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Small Cruise Ships Are Coming to Southeast Alaska, But Not all Passengers Will Get to Mingle and Shop in Towns | KTOO


Canada’s ban on cruise ships through early 2022 effectively ended most of the cruise season in Alaska. A handful of smaller, boutique cruises plan to sail. But not all of them plan to allow passengers to stop in towns.

UnCruise is a small vessel cruise fleet. Boat capacity is fewer than 250 passengers, so it’s unaffected by Canada’s restrictions and it doesn’t have to comply with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s conditional sailing order. It’s mitigation plans are reviewed by Juneau’s emergency operations center and the state.

“We’re a US flag operator,” said CEO and captain Dan Blanchard. “All U.S. crew, U.S.-built boat, U.S.-certified and regulated, and we pay U.S. taxes.”

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