The ability for small size cruise companies to continue to create their own definition will be key to their vitality and growth going forward,' Blanchard said. 'We have come together to advance the recognition of the domestic contribution of US small boat operators and to effectively educate the public.
Coalition Steps Up Advocacy for Small US-Flag Operators - Sea Trade Cruise News
The impact of COVID-19 on travel and cruise operators called for a new strategy to cope with the current situation and address what Capt. Dan Blanchard, CEO of UnCruise and the architect of the coalition, called the 'outmoded definition of cruise lines.'
The coalition was formed in March to serve as a united voice to raise the visibility of small-boat operators and clarify their differences from the big-ship lines.
The includes differences in ship size and the distinct challenges of small-boat operators. Members weigh in on how regulation, growth and cost drives their current efforts. The coalition is working with officials to redefine their sector, which will affect future endeavors and how this industry rebounds and rebuilds.
UnCruise Adventures’ is a responsible travel and adventure leader in the small boat industry. They operate boutique yachts and small boats carrying 22-86 guests on voyages in Alaska, Hawaiian Islands, Mexico’s Sea of Cortés, Columbia & Snake Rivers, coastal Washington, Galápagos, Costa Rica, Panama, Belize, and Colombia. In 2019, UnCruise Adventures was picked as the top adventure cruise line by Cruise Critic. Travel & Leisure readers also named UnCruise Adventures in its World’s Best Awards and its list of top 10 small ship ocean cruise lines three years in a row. UnCruise Adventures is a member of the Adventure Travel Trade Association and the Transformational Travel Council.