Don’t dash your dreams of Alaskan cruise this summer. I bring good news from UnCruise.
UnCruise Adventures will restart their Glacier Bay National Park expeditions on August 1st and run through October 2020.
The American owned, U.S. flagged small-ship adventure company, 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.”
I took this 7-day cruise in May 2019, and highly recommend it as the optimal way to see and connect with Alaska. I’d never been to the state before, and my UnCruise gave me the chance to see the highlights of Juneau, take a polar plunge into Glacier Bay, see numerous glaciers calve from the perspective of the water, and kayak beside icebergs. I saw and captured photos of bears, wolves, eagles and sea lions and more. I watched humpback whales breach and put on a show. I hiked the pristine wilderness on and off trails and enjoyed shooting photographs of everything.
Uncruise boats are small, fewer than 100 passengers. The staff attended to every need and couldn’t have been more encouraging. The food was excellent and my bed comfortable. I’d do it again, for sure.
Read my story about my 2019 UnCruise here.
Cover photo: Wilderness Adventurer in Alaska, courtesy UnCruise Adventures