Small Ship Journey: A wild world of natural wonder. Explore islands, hike in rainforests and up mountains in Olympic National Park, paddle in Puget Sound waterways and the San Juan Islands, and watch for birds, orca, and other marine life.
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2018 Departure Dates:
- Sep 15-22, Sep 29-Oct 6
- Oct 13-20, Oct 27-Nov 3
- Transit the Hiram M. Chittenden Locks and cruise the Seattle waterfront
- Olympic National Park—UNESCO World Heritage Site, San Juan archipelago & Deception Pass
- Kayak, paddle board, and skiff in glacial fjords and winding island channels
- Hike in temperate rainforest, old growth forest, state parks, and Mt. Constitution
- Watch for whales, orcas, seals, sea lions, eagles, and sea birds
- Birding opportunities
- Taste local oysters and clams
Day 1: Seattle, Washington – Embarkation: Seattle was founded along the shores of Elliott Bay. Today, set sail from Fishermen’s Terminal, transit the Hiram M. Chittenden Locks, and cruise the city’s picturesque waterfront before dropping anchor in a tucked away bay. (D)
DAY 2: Salish Sea / Deception Pass:
Wake up surrounded by the wilderness of the Salish Sea. Today, there will be many opportunities to investigate this sea-salty playground of islands. A guided kayak reveals local inhabitants—sea stars, anemones, jelly fish, perhaps even inquisitive harbor seals. Walk along a curiosity-rich intertidal zone or stretch your legs on a mossy hike. And tides and current permitting, sail through swirling waters of Deception Pass. Cap off your first day of adventure with a front-row view of the sunset from the bow. (BLD)
Day 3: Lopez Island / San Juan Island: You’ve landed in one of the most scenic areas of the Salish Sea. The rocky outcroppings of Lopez Island play host to harbor seals—and it’s also orca territory. Keep your eyes peeled above and below the surface, whether you opt for kayaking or a chance to snorkel. Join your expedition team on deck searching for whales, seals, and sea lions as you cruise through the myriad San Juans—no two islands are the same. Drop anchor near San Juan Island—the second largest landmass in the archipelago—to explore tide pools and skiff or kayak into hidden coves, as conditions permit. (BLD)
Day 4: Orcas Island: Your Captain navigates through the islands to your basecamp at Orcas Island—for a day of play where the options are unending. A local favorite, hike Mt. Constitution—it’s the highest peak in the San Juan Islands and has a stunning view of the archipelago. If you’re interested in skiff exploration or more paddling, the kayaks and paddle boards are up for grabs. (BLD)
Day 5: Sucia Island: The treats keep a-coming! Enjoy your day anchored at picturesque Sucia Island—total year-round population of four—a Washington State Marine Park filled with hidden coves and bays. Explore the intertidal zone with your guides, hike across the island, and kayak in a protected bay. Weather permitting; there’ll even be a barbeque ashore. (BLD)
Day 6: Captain’s Choice: Make it an ideal morn by kicking it off with an early soak in the on-deck hot tub, a paddle along the shores of the Olympic Peninsula, or both! Your Captain sets the course today for explorations in the rain shadow of the Salish Sea. You may find yourself hiking deep into the mossy, towering old growth of the Olympic Peninsula or beachcombing for anemone and hermit crabs along the shores of Puget Sound. Or perhaps, a chance to kayak and paddle board, investigate bird rookeries, or search for whales in the Sea’s rich emerald waters. (BLD)
Day 7: Olympic National Park: Wake up in one of the quietest reaches of Puget Sound—Hood Canal, a glacial fjord separating the Olympic and Kitsap Peninsulas. You’ll be hiking in the Olympic Mountains—a UNESCO World Heritage Site—surrounded by rainforest, old growth forest, and small quaint towns. Keep watch for resident bald eagles. And, enjoy the bounty of the sea—a tasting of locally-grown oysters and clams. This evening, wrap it up with a Farewell Dinner and slide show highlighting your week’s adventures. (BLD)
Day 8: Seattle – Disembark: After breakfast, say goodbye to your newfound friends and disembark the ship back at Fishermen’s Terminal. Transfer directly to the Seattle airport or to your UnCruise overnight hotel stay. (B)
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