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COVID-19 Updates

The safety of our guests and crew is our top priority and we continue to closely monitor COVID-19 (Coronavirus) updates. We understand many of our guests have concerns about travel during this challenging time. Here are answers to the most common questions, along with some helpful links to keep you up to date.

 Q: What cleaning and disinfecting methods do you use onboard your vessels?

 A: Maintaining sanitation standards set forth by CDC and CLIA, we are proud of our rigorous cleaning standards. Each vessel is thoroughly sanitized prior to boarding and is kept clean throughout your voyage to assure the healthiest environment possible.

In light of COVID-19, we have implemented more stringent protocols. Some of these are:

  • Cabins, common areas, galleys and dining rooms will be cleaned daily with EPA-approved virus-killing disinfectants — that includes everything from doorknobs to leather chairs to computer keyboards.
  • We take the CDC’s recommendations on frequent handwashing very seriously because washing thoroughly and often with soap and water is proven to remove many of the germs we pick up every day and to reduce the spread of those germs. 
  • Antibacterial soaps and hand sanitizers will be provided in all common areas and public restrooms.
  • A disinfectant-infused walk-off carpet will be installed at gangways to prevent possible contamination of carpets and other floors.

Q: How is air circulated in your ships? 

A: A sterilizing UV light has been installed on all onboard HVAC/vent systems.

Q: What other specific things is ADC doing to keep us safe on our trip?

A: In 2022, we will operate six small expedition vessels with capacities ranging from just 10 to 76 guests. Due to our high crew-to-guest ratio, we are uniquely positioned to monitor the health of our guests at embarkation and throughout each expedition. To assist us in this effort, we will be sending out a pre-expedition questionnaire to mitigate potential health risks.

Q: Where can I get more information?

A: There are a number of organizations that provide up-to-date information on COVID-19. Here are some helpful links:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

World Health Organization

Alaska Department of Health & Social Services

Follow our own Travel Updates here.

To maximize health and safety aboard our vessels and minimize the potential for cruise interruptions, Alaskan Dream Cruises will require guests and crew (18 and older) to be fully vaccinated. The Center for Disease Control defines “fully vaccinated” as 14 days after your final COVID-19 shot.

Below are some frequently asked questions in relation to this policy.

Q: Who is required to be vaccinated to sail with Alaskan Dream Cruises?

A: All guests ages 18 and over must be vaccinated to sail with Alaskan Dream Cruises. In addition, all crew will be vaccinated. Guests under 18 are not required to be vaccinated, however, we strongly encourage it for all who are eligible.

Q: Do I need to receive the vaccination if I have already had COVID?

A: Yes.

Q: Is this a permanent policy?

A: The policy is in effect indefinitely as we continue to monitor COVID-19 updates.

Q: Do you have pre-cruise testing protocols?

A: As of May 9, 2022, Alaskan Dream Cruises is no longer requiring proof of a negative antigen/PCR COVID-19 test in order to board our vessels. Our vaccination requirement remains in place for the 2022 season. While pre-testing is no longer a requirement, we still highly encourage all guests to monitor for symptoms and test before sailing. If you test positive prior to your cruise, please contact our reservations office at 1-855-747-8100. Alaskan Dream Cruises has supplies aboard each vessel to conduct tests for symptomatic travelers.

Q: What if I can’t or do not want to be vaccinated? 

A: We understand that for a variety of medical and personal reasons some individuals cannot or choose not to be vaccinated. All crew and guests over 18 must be vaccinated against COVID-19. Alternatively, small charter groups on our 10 and 12 passenger vessels can make their own determinations regarding vaccinations. If you cannot or choose not to be vaccinated and are traveling in a group, please ask about our great charter rates aboard the Misty Fjord and Kruzof Explorer! In addition, our sister company, Allen Marine Tours, has exciting glacier and wildlife viewing packages in Alaska in 2021. Guests are not required to be vaccinated aboard these excursions. To learn more, please contact a reservations specialist, who will put you in contact with the appropriate sales manager at Allen Marine.

Q: What if a guest becomes ill with COVID while aboard the ship?

A: Given our layered approach to health and safety, including mandatory guest and crew vaccinations, we are very confident we will have healthy, successful sailings. If a guest begins to experience symptoms while aboard, we are prepared with specific protocols. The first step is isolation of the guest(s) within their stateroom while they are administered rapid antigen tests. Multiple tests will be administered to rule out false results.

Q: Are masks required onboard Alaskan Dream Cruises vessels?

A: As of April 18, 2022, masks are optional aboard Alaskan Dream Cruises vessels. We are tracking regulations and orders in this regard and will adjust accordingly.

Q: Do I need to wear a mask while participating in an outdoor excursion?

A: No, except as mandated by municipal rules during port calls.

 

PLEASE NOTE: 

The safety of our guests and crew is, and always has been, our highest priority. We are tracking federal, state, and municipal policies, as well as best practices as detailed by healthcare officials. The CDC continued to update guidance, especially with relation to fully vaccinated individuals. We will keep this page updated with our latest COVID policy changes.

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