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 ship cruise - 48 passengers max. No fancy clothes, no shows, no gambling or shopping. That said, the company seems to be seamlessly and authentically integrated with the local communities and cultures. As passengers we were educated about the nature and culture of the areas we travelled by lay-experts in these areas. We learned so much, and were made to feel so comfortable in the environments we visited. The captain and crew were generous, respectful, accessible, always available to help or answer questions, friendly, (not obsequious), efficient and highly capable. The food was outstanding in every detail at every meal (and more!). The cabins, community areas and decks were always super clean and neat. The activities (kayaking, RTV, sightseeing) were all safely and efficiently coordinated. The places we went were just beautiful, and we saw tons of wildlife: black and brown bears; mountains goats; sea birds (puffins!); orcas; porpoises; and hundreds of humpback whales, sea otters and sea lions. The captain was always willing to stop and look at wildlife, pull into out of the way places for waterfalls and glaciers. We never felt rushed or crowded. All excursions, meals and activities are included in the cost, so you're not nickeled and dimed to death, unless you want to drink. (1 beer or wine at dinner is included.) This is a company with remarkable expertise and integrity all around.
Our cabin had one queen bed, two comfortable chairs, two small tables, closet with drawers in it, a sink with vanity and a shower/toilet combination with frosted glass door and cedar plank floor. It was very clean, efficiently appointed and comfortable but not luxurious.