Report: UnCruise to begin small-boat cruises in Juneau

    Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - Seattle-based UnCruise Adventures is resuming Alaska sailings Aug. 1 as a small-boat operator.

               According to Seatrade Cruise News, CEO Capt. Dan Blanchard is set to welcome passengers aboard in Juneau on Saturday.

    The US no-sail order applies only to overnight ships carrying 250 or more souls (passengers and crew) and, as a US-flag operator, UnCruise does not need to stop at a foreign port so it matters not that Canada isn't allowing cruise ships now.

    Wilderness Adventurer will be embarking with 37 passengers and 30 crew. The five seven-night 'Glacier Bay Adventure' departures scheduled this summer sail round-trip Juneau and focus on nature and wilderness, with no stops at other communities.

    The company self-imposed a 66% occupancy cap and said occupancy is strong, on that basis.

    Uncruise credits its restart of operations to pivoting quickly as a small business along with establishing crucial conversations with government officials and leading the Small Boat Operators Coalition. The company's team has undergone safety training and protocols.

    Physical distancing, added daily activity rosters, testing, and extensive health and safety protocols are components of the UnCruise operations.

    The company said it continues to work with officials to help effective testing become more widely available and prioritize measures to support travelers and crew.

      

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