Small ship cruise line Un-Cruise Adventures announced today that longtime executive Tim Jacox is stepping into a new role at the line as president and chief operations officer.
Jacox has been with the company for 14 years in executive management and sales and marketing roles. Previously, he was principal and executive vice president. Jacox partnered with Captain Dan Blanchard, principal and CEO of Un-Cruise Adventures, in 2009 to reorganize and expand operations. Jacox is a 30-plus year veteran of the travel industry with 20 years spent in operations, sales and marketing, and executive leadership at the former Alaska Sightseeing/Cruise West.
“Tim and I have worked side-by-side for 28 years,” said Captain Dan Blanchard, CEO. “I think the opportunity for him to take the helm is not only timely, but appropriate, given the growth of our company.”
As president and COO, Jacox will oversee operations, marketing and sales, accounting and administration in the Seattle-based office. Executive leaders in the three primary departments will report to him. Stepping into this position rounds out a series of recent and ongoing initiatives as Un-Cruise Adventures expands, including investment in a new reservation system, development of a new website, support personnel, and additional office space. A search is underway for a vice president of sales and marketing.
“I am truly excited to lead such an outstanding, experienced, skilled and unrelenting group of team members at Un-Cruise Adventures,” Jacox remarked. “Small ship cruising has been in my blood since first starting in the industry in 1979, and working with travel agent partners stands as a mainstay of my career.”
Blanchard remains principal and CEO with product development directors reporting to him. He plans to spend time meeting guests in Alaska, planning the company’s growth and developing new destinations and itineraries that fit the line’s specialty of small ship cruises along the West Coast of the Americas. He also looks after the company’s public policy interests and environmental stewardship. Blanchard is based in Juneau, Alaska but maintains an office in Seattle as well.
With eight vessels plus one partner vessel carrying 22-88 guests, the company reports a carrying capacity of 13,350 guests on board its ships for 2015. In 2016, operations begin for the first time in the Galápagos Islands and Costa Rica/Panama.