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Is it safe to travel?

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: I’ve already booked an expedition with you this season, but is it safe to travel?

A: Currently, the State Department and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have advised U.S. citizens, particularly older adults and those with underlying health issues, to defer cruise travel worldwide. These are advisories we don’t take lightly. We also know each person has to make the decision that is right for them.

We are preparing for the coming season under the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s rules and standards as they pertain to cleaning and maintaining our vessels, running onboard operations and screening passengers. We also continue to meet or exceed the protocols set forth by the Cruise Lines International Association. We are updating our policies and standards as necessary as the situation unfolds.

Q: Will the COVID-19 virus affect our itinerary?

 A: Our number one priority is the health and safety of our passengers and crew. So far, we have not had to change any of our routes. One of the benefits of our small expedition vessels is that we take you to remote areas that are generally free of crowds. Because of the relationships we’ve forged in the ports and villages of Southeast Alaska, we have our fingers on the pulse of communities there and are on alert for any potential risks. We continue to monitor the status of the virus worldwide and would adjust itineraries on an as-needed basis in the unlikely event of an outbreak in our area.

 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 2020, we will operate five small expedition vessels with capacities ranging from just 12 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: What can I do as a traveler?

A: You can make the biggest difference of all to prevent the spread of the virus! The most impactful are the following:

  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Cover a cough or sneeze – preferably with a disposable tissue.
  • Avoid touching your face – especially your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects.
  • Stay home if you have flu-like symptoms.

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.

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