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25 February, 2024

Best in Alaska! UnCruise Adventures nabs 4 prestigious travel awards

UnCruise Adventures, a US-flagged leader in small-ship, expedition-style cruising, proudly owned and headquartered in Juneau, Alaska, is officially named “Best Small-Ship Expedition Line” by U.S. News & World Report and “Best in Alaska” in the Cruise Critic Editor’s Picks’ Awards. 

Additionally, two ships, the Wilderness Legacy and the Wilderness Discoverer, occupy two top-five spaces in USA Today’s annual “10Best” Best in Alaska category (the only company to have two ships listed in the top five). UnCruise Adventures is proud to show the strength of a family-owned, locally run business that provides services and experiences that mega ships can’t offer. These accolades also highlight UnCruise Adventures' commitment to excellence and reinforce its standing as a premier choice in Alaska tourism. To celebrate, UnCruise Adventures is excited to share "Leap into Adventure Savings" for its 2024 cruise season.

Leap into Adventure Savings, Celebrating 28 Years of Adventure

UnCruise Adventures is offering whale-sized savings for 2024. Early-bird savings include 15% off on early Alaska departures in April and May 2024, special rates for groups and solo travelers, and $500 off on summer departures starting June 1, 2024. Additional offers are available for back-to-back itineraries, and there are significant savings for families traveling with kids 8-17 on select departures.

“History is happening in front of us. I have never seen a cruise company, of any size, receive four Best in Alaska Awards in a single year! And I have been in Alaska tourism for nearly 40 years!” shares UnCruise Adventures Owner and CEO Captain Dan Blanchard. “Alaska is a must for the adventuresome soul, there are so many things to see. Untamed Alaska with her tidewater glaciers, whales, bears, sea otters, and critters of all kinds. All this with hikes, beach strolls, skiff explorations, and kayaking in Glacier Bay National Park. Unique to this year is a very good opportunity for Northern Lights in the early season and after mid-August. Mother Nature is ready to put on a show, and UnCruise is ready to share that experience with the world!” Captain Blanchard adds.

17 June, 2023

UnCruise Adventures unveils exciting new routes and deployment changes for 2024 and 2025

UnCruise Adventures, the trailblazer of the Small Ship Expedition Niche, continues to set the pace with new itineraries while bidding a fond farewell to three cherished route companions.

UnCruise Adventures, the trailblazing small-ship adventure cruise line, is thrilled to announce a series of deployment changes and updates set to commence in early 2024 and extend into 2025. As the company continues to return to profitability, it will refocus on its core offerings that have experienced a surge in demand. These fresh and expanded routes promise guests unparalleled experiences, creating cherished memories that will last a lifetime. New routes are now open for early bookings and early savings on key dates.

Newly Added and Expanded Routes:

Alaska’s Northern Lights and Winter Sports.

Uncover Alaska’s hidden winter fun, local and wild. A journey of skiing, snowshoeing, hiking, and cultural immersion in Alaska's native heritage. Departing round trip from Juneau, Alaska, guests will spend 8 days and 7 nights aboard the 84-guest Safari Endeavour including visits to Glacier Bay National Park, Tracy and Endicott Arm Wilderness Areas. Following the winter activities in Alaska, guests can warm up with a combined Baja California or Hawaii Adventure Cruise, extending the experience to a thrilling 15 days and 14 nights. The first departure is scheduled for February 2024, with six departures in total. Join us for Fire & Ice itineraries.

Canadian Coastal and Olympic National Park Adventure

Embark on a captivating exploration of discovery in the Salish Sea and British Columbia. This adventure takes guests on an 8-day, 7-night voyage aboard the 66-guest Safari Voyager round trip Seattle, Washington. For those seeking a more in-depth experience, this adventure can be combined with an Alaska Adventure Cruise, resulting in a remarkable 15-day, 14-night exploration. Departures for this adventure begin in summer 2024.

Aleutian Islands Adventure with Kodiak, Katmai & Kenai Fjords National Park

Discover off-the-beaten-path Alaska with wildlife including whales, glaciers, and remote villages. Visit Dutch Harbor, home of the Alaska King Crab Fleet. Round trip Anchorage/Whittier, Alaska. 11 days, 10 nights aboard the 36-guest Safari Explorer. When combined with the Prince William Sound Explorer Cruise, this adventure can be extended into an extraordinary 19 days, 18 nights of very remote exploration (see the Aleutian Islands Adventure below). Starting May 2025.

09 June, 2023

Hurtigruten Norway unveils its first zero-emission cruise ship

Hurtigruten Norway unveiled plans for its first zero-emission ship, just weeks before its 130th anniversary. Initially announced in March 2022, under project name ‘Sea Zero,’ the initiative has now revealed early concept plans and renderings for the world’s most energy-efficient cruise ship following its first year of research. Hurtigruten Norway presented the findings alongside its consortium of 12 maritime partners and research institute SINTEF, all joined in the pursuit of achieving emission-free marine travel.

“Following a rigorous feasibility study, we have pinpointed the most promising technologies for our groundbreaking future cruise ships. We are committed to delivering a ship that surpasses all others in terms of energy efficiency and sustainability within just a few years,” said Hedda Felin, CEO of Hurtigruten Norway.

With 0.1% of ships worldwide currently using zero-emission technology, Hurtigruten Norway’s project aims to drastically improve the cruise industry’s sustainability record and future of travel. The cruise line’s future, electric ships will be equipped with batteries that are charged with renewable energy while in port. Combining 60-megawatt batteries with wind technology, the ship is expected to feature numerous firsts that do not exist on ships today, including retractable sails with solar panels, artificial intelligence manoeuvring, contra-rotating propellers, and multiple retractable thrusters.

14 April, 2023

Alaska Season is Here! Princess Cruises Sailing Seven Ships in Alaska in 2023

Princess Cruises Sailing Seven Ships in Alaska in 2023

Princess Cruises, the leading cruise line in Alaska, is readying for the start of the 2023 cruise and cruisetour season which begins April 29. Sustainable seafood and award-winning programming that immerses guests in all things Alaska are highlights again this year as Princess sails seven ships throughout The Great Land across 14 cruise itineraries and 25 land-sea vacations, including the line’s newest ship Discovery Princess along with Royal Princess, Ruby Princess, Majestic Princess, Grand Princess, Crown Princess and Sapphire Princess.

New for 2023 is an expanded Wild for Alaska Seafood menu that can be enjoyed by all guests sailing with Princess in Alaska this season, as well as a new Garden-to-Table menu for cruisetour guests staying at the Fairbanks Princess Riverside Lodge. An extensive beverage program including decadent coffee and hot chocolate-based creations, themed frozen drinks, Alaska wines and flights of Alaska beer, Alaska cocktails, Bloody Marys or Mimosas are also being introduced this season.

“Welcoming guests at the start of the Alaska season is always one of the most highly anticipated events of the year because we know they are going to have one of the most memorable travel experiences,” said John Padgett, Princess Cruises president. “Each season, we’re passionate about enhancing our programs to offer one of the most destination-focused programs available and for 2023, we’ve crafted some amazing Wild for Alaska Seafood dishes that will leave guests dreaming of coming back.”

24 July, 2021

Princess Cruises And Holland America Line Kick Off Return To Service In The U.S. From The Port Of Seattle

From left to right: Arnold Donald, President & CEO, Carnival Corporation & plc, Jan Swartz, Princess Cruises President, and Gus Antorcha, President of Holland America Line in front of Nieuw Amsterdam in the Port of Seattle

To kick off their return to service in the U.S., Princess Cruises and Holland America Line held a celebration at the Port of Seattle today. Jan Swartz, president of Princess Cruises, and Gus Antorcha, president of Holland America Line, spoke to what the positive multidimensional impact the resumption of cruising means to Seattle, the local community and Alaska.

Holland America Line will kick off its Alaska season with Nieuw Amsterdam setting sail tomorrow, July 24, and Princess Cruises will follow with Majestic Princess sailing on July 25. Each line will operate ten cruises sailing out of Seattle through September. This marks the return to cruising and Alaska for both lines, which combined have more than 125 years of experience bringing cruisers to The Great Land. Historically, one in two guests who cruise to Alaska sail on Princess or Holland America.

Both cruise lines have been homeporting out of the Port of Seattle for more than 20 years. Operationally, each ship visit directly contributes more than $364,000 to the local economy in provisioning (fuel, food, flowers, piano tuning, supplies), port taxes, and spending during a full season. 

Princess Cruises is the world's leading international premium cruise line and tour company operating a fleet of 14 modern cruise ships to 380 destinations around the globe. Princess celebrates more than 50 years sailing to Alaska, bringing more guests to the Great Land than any other cruise line.

Holland America Line has been exploring the world since 1873 and was the first cruise line to offer adventures to Alaska and the Yukon nearly 75 years ago. Its fleet of premium ships visits more than 400 ports in 98 countries around the world, offering an ideal mid-sized ship experience. 

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Celebrity Cruises Returns To "The Great North"

Celebrity Millennium sailing in Alaska

 For globetrotters who had set their sights on a dream vacation to Alaska, the wait ended today as Celebrity Millennium set sail from Seattle, Washington to take guests on a seven-night itinerary exploring the renowned natural beauty of the Last Frontier. The voyage is the first of a series of 11 sailings roundtrip from Seattle through the beginning of October, and one of the first to return to Alaska's waters in nearly two years.

Aboard the new luxury ship Celebrity Millennium, part of a $500 million fleetwide 'revolution', guests will be treated to an experience that is as beautiful as the scenery they will encounter as they sail past Alaska's breath-taking glaciers and landscapes.

Celebrity Millennium is the second ship in the Celebrity fleet to sail from a U.S. port. It joins Celebrity Edge which became the first ship in the world to sail from a U.S. port since March 2020 when it sailed from Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale on June 26.