launching system or full-beam swim step. An assortment of DVDs, magazines, books, and games are available for your use. UnCruise’s open bridge policy welcomes you to visit with your captain and crew.

Meals: Meals and premium alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages are included aboard all our vessels at no additional charge. Charges apply only for super premium wines and spirits. Specific meal times and daily entrée choices will be announced on board.

Gratuities: Recommended gratuities for exceptional service are $250 per guest, per week or 7-10% of charter fare for private full vessel charters. Gratuities will be settled along with your boat tab toward the end of your cruise. Personal checks, traveler’s checks, cash, or credit cards are accepted. Shipboard credit cannot be used toward gratuities. Gratuities to shoreside tour guides and drivers are not included and are at your discretion.

Photography: Crew members photograph guests, activities, and wildlife during the cruise. Some images may later be used in marketing materials. Guests who prefer their image not be used should notify the expedition leader on board at the beginning of the cruise. Guests who give images to our on board team are thereby giving. UnCruise Adventures permission to use such images for promotional purposes.

Drones: The use of drones is not allowed from our vessels. We travel in National Parks and remote, protected areas where the use of a drone is prohibited and/or not appropriate.

Smoking / Marijuana: Smoking tobacco products is only allowed on outside aft decks away from doors and windows and is not permitted during shore excursions or on nature trails. Smoking materials are not sold on board and should not be thrown overboard. While marijuana is legal in many U.S. states for medical or recreational use, federal law supersedes state law. Since marijuana is still a federally controlled substance, it is prohibited aboard all of our vessels, in all destinations. (Maritime Drug Law Enforcement Act (MDLEA) 46 U.S.C. 70501-70507, prohibiting the illegal transportation of controlled substances by a vessel.)

Special Events: We are happy to assist in celebrating a special event, such as a birthday, honeymoon, or anniversary. Please advise us as far in advance as possible by indicating your occasion on your Guest Portal. 

Laundry: There are no guest laundry facilities on board.

Cabins: All cabins are well-appointed, comfortable, and keyless. The small size and intimate nature of the vessels makes it possible to avoid the inconvenience of keys. You can always lock your cabin from within. Cabins offer a private bathroom with a shower. A collection of eco-friendly toiletries (conditioning shampoo and body wash), towels, hair dryer, and TV/DVD player is provided. The tap water is potable. On our vessels we use marine style toilets. These toilets are designed to receive, retain, and treat sewage. Important to know - the only thing that should go down the marine head is human waste and toilet paper - with no exceptions. Anything other than human waste and toilet paper can cause severe plumbing issues throughout the ship. Only use the toilet paper provided. Standard 110v electrical outlets can accommodate electric shavers, cell phone and camera battery chargers. Check all of your equipment to ensure that you have the required chargers, adapters and converters for safe operation at 110v.

Communications: Please note that internet access is not available on board. Each vessel is equipped with a modern navigation and communications system including a Global Positioning System (GPS), satellite phone, marine radio, and cellular phone. Guests may make or receive emergency calls on the satellite phone at a rate of $10.00 per minute—times are rounded up to the next minute and charges must be paid prior to disembarkation. Be aware that service is often unavailable when using any cell phone or the vessel’s satellite phone.  

We look forward to showing you the amazing wildlife, landscapes and adventure Alaska has to offer. Welcome Aboard!

Required Arrival & Departure Times

In an effort to ensure your flights/travel are arranged for your cruise at the correct time, please follow our guidance below. The times are for all itineraries. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact us.

On embarkation day, your flight should arrive no later than.

Anchorage (ANC): 1:00 pm

Juneau (JNU): 4:00 pm

Ketchikan (KTN): 4:00 pm

Seattle (SEA): 2:00 pm

Sitka (SIT): 4:00 pm

On disembarkation day, your flight should leave no earlier than.

Anchorage (ANC): 2:00 pm

Juneau (JNU): 11:30 am

Ketchikan (KTN): 11:30 am

Seattle (SEA): 12:00 pm

Sitka (SIT): 11:30 am

Tour: Denali & Talkeetna Wilderness Rail Adventure

At the beginning of your adventure, your flight should arrive by 5:00 pm.

At the end of your Denali adventure, your flight may depart at any time.

If you are doing this adventure pre cruise, see the arrival times above for the required time to arrive in your embarkation port.

Packing Tips

Southeast Alaska's weather will be a big influence on your packing plan. Summers are mild. Long days extend to 15-18 hours of daylight. Here in the heart of Earth's biggest temperate rainforest, precipitation is common. May-September, temps range from 55-65˚F (12-18˚C), but can soar to 80˚F (27˚C). Evenings dip to 40-50˚F (4-10˚C). If you're tempted to take the "polar plunge", the water will be mid-40s˚ to low-50s˚F (7-10˚C).

If you have added on a land tour into Southcentral Alaska, anticipate high temps similar to Southeast, though daytime highs can occasionally hit the 90s˚F. Evenings are slightly cooler dipping to 25-35˚F. Rainfall is considerably less in Southcentral.

In Southeast and Southcentral, conditions change week-to-week and historic averages are changing. Check the weather forecast via your preferred weather source (such as NOAA's National Weather Service) for your cruise dates before packing.

Liquid sunshine or cloud failure, each day brings adventures—kayaking, hiking, and skiffing about. Bring clothing that layers easily so that you can add or remove layers as conditions change throughout the day. It can be chilly near glaciers and on deck when the ship is underway, then much warmer when you go ashore. While you want to be sure you bring your "Alaskan Tennis Shoes," storage space in your cabin is limited, so pack efficiently. There are also boots onboard our Alaska vessels to use during your week.

The UnCruise style is casual. While on board, that means t-shirts, sweaters, sweatshirts, jeans, khakis, even shorts. For outdoor activities, pack clothes that layer: convertible hiking pants, moisture-wicking base layers, and thermal underwear (top to bottom). Multiple thin layers are better than one or two thick ones.

A note on fabrics: moisture-wicking/quick-drying (wool, polyester, etc.) fabrics are most effective in keeping you warm and dry, especially when participating in off-vessel activities. Cotton absorbs moisture and is slow to dry in Alaska's damp environment, so keep cotton to a minimum.

Chances are it will rain and be windy. A heavy-duty, waterproof rain jacket and rain pants with waterproof, taped seams (made of Gore-Tex, Pertex, or a similar waterproof fabric) are highly recommended. Fleece jackets/pullovers and zip-up vests will be good for layering and warmth. Bring a scarf, gloves, and warm, water-resistant hat that covers your ears. If you're travelling with kids, bring an extra pair of gloves—they get wet!

Footwear

Whether it's heavy rain, ankle-deep water, or mud... the "Alaskan tennis shoe" (aka a pair of calf-high rubber boots, Wellingtons, or gummies) is a must.

What exactly is the "Alaskan tennis shoe"? Our daily boots.

Consider replacing the insoles with a padded set for more comfort. Hiking in Alaska is best in rubber boots, but you may also want to bring a pair of waterproof hiking boots. Water socks or multi-sport shoes are handy for paddle boarding. On board, a skid proof deck shoe is a good idea. Bring lots of moisture-wicking, quick-dry (synthetic or wool) socks. (Yes, we do provide rubber boots to use while onboard.)

We recommend that you bring your own rubber boots for your best fit and availability. Youth size boots are not available aboard any of our vessels.

Alaska Packing List

Clothing
 Full-length or convertible hiking pants
 Moisture-wicking long & short sleeve shirts
  (polypropylene, merino wool, etc.)
 Thermal top & bottom base layers
 Sweaters, sweatshirts, cozy long-sleeve fleece
 Casual t-shirts, blouses, jeans/khakis, shorts for on board
 Socks (synthetic or wool) for all activities
 Bathing suit

Outerwear
 Waterproof rain jacket and pants
 Fleece or hooded jacket/pullover
 Scarf, gloves, and warm hat (extra gloves for kids!)
 Water-resistant hat that covers your ears

Luggage
 Dry bag for camera, binoculars, snacks, etc.
 Collapsible or nesting luggage recommended to
  maximize cabin storage space
 Daypack for hiking and skiff rides

Footwear
    For wet landings & walking in mud:
 Calf- to knee-high rubber boots (we do have a limited supply of rubber boots onboard to borrow)
  For hiking:
 Waterproof hiking boots with tread
 Or, your favorite hiking shoes with tread
  For onboard:
 Comfortable walking shoes

Optional Items
 Travel binoculars with safety strap
 Camera, memory cards, extra batteries/charger,
  safety lanyard
 Paddling / waterproof gloves
 Water bottle (also available on board)
 Sunglasses & retainer strap
 SPF-rated lip protection
 Insect repellent
 Adventurous spirit!

*Please note: if you are going on a pre- or post-cruise land tour, be sure to
bring your own refillable water bottle, sunscreen, and insect repellant.

Onboard Amenities

Your cabin comes complete with a hairdryer, towels, eco-friendly shampoo/conditioner, and body wash.

Provided On Board
 Adventure gear & yoga mats

 Refillable water bottles
 Sunscreen & insect repellant
 Fun and adventure!

Wildlife

Like the landscape, the wildlife in Southeast Alaska is big. You may spot mountain goats patrolling shoreline cliffs, black bears catching their lunch, and moose foraging in marshy tidelands. The mainland and islands of Southeast are ripe for sightings.

Alaska is also known for its rich marine life. Look for sea otters feeding on sea urchins in forests of kelp. Listen for the roaring of Steller sea lions as you approach their haulouts on rocky islands. The most commonly spotted cetaceans are orca and humpbacks that migrate to these waters annually, but there are species under the water's surface you might never suspect.

Our small ships take guests into some of the best places in Alaska for wildlife viewing. They can access secluded coves and quiet corners, taking you deeper into animals’ natural habitat. Flexible itineraries allow your captain to turn, pause, and linger when a whale surfaces or a bear appears on shore. Here are some of the animals that you may see on an Alaska UnCruise.

Land Animals

  • Coastal brown bear
  • Black bear
  • Sitka black-tailed deer
  • River otter
  • Mountain goat (pictured)
  • Beaver
  • Moose

Marine Life

  • Whales: humpback, gray, fin, minke
  • Orca
  • Dall’s porpoise and dolphin
  • Harbor seal
  • Steller sea lion
  • Sea otter (pictured)
  • Salmon: Chinook, Coho, pink
  • Sea stars, sponges, and anemones

Birds

  • Bald eagle (pictured)
  • Black oystercatcher
  • Marbled murrelet and cormorant
  • Common and Pacific loons
  • Harlequin duck
  • Red-breasted merganser
  • Surf scoter and pigeon guillemot
  • Tufted and horned puffins

Suggested Reading

We know you're as excited to sail as we are. Discover more about The Great Land by pulling a few books of the shelf... here's our recommended Alaska reading list.

These resources are suggested to enhance your understanding and enjoyment of the history, unique culture, wilderness, and wildlife of Southeast Alaska.

Alaska: A Novel - James A Michener
In classic Michener style, tenacity of both the human kind and of the natural world is chronicled in a sweeping epic beginning with Alaska’s geologic creation and its first inhabitants through World War II.

The Sea Runners - Ivan Doig
Celebrated author, Ivan Doig’s first novel, and first crack at fiction, tells the tale of four Scandinavian men who risked their lives to escape indentured servitude in Russian Alaska by stealing a canoe and aiming for Astoria, Oregon, a 1,200 mile journey away.

Travels in Alaska - John Muir
Muir’s last book includes his journals from 1879, 1880, and 1890 detailing the power the wilderness has to heal a person’s body and soul. With intimate descriptions of glaciers and wildlife, this is an essential, classic anthem on the beauty of Alaska.

The Only Kayak - Kim Heacox
This flowing memoir tells the rich coming-of-age story of an Idaho-born man finding his place in the world in Alaska’s rugged Glacier Bay National Park as a park ranger.

Passage To Juneau: A Sea and Its Meanings - Jonathan Raban
The Seattle-based, British travel writer’s account of his solo navigation of the Inside Passage on a 35-foot sailboat weaves together his personal memoir, the histories of native cultures and European explorers, and the incredible impact the natural world can have on the soul.

The Plants of the Pacific Northwest Coast: Washington, Oregon, British Columbia, & Alaska - Jim Pojar
Photographs, drawings, descriptions of plants and of their habitat, covering nearly 800 trees, wildflowers, shrubs, lichens, mosses, grasses, and ferns of the Pacific Northwest.

Salmon in the Trees: Life in Alaska's Tongass Rain Forest - Amy Gulick
The story of the magnificent Tongass National Forest is told through the lives of salmon and the crucial connection they bridge between the forest and the sea.

Alaska Park Science: Scientific Studies on Climate Change in Alaska’s National Parks - Alaska Geographic
Published twice a year for the National Park Service, this journal details the most up-to-date information on climate change and its effect on Alaska's wildlands.

Alaska’s Southeast: Touring the Inside Passage - Mike Miller
This guidebook includes history of the region along with recommendations and information on how to get the most from your trip, from learning to interpret totem poles to details on the bays and fjords of the Inside Passage.

Where the Sea Breaks Its Back - Corey Ford
Telling the epic story of adventure, Ford details the struggle and daring of Georg Steller’s voyage aboard the St. Peter with Vitus Bering.

Klondike: The Last Great Gold Rush - Pierre Berton
Introducing some of the most memorable, and oftentimes raucous, characters of the Gold Rush, Berton weaves a colorful and historic account of lawless, wild days in the Alaskan frontier.

Where to Meet

Luggage: Please have your luggage checked in with an UnCruise Adventures representative no later than 3:00 p.m.

Transfer: You will need to be back in hospitality NO LATER than 4:30 p.m.

Hours available: 9:00 a.m to 4:30 p.m

Sitka Check-in

Check in is available between the hours of 9:00am and 3:00pm on embarkation day.
Luggage: Please have your luggage checked in with the representative in the hospitality area by 3:00 p.m.

Transfer: You need to be back in the hospitality area NO LATER than 4:45 p.m. for the group transfer to the vessel.

Hospitality: Harrigan Centennial Hall
330 Harbor Dr
Sitka, AK 99835

Hours Available: 8:30am until 5:00pm

Anchorage (Safari Explorer Summer 2024)

Luggage: Must be checked in by 2:00pm

Transfer: Need to be back at hospitality by 3:00pm ** Transfers will be included from Hilton Anchorage hospitality to Whitter and reverse.

Hospitality: Hilton Anchorage                                                               500 West Third AvenueAnchorage, AK 99501Hours Available: 8:30am until 4:00pmKetchikan Check-in

Check in is available between the hours of 9:00am and 3:00pm on embarkation day.

Luggage: Please have your luggage checked in with the representative in the hospitality area by 3:00 p.m.

Transfer: You need to be back in the hospitality area NO LATER than 4:45 p.m. for the group transfer to the vessel.

Hospitality: Cape Fox Lodge
800 Venetia Ave
Ketchikan, AK 99901

Seattle Check-In

Luggage: Please have your luggage checked in with the representative in the hospitality area by 3:00 p.m.

Transfer: You need to be back in the hospitality area NO LATER than 4:30 p.m. for the group transfer to the vessel.

Hospitality: Fishermen’s Terminal, Nordby Room
3919 18th Avenue West
Seattle, WA 98119

Check-in is available between 9:00am and 4:00pm on embarkation day.

Hawaii

Need to Know

E Komo Mai! (Welcome!)

Throughout your journey, you’ll go up-close to the natural wonders and culture of the Hawaiian Islands—some of the most treasured islands in the world. Our enthusiastic crew will enrich you with knowledge and immerse you in fun.

Click to find more details and find important travel information and details about your expedition vessel that will help with your trip preparation. At any time during your adventure, direct questions to your captain or expedition leader.

Required Arrival & Departure

In an effort to ensure your flights/travel are arranged for your cruise at the correct time, please follow our guidance below. The times are for all itineraries. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact us.

On embarkation day, your flight should arrive no later than:

Hawaii, the Big Island (KOA): 2:00 pm

Molokai (MKK): 3:30 pm

On disembarkation day, your flight should leave no earlier than:

Hawaii, the Big Island (KOA): 12:00 pm

Molokai (MKK): 10:00 am

The process of connecting from your mainland flight to Mokulele Airlines to get to Molokai is different than your usual connection. See our How-To on the connection.

Packing Tips

The Hawaiian Islands are a collection of diverse micro-climates. With only 2 seasons—fall (Hooilo), November-April, and summer (Kau), May-October—temperatures and weather are fairly consistent year-round. Daytime temperatures average between 74° and 78° F in fall and between 80°and 85° F in summer—though temperatures are lower at higher elevations. Evenings only drop about 10° F. Please note that if you desire a wet suit for daily water activites to pack one with you. Wetsuits are not provided onboard in Hawaii, but are provided only for the manta ray snorkle by our partner.

Think practicality, active comfort, and layers. Weather and activities should be your guide for packing. Clothing made with sun protective fabric is recommended. Personal gear that serves you well on other outdoor adventures in warm climates will also work well for you in Hawaii. Please keep in mind that your storage space is limited, so pack efficiently.

Like all UnCruise adventures, the attire is very casual throughout the entire cruise. As there will be a variety of water sports available throughout the cruise, it is fine to wear your swimsuit in the dining room with an appropriate cover-up. No formal wear is required at any time.

Packing List

Clothing
 Sweater or sweatshirt for windy evenings on deck
 Lightweight long-sleeve shirts
 Short sleeve t-shirts, shirts, or blouses
 Lightweight or convertible hiking pants
 Jeans/khakis, shorts, skirts/dresses
 Bathing suit

Outerwear
 Light rain or wind jacket
 Fleece or hooded jacket/pullover
 Brimmed hat & sun hat that covers ears/neck
 Long sleeve rash guard/sun-shirt

Luggage
 Dry bag for camera, binoculars, snacks, etc.
 Collapsible or nesting luggage recommended to
  maximize cabin storage space
 Daypack for hiking and skiff rides

Footwear

  Day hikers or sturdy walking shoes
 Water socks or water shoes/sandals
 Comfortable deck shoes
 Socks

Optional Items
 Travel binoculars with safety strap
 Camera, memory cards, extra batteries/charger,
  safety lanyard
 Paddling / waterproof gloves
 Water bottle (also available on board)

    Snorkel vest or wet suit (if you foresee needing one and want a bit more warmth) wetsuits are not provided
 Travel binoculars with safety strap
 Sunglasses & retainer strap
 SPF-rated lip protection
 Insect repellent
 Adventurous spirit!

*Please note: if you are going on a pre- or post-cruise land tour, be sure to bring your own refillable water bottle, sunscreen, and insect repellant.

On Board Amenities

Your cabin comes complete with a hairdryer, towels, eco-friendly shampoo/conditioner, and body wash.

Provided On Board
 Adventure gear including mask/snorkel/fins & yoga mats

 Refillable water bottles
 Sunscreen & insect repellant
 Fun and adventure!

Seasickness

We will be cruising on the leeward (west and south) side of the islands where it is generally calmer (trade winds and rougher water tends to be on the windward—east and north—sides of each island). Seasickness medication is kept on board all of our boats, however, it is not recommended for children. If you are prone to seasickness or traveling with children, you should consult your physician prior to your departure. The captain will update you when there might be extra motion so you can take the medication in enough time to be effective.

Wildlife

The Hawaiian Islands are more than 2,500 miles from any other landmass. Due in part to the islands’ remote location, there are no snakes in Hawaii and only two native mammals—the hoary bat and the Hawaiian monk seal. It’s more common to see wild birds and introduced mammals, reptiles, and amphibians. Flowering plants, fruit-bearing trees, and banyans provide perches for songbirds; sunbaked lava rock offers hiding spots for geckos and lizards.

Of the world’s 88 species of cetaceans (whales and dolphins), 24 have been seen in Hawaii. Humpback whales travel 3,000 miles in less than two months, migrating from Alaska to breed and give birth in the islands’ warm and shallow waters. Many sea creatures, including several species of dolphin, can be seen in the archipelago all year long. Here are some of the tropical plants and animals you may encounter on an UnCruise Adventure through the Hawaiian Islands.

Animals and Birds

  • Nene or “Hawaiian goose” (pictured)
  • Hawaiian honeycreepers
  • Pueo (Hawaiian short-eared owl)
  • Myna birds
  • Ae‘o (Hawaiian stilt)
  • Cardinals
  • Egrets
  • Feral pig
  • Indian mongoose
  • Bullfrogs and tree frogs
  • Geckos
  •  

Marine Life

  • Hammerhead sharks
  • Spinner, spotted, and bottlenose dolphins
  • Humpback whale (pictured)
  • Pilot, melon head, and false killer whales
  • Green sea turtles
  • Giant Pacific Manta rays
  • Octopus
  • Whale sharks
  • Humuhumunukunukuapaua’a (the official Hawaii state fish, also called the rectangular triggerfish)
  • Yellow tang, Moorish idols, butterflyfish, white-spotted toby, clown fish, wrasse, trumpetfish, needlefish, eels

Suggested Reading

These resources are suggested to enhance your understanding and enjoyment of the history, unique culture, wilderness, and wildlife of Hawaii.

Natural World

By Wind, By Wave: An Introduction to Hawaii’s Natural History - David L. Eyre
Showcasing 17 specific animals, Eyre explores and explains the interwoven and complex ecosystem of Hawaii and how the environment has been changed.

Pele: Goddess of Hawaii’s Volcanoes - Herb Kawainui Kane
Pele, the goddess of volcanoes, is a fascinating character in the historic mythology and modern-day lives of Hawaiians. Discover the fiery and gentle sides of this most famous goddess, and a tip or two on how to stay on her good side while visiting her islands.

Voices of Wisdom: Hawaiian Elders Speak - M.J. Harden
Striking photos and phenomenal interviews with 24 leaders of Hawaiian culture today offer up wisdom of the elders seldom shared outside local Native circles.

Hawaiian Heritage Plants - Angela Kay Kepler
Through short essays, the stories of 32 native plants are told through their unique biology, cultural and spiritual significance, historical role, and place within the greater ecosystem.

Eddie Would Go - Stuart Holmes Coleman
This is a well-told tribute biography of Eddie Aikau, pioneer of big wave surfing, ambassador of Aloha, and beloved Hawaiian son who sacrificed his life to save his crew on a 1970s canoe voyage.

Mark Twain in Hawaii: Roughing it in the Sandwich Islands - Mark Twain

Sent on assignment to write about Hawaii in the 1860s, his adventure included socializing with Hawaiian Royals, trying to surf, witnessing volcanic flows, and experiencing vibrant island culture.

Moloka'i - Alan Brennert
A novel of historical fiction tells a colorfully imagined tale of a young girl sent to live in Hawaii’s leper colony and the life she discovers there.

No Footprints in the Sand: A Memoir of Kalaupapa - Henry Kalalahilimoku Nalaielua, Sally-Jo Keala-o-anuenue Bowman
At age 10, Nalaielua is diagnosed with Hansens disease—or leprosy—and sent away to live at a leprosy colony. Often cheerful, this is his memoir growing up exiled and isolated.

Where to Meet

Hospitality Information for Kona:
After you pick up your luggage, please meet our transfer representative, who will be holding an UnCruise Adventures sign, outside the baggage claim area. If you are not arriving on a flight today but are returning a rental car at the airport, you must notify your sales counselor before travel. A member of the UnCruise Adventures team will notify you approximately 7 days prior to embarkation of your scheduled transfer time and meeting location.


If you encounter any delays or travel issues en route to your UnCruise Adventure, please let us know by calling: 888-862-8881. After hours: 907-209-4039.

Luggage: Please have your luggage checked in with the representative in the hospitality area by 2:45 p.m.

Transfer to Pier: You need to be back in the hospitality area NO LATER than 4:45 p.m. for the group transfer to the Safari Explorer

Hospitality: Courtyard King Kamehameha's Kona Beach Hotel - Hotel shuttle service is not provided by the hotel, please reach out to UnCruise for transfer arrangements on same day arrivals.
75-5660 Palani Road
Kailua-Kona, Hawaii 96740

Hours Available: 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.
 
Hospitality Information for Molokai:
After you pick up your luggage, please meet our transfer representative, who will be holding an UnCruise Adventures sign, outside the baggage claim area.

If you are not arriving on a flight today but are returning a rental car at the airport, you must notify your sales counselor before travel. A member of the UnCruise Adventures team will notify you approximately 7 days prior to embarkation of your scheduled transfer time and meeting location.
If you encounter any delays or travel issues en route to your UnCruise, please let us know by calling: 888-862-8881. After hours: 907-209-4039.
Luggage: Please have your luggage checked in with the representative in the hospitality area by
3:00 p.m.

Transfer to Pier: You need to be back in the hospitality area NO LATER than 4:45 p.m. for the group transfer to the Safari Explorer

Hospitality: Hotel Molokai
1300 Kamehameha V Highway
Kaunakakai, Hawaii 96748

Hours Available: 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.

Mexico

Need to Know

Bienvenido! (Welcome in Spanish!)

In the wake of author John Steinbeck’s and marine biologist Ed Ricketts’ high-spirited expedition to the Sea of Cortés, we welcome you aboard for your own journey of exploration. Natural beauty, fascinating culture, and a land and sea brimming with wildlife are in store. Note for our April 6th,2024 Eclipse cruise single use solar eclipse safety glasses will be provided. If you prefer high-quality solar eclipse safety glasses, please bring your own pair.

Click this link for important information about your vessel and will provide assistance with your trip preparation. At any time during your adventure, direct questions, concerns or comments to your captain or expedition leader.

Required Arrival & Departure Times

In an effort to ensure your flights/travel are arranged for your cruise at the correct time, please follow our guidance below. The times are for all itineraries. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact us.

On embarkation day, your flight should arrive no later than.

City/Port: Los Cabos (SJD)
Arrival Time: 1:30 pm

On disembarkation day, your flight should leave no earlier than.

City/Port: Los Cabos (SJD)
Departure Time: 1:00 pm

Packing Tips

One of the most cloud-free regions of the world, the weather in Baja California Sur is pleasant throughout the year. Climactic zones range from tropical to semi-arid, though, and it can be windy at times. Showers are infrequent, but when they come, they can be intense—a sight to see! November and March, daytime temps range between 70° and 85°F, while nights are cooler and dip into the low 50s and 60s. Water temperatures vary depending on location, but generally hover in the neighborhood of 65-70°F.

The UnCruise style is casual, and every day you’ll have opportunities for active adventure—kayaking, hiking, snorkeling, or riding the skiff. Shorts, convertible hiking pants/khakis, skirts, plus tank tops, t-shirts, and breathable long-sleeved shirts that layer easily together will be comfortable and appropriate at any time. Bringing clothing that layers together allows you to adjust for varying weather, temperatures, and protection from the sun, by easily peeling off or adding on a layer.

It can get breezy and chilly on board, especially at night, so a hooded rain/wind jacket, fleece or zip-up vest, light sweater, sweatshirt, and/or casual jacket will be important to have available.

Bring a brimmed hat for sun protection from the sun, and remember your bathing suit for snorkeling and hot tubbing.

Packing List

Clothing
 Sweater or sweatshirt for windy evenings on deck
 Lightweight long-sleeve shirts
 Short sleeve t-shirts, shirts, or blouses
 Lightweight or convertible hiking pants
 Jeans/khakis, shorts, skirts/dresses
 Bathing suit

Outerwear
 Light rain or wind jacket
 Fleece or hooded jacket/pullover
 Brimmed hat & sun hat that covers ears/neck
 Long sleeve rash guard/sun-shirt

Luggage
 Dry bag for camera, binoculars, snacks, etc.
 Collapsible or nesting luggage recommended to
  maximize cabin storage space
 Daypack for hiking and skiff rides

Footwear

  Day hikers or sturdy walking shoes
 Water socks or water shoes/sandals
 Comfortable deck shoes
 Socks

Pack comfortable sneakers, sturdy walking shoes, or day hikers for hikes and walks. You'll also want sandals or reef shoes that you don’t mind getting wet for wet landings and water activities.

Optional Items
Travel binoculars with safety strap
 Camera, memory cards, extra batteries/charger,
  safety lanyard
 Paddling / waterproof gloves                                                                                                                                                         Reef safe sunscreen                                                                                                                                                                                Water bottle (also available on board)                                                                                                                                          Travel binoculars with safety strap
 Sunglasses & retainer strap
 SPF-rated lip protection
 Insect repellent
 Adventurous spirit!

*Please note: if you are going on a pre- or post-cruise land tour, be sure to bring your own refillable water bottle, sunscreen, and insect repellant.

On Board Amenities

Your cabin comes complete with a hairdryer, towels, eco-friendly shampoo/conditioner, body wash and robes.

Provided On Board
 Adventure gear including mask/snorkel/fins, wet suits & yoga mats

 Refillable water bottles
 Sunscreen & insect repellant
 Fun and adventure!

Vaccinations

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that all visitors of Mexico are up-to-date on vaccinations. Get specific recommendations on the CDC website.

* The CDC also provides updated recommendations concerning the Zika virus in destinations around the world.

Find out more on Covid-19 protocols and vaccinations on our Health Policy and Vaccination page. More details continue to be updated.

Wildlife

Over 700 miles long, the Sea of Cortes is a glittering turquoise jewel, dotted with islands along its western shoreline and outlined by the long arm of the Baja Peninsula. A dramatic desert of soft, muted greens, golds, and reds, the land rises quickly from the sea along the Sierra de la Giganta—the peninsulaʼs mountainous spine.

On land, and on—or in!—the water, itʼs easy to get lulled into the quiet, gentle rhythm of this sun-kissed state. But below the surface of the sea and in all the nooks and crannies of rocky red cliffs and high-reaching cardon cactus, the land is teeming with life. More than 40 reptile and amphibian species, over 50 mammal species, and nearly 200 bird species call Baja California Sur home. Here are some animals and plants you’re likely to see on an UnCruise Adventure in Mexico.

Animals and Birds

  • Spiny-tailed iguana
  • Horned, zebra-tailed, and worm lizards
  • Coyote
  • Brush rabbit and jackrabbit
  • Blue-footed booby
  • Pelican
  • Cormorant
  • Magnificent Frigatebird
  • Sandpiper

Marine Life

  • Gray, humpback, blue, and fin whales
  • Whale shark and dolphin (pictured)
  • Sea lion
  • Elephant seal
  • Mobula ray
  • Butterflyfish, parrot fish, oarfish, and starfish
  • Nudibranch
  • Squid
  • Eel
  • Sally Lightfoot and hermit crabs

Suggested Reading

These resources are suggested to enhance your understanding and enjoyment of the history, unique culture, wilderness, and wildlife of Mexico.

The Desert Islands of Mexico’s Sea of Cortez - Stewart Aitchison
Get an in-depth look at the natural history of the unique and unexpectedly, biologically rich islands dotting the coastline.

Eye of the Whale: Epic Passage from Baja to Siberia - Dick Russell
A narration of the incredible migration gray whales make each year from Baja to the Bering Strait is interwoven with the history of a 19th-century whaling captain whose change of heart leads him to become a renowned naturalist.

Roadside Geology and Biology of Baja California - John Minch, Edwin Minch and Jason Minch
Intelligent, fascinating mile-by-mile guide with photos and sketches describing Baja's unique geology and biology.

King of the Moon: A Novel of Baja California - Gene Kira
A beautiful, vividly told big fish tale of real Baja as told through the fictitious lives of a family in a small fishing village along the Sea of Cortés.

The Log from the Sea of Cortez - John Steinbeck
In 1940, Steinbeck and his friend, biologist Ed Rickets set out aboard The Western Flyer for a 6-week exploration collecting plant and animal specimens along the Sea of Cortés. This is their colorful day-by-day account.

Almost an Island: Travels in Baja California - Bruce Berger
Berger paints an unforgettable picture of remote Baja in vibrant stories of the characters he meets throughout his 30 years living on and exploring the peninsula.

Into A Desert Place - Graham Mackintosh
An adventurous account of an Englishman’s experience falling in love with Baja and his journey to walk the entire 800-mile length of the peninsula.

Where to Meet

San Jose del Cabo Hospitality Information:

Transfer from San Jose del Cabo Airport to Hospitality: After you pick up your luggage and pass through customs, exit the terminal where it says Ground Transportation / Taxis / Bus. Once outside, please look for our representative who will be holding an UnCruise Adventures sign.

If you encounter any delays or travel issues en route to your UnCruise or delays, please let us know by contacting our Seattle office during office hours 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Mon to Friday and 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m Saturday: 888-862-8881. After Hours or emergencies, please contact our representative: 907-957-3501.IMPORTANT NOTE: If you are arriving prior to embarkation day and have requested to join the day-of-embarkation transfer after returning a rental car/other, a member of the UnCruise Adventures team will notify you approximately 7 days prior to embarkation of your scheduled transfer time and meeting location at the airport.

Please note: due to Mexico tourism regulations we are unable to accept non-flight arrival transfer requests/changes less than 14 days prior to embarkation day.

Luggage: Please have your luggage checked in with the representative in the hospitality area by 2:30 p.m.

Transfer to La Paz: You need to be back in the hospitality area NO LATER than 3:45 p.m. for the included group sightseeing and orientation transfer to the Safari Voyager in La Paz.

Hospitality: Barcelo Grand Faro Los Cabos Hotel
Blvd. San Jose S/N Lote 9, Seccion Hotelera,
23400 San Jose del Cabo

Hours: 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.

Galapagos

Need to Know

Bienvenido! (Welcome in Spanish!)

Click here to download your Need to Know document. This guide includes important travel information about your Galápagos cruise—please read it thoroughly. During the voyage, direct any questions to your onboard hotel manager or expedition leader.

For guests extending their trip with the Machu Picchu post-cruise tour, we have included additional travel information about your land package.

Required Arrival & Departure Times

In an effort to ensure your flights/travel are arranged for your cruise at the correct time, please follow our guidance below. The times are for all itineraries. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact us.

On embarkation day, your flight should arrive no later than...

City/Port: Guayaquil, Ecuador (GYE)
Arrival Time: Anytime (1 pre-cruise night included)

On disembarkation day, your flight should depart no earlier than.

City/Port: Guayaquil, Ecuador (GYE)

Departure Time: 5:00 pm

After a post cruise package, your flight should depart no earlier than.

City/Port: Lima, Peru (LIM) or Quito, Ecuador (UIO)

Departure Time: 10:00 pm

 

Guests with late-night departures from Guayaquil, Quito, or Lima following their Galapagos cruise or Machu Picchu post-cruise land tour can book a hotel night for their layover. Please contact our sales counselors for details.

Packing Tips

The climate and conditions of Guayaquil are quite different than the Galapagos, so pack for versatility.

Guayaquil boasts mild days and cool nights almost year round—and a nearly constant annual temperature. Average highs are in the mid-60s with lows in the upper 40s.

Galapagos, located on the equator, is nearly always warm, and the islands experience two seasons:

  • December-June is warmest. Temps range from 72 to 90°F (22 to 33°C) and the water is in the mid-70s F (mid-20s C). The islands receive the most rainfall in this season with short, daily showers concentrated in upper elevations.
  • July-November is the Garua season. Garua is a mist that forms in the highlands of the islands, providing moisture but not a lot of rain. On average, the temps are cooler, from 60 to 75°F (18 to 24°C) with the water averaging 70°F (21°C).
  • No matter the season, the sun is intense on the equator—packing clothing that provides sun protection is a plus!

Every day you’ll have opportunities for adventure, whether you are strolling the Malecon 2000 boardwalk in Guayaquil or exploring Galapagos flora and fauna, in the water snorkeling or kayaking. Keep the weather and activities in mind while packing.

Think practicality, active comfort, and layers. Weather and activities should be your guide for packing. Sun-protective and insectrepellant fabric* is highly recommended. Personal gear that works well on other outdoor adventures in warm, humid climates will
work well in the Galápagos. Storage space is limited, so pack efficiently.

A special note on luggage: Checked luggage for your Galapagos flights is restricted to 1 bag, with a total weight of no more than 50 lbs (23 kg) and no bigger than 62 linear inches (width + height + length). Carry-on is restricted to 1 piece of hand luggage, weighing no more than 17 lbs (8 kg), with size restrictions of 43 linear inches (13 wide x 21 high x 9 long). Excess baggage is subject to additional fees. See our Galapagos cruise FAQs for more information.

Packing List

Clothing & Gear
Sweater or sweatshirt for windy evenings on deck
Lightweight long-sleeve shirts
Short sleeve t-shirts, shirts, or blouses
Lightweight or convertible hiking pants
Jeans/khakis, shorts, skirts/dresses
Bathing suit
Travel binoculars & safety strap
Sunscreen and SPF rated lip balm
Insect repellent

Outerwear
Light rain or wind jacket
Fleece or hooded jacket/pullover
Brimmed hat & sun hat that covers ears/neck
Long sleeve rash guard/sun-shirt

Luggage
Dry bag for camera, binoculars, snacks, etc.
Collapsible or nesting luggage recommended to maximize cabin storage space
Daypack for hiking and skiff rides

Footwear

Day hikers or sturdy walking shoes
Water socks or water shoes/sandals
Comfortable deck shoes and sock

Optional Items

Camera, memory cards, extra batteries/charger, safety lanyard
Paddling / waterproof gloves
Water bottle (also available on board)

Snorkel vest or wet suit (if you foresee needing one)
Sunglasses & retainer strap
Adventurous spirit!

Prohibited Items to bring to Galapagos

*Please note: if you are going on a pre- or post-cruise land tour, be sure to bring your own refillable water bottle, sunscreen, and insect repellant.

On Board Amenities

Your cabin comes complete with a hairdryer, towels, eco-friendly shampoo/conditioner, and body wash.

Provided On Board
Adventure gear including mask/snorkel/fins, shorty wetsuits, walking sticks & yoga mats                                           Refillable water bottles
Fun and adventure!

Seasickness

Galapagos cruises operate primarily within waters protected by the outer islands. The advantage of La Pinta over other smaller vessels is size and stability. At 209 feet, La Pinta is large enough and heavy enough to be stable in most sea conditions. In the event that we do cross an open passage or expect unfavorable weather, the captain will give notice so that you can prepare accordingly. Seasickness medication (Dramamine) is available on board, but is not recommended for children. If you are prone to seasickness or traveling with children, you should consult your physician prior to your departure.

Note: Seas tend to be a bit rougher from approximately mid-August through October. If sea sickness is an issue for you, it might be best to plan your trip outside of this period.

Vaccinations

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that all visitors to Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands are up to date on vaccinations. Get specific recommendations on the CDC website: Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands 

* The CDC also provides updated recommendations concerning the Zika virus in destinations around the world.

For updated COVID travel policy, see Health & Vaccination page

Wildlife

UnCruise Adventures leads adventure-focused Galapagos wildlife cruises. On the seven islands and islets we visit, chances are high for ticking off 12 species on the “Big 15” list of the archipelago's most iconic animals. See Great and Magnificent frigatebirds, the Galapagos hawk, land and marine iguanas, giant tortoises, the Galapagos sea lion, and the Galapagos fur seal, all on large Isla Isabela. American flamingos feed in lagoons on Isla Floreana. Galapagos penguins live in caves and crevasses on the coasts of Floreana, Fernandina, and Isabela. Blue-footed and Nazca boobies nest on tiny Isla Rabida. What else will you meet strolling along a remote red sand beach?

Many species are found here and nowhere else on earth. It is estimated that 26 endemic species of birds and other unique creatures have made their homes in the Galapagos. An inspiration for modern thinking, the islands’ biota inspired Charles Darwin to form his theories of evolution.

97% of the archipelago’s islands is designated a national park. Human settlements are concentrated on the remaining 3%. There are strict rules about visiting the areas on islands that have been designated as visitor sites by the national park authorities. The Galapagos is also part of a huge Marine Reserve, which ranks among the largest in the world.

The Galapagos National Park and Marine Reserve, like all special wilderness areas, needs help and cooperation from visitors to preserve their pristine state. At UnCruise, we are careful to leave this fragile ecosystem exactly as we found it. The park and reserve are protected by Ecuadorian law, which includes specific rules for visiting protected areas. Ecuador’s Ministry of the Environment states:

Any wrongdoing, inadequate behavior, or threat to protected habitats, as well as to their geological, biological, and/or cultural components, will be strictly observed by both Park Wardens and Naturalist Guides. Any confirmed and reported unlawful actions could lead to sanctions which may result in the interruption of original travel plans, questioning, detention, fines, or even legal action temporarily suspending the local tour operator while a proper investigation takes place. The best way to avoid difficulties with local environmental enforcement authorities is to simply follow the Galapagos National Park visitation rules.

Below are the official rules of the park. These rules will be posted on La Pinta for your reference while traveling, and any of your guides can provide additional information if questions come up while you travel. One important note: visitors cannot legally go anywhere in the Park without a licensed guide escort. Rules are enforced by naturalist guides and park officials:

1. Do not disturb or remove any native plant, rock or animal on land or in the water.
2. Be careful not to transport any live material or sand to the islands.
3. Do not take any food or drink except water to the uninhabited islands.
4. Do not touch, pet or feed the animals. Approaching them too closely or taking flash photography will disturb them.
5. Do not startle or chase any animal from its nesting place.
6. Do not leave any trash on the islands or throw any litter overboard.
7. Follow marked trails at all times and do not walk out of their limits.
8. Stay with your naturalist guide who must accompany all groups on trails.
9. Do not buy souvenirs of objects made from native Gal
apagos products (except for wood) especially black coral, sea lion teeth, and shells of the Galapagos tortoises.
10. Do not smoke on the islands.

Animals and Birds

  • Giant tortoise
  • Land iguana (pictured)
  • Marine iguana
  • Lava lizard
  • Hoary bat
  • Gecko
  • Blue-footed boobies (pictured)
  • Nazca boobies
  • 13 species of Darwin’s finch
  • Short-eared owl
  • Galapagos hawk
  • Galapagos petrel
  • Great and Magnificent frigatebirds
  • Galapagos penguin
  • Flamingo
  • Flightless cormorant
  •  
  • Marine Life
  • Green sea turtle
  • Sperm, pilot, humpback, and Brydes whales
  • Spinner, striped, and bottlenose dolphins
  • Galapagos sea lion (pictured) and fur seal
  • Angelfish, butterflyfish, and damselfish
  • White-tipped reef shark
  • Manta, spotted eagle, and golden rays

Suggested Reading

These resources are suggested to enhance your understanding and enjoyment of the history, unique culture, wilderness, and wildlife of the Galapagos.

The Galapagos Affair - John Treherne
This intriguing and gripping mystery tells the true story of a small group of settlers on Floreana Island in the 20s and 30s hoping to build an idyllic “Garden of Eden” community. A mysterious murder is unraveled through the retelling of bizarre and peculiar events.

My Father's Island, A Galapagos Quest - Johanna Angermeyer
An adventurous true story, yearning to learn more about her father, Angermeyer travels to the islands, the place he escaped to as a refugee from Hitler and where he and her mother lived before his death.

Galapagos Wildlife, A Visitor's Guide - David Horwell and Pete Oxford
Written by Galapagos naturalists including photos of the islands’ unique inhabitants, details about each marine, land, and sky creature, from endemic penguins to brightly colored blue-footed boobies.

Galapagos Diary: A Complete Guide to the Archipelago’s Birdlife - Hermann Heinzel and Barnaby Hall
Filled with graphics by a renowned illustrator and an accomplished photographer. With detailed information about birds and other animal species, this book also contains a checklist so travelers can record what they see.

The Beak of the Finch: A Story of Evolution in Our Time - Jonathan Weiner
Find out how the theory of evolution evolved since Darwin's first visit, what current researchers are discovering, and how the islands are impacting new evolutionary research.

Evolutions Workshop; God and Science on the Galapagos Islands - Edward J Larson
Chronicling human discoveries and impacts from the first explorers and pirates, to Darwin and scientists, to today’s adventurous travelers and the small permanent population.

The Voyage of the Beagle - Charles Darwin
Arguably the quintessential tome about the Galapagos Islands, Charles Darwin shared his observations, descriptions, and details of the five-year journey he undertook on the H.M.S. Beagle, a voyage that would inspire his theory of evolution and that would change the way we all see the world.

Galapagos: A Natural History - Michael H Jackson
Considered by some to be the “bible” of the Galapagos for the beginning biologist, this natural history book provides introductory and in-depth information on the islands’ volcanic origins, ecology, flora and fauna, history of human impact, and issues and efforts of conservation.

The Evolution of Charles Darwin: The Epic Voyage That Forever Changed Our View of Life - Diana Preston

From the Los Angeles Times Book Prize-winning historian, the colorful, dramatic story of Charles Darwin's journey on HMS Beagle that inspired the revolutionary theories in his path-breaking books "On the Origin of The Species" and "The Descent of Man".

The Galapagos - Henry Nicholls  

In The Galápagos, science writer Henry Nicholls offers a lively natural and human history of the archipelago, charting its course from deserted wilderness to biological testing ground and global ecotourism hot spot. Describing the island chain's fiery geological origins as well as our species' long history of interaction with the islands, he draws vivid portraits of the life forms found in the Galápagos, capturing its awe-inspiring landscapes, understated flora, and stunning wildlife. Nicholls also reveals the immense challenges facing the islands, which must continually balance conservation and ever encroaching development. To complement the book "The Galapagos Affair: When Satan Came to Eden" documentary is available with stories from some of the children (now elders) either brought to Galapagos or born there during that time. The documentary is from 2013 and Cate Blanchet narrates quotes from the book written by Dore Strauch.

Where to Meet

Hospitality Information for Galapagos:

After you pick up your luggage and pass through customs in Guayaquil, look toward the exit doors directly in front of you to look for our representative who will be holding an UnCruise Adventures sign and wearing an UnCruise vest. Guests will be transferred to Wyndham Guayaquil for the included pre cruise hotel night. If you do not find our guides, contact our Operations Team Emergency number, Emergency 24/7: 593.9.9992.9985.

If you encounter any delays or travel issues en route to your UnCruise, please let us know by calling: 888-862-8881.

*After hours and emergency phone number Galapagos (Metropolitan Touring): 011.593.9.9972.2941 or 011.593.9.9972.2942. When calling from an international location, add country code 001.  

Luggage: Guests will leave luggage outside the hotel room on Friday morning for hotel staff to pick up at approx. 7am.

Transfer to airport and on to Galapagos: Guests will depart hotel in shared transfer (motor coach) to the airport at approx. 7:45am. Final instructions provided to guests in a packet which will be delivered to their room the evening before. The guests will receive another packet on their morning transfer to the airport with their boarding passes, transit cards, Galapagos National Park entry card, etc. They will pick up their luggage inside the air terminal and take it to the LATAM air desk to check their bags for the flight. If they are carrying excess baggage, they will pay the excess baggage fees at the airport before checking the luggage.


WYNDHAM GUAYAQUIL HOTEL - buffet breakfast and Wi-Fi included
Address: Calle Numa Pompilio Llona S/N, Ciudad del Rio, Puerto Santa Ana, Guayaquil - Guayas, Ecuador 093006
Phone: +593 4-371-7800
Check-in time: 3pm, Checkout time: 12 noon
Guests arriving early can pay for early check-in directly at the hotel if a room is available, or can store their luggage at the hotel and explore the city until check-in time.

Included hotel for the 1 night pre-cruise stay. Transfer is included for 1 night included stay and additional nights booked through UnCruise. If guests book additional nights on-own, they will be responsible for their own transfer to the hotel. The hotel offers an airport shuttle.

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“Can't wait until trip #3 next spring to do it all again with my bride. We are early spring sailors - lots of awakening nature late April and early May.”
— Jim R., TN

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