Vaccinated Cruise Information
Working For a Safe Travel Future
Dear Friends of UnCruise Adventures,
My company has kept a close watch on on the progress of vaccination and infection levels across the country. With the updated guidance from the CDC on May 16, 2021, we are also making adjustments to our masking policy. Guest and crew safety is still paramount. All guests and crew must be fully vaccinated and receive a negative molecular COVID-19 test result within 4 days of embarkation.
Guests must wear a mask while traveling and while in port, but all fully vaccinated adults no longer need to wear a mask while onboard the vessel or adventuring in the wild. Children under 18 who are not yet vaccinated must still wear a mask.
All of our crew's enhanced cleaning protocols remain in effect, and frequent handwashing is still required. We are pleased to be able to return to a more traditional relaxed environment in a way that maintains crew and guest safety.
Team UnCruise will continue to monitor the vaccine roll out and its positive effect on COVID-19. Should federal or local guidance change, we will update our policy accordingly.
Captain Dan Blanchard
Owner, UnCruise Adventures
*Updated June 10, 2021.
Vaccinated Cruise Information
- Vaccine – All guests and crew 18 or older must be “fully vaccinated” prior to boarding our vessels. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) defines this as “14 days after your final Covid-19 vaccine shot.” At a minimum, this process takes 42 days for the 2-shot Moderna vaccine, 35 days for the 2-shot Pfizer vaccine, and 14 days for the 1-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Plan carefully as it is often unknown which vaccine is available at any given facility.
- COVID -19 Molecular Testing – Guests 2 years and older must have negative results from a molecular test administered no sooner than 4 days prior to the day of embarkation. For example, guests should test Tuesday morning for a Saturday embarkation. PCR is one type of molecular test. Any type of molecular test, including PCR or molecular rapid tests, are acceptable. The important factor is that it be molecular and not antigen testing.
Pack Well – Guests are asked to bring sufficient masks for travel days and time in port, and for the full week for unvaccinated children. Do not forget your vaccination and Covid-19 molecular test documents (printed or electronic - legible copies are acceptable) as these documents will be verified at time of check in before guests can board the boat.
- Travel – Guests should follow all federal and local guidance for traveling to the destination. Wearing a mask at the appropriate times, including on flights. UnCruise cannot guarantee that all people in ports are vaccinated, so please wear your mask when in port (Juneau, Sitka, and Ketchikan).
Check In – On the day guests board our vessel:
- Present proof of full COVID-19 vaccination.
- The Big Three – We can’t emphasize this enough … “Wash Hands, Wear A Mask, and Physically Distance.” This is especially important while traveling to join us for your amazing adventure!
- Mask Use – Mask use is required for unvaccinated children but is not required for fully vaccinated and tested adults. Guests who prefer to wear masks are welcome to do so.
- Sanitize Public Areas and Adventure Gear – If it is on the boat, it is getting cleaned regularly. Crew sanitize touchpoints throughout the vessel at least every four hours. To the maximum extent possible, guests will be issued their own adventure and protective gear for use throughout the cruise (life jackets, boots, masks etc.). Crew members will sanitize all common-use adventure and protective gear daily.
Meal service – Meal service will return to our typical approach. Cocktail hour items will be self-serve from a buffet. Aboard Wilderness Adventurer, Wilderness Discoverer, and Wilderness Explorer, there will be buffet service at breakfast and lunch. Aboard Safari Explorer, Safari Quest, and Legacy, plated meals at table will remain.
- Hand Sanitizers – Located at primary entrance points and in public areas. It is always a good idea to use these frequently to protect against multiple types of illness.
Onboard Testing – Each vessel will have the capability to administer and analyze onboard COVID-19 rapid molecular tests if needed enroute.
*This policy does not apply to the Galapagos Islands. Please see link below for specific COVID-19 policy for Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands.
*UnCruise Adventures has instituted a $97 COVID-19 surcharge for each guest based on our protocols and associated costs for all COVID-19 enhancements.
*We will update COVID-19 protocols as federal and local guidance evolves.
*See all of our 2021 COVID-19 protocols for all destinations below.
Frequently Asked Questions Concerning Vaccinated Cruises
1. - Must I get vaccinated if I had COVID-19 and recovered? Yes, guidance from federal and state government is clear on this.
2. - Are minors, 17 and under, permitted to join the cruise without a vaccination? Yes, there is considerable data that indicates that minors are more resilient to COVID-19. The number of minors is capped at a low percentage of people onboard.
3. - I have a religious objection to vaccination, will I be allowed aboard with a negative COVID-19 test, only? No, vaccination is required for adults this summer and fall. We suggest that traveling in 2022 may be a better option for guests who are not taking the vaccine.
4. - I have a Medical condition that prevents me from being vaccinated. Will I be allowed aboard with a negative COVID-19 test, only? No, vaccination is required for adults this summer and fall. We suggest that traveling in 2022 may be a better option for guests who are not taking the vaccine.
5. - Will I need a vaccination to cruise in 2022? This question is asked world-wide, with no definitive answer, yet. However, recent indications from professionals indicate that once herd immunity is reached, the need for vaccination may change. We will follow the best scientific guidance that is available at that time.
Testing for COVID-19
1. - Why are guests required to have a negative COVID-19 molecular test result, 4-days prior to departure? While vaccinated individuals have far less risk of getting severely ill from COVID-19, it is believed that they may carry the illness. Vaccination combined with a molecular test reduces risk for everyone onboard.
2. - Do I need to have a COVID-19 vaccination prior to cruising? What documents will you accept as proof of vaccination? Yes, all guests will be required to be fully vaccinated prior to boarding our vessels. Guests will be required to submit proof of vaccination in the form of an original vaccination record issued by the country's health authority administering the vaccination or by your medical provider who administered the vaccination. A legible copy of your vaccination record, digital QR code or reference WILL also be accepted as verification to board.
3. - Are minors, 17 and under, required to have a negative COVID-19 molecular test result, 4-days prior to departure? Yes, children aged 2 and older must have a negative COVID-19 molecular test.
4. - What will happen if a person tests positive for COVID-19 while traveling before embarkation? Boarding will be denied. Guest should have results from the 4-day pre-departure molecular test before departing home. For example, take the test on Tuesday morning for boarding on Saturday. Guests who find themselves in this situation will be given the opportunity to travel later in the summer or in 2022 based on availability.
5. - I cannot find a local molecular COVID-19 test that returns results in a timely manner. We have had good fortune with Vault at home testing at Vault Health. Details on COVID-19 molecular testing, in Alaska, Washington and Oregon, can be found below this section under Coronavirus resources.
6. - I am traveling in Alaska prior to my UnCruise. Where do I get my COVID-19 molecular test prior to boarding day? Using testing facilities available within Alaska is the best choice. Testing in Anchorage is easy to do. Also, purchasing a Vault testing kit prior to departure from home, and then sending your sample in from Anchorage or Fairbanks is a good option. https://www.vaulthealth.com/covid. Details on COVID-19 molecular testing, in Alaska, Washington and Oregon, can be found below this section under Coronavirus resources.
7. - Does Alaska, Washington or Oregon require testing or vaccination to enter these states? No, currently these states do not have a testing or vaccination requirement for entry. However, Alaska advises (but does not require) travelers to take a 72-hour pre-departure test.
8. - Why do you have a COVID-19 surcharge on a vaccinated cruise? UnCruise has made considerable investment to operate our adventure cruises at an elevated level of safety. The primary expense is for rapid molecular test kits and analyzers on our vessels. This and many other COVID related enhancements, including greater crew to guest ratios, add a considerable amount to the cost of operations.
9. - What is the difference between a PCR test and a molecular test? A PCR test is one type of molecular test. There are other types of molecular tests, including rapid tests that can be less expensive and return results more quickly. Any molecular test is acceptable. Antigen tests are not acceptable.
10. - I have had and recovered from COVID, and as a result I will test positive, but I am not contagious. Is there a way for me to travel with you? Yes. You and a doctor must fill out and sign our COVID-19 Statement of Prior Infection and bring it with you. You must still take the molecular test and you must still be fully vaccinated. Those rules apply to all guests over 18. The form will allow you to board with a positive test result. Click here to download COVID-19 Statement of Prior Infection or ask a sales counselor to email it to you.
Life on our Adventure Boats
1. - Why have you changed your policy on requiring masks onboard? UnCruise Adventures must comply with a complex set of local, state, and federal guidelines. COVID-19 policies change rapidly and are sometimes contradictory at different levels. The new CDC guidance issued May 16, 2021 sets a clear tone that fully vaccinated people are not required to wear masks for most indoor and outdoor activities, including small and large groups.
2. - Am I at risk while onboard? It is possible for fully vaccinated people to contract COVID-19, which is why you are required to wear a mask on public transportation and requested by UnCruise to wear a mask in ports. When all adult guests are vaccinated and have tested negative within the 4 days prior to embarkation, the risk of COVID -19 transmission within the group is extremely low.
For COVID-19 and many other forms of illness, the health and safety of everyone onboard is intricately linked together. Our onboard cleaning and sanitization protocols along with the cooperation of all guests with hand washing and use of hand sanitizers are designed to prevent the spread of all types of illness, not just COVID-19. This is a communal effort.
3. - What will happen if a vaccinated person tests positive for COVID-19 onboard the boat? The individual will be isolated in their cabin along with any others that test positive. Medical authorities will be contacted and advised on the condition of the guest (s). Due to vaccination, the person may be allowed to stay aboard in isolation or more likely will be transported to isolation ashore, based on a professional’s direction.
4. - Do children still have to wear a mask? Children who have not been fully vaccinated are required to wear a mask indoors and when social distancing is not possible, such as on a skiff. Children who have been fully vaccinated have the same requirements as adults.
5. - Is UnCruise operating at reduced capacity? Yes, guest cabins have been set aside to provide more open crew areas and provide for quarantine space, if needed.
Ketchikan Testing: Creekside Health
Sitka Testing: Mt. Edgecumbe Medical
Juneau Testing: Ethel Lund Medical
Anchorage Testing: Free COVID-19 Test
Fairbanks Testing: Fairbanks Memorial
Alaska General Information: COVID-19 Traveler Information
Seattle Airport Testing: SEATAC
Portland Testing: Portland Urgent Care
Vault Home Testing: COVID-19 At-Home Testing
COVID-19 Testing Locator Tool: National Testing Sites
* We do not endorse any specific testing site or option. This is for informational purposes.
Destination Specific Information
Safety Is Our Priority
“This was perfect for us! Like everyone we met on board, we would not consider a cruise with thousands to be a vacation. We made friends each night in the lounge and it felt like a dinner party. The flexibility of the captain and our guides was a fantastic touch. Being able to go into places where it was just our boat was very special.” — Richard L., Kamas, UT (2019)