UnCruise Adventures has confirmed that its 2020 Alaska sailings will commence August 1st. “As one of the first companies to restart service, this is a pivotal moment for the travel industry and Alaska,” states UnCruise Adventures Owner and CEO Dan Blanchard. “These initial departures represent a re-framing of what adventure travelers are increasingly looking for, small groups, inclusion, and human connection.”
The initial Alaska sailing will take guests roundtrip from Juneau to Juneau on its 7-night Glacier Bay National Park Adventure with an enhanced wilderness itinerary. Two days in Glacier Bay make this one of the company’s most popular adventures and, free from a large-ship presence all season, offers a rare moment of Southeast Alaska solitude not experienced in decades. Eager guests can experience active adventures daily with remote wilderness hikes, shoreline kayaks, and their choice of nature-based activities.
The ability to set sail prior to other operators highlights the benefits of small, American-flagged ships with a local presence and the quick actions taken by the company in conscientious collaborations to restart travel. UnCruise Adventures has taken strong measures to implement health safety standards with a Coronavirus protocol plan recently released on their website.
There is a new normal in travel and the restart of the summer sailings represent a dedication to supporting local partnerships and UnCruise Adventures long-standing work with Alaska state officials. “How we structure our recovery efforts with new health safety standards, establish partnerships and operate with a small footprint will continue to define our industry and the pristine environments we visit for decades to come,” says Blanchard about his commitment to the industry. “The market is showing a growing interest in off-the-beaten-path destinations and that is what we do best. We’ve been social distancing since 1996.”
American Cruise Lines said it is experiencing a strong increase in demand across its domestic portfolio of river and coastal cruises.