NEWS: The award-winning small boat adventure brand, UnCruise Adventures will sail Alaska as scheduled despite Canada’s extended cruise ship ban into 2022. The U.S flagged and Alaska-owned small boat operator does not fall under the ban, operating vessels with less than 100 passengers and crew. UnCruise Adventures will resume operations in May 2021 with seven to 14-night itineraries offered into September. The company may be one of only a few small lines operating in Alaska in 2021, working to support the many people in the region who rely on tourism.
The company’s CEO held a virtual press conference to address growing questions and concerns about the future of cruising. UnCruise Adventures has spent the past 11 months in preparation for positive progress to resume operations including their commitment to the health, safety, and well-being of guests and crew.
The company has firm dates to sail in Alaska that include their COVID safety framework implemented in 2020 and their new triple test process. This three-test combination is a required PCR test 72 hours prior to arrival in Alaska, a follow-up antigen (rapid) test on check-in with an UnCruise Adventures representative, and a second antigen test upon embarkation. This provides a high degree of certainty that people will not be exposed to Covid-19 while aboard the 22- to 86-passenger boats.
“This new cruise ban comes on the tail of positive news of vaccination availability that has increased guest confidence in travel again,” states company CEO, Dan Blanchard. “If the ban continues, we may be one of the only boats cruising in Alaska this season. This is a great opportunity to educate people about small boat adventure options, but we would have preferred it without an extended cruise ban affecting so many.”
UnCruise Adventures has the ability to operate due to its small boat nature, providing small groups and a small environmental footprint. It does not require port stops and is foregoing visits to small cultural communities during its 2021 sailing season.
“This is another strike to those who depend on travel and tourism for their livelihood,” says Blanchard “While other news would have been favourable and this is painful for all of us, including our big brothers in the cruise industry, we understand the Canadian government is working hard to keep its citizens safe.”
UnCruise Adventures will offer a special deal of $500 off their current bookings for cruisers who have had their 2021 cruise cancelled on larger ships, with proof of their cruise cancellation. The offer is combinable with UnCruise’s current offerings of $600 per cabin for a combined savings of $1,100 per cabin. *New bookings only, offer good through February 28th, 2021.
Guests and travellers can speak with an Adventure Specialist at firstname.lastname@example.org, 888-862-8881 or uncruise.com
Source: UnCruise Adventures
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