Fodor’s Expert Review
Its shallow draft allows Baranof Dream’s 49 guests to explore intimate coves and enjoy prime viewing spots from the bow, sundeck, or Explorer’s Lounge. The dining room seats all passengers for meals in open seating. Cabins have picture windows, hair dryers, and fans. Bathrooms with showers are stocked with Alaska-crafted toiletries. The Deluxe Suite (210 square feet) has a queen bed and a sitting area with chairs, which can be replaced with a twin bed or bunk beds to accommodate a third or fourth guest. Deluxe cabins (110 square feet) and AAA cabins (116 square feet) have a queen bed and a sitting area with chairs or a twin for a third guest. AA cabins (109 square feet) have a queen bed and a twin bed, and A (105 square feet) have two twin beds. All beds have duvets. Read More
Founded by Alaskans who pioneered Alaska day boat tours more than 40 years ago to explore the Inside Passage, Alaskan Dream Cruises now offers multiday cruises aboard their yacht-like vessels. With shallow drafts and agile maneuverability, they offer up-close views of glaciers and the wildlife abundant in the region. Varied itineraries of 4 to 13 days throughout Southeast Alaska, departing from Sitka or Ketchikan, focus on natural wonders and native villages off the beaten track as well as some of the more well-known ports, including Juneau.
The ships are small, offering an experience that is casual, personal, and intimate. Itineraries are designed to explore the Alaska where big ships cannot venture. Included are visits to the line’s exclusive wilderness lodges, Orca Point Lodge and Windham Bay Lodge. A full day in Glacier Bay gets you as close as you can get to the glaciers. Provided for use during the cruise are high-powered binoculars and “Alaska” gear, including rain jackets, pants, and boots. Alaska-crafted products and food are featured on board. There’s also a full library of books on the region on each ship.
Cruises are enhanced by an all-American crew, knowledgeable expedition leaders, and an open-bridge policy. Educational lectures are presented by cultural and scientific expedition leaders who also guide excursions and kayaking, hiking, and watercraft exploration. Basic excursions and airport or hotel transfers are included in the fare, and alternative tours are available at additional cost, as are pre- or post-cruise fishing adventures.