• Newsletter
  • Write a Review
  • Boards
  • Deals
  • Find a Cruise
  • Reviews
  • News
  • Cruise Tips

Baranof Dream Review

4.0 / 5.0
8 reviews

A tourist rip off

Review for Alaska Cruise on Baranof Dream
2-5 Cruises • Age 80s

Rating by category

Value for Money
Public Rooms
Fitness & Recreation

Additional details

Sail Date: Jul 2023

The Baranof Dream is anything but a dream. This ship is 38 years old and its maximum speed is 10 mph. The engines are loud and shake the ship. There are no amenities. There is no cell or internet wifi except in the large ports. There is nothing to do for endless boring days while big cruise ships pass us by going in the same direction. They do not provide any board games or any other activities for passengers to pass the time. Depending on the number of passengers, the ship grosses from $175,000 to $200,000 every eight days. The owners therefore net between $100,000 to $150,000 every eight days, and even with this profit, they charge passengers $10.50 for drinks and $7.50 for a glass of wine. Extremely greedy. The owners could install Starlink and provide free drinks and wine if they cared about their customers. On my trip, room service only included changing the sheets but did not include emptying the trash, vacuuming the floor or brushing the toilet.

There was not much wildlife to see. A few seals, a few sea otters, one whale tail. The Glacier was not worth the two days to get there. We drifted a couple of hours along side a big cruise ship about two miles away from the glacier. Pictures of passengers being taken closer on boats are fake. They don't do it.

In Juneau, we shared the port with four big cruise ships flooding the town with at least 20,000 tourists. Our ship's big event in Juneau is to bus the passengers five miles to their whale watching boat and taking us over to their lodge across the bay. Days before, the crew was bragging about the lodge and that we would be served crab and prime rib. So the lodge is huge and looks like it is seldom used. The crab was cheap thin spider crab legs frozen so long that the crab meat was starting to dehydrate and stick the shell. The prime rib was like shoe leather and I couldn't chew it. They hired the cheapest bus to return us to the ship and it broke down half way back. The owners are cheap, cheap, cheap!

Cabin Review

4 Helpful Votes
previous reviewnext review

Find a cruise

Any Month
About UsCruise DestinationsFirst Time CruisersFind A Cruise

International Sites

© 1995—2023, The Independent Traveler, Inc.

  • Privacy and Cookies Statement

  • Terms of Use

  • Site Map