Explore the Olympic wilderness and the San Juan Islands on this 8-day small ship expedition exploring coastal Washington. Highlights of your voyage include floating the Hiram M. Chittenden Locks; cruising Seattle's picturesque waterfront; kayaking, paddle boarding, and skiff exploration in glacial fjords and the San Juan archipelago; and hiking in the Olympic Mountains, Mt. Constitution, and Washington State Parks. Look forward to unhurried time for watching gray whales, orcas, seals, sea lions, eagles, and sea birds while your ship explores scenic winding channels, temperate rain forest, and old growth forest. Uncover native cultures of the Pacific Northwest, spend time on your own exploring quaint Friday Harbor, and enjoy hand-crafted cuisine including an oyster and clam tasting hosted by local growers.
Day 1 : Seattle, Washington | Embark Day 2 : Olympic National Park Day 3 : Captain´s Choice Day 4 : Lopez Island | San Juan Island Day 5 : Orcas Island Day 6 : Sucia Islanda Day 7 : Salish Sea | Deception Pass Day 8 : Seattle | Disembark
Hike in the Olympics as you look for bald eagles
Kayak, paddle board, and investigate bird rookeries on the emerald waters
Land in one of the most scenic areas of the Salish Sea and watch for orcas
Discover the hidden coves and bays of the Washington State Marine Park
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 to begin your Pacific Northwest cruise.
Wake up in one of the quietest reaches of Puget Sound—Hood Canal, a glacial fjord separating the Olympic and Kitsap Peninsulas. Spend the day hiking in the Olympics, a UNESCO World Heritage Site 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.
Make it an ideal morning with an early soak in the on-deck hot tub or a paddle along shore at Marrowstone Island - or both! The Captain sets the course today—explorations in the rain shadow of the Salish Sea await. 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. Kayak and paddle board in protected bays, investigate bird rookeries, or search for whales in the sea’s rich emerald waters.
Land 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 crew 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.
Your Captain navigates through the islands this morning to your basecamp at Orcas Island. Prepare for a day of play where the options are unending. Choose a local favorite: hike Mt. Constitution. This is the highest peak in the San Juan Islands and it provides 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 too.
The treats keep a-coming! 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, enjoy a barbeque on shore. This evening, wrap up your trip with a slideshow highlighting your week’s adventures.
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 a delightful final day with afternoon hikes, shore walks, and kayaking near scenic Deception Pass. This evening, wrap it up with a Farewell Dinner and 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.
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- All rates are in USD, per person, based on double occupancy.
- Rates do not include port taxes and fees, which vary by itinerary.
- Children 8-13 are welcome on all sailings and will received a $500 per child savings
Due to the nature of your explorations, itineraries are guidelines and may change in order to maximize wildlife and natural encounters. Variations in itinerary and the order of days may occur.
Included in Your Fare (2016): - Group transfers and baggage handling between airport/vessel on embark/disembark day - Entry fees to national parks/preserves - All from-the-vessel adventure activities and equipment - Exclusive activities and shore visits - All meals aboard the vessel - Premium wine, beer and liquor (excludes super-premium winePremium wine, beer and liquor (excludes super-premium wines) - Non-alcoholic beverages - Wellness amenities - Onboard expedition/heritage guides and guest experts - All port taxes/fees
Not included in Your Fare (2016): - Airfare to and from your home city - Discretionary gratuities to vessel’s crew - Travel protection - Optional excursions and land tours
Included in Your Fare (2017-2018):
- Group transfers and baggage handling between airport/vessel on embark/disembark day
- Entry fees to national parks/preserves
- From-the-vessel adventure activities and equipment
- Exclusive activities and shore visits
- All meals aboard the vessel
- Premium wine, beer and liquor (excludes super-premium wines)
- Non-alcoholic beverages
- Wellness amenities
- Onboard expedition/heritage guides and guest experts
Not included in Your Fare (2017-2018):
- Airfare to and from your home city
- Discretionary gratuities to vessel's cew
- Travel protection
- Optional excursions and land tours
- Port taxes/fees
Initial deposit is $750 for one week cruises, $1500 for two or three week cruises, and most travelers will call our office and pay the deposit with a credit card. Alternatively, you can register online here.
Final payment is due 70 days prior to departure by Visa, Mastercard, Discover or AmEx.
The trip might have been the absolute best of our lifetime (thus far). We particularly want to commend our guide Peter in the Guilin area-he was so incredibly attentive, energetic, enthusiastic-and absolutely dedicated to ensuring that our meals were 100% vegetarian.