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Alaskan Dream Cruises
  • Alaska tourism veterans, now expanded into overnight cruising
  • Casual and cozy vibe onboard, focused on Alaska culture
  • Expect an outdoor-oriented, wildlife-seeking crowd
  • Cultural itineraries within Alaska's Inside Passage


Alaskan Dream Cruises operates cultural and wildlife-focused programs aboard three ships, Admiralty Dream, Alaskan Dream and Baranof Dream. A fourth ship, Chichagof Dream, has been purchased, but it has no launch date as of fall 2013. The Sitka-based company focuses on exposing passengers to the "real Alaska." (One of the owners is part Tlingit.) Everything from the beer to the bath products comes from local providers. Although all meals are served to order, the ambience is casual, with no dress code, open seating and friendly, laid-back staff. As with most small expedition-style cruises, the ships are more bare bones than a typical cruise, with one lounge and prime real estate devoted to viewing the scenery. (However, the company does provide rain gear, including boots).

The cruises strike a balance between outdoor adventures, port tours and wildlife sightings, and passengers are encouraged to unplug; none of the ships have TV or Wi-Fi onboard.

Most passengers participate in daily shore excursions, accompanied by staff expedition leaders. Itineraries are considered fluid, and time spent onshore -- often in small ports such as Kake and Petersburg where the large cruise ships can't or won't go -- can vary depending on tides, wildlife and the tenor of the passengers.

About Alaskan Dream Cruises

The Sitka-based company started running multi-night expedition-style cruises in 2011 after David Allen, of the established boat-building and touring firm Allen Marine, acquired several Cruise West vessels. Allen Marine had long offered whale-watching daytrips out of Juneau, Ketchikan and Sitka; now Alaskan Dream Cruises specializes in overnight voyages with a strong cultural component.

Alaskan Dream Cruises Fleet

Alaskan Dream Cruises has three expedition ships in its fleet, with a fourth purchased. The first ship to launch, 38-passenger Alaskan Dream, is an Executive Explorer catamaran formerly owned by Majestic America and Glacier Bay cruise lines. It was followed by Admiralty Dream, formerly Cruise West's Spirit of Columbia, which has cabins for 58 people. Both started sailing in 2011.

Baranof Dream is another former Cruise West vessel, 49-passenger Spirit of Alaska. It entered service under the Alaskan Dream banner in summer 2013. The line's fourth ship, 88-passenger Chichagof Dream, was acquired in 2013. Formerly called Nantucket Clipper, the ship is undergoing renovation but does not currently have a launch date.

Fellow Passengers

The typical Alaskan Dream Cruises customer is drawn to the line's authentic atmosphere and culture-based itineraries. Most passengers are in their late 50s, 60s and early 70s, with a few adult children accompanying their parents. While most passengers are American, the line is beginning to draw from overseas, including South Africa, Australia and Italy. The company also has name recognition within Alaska; as a result, there are almost always a few Alaskans onboard exploring their own state.

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Member Reviews

We just finished our Alaskan Dream Cruise on the Baranof Dream. Not sure I can say enough good things to do the experience justice. First of all, this is a casual, small ...

by LHervey

A few weeks home now and going through our photos it's hard to believe just how much we managed to do in just 11 days! The wildlife viewing opportunities on this trip were ...

by cntrymum

Who: my early 70's retired teacher husband and I. Other passengers were in the 50-70's age range, well educated and well travelled. There were lots of engineers, ...

by CT Granny
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