Cruising Southeastern Alaska on UnCruise (Podcast)

Cruising Southeastern Alaska on Un-Cruise

Hear about Cruising Southeastern Alaska on UnCruise Adventures because the Novice Traveler goes on a cruise the place dressing for dinner and bingo are changed with kayaking and bushwhacking.


Chris and his spouse explored with 84 different passengers on the Safari Endeavor the islands, inlets, and glaciers of the Alaskan panhandle.

This cruise began in Juneau, resulted in Juneau, and by no means stopped in some other cities or cities in between. As a substitute, the Safari Endeavor spent two days in Glacier Bay Nationwide Park (the large boats can’t) and the remainder of the week exploring bays and inlets on Chichagof Island, Baranof Island and the mainland. Throughout the week the passengers saved a day by day tail of wildlife sightings which included Alaskan brown (Grizzly) bears, black bears, moose tracks, sea lions, seals, sea otters, a river otter, humpback whales, orcas, Dall’s porpoises, bald eagles, puffins, seagulls, and lots of different native birds.

Every day the passengers selected between kayak journeys, mountaineering, bushwhacking within the trailless wilderness, stand-up paddleboarding, and sightseeing by skiff. All of these actions had been included however the smaller ship didn’t have a pool, climbing wall, theatre, spa, jewellery retailer, or on line casino. There was no bingo, serviette folding, or dance performances. This can be a completely different sort of cruise. A cruise the place you sleep properly since you had been kayaking for hours, and never simply because it has an open bar… though it does.

Discover the Alaskan wilderness with Chris and UnCruise on this the Tenth-anniversary present of the Novice Traveler.

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Present Notes

Juneau, Alaska
Glacier Bay Nationwide Park
UnCruise Journey – “We Cease for Wildlife, Climate and Whim”
Alaska Images
Picture – Can you notice the small ship?
map of Glacier Bay’s receding
John Muir and the Ice that Began a Hearth
Dall’s porpoise


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Southeastern AlaskaOn Un-Cruise


Chris: Novice Traveler, Episode 473.

At the moment, the Novice Traveler talks about grey whales, Alaskan brown bears, bald eagles, and bushwhacking as we do a distinct sort of cruise in southeastern Alaska.

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Welcome to the Novice Traveler. I’m your host, Chris Christensen. And that is the Tenth anniversary present of the Novice Traveler. Novice Traveler began 2005. And so far as I can keep in mind, it began on July 2. I feel it truly began a pair weeks earlier, however that’s the date one can find on the primary episode. So that’s our official birthday. We’ll discuss extra about that in a while, however first, let’s discuss Alaska.

A cruise within the Inland Passage in Alaska could or is probably not in your plans. However we’re going to speak a few completely different sort of cruise at this time. We’re speaking a few cruise ship that has no pool, has no mountain climbing wall, no water slides, no on line casino, no artwork auctions, no night exhibits with singers and dancers. You don’t have to decorate up for dinner, and you could solely get one possibility for dessert. My spouse and I got this cruise by the corporate whose identify is UnCruise. And on the threat of giving freely the punch line, we’ve already put down cash on one other cruise.

The cruise we went on, which was referred to as Discovers Glacier Nation, began in Juneau, resulted in Juneau, and visited precisely no different cities, cities, or villages. This can be a journey about wildlife. And this can be a journey the place the everyday day appears like this [water flow 00:01:55].


These of you who’re kayakers could acknowledge that sound. It’s the sound of a double particular person kayak paddling by way of one of many many bays within the space.

Earlier than we begin speaking about what you do on a cruise like this, let’s discuss a bit of bit about getting there after which about southeastern Alaska usually. To get to Juneau, you possibly can both fly or take a ferry. Flying was what we did. There are not any roads that go to Juneau. It’s on the Alaskan Marine Freeway, however the Alaskan Marine Freeway is a system of ferries.

Southeastern Alaska is over 35,000 sq. miles. Now, that’s a bit of smaller than Indiana and a bit of larger than the state of Maine. It has solely 71,000 inhabitants. And nearly half of these reside within the metropolis of Juneau. It’s an space that’s nearly fully nationwide forest, the Tongass Nationwide Forest, and nationwide parkland, Glacier Bay Nationwide Park.

We flew into Juneau. And we flew in with a while to spare, which is all the time one thing we advocate for a cruise. Simply in case you miss your flight, it’s all the time higher to have a bit of further time, particularly on a cruise like this the place we couldn’t catch up on the subsequent port, on the subsequent port of name as a result of there are not any ports of name per se besides little bays and inlets out in locations with out roads and with out cell service and with no method to get there.

We spent an evening in Juneau at one of many inns downtown. We did a few actions organized by way of the customer’s board, which I’d advocate. We went up within the gondola, the gondola which leaves from one the primary cruise terminals. So it’s not very tough to search out. And each the gondola and the view from the highest have nice views of the bay the place Juneau is positioned.

Father Brown's Cross

Whereas we had been up there, we did a brief hike out to Father Brown’s Cross. Father Brown was one of many founders of a bunch of volunteers that to this present day preserve the paths within the space. And I’d advocate that should you go up, you do enable sufficient time to do some mountaineering, get out within the woods there. We noticed a few bushes that had totems carved in them, unsure what that was about precisely. We didn’t do, however there may be additionally a video presentation up there about among the native tribes from the realm.

We additionally, after all, walked round Juneau. Juneau will not be a big metropolis as we’ve stated, about 35,000 individuals or so. And it’s the capital of Alaska, so it’s one of many smaller capital cities in america. You possibly can inform that even with that half of town shuts down, we had been advised, after the cruise ships go away within the wintertime, about half of town from the primary downtown all the way in which out to the cruise terminal is basically focused at cruise ships and the visitors which are on cruise ships. There have been I feel 5 completely different cruise ships on the town once we had been there, 5 completely different ships coming and going. And there’s various procuring there that’s focused in direction of them. So that you get your t-shirts and your tanzanite and all of these kinds of issues. After which there are a selection of various outfitters who you should purchase completely different journeys. The tram, as we stated, is true there. However there are additionally journeys to do canine sledding, which we didn’t do. After which the journey out to the Mendenhall Glacier, and that’s just about a must-do.

Mendenhall Glacier

Now, it’s going to be comparatively crowded as a result of quite a lot of different individuals do this. However when it comes to a straightforward to get to the glacier, you’re not going to search out one in america. I feel that’s simpler to get to as a result of you may get there on a bus. And it’s a big glacier. It’s spectacular and value seeing. Once more, if you exit to the Mendenhall Glacier, I’d advocate that you just take the time to do among the strolling there. Do among the mountaineering and hike out to an space that has a waterfall on the right-hand aspect, some higher views of the glacier. After which additionally you get to see a really good waterfall.

Nicely, that was sort of Juneau. One of many issues that’s attention-grabbing should you have a look at the images I’ve from Juneau, I took quite a lot of photos, as I all the time do. After we had been up on the tram, you may look down on the harbor. And I’ve an image that exhibits three completely different cruise ships. One I feel is The Radiance of the Seas. In order that’s an actual Caribbean line ship. And behind that could be a smaller ship. Now, the Royal Caribbean Ship is, as you have a look at the city, the biggest constructing on the town, if it had been a constructing. It’s simply actually fairly giant. And it’s not the biggest ship they’ve by any means. After which behind that could be a ship that it was one of many high-end luxurious cruise traces. And so I feel it might have been Seabourn that was there. And so it’s about half the scale of the Royal Caribbean Ship.

After which should you look over to the proper, there’s this actually small-looking ship. And that’s the ship we’re on. It’s an 86-passenger ship. And so it’s a lot smaller than your giant cruise ships. It’s sufficiently big for what it’s essential to do as a result of, once more, this specific sort of cruise, the rationale why they branded it with UnCruise, it was once American Safari’s, which each of these offer you some thought what they’re about. It’s actually an lively particular person’s cruise.

Safari Explorer

So among the individuals on the ship had been youthful. A few of the individuals on the ship had been retirees. However actually, everyone on the ship was a bit of extra lively than you see on among the common cruise ships, and lots of of them very lively, extra lively than I’m.

For those who have a look at a map of southeastern Alaska, proper exterior of the place Juneau is, there’s Admiralty Island, which is a reasonably giant island, perhaps 150 kilometers lengthy. And we principally sailed round that island, together with all the way in which as much as Glacier Bay Nationwide Park, which we’ll discuss in a minute. So there are a few completely different primary islands there. There’s Admiralty, there’s Chichagof, there’s Baranof. After which, after all, there’s the Alaskan shoreline. And we spent a while in every of these.

And a typical day for us, the evening earlier than, you’d get along with the expedition workers, and also you’d discuss concerning the completely different choices that had been accessible. And there’s not an enormous number of choices. You’ve obtained shore hikes. You’ve obtained bushwhacking, which we’ll discuss in a minute. You’ve obtained guided kayaking. And then you definately may need some free kayaking, the place you possibly can keep on this space, however you don’t want a information. And also you even have skiff rides, the place you possibly can exit on a ship both a Zodiac or one other boat that has extra seats with backs on it and go {photograph} the surroundings. Or go see the wildlife. And that’s positively one of many sights to this space. You’re in an space the place there are Alaskan brown bears, that are also referred to as grizzly bears if they aren’t close to the water. Chichagof Island, as an example, which was the primary island we stopped at, has one of many largest populations of Alaskan brown bears. Though we didn’t see any, I feel at that exact cease, we didn’t see any till the subsequent cease. However we did, as an example, see bald eagles. Actually, we noticed so many bald eagles on this journey, we had no thought once we first noticed them on Chichagof that this was going to be just about a day by day expertise. They actually come again in numbers since they had been endangered so a few years in the past.


And on Chichagof Island, which was our first cease within the Idaho Inlet, we did our first of three bushwhacks. And we are saying a bushwhack, keep in mind there are not any trails in most of this a part of southeastern Alaska. And in some locations, the comb is pretty thick. This specific place was in Evergreen Forest, and so the comb wasn’t all that thick. And so what we did is we ended up discovering a sport path. And so that you’re touring down a path that the deer and the bears have principally made by way of the woods reasonably than any specific individuals. And also you’re splashing throughout creeks.

Actually, the advisable gear will not be mountaineering boots however rubber boots. This specific space of Alaska may be very moist usually. It will get over 200 inches of rain a yr. And so even should you don’t convey rubber boots and rain gear, they are going to be issued to you as a result of even simply the touchdown you’re going to get your toes moist since you’re not pulling as much as a dock besides in a single case. We pulled as much as a dock in a single a part of Glacier Bay.

I feel what attracted us to the concept of bushwhacking, of going on the market and discovering the path, the place there could or not be a path, continues to be one thing that I actually like. I nonetheless like the concept of going out and making a path.

And the primary one we went on was pretty straightforward, in all probability the simplest of the three that we did. However every time there was a bushwhacking alternative, we took it. It meant we needed to do some much less kayaking than among the different individuals as a result of that might be the opposite actually common expertise. However it simply appeared like bushwhacking wasn’t one thing we had been going to get an opportunity to just do wherever.

Sea Lions in Glacier Bay

Our subsequent cease was in Glacier Bay. And Glacier Bay is someplace that you could see on a full-size cruise ship. One factor that’s completely different is the full-size cruise ships, the larger cruise ships, the Royal Caribbeans, the Seabourns even, are usually not allowed to in a single day in Glacier Bay. And solely two of them come into Glacier Bay on any given day. They restrict entry. You may get extra expedition-size ships just like the ship that we had been on. And we truly spent the evening in Glacier Bay and picked up a ranger, which we had for 2 days, who was serving to clarify among the glaciers that had fashioned this in addition to among the wildlife that we had been seeing.

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So we stopped on the park ranger station and stopped at a dock for the one time we did exterior of Juneau on this complete journey and obtained an opportunity to do the one hike that we did truly on trails.

The opposite attention-grabbing factor to know concerning the huge cruise ships is that we had been advised by the rangers they compete for who can are available in by who can run the greenest. They run a distinct gas whereas they’re in Glacier Bay simply to try to protect this superb panorama.

Glacier Bay

See, superb panorama, I didn’t know the historical past behind Glacier Bay that, principally, should you have a look at the place Glacier Bay was on the time, as an example, america was fashioned as a rustic . . . I’m recording this on the 4th of July weekend right here, and we’re celebrating greater than 200 years of america. Your entire Glacier Bay, should you have a look at it on a map, was a glacier at the moment. Actually, the glacier truly prolonged out from Glacier Bay and has been receding at a tremendous charge, some 16 miles up into the place it’s now. And quite a lot of the glaciers in southeastern Alaska are nonetheless receding.

On the finish of the northern finish of Glacier Bay, there are two glaciers aspect by aspect that we noticed, one among which is certainly receding. The opposite one continues to be rising or continues to be a wholesome glacier if you wish to put it that method as a result of the realm will get a lot snow that it replenishes the ice of the glacier.

We took our time crusing up Glacier Bay, up in direction of these glaciers on the finish, I feel, partly as a result of we may, as a result of we may spend the evening in Glacier Bay. We didn’t should cruise out and in actually rapidly. And so in reality, the plan was that we might eat our dinner that evening in entrance of essentially the most magnificent glaciers within the park and have all of it to ourselves as a result of the big cruise ships needed to be out at sunset. And on the way in which that day, we noticed mountain goats. We noticed black bears in among the inlets.

One of many sayings for UnCruise is “We cease for wildlife, climate, and whim.” And since it’s a small ship and has a comparatively versatile itinerary, it actually does divert off into that bay to see should you’ll see any bears or cease when whales swim by or principally take a break.

Bear in Glacier Bay

Within the evenings, as an example, one of many expedition workers, one of many guides would often do a chat on any given night. And it could be on glaciation, or it could be on the native birds. Or one among them was on the historical past of John Muir on this space, who was one of many individuals who actually promoted Glacier Bay as one among these distinctive locations. It’s one of many causes that it grew to become a nationwide park.

The John Muir presentation obtained interrupted twice although for somebody noticed a bunch of humpback whales. After which someone noticed a pod of orcas. And by that time, we needed to wait and end the presentation on one other evening as a result of all the pieces on the ship principally stops if you see a bear or if you see a pod of whales or one thing like that. That’s a type of experiences the place once we had been cruising alongside, I feel it was on the final evening or the second to the final evening, and a pod of Dall’s porpoises and I don’t know if you already know this one, nevertheless it’s like a small killer whale is what it appears like. It began enjoying within the wake of the boat. They began swimming together with the wake of the boat and leaping. And actually, at that time, all different conversations cease, and all eyes are fastened on this superb sight. And actually, they got here and performed alongside till the ship truly got here to a cease, through which case the wake went away and the dolphins as properly.

However anyway, on that first day, we lingered to see bears. We lingered by the island the place the ocean lions had been and that was overrun with birds as properly . . . and actually simply loved the wildlife as we cruised up Glacier Bay.

Lady 1: Did the tail come up?

Man 1: Sure.

Lady 2: Sure. We’re diving.

Lady 1: Oh [inaudible 00:15:29] sea lions down there.


Chris: On the second day that we had been in Glacier Bay Nationwide Park, we did yet one more bushwhack. However this was completely different as a result of one of many attention-grabbing issues is as a result of the glaciers have pulled again so rapidly, it’s a place the place you possibly can see what occurs with plant succession when the glaciers pull out. So if you concentrate on it, the glaciers destroyed all vegetation that was within the valley once they had been lined with a whole bunch of toes of ice. And so what occurs when a glacier recedes is you’ve gotten at first no vegetation in any respect. And then you definately get your algaes and your lichens. And then you definately begin to get completely different vegetation that may repair the nitrogen into the soil, vegetation like fireweed, which is a brightly coloured flower. And people shall be adopted by alder bushes. After which the alder bushes will give method to cottonwood bushes. After which ultimately the cottonwood bushes will give method to spruce forest, which is what most of southeastern Alaska appears like.

However this specific bay in Glacier Bay hasn’t been uncovered for that lengthy. And so it’s nonetheless going by way of the method. You continue to needed to push your method by way of the alder bushes.

And you continue to had a cottonwood forest. It hadn’t all been changed but by the spruce forest. And so we hiked our method and pushed our method throughout and beneath and thru among the rivers there and throughout the marshy lands. And also you don’t get actual far if you’re bushwhacking like this. However after all, as we went alongside, we might see moose tracks. And we’d see bear tracks. And we knew we that we had been on the market. Actually, as we landed the information is asking out moose bear, though what he stated he was actually afraid of was . . .

Information: Slightly extra afraid of rabid purple squirrels are in all probability my worst concern. I’d have everyone sort of keep seated right here till we get the boat located. I’m going to hop off and we’ll get some stairs arrange for you. After which . . .

Chris: The tough factor is that they inform you, if you see a bear, don’t run as a result of then you definately’ll appear to be prey. However should you see a moose, then it is best to run and get behind one thing like a tree as a result of they’ve brief consideration spans they usually’re not very vivid. And we by no means fairly clarified what ought to occur if we see a moose and a bear. However that state of affairs didn’t occur. We didn’t see any moose. We did see tracks of moose. The one animal I’d have cherished to see however we didn’t see was moose. Though, I’d like to see them from a little bit of a distance.

After we exited from Glacier Bay, we cruised all the way down to the south and went into one of many inlets in Baranof Island and repeated the method, went out on the kayaks although this time.

Easy Dock

One of many issues that I preferred concerning the UnCruise that made it simpler is what they did is that they took a jet ski bay and put two of them behind the boat and turned them into what they name a straightforward dock for the kayak. And so to begin your kayaking, you get within the boat on dry land or on the ship actually, after which they simply again you off on these rollers into the water. After which, equally, if you need to get out, you head into the straightforward dock, they usually pull you up. You’re not attempting to get out and in of a ship whereas it’s within the water. And so it made it simpler to do. And I feel it made the kayaking, subsequently, a bit of extra approachable. Virtually all different kayaks are double kayaks that even have a rudder system within the again. And I discover that that additionally makes it simpler. My spouse and I first did double kayaking in Aruba. And I don’t know if you already know, however they generally name the double kayak a divorce boat.

One factor that they had been very clear on they stated is whichever one among you usually in a pair will take the keys and drive after which that looks like the conventional expertise, that’s the one who’s within the again with the rudder. And the opposite particular person is within the entrance. And so they have discovered that that works greatest when it comes to having the expertise be a memorable one.

Whereas we had been in Baranof Island, we noticed extra eagles, after all. We additionally noticed a river otter down by the water. We obtained fairly near eagles as a result of there was what appeared like a deer that had been killed. And the eagles had been combating over after which had been feeding off of that deer proper by the water’s edge as we kayaked as much as it.

The following day, we did our third and last bushwhack. This one was a bit of extra uphill in land that was fairly spongy. Now, usually on a visit like this with as a lot rain as they get in Southeast Alaska, we might have had much more rain on this journey. We had an uncommon quantity of sunshine. There appeared extra of a drought there this yr. And so we didn’t want our rain gear fairly as a lot as you’ll usually anticipate to want it. However it was attention-grabbing as we had been doing this hike as a result of there have been in all probability about three inches of moss that we had been mountaineering by way of nearly the entire method as we had been climbing the hill right here. It was very surreal, nearly Dr. Seussian how inexperienced and spongy the panorama was.

And our information was there to elucidate among the native flora, as an example, the skunk cabbage . . .

Information: . . . is riparian. It likes water. However it needs to be well-drained. So you possibly can see that this isn’t essentially standing water. If this was to stagnate, the skunk cabbage wouldn’t be doing as properly. However these are some huge broad leaves proper? I feel they’re beautiful.

Anyone reside on the East Coast? Any East Coasters? No. There’s skunk cabbage on the East Coast as properly. The one distinction is among the benefits it has, like I stated, skunk cabbage is among the first issues to pop by way of. Like look how huge these already are. These die on the finish of the yr or on the finish of the nice and cozy season. And so these have already sprouted up in our spring.

humpback whale

Chris: After which we additionally went out on a kayak journey that day and had in all probability our greatest expertise. Now, I’ve obtained audio from this however you’re not going to listen to what we’re listening to, simply our response to it. However there may be off within the distance a whale that has repeatedly being slapping its tail on the water.

Lady 4: There it’s.

Man 3: Oh wow.

Lady 4: My goodness.

Man 3: Oh my goodness!

Chris: They don’t fairly know what this habits is, nevertheless it appears to be some sign to different humpback whales. And humpback whales had been the most typical whale we noticed once we had been within the space.

We might additionally paddle across the nook of an island and see eagles.

Lady 4: Oh my gosh!

And there’s one thing else.

Chris: Proper there that we’d take to flight or paddle by heron or be stopped at one level by six completely different seals, six completely different harbor seals that might spy up and peek above the water to keep watch over us.

After which on the ultimate day of the cruise, we went to Endicott Arm. And on the finish of Endicott Arm is a glacier that may be very lively when it comes to calving and rode the Zodiacs proper as much as the glacier. I say proper as much as the glaciers however 200 toes of ice above the water and 200 toes beneath. And so that you keep 1 / 4 mile away for security causes. However nonetheless, it feels such as you’re getting very near the glacier that method.

glacial ice

And we’re driving previous this very blue glacial ice that has calved off of the glacier. Actually, giant items had been calving whereas we had been there on the glacier.

Lady 5: Oh yeah.

Lady 6: And like Matt was saying, we’re solely seeing 10% of this piece of ice proper right here.

Lady 7: [inaudible 00:22:57]

Chris: Though I didn’t seize the sound for any of that, simply didn’t get the timing proper for it. However go have a look at among the photos that I’ve of among the glacial ice. I assumed it was fascinating what number of completely different shades of blue you may get in only one piece of ice. And naturally, a lot of the ice that we had been seeing is simply the ten% that was above the floor.

However once more, the security causes that not solely do you’ve gotten calving, which suggests the glacial ice is falling into the water, however you even have a few of it that’s calving from beneath the water after which arising, bobbing as much as the floor of the water. And so that you don’t need to get too near that. And so that you see photos as an example of the boat after which the glacier behind it. And it appears just like the boat is true subsequent to the glacier. However it’s laborious to grasp the size of that ice, that wall of ice being 200 toes tall, simply the half that you could see.

And that was in all probability one of the vital superb days being on the market in a Zodiac and being that shut and principally having a glacier to ourselves, a complete bay to ourselves.

Endicott Arm

And that’s the expertise we had on the Un-Cruise. There was a complete board of all of the completely different wildlife we noticed, all of the natural world. And it’s a really small group expertise. It’s 86 individuals. So that you get to know fairly a number of individuals on the boat.

It isn’t a cheap cruise. I feel once I was on the lookout for how a lot it will price to do the cabin we had been in, which was the smallest of the cabins accessible for the remainder of this season, the costs ranged from a bit of over $4,000 to rather less than 7, so not a cheap cruise. However all the pieces is included as properly. All of the excursions are included. One therapeutic massage is included. They don’t have a spa per se. Clearly, all of the meals, but in addition all of the alcohol on the cocktail hour and at dinner no matter.

The one factor that’s not included is the gratuity for the crew. I consider they advisable 10% for that. And the crew was superb. Actually, the crew is among the the explanation why now we have put down a deposit on one other cruise. Not on this cruise, however my spouse particularly needs to do a cruise on this boat as a result of within the winter time, they go all the way down to Baja. And the winter time in November, they’re down in Baja. And you may kayak on the market and swim with whale sharks. After which come round to January time-frame, and you may be down there when the humpback whales are down there, they usually’re calving. And that simply sounds superb. I feel the costs and the cruises down in Baja are rather less than that. In addition they do cruises somewhere else just like the Galapagos and such, which I feel are much more costly that I’d like to do some day, however we’ll see about the price of that cruise.

However I began to say the crew, the crew was superb. One factor that’s a bit of uncommon versus the big cruise ships is your crew is nearly fully American. On the final cruise we’re on, a lot of the crew was Indonesian or Filipino, however they pay a bit of increased wages on this. And a lot of the crew is doing two or three various things. Your dinner steward can be making up the cabins. They’re working laborious, however in addition they appear to be having a good time.


There actually was a way of enjoyable on the ship, not simply from the passengers and that sense of journey. However you’ll see that when the crew did have a while off, they might be on the market on a stand-up paddle board. Or they might be leaping into the water with the remainder of the loopy individuals leaping off the top of the deck, leaping off the ship into the very chilly water.

Even the captain would get out from the bridge and picked us up on one of many excursions. This was our full day bushwhack. And he met us with some sizzling chocolate and a few non-compulsory whiskey to place in that as properly.

In order that’s UnCruise. And that’s the expertise that we had. And once more, it’s an expedition cruise model. These are going to be a bit of costlier, however they’re very completely different expertise. And if you’re not one of many individuals who likes the dressing for dinner, should you’re not a type of individuals who actually lives for the artwork auctions and the exhibits however likes extra time within the wilderness and have the cash to afford it, it may be a superb possibility for you.

It’s a bit ironic that on this, the Tenth anniversary present of the Novice Traveler, it isn’t an interview present as a result of a lot of the exhibits of the Novice Traveler, as you in all probability know, have been interview exhibits. And I think we by no means would have made it 10 years if I had simply, one, needed to rely by myself tales however, two, not had your tales, which made all of it a bit extra attention-grabbing for me. So my thanks exit to all of the many individuals who’ve been visitors on the present particularly those that have been repeat visitors, who’ve come time and time once more to inform us of their fantastic travels.

It’s additionally a bit ironic that I’m modifying this present on my own as a result of I additionally by no means would have made it 10 years if not for the modifying of, first, Mike Christensen, my son, and now, Jeffery, who edits the present. And that’s at the least 5 hours of my time that I get again each week due to their efforts.

And talking of their efforts, I may have performed this with out individuals listening, however I actually wouldn’t have. And positively, if it weren’t for all of you who’re listening, I wouldn’t get supplied journeys like going to southeastern Alaska, which as you may inform, we did get pleasure from.

So thanks to all of you who’ve listened. I do know there are a few of you who’ve heard each single present of the Novice Traveler, which humbles me, gratifies me, and amazes me. However thanks to your continued devotion to the present, to your suggestions, and to your assist.

I requested it on final week’s present, however I’ll ask it once more. I’m all the time curious the place you’ve gotten gone since you heard about it on the Novice Traveler.

With that, we’ll finish this episode of the Novice Traveler. However we’ll be again once more subsequent week. You probably have suggestions you possibly can ship an electronic mail to host at or, higher but, go away a touch upon this episode at

The transcript of this episode is sponsored by JayWay Journey, specialists in Japanese European journey, for which I’m grateful. You possibly can comply with me on Twitter, Pinterest or Instagram @Chris2x. You possibly can definitely, definitely go away a overview for this present wherever you discovered it. And as all the time, thanks a lot for listening.

Transcription sponsored by JayWay Journey, specialists in Central & Japanese Europe customized excursions.

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