Following an unprecedented halt to travel, UnCruise Adventures will be the only small boat setting sail in Southeast Alaska this summer. The company’s CEO Dan Blanchard will welcome aboard excited guests and ensure the brand’s signature components of safety and experiential travel are in place for the August 1st departure out of Juneau.
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 their dedicated team has streamlined safety training and protocols for the Wilderness Adventurer to depart tomorrow.
“Travelers 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,” he 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.”
The UnCruise Adventures brand is upending trends as local travel slowly reopens. When talking about restarting travel Blanchard says “Protection and stimulus for small businesses and those in travel should be a significant priority. This is a meaningful and challenging time. One that requires us to be diversified, humble, and nimble in our choices.”
UnCruise Adventures first departure sets sail from Juneau, August 1 with 37 passengers and 30 crew. They’ve included additional physical distancing, added daily activity rosters, thorough testing, and extensive health and safety protocols. The Alaskan season has five 7-night Glacier Bay Adventure departures scheduled with a strong occupancy. They are providing an industry-leading self-imposed 66 percent occupancy cap for the Alaskan itineraries. The UnCruise Adventures team continues to work with officials to help effective testing become more widely available and prioritize measures to support guests and crew.