Un-Cruise Baja Mexico Highlights
I had the pleasure of spending last week in Unstoppable Baja Mexico on an Un-Cruise Baja adventure. As promised, it was unrushed, uncrowded and unbelievable. The Safari Endeavor had approximately 60 guests onboard, most were between the ages of 40 and 70. All loved light adventure, great food and wine and the incredibly devoted staff. The Baja is a great spot for year round outdoor fun. With over 300 days of sunshine each year and over 100 islands to explore, we explored someplace new each day. Unlike a traditional cruise ship, we were able to unwind at unclaimed beaches within the National Parks of the Baja Peninsula.
Snorkelers had the opportunity on Day 1 to refresh their skills with Un-Cruise Snorkel 101 training, or to just enjoy a small group explore. This prepared them for their next uncommon adventures: snorkeling with whale sharks one day and sea lions another day. Equipment including wet suits masks and snorkels were provided and thanks to the massive supply, everyone found wetsuits they were very happy with. While there were many masks to choose from, a few guests had a hard time finding their perfect fit. I suggest that guests bring their own mask along for convenience.
A docking station on the back of the ship carried kayaks and stand up paddle boards. During the seven day cruise, we had the opportunity to use these items about five different days. We had a few guided kayak trips and a few
open times to uncover hidden gems on our own. While there wasn’t formal training, the staff was very helpful and encouraging in getting everyone out on the water.
I tried SUP for my first time and also took full advantage of the kayak opportunities. While I was not interested in snorkeling, I had the opportunity to see all of the wildlife on a skiff tour or even from the ship, so I didn’t feel I was missing out on any unbelievable views. We also had a few opportunities to hike the untamed and unpredictable desserts on shore. We uncovered quite a few unique treasures such as the unrattled rattle snake, a scorpion, several types of sea shells and skeleton pieces from fish and mammals including a dolphin spine. Being a land lubber, I took advantage of every opportunity and managed to log 28 miles during the course of the week, counting hikes, walking tours and just moving around.
We were provided with three wonderful meals daily. Each consisted of three main course options (meat, fish, vegetarian for instance). Fear of missing out (FOMO) was never a problem because we could request half and half or extra portions of all choices. I opted for the half and half at every meal, just to try all of the amazing Mexican specialties as well as traditional fare. There were also unending bowls of fruit, snacks and appetizers available throughout the day in the lounge. The bar was always open and had about every drink imaginable.
One thing I really loved was the unanticipated table service at every single meal. There are no assigned seats, so we got to know most of the 60 guests on board and within a few days, each staff member knew most of us by name.
The cabins were unceremonious, small but efficient. Each was equipped with refillable water bottles, binoculars, extra blankets (for inside or outdoors), plenty of 110V power outlets, good lighting and places to hang bathing suits and towels. The twin beds were small and if budget allows, I would definitely recommend the upgrade to larger beds. The bathroom also was very small but efficient. Shampoo, soaps and a hair dryer were all a good quality. Sun block and bug spray were also supplied, although we never needed the bug spray.
After spending each day active on the water, it was nice to kick back and relax at night. Following dinner each evening, a casual gathering was offered. Expedition staff was always on hand to explain the unanswered questions from the day. One night, there was a campfire on the uninhabited beach with smores and a full bar in place. This was also an opportunity to meet a few of the locals, as they enjoy meeting the tourists as much as we enjoy meeting them. Hannah was a brilliant guide and she did a presentation on John Steinbach one night, describing his writings about the local area. Another night brought a presentation about sharks and mammals and the final night brought us all closer together as we reminisced about the highlights of the week with a 300 picture slide show put together by the expedition team.
I look forward to returning to Un-Cruise for another adventure. A huge thank you to Un-Cruise for stepping out of the box and bringing this truly unforgettable adventure my way. I picture myself as a returning guest, just like so many of the folks I met on the cruise, who enjoy sharing their last Un-Cruise stories as much as they look forward to their next Un-Cruise journey. Which one should I choose next? Alaska, Hawaii or Galapagos?