I was talking to my friend and rep from UnCruise this past week. What a wonderful way to see the world with really small ship cruising. UnCruise has ships ranging in size from 22 – 90 passengers. With their headquarters located in Seattle, Washington, the Northwest is their home and it shows in how they want us to experience the world and in their Northwest range of itineraries from Canada, Alaska, the San Juan Islands and even the Columbia and Snake Rivers. The idea of sailing the San Juan's has always intrigued me. I’ve definitely got this one on my spreadsheet of places to go. (yup, I’ve got a spreadsheet, no mere list for me.)
UnCruise also sails to Alaska, Hawaii, the Sea of Cortez, Costa Rica and Panama, and the Galapagos. It's a great itinerary for trips with friends, multi-generational families or even clients or employees traveling together. It would be fun to charter a whole ship, don't you think?!
Where would you like to UnCruise?
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Can you believe it's fall already?! Less than one full week and it will be the first official day of fall. Fall is definitely in the air. Warm sunny days, cool nights.. and even a bit of rain. Want to use those vacation days before year's end? Here's a couple of ideas to help you achieve that goal.
Short & Sweet - Why not enjoy a quick getaway to Victoria, BC. Take the train up to Seattle, hop onboard the Victoria Clipper and in a few short hours, you're there. You can experience the amazing city of Victoria for a long weekend. For a special stay, check into the Fairmont Empress. Or if you'd like a more moderate hotel, we have options for that.
While you're there you can enjoy the beautiful Butchart Gardens, a wine tasting tour up Vancouver Island, the British Museum and even some whale watching. And oh, so many wonderful restaurants to choose from.
Hawaii Calls - Fall is a great time to experience Hawaii. It's less crowded season for the islands, so pricing can be to your advantage. For luxury, check into the Fairmont Orchid on the magnificent Kohala Coast. Enjoy their scrumptious breakfast beachside or in the privacy of your own room. Then head out to explore Hawaii Island's microcosm of environments and activities. Shopping in Kona, historical and cultural tours, stargazing, and of course, beaches and golf. See the night glow at Kilauea Volcano National Park. Kīlauea Volcano continues to erupt at its summit flowing right into the ocean at Kamokuna. A rare sight to see.
Which one of these wonderful vacations sound enticing to you? For more information and to book, contact me and you'll be fulfilling your dreams before you know it!
A few years ago we went to Riviera Maya in Mexico and took a catamaran tour to Isla Mujeres. Not wanting to get sick on the open sea, I took a non-drowsy Dramamine the night before our tour and one the morning of. Well, I didn't get sick, but I did sleep through most of the ride.
Just a few months back I was on the beautiful island of Hawaii, aka The Big Island. I was with a group and had the chance to go on the Manta Night Swim. I chose the Luau. Though I oh, so wanted to do the Manta swim. As luck would have it, another person in the group that had signed up for the Manta swim changed her mind and didn't want to go. Would I change places with her and let her use my luau spot? Yes, I would and did.
I took a non-drowsy Dramamine and some ginger chews, and then we walked over from our hotel, The Sheraton Kona, to the boat dock. (You can watch the manta rays from there at Rays on the Bay.) I boarded the boat with my 4 companions, one of whom didn't even know how to swim. After some quick instructions and a glass of ginger-ale, we slipped(?) into our wet suits and life vests, grabbed our snorkel gear and climbed down the ladder into the Pacific Ocean at Keauhou Bay and swam out to Sea Paradise's floating manta viewing set up. My friend, the non-swimmer, and I were one of the last off the boat. Lights turned on. We have our "pool noodles" under our legs, hands hanging onto the floating viewing contraption and we're waiting for the manta rays to come.
At the first sight of the mantas, there is a chorus of "oohs" and "aaahs." It's like an underwater ballet or gymnastics show as they swim up towards us with mouths wide open and then turn back toward the bottom of the bay gathering Plankton all along the way.
About 15 minutes in and I'm not feeling so great. Am I getting sea sick? Dang it! Yes. I struggled to keep from heaving my lunch which was to no avail. I hung on and enjoyed the Manta Ray show as much as possible, trying to fully appreciate every moment of this amazing experience of "swimming with the rays." Climbing back on the boat there were a few others that were sick, too. But I was feeling better. You know how you feel better after you throw up?
Would I do it again? A resounding yes! But next time, I won't eat a big late lunch! And the Molokini Snorkel tour? Maybe I'll do that next time I'm in Maui. How about you? Do you let motion sickness hold you back or do you jump right in?
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