Whales and ales? Seattle line touts more beer-themed cruises

Whales and ales? Seattle line touts more beer-themed cruises

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Whales and ales? Seattle line touts more beer-themed cruises

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by Gene Sloan / USA TODAY

KING5.com

Posted on June 18, 2014 at 12:29 PM

SEATTLE - Craft beer lovers, your ship has come in — again!

Small-ship line Un-Cruise Adventures has announced plans for four more craft beer-themed sailings starting this fall.

The one-week trips on the 60-passenger Wilderness Adventurer will combine an adventurous exploration of Washington's whale-filled Puget Sound and the San Juan Islands with nightly beer tastings featuring experts on the Washington state beer scene.

The new beer-themed voyages will kick off Oct. 4, 2014; April 25 and Oct. 3, 2015; and April 30, 2016. They follow a similar sailing in May.

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Un-Cruise says Seattle beer aficionados Kendall Jones and Kim Sharpe Jones from the Washington Beer Commission will join the Oct. 4 trip to lead the tastings and match beers with each night's meals. Robyn Schumacher, an owner and brewer at Seattle's Stoup Brewing, will join the April 25, 2015 voyage. Guest hosts for the last two sailings have yet to be announced.

The trips will take in Washington's Puget Sound and Salish Sea from South Hood Canal to Olympic National Park and the San Juan Islands.

Un-Cruise says the ship will search for the wildlife during the voyages including gray whales, orcas, seals, sea lions and bald eagles. Other highlights include hiking in Olympic National Park and at Washington state parks. Waterborne expeditions by kayaks, skiffs and paddle boards will explore glacial fjords and the San Juan archipelago. In Quilcene Bay, a local family will host a home-grown oyster and clam tasting.

Two brewery tours and tastings also are on the itinerary during stops at Port Townsend (Port Townsend Brewing) and Orcas Island (Island Hoppin Brewery).

Fares start at $1,895 per person, based on double occupancy, including all meals, beer tastings, transfers and adventure activities.

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