Departure of small cruise ship marks the start of the recovery of Juneau's cruise season

    Wilderness Discoverer docked in Juneau

    Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - The Wilderness Discoverer, owned by Uncruise Adventures, departed Juneau Sunday for the first time in 19 months.

    CEO Dan Blanchard told the passengers during a press briefing prior to the vessel's departure that it was the first time in 19 months that his vessel had operated in Juneau.

    Blanchard said the event was to celebrate the beginning of recovery to the cruise industry.

    Juneau Senator Jesse Kiehl addressed the crowd and welcomed them to the capital city.

    Uncruise's season in Alaska started earlier due to changes in COVID protocols in Washington state, which resulted in the cancellation of voyages from Seattle.

    As a result, Blanchard said this  will mean his company wi.ll increase its presence  increased activity in Juneau

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