UnCruise Adventures has relaunched cruising in southeast Alaska in 2020 after a COVID-19 induced pause. The cruise line says it will be the only small boat operator cruising in those waters for the northern summer.
The company credits its travel relaunch to pivoting quickly as a small business along with establishing crucial conversations with government officials and leading the Small Boat Operators Coalition. The groundwork that has been set for months with its team has stepped-up streamlined safety training and protocols for the Wilderness Adventurer.
“Travellers want to have a positive impact upon communities and the environment now more than ever,” states Captain Dan Blanchard, UnCruise Adventures CEO. “We left the term of tourists behind long ago. Tourism isn’t about a one-way channel. A balance is needed and that is what Untourism is. Our guests are adventurers, not tourists,” Blanchard continues. “Coming up on our 25th year we are mindful of where we go from here, and our roots are in a people-to-nature connection. That is the future of travel.”
UnCruise Adventures’ first departure set sail from Juneau with 37 passengers on 1 August. There are 30 crew also onboard. Practices onboard Wilderness Adventurer include additional physical distancing, added daily activity rosters, thorough testing, and extensive health and safety protocols.
The Alaskan season has five seven-night Glacier Bay Adventure departures scheduled with a strong occupancy. An industry-leading self-imposed 66% occupancy cap has been implemented for the Alaskan itineraries.
Further details on the itinerary here.