Alaskan Dream Review

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Why Choose Alaskan Dream?

  • Catamaran-style ship moves quickly, ideal for whale sightings
  • All cabins feature extra-large windows, inside-hallway doors
  • Top deck is open for observation, useful for wildlife spotting

Alaskan Dream Overview

Alaskan Dream Cruises' first ship, Alaskan Dream, is a streamlined catamaran once owned by Glacier Bay and Majestic America cruise lines (under the name Executive Explorer). Refurbished and relaunched for overnights in 2011, the vessel is perfectly positioned for optimal wildlife viewing, with extra-large windows in its cabins and public areas, plus an observation area that encompasses the entire top deck.

The four classes of cabins range in size from 104 square feet to 416 square feet (the Owners Suite), but they feel roomier, due to the bed-to-ceiling windows. Several cabins support triple occupancy, and one cabin fits four people in bunks. All rooms have doors to inside hallways, offering more privacy than the typical expedition ship cabins that look out onto an exterior passageway. The toilet and shower are in the same small bathroom, separated by a plastic curtain, while a sink and medicine cabinet stand alone inside the main cabin. Toiletries include Alaska-crafted soaps and shampoos. There is no Wi-Fi, television or telephone; cell service can be restricted, especially outside the larger ports.

The main dining room, known as the Sitka Rose, features made-to-order meals, with open seating at six-tops. Social hour, drinks and daily recaps from expedition leaders are held in the Vista View lounge, which serves as the ship's primary gathering spot. As with all of the line's ships, Alaskan Dream has an open bridge policy.

As with all of this cruise line's itineraries, a cruise on Alaskan Dream includes a stop at Hobart Bay, native-owned land where other cruise lines can't dock. The company uses this stop as a "play day," giving passengers the opportunity to kayak, drive Zegos (small jet boats) and RTV's over logging roads. Most cruises also include a stop at Orca Lodge, an island outside Juneau owned by Allen Marine (Alaskan Dream's parent company); it's used as a base for an evening king crab feast, where you can eat as much seafood as you want and cook s'mores over a campfire. The ship uses motorized skiffs to give passengers a closer look at glaciers, fjords and wildlife on shore. Itineraries that include Glacier Bay feature onboard narration from a National Park Service ranger and a full day of viewing the park's glaciers and wildlife from the ship.

-- by Chris Gray Faust, Destinations Editor

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Ship Facts

Ship Stats
Crew:  18
Launched:  Built in 1986, relaunched in 2011
Decks:  4
Tonnage:  93 GRT
Passengers:  38
Registry:  Sitka
CDC Score:  Not Yet Inspected
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5 Alaskan Dream Reviews from our Cruise Critic Community

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kscruiser
Member Since 2003
2 reviews
42 forum posts
1 helpful vote
When you are considering this cruise and wondering whether it is worth the extra money be assured it is worth every penny!! The crew on this ship makes it a part their code to make sure everyone has a great time and feels like family. ... Read more
kscruiser
Member Since 2003
2 reviews
42 forum posts
1 helpful vote
When you are considering this cruise and wondering whether it is worth the extra money be assured it is worth every penny!! The crew on this ship makes it a part their code to make sure everyone has a great time and feels like family. ... Read more
Lolly-PoP
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Not rated Sailed June 2015
My husband and I have had a life-long dream to cruise Alaska. BUT... which cruise line??? Then after doing some research, we knew we wanted a small ship cruise. BUT... which small ship cruise? The more we read about them, the more confused ... Read more

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