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.
Day 2: South Hood Canal 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 Olympics today, surrounded by rainforest, old growth forest, and small quaint towns. Keep watch for resident bald eagles. A local family joins you onboard for a tasting of their home-grown oysters and clams.
Day 3: Quilcene Bay / Port Townsend The intertidal wetlands of Quilcene Bay—the pearl of the peninsula—make the ideal setting for kayaking, skiff exploration, and excellent birding opportunities. This afternoon, cruise along lesser visited channels keeping watch for gray whales, orcas, seals and sea lions, and learn the history of Puget Sound’s “Triangle of Fire.” This evening, dock in historic Port Townsend for a special presentation on local Native cultures.
Day 4: Salish Sea / Deception Pass The timing for today all depends on tides and currents, but the morning has you underway for bird watching, possibly around Protection Island—a federally protected National Wildlife Refuge and nesting site for tufted puffins and rhinoceros auklets. Cap off the day with afternoon hikes, shore walks, and kayaking near scenic Deception Pass.
Day 5: Lopez Island / Orcas Island Today lands you in one of the most scenic areas of the San Juan Islands. The rocky outcroppings of Lopez Island play host to harbor seals, and it is orca whale territory. Keep your eyes peeled above and below the surface, whether you opt for kayaking or a chance to snorkel. At Orcas Island, a local favorite, hike Mt. Constitution—the highest peak in the San Juan Islands. If you’re interested in more paddling, the kayaks and paddle boards are up for grabs too.
Day 6: Captain’s Choice / Friday Harbor Pull anchor, then your Captain leads the way as you explore narrow passages throughout the archipelago in search for whales, sea lions, and other marine life. Later you’ll have time on your own to explore the intriguing whale museum, art galleries, and boutiques of charming Friday Harbor, once an important whaling center.
Day 7: Sucia Island For your final treat, enjoy the day anchored at picturesque Sucia Island—total population of four—a Washington State Marine Park filled with hidden coves and bays. Explore the intertidal zone with your expedition team, hike across the island, and kayak in a protected bay. Weather permitting; there’ll even be a barbeque ashore. This evening, wrap it up with a slide show highlighting your week’s adventures.
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 Un-Cruise overnight hotel stay.
Included in Your Fare: All onboard meals; roundtrip transfers and baggage handling between airport/boat; entry fees to national parks/preserves; most from-the-boat adventure activities and equipment; hot tub, sauna and yoga.
Due to the nature of our explorations, itineraries are guidelines and will change in order to maximize wildlife and natural encounters. Variations in itinerary and the order of days may occur.