I donned my mask and snorkel and jumped off the Zodiac-style skiff into the cool (for me) waters of Mexico’s Sea of Cortés. Our goal for the day on our Baja’s Bounty cruise with UnCruise Adventures? To see, and hopefully swim amongst, juvenile and baby sea lions who rest on the rocky outcropping at Los Islotes.
After spotting a few large schools of fish and marine life far below, our first sea lion darted by. And then a second. Graceful and playful, they swam by and through our group with ease, checking us out just as we checked them out.
Back onboard the Safari Endeavor, after I’d dried off and warmed up in one of the two on-deck hot tubs, I traded stories of the sea lion encounter with the other guests who jumped into the undersea playground. The next day we were slated to swim with juvenile whale sharks, a mere 20–30-feet long as compared to their adult relatives who come in at 50–60 feet. As a marine life enthusiast, I couldn’t imagine a more suitable itinerary.
While the Endeavor can accommodate 84 guests in its 42 cabins, I counted a few empty tables at dinner the night before and figured I was one of roughly 65 guests on our sailing. That’s the appeal of UnCruise Adventures — the small ships in its fleet, the largest of which, the S.S. Legacy, can accommodate up to 86 guests, and the smallest, the Safari Quest, 22 guests; the unique and hard-to-reach destinations larger ships simply can’t access; the camaraderie found with fellow passengers; and the crew. Delectable meals are served casually in the dining room, with one open seating for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
On the Baja’s Bounty cruise, there aren’t ports of call, rather points of interest. Our itinerary took us to undeveloped and uninhabited islands for hiking, snorkeling and beach partying. We cruised the waters spotting marine life. A pod of playful dolphins played in the wake of our bow, jumping and peeking up at us as we looked down at them.
After my first UnCruise Adventures trip to the Sea of Cortés, I’m ready to check out the other itineraries to Alaska, the Columbia and Snake rivers, Costa Rica and Panamá, Hawai’i, the Pacific Northwest and, of course, the Galápagos.
With cooler weather and fall colors on its way, it’s time to plan your fall family travels. Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park Camp-Resort PA Wilds in Mansfield is the perfect destination, and with both scary and not-so-scary events, kids and parents alike can celebrate the festive season with trick-or-treating, fall crafts, fun with the Yogi Bear characters and more.
United Airlines is in the midst of a major initiative to modernize its fleet over the next several years. After first announcing the plan in 2021, planes fitted with United’s signature interior are finally beginning to appear across the airline’s narrowbody fleet of Boeing and Airbus planes. United flyers are sure to notice these enhancements from the moment they step on board: Each new or updated plane sports remodeled seats, seatback entertainment screens for everyone, Bluetooth connectivity and more, all adding up to a better experience on every journey.
Oktoberfest is not all about beer. Although beer does play a major role, many of these German-themed fall festivals include activities fun for the whole family. You don’t need to travel to Munich to enjoy the oom-pah bands, lively dances, colorful Bavarian dress and traditional German foods; you can find them in almost all regions of the United States this October. Here are some good choices for families:
Rome is a city full of musts for visitors. You must visit the Colosseum, the Trevi Fountain, the Spanish Steps. And the list goes on, all the way down to trying gelato. No trip to Rome would be complete without the obligatory sweet treat, and for good reason. Gelato is delicious, refreshing and it comes in every flavor you can imagine. But while you can find it just about everywhere you turn in the Eternal City, it’s important to know not all gelatos are created equal. The city is brimming with fakes, and once you know how to tell the difference, not only will you see the fake stuff everywhere, but you will also refuse to settle for less than authentic.
As the only major U.S. airline to own a flight school, United Airlines already hit a major milestone, and now the carrier celebrates another important — and historic — step as the inaugural class of United Aviate Academy pilots graduates, leading the next generation of aviators. The 51 students in the graduating class were majority, at 80 percent, women and people of color — another stride toward United’s goal of training 5,000 new pilots by 2030 with half women or POC.
Looking for a unique, fun and educational activity for the kids during your next family travels? Well, Kidzania has you covered. Located in Dallas, Texas, this city is not only built for kids but also run by kids. It’s unlike any other entertainment parks; in Kidzania, kids learn useful knowledge, skills and experiences, all while having the chance to be independent.