UnCruise Adventures Begins Repairs Aboard The ‘Wilderness Discoverer’ Following Engine Room Fire

Repair Efforts Underway to Restore the Wilderness Discoverer to Operational Status 

JUNEAU, AK, June 9th, 2023 – UnCruise Adventures, a small ship cruise line, announces significant progress in addressing the recent engine room fire aboard the Wilderness Discoverer, which occurred Monday June 5th. The safety and well-being of all guests and crew continue to be the company's utmost priority. It remains that no injuries resulted from the fire or subsequent transfer of guests and crew. Vigor shipyard in Ketchikan, Alaska will facilitate the vessel's repair process.  

The vessel has gone through inspections by regulators, underwriters, and the company's internal safety team.  The fire was limited due to the speedy action of the captain and crew. The port main engine wet exhaust mufflers were the source of the heat/fire. The area damaged by heat is the size of a small chest freezer and contained between two deep frames on the port side of the engine room. Outside of this relatively small area, the damage is primarily from smoke and soot. The company’s dedicated team is working diligently to expedite the repair process, aiming to restore the vessel to its optimal condition. The repairs are being carried out with the utmost care and precision, adhering to the company’s focus on safety. 

In response to the incident, UnCruise Adventures implemented a comprehensive plan to ensure the smooth continuation of guests' adventure experiences. Additionally, the company will re-accommodate all guests scheduled for upcoming weeks of adventures aboard the Wilderness Discoverer, as needed.  The guests will enjoy a seamless adventure on a similar vessel. UnCruise Adventures remains fully committed to ensuring the safety, security, and satisfaction of its valued guests and crew. “We deeply appreciate the understanding and patience demonstrated by our guests during this period. Our team is working tirelessly to minimize any inconvenience caused by the incident and to provide alternative arrangements that maintain the exceptional level of adventure and exploration that UnCruise Adventures is known for.” shares Owner & CEO, Captain Dan Blanchard. 

The company would like to express its sincere gratitude for the support and kind words they have received from guests and travel advisors. Their feedback is invaluable and motivates them to continue providing the highest standards of service and care. 

For further inquiries or information, please contact UnCruise Adventures' dedicated representative at pr@uncruise.com

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About UnCruise Adventures     

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, Northern Baja California, Prince William Sound, Aleutian Islands, Coastal Washington, & Galápagos. UnCruise Adventures has been picked as the top adventure cruise line by Cruise Critic, multiple times and Travel & Leisure readers also named UnCruise Adventures in its World’s Best Awards and its list of top 10 small ship ocean cruise line for multiple years in a row. UnCruise Adventures is a member of the Adventure Travel Trade Association and Transformational Travel Council.  

Health & Wellbeing Policy 

UnCruise Adventures has updated its health and safety protocols to ensure the well-being of its guests and crew onboard all vessels. As part of updated measures, the company has removed the vaccination and mask requirement for cruises. The company will continue to implement additional safety and sanitary measures to maintain a safe environment. Safe distancing is encouraged where possible and guests are asked to adhere to the onboard good citizen policy of health and wellbeing. For more information about UnCruise Adventures' updated vaccine policy and travel resources, please visit their website at uncruise.com.