Responsible Travel

Supporting Communities & the Environment

Traveling by small vessels enables us to get up close to nature and wildlife in some of the most scenic areas of the world. While delivering exceptional access to these areas, we realize our presence has an impact and foster responsible practices to lessen our environmental footprint—from replacing engines for more efficient models to making arrangements in each port for recycling and proper disposal of waste. Our teams on board and ashore work together to operate responsibly.

A key part of operating a responsible business is ensuring we leave a positive impact in the communities we visit. This core value is part of our initial itinerary planning on through to operations management and office practices. Whether it’s a cruise donation to an organization for a fundraising effort or partnering with locals for tours, we look for ways to share the wealth and enrich the lives of those we meet.

Responsible Actions:

  • Purchase local food and supplies
  • Serve only sustainable seafood and partner with Monterey Bay Aquarium's Seafood Watch program
  • Partner with local people for cultural tours / presentations
  • Follow “Leave No Trace” practices
  • Purchase supplies with less packaging to reduce waste
  • Recycle wherever facilities exist
  • Eco-friendly bath amenities on board in refillable containers
  • Reusable water bottles in each cabin for guest use; no bottled water on board
  • Donate to local organizations in areas where we operate

We are stewards of the lands where we travel—our teams on board and ashore work together to operate responsibly.

Additionally, UnCruise adheres to these guidelines and codes of conduct in our efforts to protect wildlife and habitat, and to minimize our impact in the places we explore:

  • Killer Whales - Marine Mammal Protection Act and Endangered Species Act to protect killer whales. Visit www.bewhalewise.org to learn more.
  • Humpback Whales - Humpback Whale Approach Regulations "Code of Conduct" for Marine Mammal Viewing. See guidelines at www.fakr.noaa.gov.
  • Marine Mammals and terrestrial wildlife - Marine Mammal Protection Act of 1972

Sustainability Partners

We continually look for ways to share the wealth and enrich the lives of those we meet, and have partnered with a number of organizations and programs who share our vision.

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Adventure Travel Conservation Fund (ATCF)

Recognizing the importance and irreplaceability of the unique places and people where they explore the world, travel industry leaders, including UnCruise Adventures, created the ATCF. The ATCF provides funding for projects that support natural and cultural resources of adventure travel destinations. Nominated projects are voted on for annual giving, and the ATCF will present its first grants in 2017.

ATCF Website

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Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch Program

The Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch® program helps seafood buyers, like our chefs and galley crew, make choices that support wild, diverse, and healthy oceans. The program’s scientifically-based recommendations help consumers and businesses purchase seafood that is fished or farmed in ways that minimize environmental impact. We’re proud to partner with Seafood Watch and serve only seafood they list as a “Best Choice” or “Good Alternative” aboard our vessels.

Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch program website

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Sustainable Travel International

Leave the world a better place. Sustainable Travel International, a non-profit organization, accomplishes this by promoting responsible travel and ecotourism, supporting sustainable development, and helping travelers and travel providers protect the cultures and environments they visit. They are dedicated to providing educational and outreach programs that help travelers, businesses, and destinations protect the environment, preserve cultural heritage and promote economic development.

Sustainable Travel International website

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Tourism Cares

We give back with Tourism Cares, the travel and tourism industry’s community for giving and volunteering. Our support is helping to preserve and enrich the travel experience in the US and around the world. Together we bring the industry’s talent, resources and influence to help destinations in need, as well as support the next generation of travel professionals.

As a Tourism Cares member, over the past 4 quarters we've helped mobilize 500 volunteers and invested more than $213,000 in grants & labor in US destinations, $100,000 overseas, and $80,000+ in professional development.

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Passenger Vessel Association Green WATERS Program

The Passenger Vessel Association (PVA) recognizes UnCruise Adventures as a member of its Green WATERS Program for our dedication and commitment toward a cleaner, greener marine environment. Members of WATERS (We Are Taking Environmental Responsibility/Stewardship) around the U.S. have taken it upon themselves to reduce their environmental impact in a variety of ways, including reducing fuel consumption, conserving potable water, using less harmful chemicals near waterways, conserving energy, and working with their employees to create a greener workplace.

Passenger Vessel Association website

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Chefs Collaborative

Chefs Collaborative works with chefs and the greater food community to celebrate local foods and foster a more sustainable food supply. The Collaborative inspires action by translating information about our food into tools for making knowledgeable purchasing decisions. Through these actions, our members embrace seasonality, preserve diversity and traditional practices, and support local economies.

Chefs Collaborative website

Learn more about our other affiliations.

"On the excursions, every moment was crafted so carefully to be sure that we were safe, enjoyed our experience, and treated our host state, Hawaii, with the respect and reverence that it deserves. My husband and I felt so good about how Un-Cruise interacted with our natural environment."
— Carmen F., Diamond Bar, CA (Hawaii 2015)