Travel And Tour World – How will the increase in river cruise opportunities be beneficial for Un-Cruise Adventures?
Tim Jacox : The extreme popularity of European river cruising is deemed to pour a residual positive effect over the western USA’s main river destination, the Columbia and the Snake. Why travel all the way to Europe when there is such a fulfilling river experience right here in people’s backyard? Castles – no, but a series of outstanding elements add up to a uniquely western river experience – transiting eight lock and dam systems; one of the world’s most rapidly booming wine producing regions in Eastern Washington; inspirational pioneer history, including the famous Lewis & Clark Expedition; wildlife, such as migrating birds, deer, mountain goats; spectacular mountain peaks (dormant volcanoes) such as Mt. Hood, Mt. Adams, Mt. Saint Helens; a jet boat ride; eclectic and off-the-beaten-path museums such as Maryhill and the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center; recreated historical sites such as Ft. Clatsop and Ft. Walla Walla; double-landing, towering waterfalls such as Multnomah Falls and the overall dramatic beauty of the Columbia River Gorge; and much more.
Travel And Tour World – What are the unique itineraries offered in the latest brochure for 2015?
Tim Jacox : International travelers, like domestic US vacationers, are starting to look more toward outdoor experiences which affect them with a different intensity of emotion than the traditional urban frenzy of amusement parks, gambling and shopping. The cities in the Pacific Northwest are all within very close proximity of mountains, forests, waterfalls, protected waterways teeming with marine life and animals. Seattle and Vancouver, BC are the main jumping off points for Alaska cruises.
So many scenic places to explore out our back door in WA—good for adventures via hiking and kayaking; mountains, islands and wildlife
People traveling on our cruises from Seattle and Portland may also wrap in additional time to visit Victoria and Vancouver, Whistler, BC and the Canadian Rockies.
Travel And Tour World: What are the major highlights of the latest Hawaiian cruise season?
Tim Jacox :
There are no other small ships operating inter-island cruises in Hawaii. With only 36 guests aboard, exploration is flexible, lines are non-existent, activities originate directly from the stern swim step and into areas inaccessible to large ships, and the crew is all-American. The inclusive nature sets it apart from both cruises and resorts. The menu of inclusions is extensive- premium spirits, massage, yoga, port charges and taxes, transfers, kayaking, paddle boarding, snorkeling, and all shore excursions. A unique mix of islands make up the itinerary – Hawai’i, Lana’i, Moloka’i, Maui-by land and sea without the extra cost or worry about booking inter-island flights and changing hotels. Being on the water put guests right in the center of marine life among the islands to encounter dolphins, whales and green sea turtles. A night snorkel with Giant Pacific Manta rays is unforgettable. And of course, we spend an overnight and full day exploring Moloka’i, an island most travelers never visit.