Are You a Cruise Person?
Cruises. I’ve probably not given them a fair shake, but they’re not my jam. I don’t care for the buffets, assigned seating—and most of all—the time schedule.
That being said, we did have the most fantastic time on a “cruise” a few years ago, and I’d do it again in a minute. The company is called UnCruise Adventures and our week-long cruise sailed around the Sea of Cortez along the Baja Peninsula. The company’s fleet of small ships and boutique yachts hold no more than 90 passengers (and some as few as 22).
What I loved most is that schedule was not at all strict on this ship. If the entire group wants to skip a destination—so be it. If you want to stay longer to explore, that’s fine too. I also loved how active we could be: Instead of grazing at a buffet (been there), we started most mornings with yoga on the deck or a kayak session. Afternoons were for hiking, and early evening was spent on the bow (cocktail in hand), snapping photos of the thousand-plus bottlenose dolphins that cruised alongside the boat. We also watched gray whales— a mother and her new baby—that had migrated south to the Magdalena Bay. But my favorite activity was spent snorkeling with sea lion pups in Los Islotes. It was hard to handle the cuteness.
Another thing that makes this line no-fuss is that everything is included in the price (save for the tip!) from the activities and the gear (like wet suits and binoculars) to three-course organic meals, a massage, and top-shelf spirits and wine. I’m basically in for anything that features included wine.