UnCruise Adventures Offers Access, Adventure and Early Bird Savings with 2020 Alaska Sailing Season

first_imgSmall ship cruises in Alaskan wilderness include all adventure activities  Seattle, WA, May 21, 2019 — With 23 years’ experience operating Alaskan adventure cruises, UnCruise Adventures announces its schedule of Alaska cruises for 2020 with 117 departures on seven inclusive itineraries throughout Southeast Alaska. Five itineraries visit Glacier Bay National Park and all itineraries include daily adventures for varying interests and abilities. An early bird savings rewards those making advanced vacation plans with a savings up to $1,200 per couple. The offer is good until December 13, 2019 for weeklong 2020 Alaska sailings aboard the Legacy, Wilderness Explorer and Wilderness Discoverer. From April through September, boutique yachts and expedition ships sail adventure cruises lasting one to two weeks from homeports of Seattle, WA; Ketchikan, Juneau, and Sitka, Alaska. Ships carry 22 to 90 guests to enable up close and personal adventures in wild areas. Every vessel is equipped with kayaks, paddle boards, skiffs, a launch platform, and other adventure amenities. UnCruise will begin spring 2020 sailings in April, offering early access to Alaska’s awakening landscapes. Alaska Awakening highlights the benefits of spring and encourages visiting Southeast Alaska during the driest months of the year. With few or no port calls, every Alaska cruise includes daily adventure activities in remote wilderness—hiking, bushwhacking, kayaking, paddle boarding, skiff excursions and whale watching. Flexible itineraries and the small group size facilitate unimpeded exploration and time to search for and watch wildlife. Trained expedition guides, many with advanced degrees in marine biology and environmental science, lead adventures and provide expert nature and cultural interpretation along the way.  “Adventure is at the heart of what we do, and we want to make sure our guests experience the real Alaska,” said Captain Dan Blanchard, CEO. “Including every activity and offering a variety of excursions each day allows people to touch, feel, and connect with this wild land.”  Each cruise is inclusive with inspired cuisine, and all drinks and snacks to support daily adventures and excursions. A pastry chef on every ship bakes all breads, desserts and pastries fresh each day. Sustainable seafood is sourced locally in Alaska. Alaska’s Glacier Country The 90-guest Legacy, 22-guest Safari Quest, 74-guest Wilderness Explorer, and 88-guest Safari Endeavour sail 32 departures roundtrip from Juneau with one day in Glacier Bay National Park. The itinerary also explores Icy Strait, Endicott Arm with Dawes Glacier, Fords Terror Wilderness Area, as well as searches for humpback whales in Chatham Strait and Frederick Sound. Northern Passages & Glacier Bay The 76-guest Wilderness Discoverer and the 74-guest Wilderness Explorer sail 20 departures on a weeklong cruise from Juneau to Sitka (or reverse). Areas explored include Chatham Strait, Glacier Bay National Park, Icy Strait, Chichagof Island, Peril Strait and Sergius Narrows.  Glacier Bay National Park Adventure Cruise  The 60-guest Wilderness Adventurer sails 24 departures roundtrip from Juneau with two full days in Glacier Bay National Park for travelers intent on exploring lesser visited nooks and crannies with more opportunities for hiking and kayaking in the park. It also explores Icy Strait and spends a day in Haines. Alaska’s Glaciers & Whales The 88-guest Safari Endeavour sails six departures from Juneau to Sitka and explores the twin Sawyer Glaciers in Tracy Arm, Baird Glacier in Thomas Bay, and LeConte Glacier. Other areas explored include Frederick Sound, Baranof Island, Sergius Narrows and the native village of Kake. Whales, Wildlife & Glaciers The 88-guest Safari Endeavour sails six departures on an upper Inside Passage itinerary from Sitka to Juneau. This route explores Krestof Sound, Icy Strait, Glacier Bay National Park, Chichagof Island and Lynn Canal. A day in Haines includes a guided hike and bikes for riding into town. Combined with the Alaska’s Glaciers & Whales itinerary, it becomes a two-week Alaska Glacier Cruise – Ultimate Expedition. Alaska Fjords and Glaciers The 90-guest Legacy, 22-guest Safari Quest, 60-guest Wilderness Adventurer, 76-guest Wilderness Discoverer, and 74-guest Wilderness Explorer sail 25 departures from Juneau to Ketchikan (or reverse) visiting Misty Fjords National Monument, Endicott Arm and Dawes Glacier, Thomas Bay, Stephens Passage, Wrangell Narrows and a stop in Wrangell for a visit to the totem park and Chief Shakes Tribal House. Travelers may combine it with the Northern Passages & Glacier Bay cruise for a two-week Fjords of Alaska Cruise – Ultimate Expedition.  Alaska’s Inside Passage & San Juans Cruise The 88-guest Safari Endeavour and 76-guest Wilderness Discoverer sail four departures on this 14-night itinerary that travels from Seattle to Juneau or reverse. The route explores Olympic National Park, the San Juan Islands and Canada’s Inside Passage before arriving in Ketchikan, Alaska. Continuing through Alaska’s Inside Passage, areas explored include Misty Fjords National Monument, Chatham Strait, Fredrick Sound, Icy Strait, Glacier Bay National Park, Petersburg and Haines. Rates for weeklong Alaska cruises begin at $3,195 per person based on double occupancy and include fresh, innovative meals; all beverages including alcohol; adventure activities; transfers day of cruise; hot tub; and fitness equipment. A six-night pre-cruise package is available to Denali National Park and Talkeetna. To book or to request additional information, contact a travel advisor or UnCruise Adventures at 888-862-8881 or sales@uncruise.com.  About UnCruise Adventures UnCruise Adventures’ boutique yachts and small ships carry 22-90 guests on voyages in Alaska, Hawaiian Islands, Mexico’s Sea of Cortés, Columbia & Snake Rivers, coastal Washington, Galápagos Islands and Costa Rica and Panamá.last_img read more

Middle East Ban calls for promotion of trust alongside proximity talks

25 May 2010The proximity talks between Israel and the Palestinians earlier this month must be accompanied by steps to foster mutual trust and more positive conditions on the ground, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon underscored today. “The parties must avoid provocations or breaches of the Roadmap or international law, which will only create new crises of confidence,” Mr. Ban told the start of the United Nations International Meeting in Support of the Israeli-Palestinian Peace Process under way in Istanbul, Turkey.Israel, he said, must exercise particular restraint in East Jerusalem, ending demolitions, evictions and settlement expansion there. For its part, the Palestinian Authority must continue fulfilling its commitments to build institutions and promote security.In a message delivered by Robert Serry, UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, the Secretary-General said that in Gaza, all parties should work towards ending closure and preventing illicit weapons smuggling, among other measures.He called for an end to the closure, voicing concern that it “creates unacceptable suffering, hurts forces of moderation and empowers extremists.”Also addressing the start of the two-day Istanbul gathering being held under the auspices of the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People, the head of the group’s delegation, Zahir Tanin, also welcomed the start of indirect talks.He voiced hope that they will lead to tangible results, including the unobstructed movement of people and goods in the West Bank, the end of the Gaza blockade and the release of Palestinian prisoners.Holding back from unilateral actions and from incitement which could jeopardize ongoing efforts would be among the steps needed to set the stage for direct talks, he said.“Unfortunately, the initial signs are far from encouraging,” with top Israeli officials signalling their intention to continue with illegal settlement activity, Mr. Tanin noted. “These acts undermine the very basis of a negotiated settlement and destroy the credibility of the political process.”He stressed that “the sovereign State of Palestine, free from foreign occupation, is still just a vision. The sense of frustration is palpable among Palestinians and in the region in general both with the open-ended Israeli occupation and the open-ended peace process, which has proceeded by fits and starts, in bouts of inconclusive negotiations, raising expectations then failing to meet them.”Mr. Tanin pointed out that Palestinians’ patience with the peace process and with the two-State solution is wearing thin.By many measures, Palestinians, he said, are worse off today then they were when the peace process kicked off some two decades ago.The official added that two-thirds of Gazans under the age of 30 have never set foot outside Gaza, where the “unacceptable” blockade has left the people in the area to erect houses out of mud to replace those destroyed during Operation Cast Lead, the three-week Israeli military offensive starting at the end of 2008 that had the stated aim of ending rocket attacks by militants operating in the area.Humanitarian agencies issued a UN-backed call on the Israeli Government today for full access into and out of Gaza for materials and exports needed to jump-start the area’s agriculture and fishing sectors.In a press statement, they also appealed for Palestinians’ access to farmland and fishing areas to be lifted. The enforcement of these restrictions suffocates the agriculture sector and put the lives of farmers and fishers at risk. “The fact that this coastal population now imports fish from Israel and through tunnels under the Gaza-Egypt border speaks to the absurdity of the situation.”Since the start of Israel’s blockade on Gaza in June 2007, the formal economy has collapsed, with more than 60 per cent of households now food insecure.In a related development, Radhika Coomaraswamy, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict, joined the chorus of UN voices condemning Sunday’s vandalizing by intruders of the summer games facility in Gaza operated by the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA).A group of about 30 armed and masked men set fire to the facility, which was under construction near the beach in Gaza City. It was designed to be one of about 35 facilities for a summer games programme being run by the agency.“The children of Gaza are already surviving through the harsh realities of a post-conflict environment and exposure to violence,” Ms. Coomaraswamy said. “The games provide a reprieve from the acute tensions of daily life and offer them a safe place to be children again.”In an earlier statement, Mr. Ban called the attack “an attempt to intimidate and harm the most defenceless in Gaza,” calling on the de facto authorities to ensure the safety of the UN’s operations and to allow UNRWA to carry out its work. read more

Key foreign currency quotations

Quotations for key foreign currencies in terms of the Canadian dollar. Quotations are nominal, for information purposes only.Canadian dollar value on Tuesday, the previous day, three-months and one-year: Currency Tue Mon 3 months Year U.S. dollar 1.2159 1.2128 1.3415 1.3049 British Pound 1.6140 1.5988 1.6982 1.7403 Japanese Yen 0.0111 0.0111 0.0122 0.0128 Euro in U.S. 1.1957 1.1973 1.1205 1.1234 Euro in Cdn 1.4538 1.4521 1.5032 1.4659Quotations provided by the Bank of Canada