Be ______ With Us!
We interrupt your usual notes from the field (sorry, no whales today!) for a special health-related blog post.
Throughout a quarter of a century of small boat cruising, our focus has always been the opposite of large cruise ships. Uncrowded. UnCruise Adventures. We invite you to come on a journey with us, one where you are connected. Choose to be “Un” with us, be different with us, be ______ with us!
Now more than ever we value celebrating the outdoors, fresh air, and the UnCruise Adventures family. We have had resounding positive support from our guests and curious travelers, and this does not go unnoticed. Our connected travel is what makes us, well – us. We are confident in our ability to support our guests and crew and continue to provide an unforgettable adventure. We have cruised through adverse situations in the past and look forward to the ongoing enthusiasm for adventure travel.
We are UnCruise!
Interested in finding out more about how small boat adventures are better than ever?
How do we compare?
UPDATE (March 10, 2020) - STATEMENT FROM THE WHITE HOUSE ON CRUISING:
Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said during a press briefing that healthy individuals without underlying conditions are not being cautioned against going on a cruise ship. The original statement for cruising is below.
(March 8, 2020) Passengers on Large Cruise Ships:
U.S. citizens, particularly travelers with underlying health conditions, should not travel by cruise ship. CDC notes an increased risk of infection of COVID-19 in a cruise ship environment. In order to curb the spread of COVID-19, many countries have implemented strict screening procedures that have denied port entry rights to ships and prevented passengers from disembarking. In some cases, local authorities have permitted disembarkation but subjected passengers to local quarantine procedures. While the U.S. government has evacuated some cruise ship passengers in recent weeks, repatriation flights should not be relied upon as an option for U.S. citizens under the potential risk of quarantine by local authorities.
This is a fluid situation. CDC notes that older adults and travelers with underlying health issues should avoid situations that put them at increased risk for more severe disease. This entails avoiding crowded places, avoiding non-essential travel such as long plane trips, and especially avoiding embarking on cruise ships. Passengers with plans to travel by cruise ship should contact their cruise line companies directly for further information and continue to monitor the Travel.state.gov website and see the latest information from the CDC: https://www.cdc.gov/quarantine/cruise/index.html.
In contrast to large cruises,
Uncrowded UnCruise Adventures:
- We are the antithesis of a foreign-flagged mega-ship.
- Our motto is nature, not crowds. Our boats carry only 22 to 86 guests.
- There’s no place less crowded than the natural wilderness of Alaska’s Inside Passage. Our boats go into bays and coves inaccessible to large ships - spending time away from populated centers, in the wilds of the Tongass National Forest and Glacier Bay National Park.
- Enjoy continuous fresh air in Alaska’s pristine outdoors and on board our boats that have no recirculated air between cabins and with most cabins featuring doors that open directly onto the deck.
- Seven of our nine vessels are American owned and crewed, and our entire fleet is focused on enjoying and “adventuring” in sparsely populated bays and coves inaccessible to large ships.
- Our Alaska adventure itineraries either explore the wilderness shores without calling at any ports or may visit one village. Juneau at about 32,000 people is our main access point to/from the wilds of Southeast Alaska.
- Our unique type of travel is akin to a small family wedding - celebrating something fun and worthwhile and everyone knows each other’s name within minutes – crew and fellow guests alike. It’s the UnCruise family.
General air information for those concerned with air travel:
Traveling by plane doesn’t necessarily increase the risk of contracting a communicable disease more than another kind of mass transit, according to the World Health Organization, as ventilation systems on aircraft use HEPA, High-Efficiency Particulate Air filters, to trap bacteria, viruses, dust particles, and fungi. Ventilation rates provide a total change of air 20 to 30 times per hour.
For Southeast Alaska, Alaska Airlines is the only airline servicing the main towns.
Alaska Airlines has one of the newest fleets in the country which ensures their planes have the latest filtration technology in use. Alaska Airlines’ planes are equipped with systems that contain two HEPA High-Efficiency Particulate Air filters. They’re the same kind of filters found in hospital operating rooms. There’s a large portion of air that comes directly from outside. Within a three minute period, the entire cabin is refreshed with completely new air.
Studies have shown due to the frequency of cabin air recirculation, that the air on board planes can be better than the air found in many office buildings.
Thank you for taking the time to read our update. It's important to you, and it's important to us.