JUNEAU — Hawaii has given permission to UnCruise Adventures to offer winter 2021/22 and spring 2022 sailings, making UnCruise Adventures now the sole overnight passenger vessel operating in Hawaii.
The 36-guest Safari Explorer recently kicked off its winter season with in-depth cultural immersion sailings in Halawa Valley on the island of Molokai.
“It’s time to focus on our guest’s experience and the people and culture of Hawaii,” says UnCruise Adventures owner, Captain Dan Blanchard. “After almost two years of very limited travel, we are celebrating the permissions granted to us, and our ability to share an immersive exploration of the Hawaiian Islands, including the less-traveled island of Molokai, whose people and culture have become a part of the UnCruise Adventures family. We continue to work with the counties of Maui and Hawaii on operational details.”
Large-ship cruise lines were forced into cancelling cruises in Hawaii until 2022, however UnCruise Adventures does not fall into the large cruise ship ranks and has received permission to operate in ports and parks in Hawaii.
The UnCruise Adventures safety and operations team worked with all levels of management at the State and County levels, including close coordination with the Hawaii Department of Transportation, and the Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources, to make the sailings happen.
The company says it worked diligently with the Hawaii Department of Health to gain approval of the company’s 100% full vaccination and testing requirements for all guests and crew.
UnCruise is now celebrating 12 years of operations in Hawaii with its 7-night Hawaiian Seascape adventures from Molokai to the Kona Coast and reverse.
Blanchard adds: “We have worked diligently to ensure that Hawaii’s residents are safe and confident in our operations. The support shown by Hawaii government officials has been invaluable in routing a path for our guests to experience these beautiful islands. It is humbling to be granted permission to operate. Mahalo to the many officials and residents of Hawaii that support our experiential adventures.”