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Top Alaskan Dream Cruises Ships
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 and will launch in 2016. 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.
Alaskan Dream Cruises Fleet
Alaskan Dream Cruises has six expedition ships in its fleet, with Misty Fjord being the most recent to join the line. 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 fifth ship, 88-passenger Chichagof Dream, was acquired in 2013. Formerly called Nantucket Clipper, the ship is undergoing renovation and will launch in 2015. Kruzof Explorer, the last ship to be added to the fleet, was a Bering Sea crab fishing boat turned expedition vessel, that will explore bodies of water few venture. The vessel carries high speed zodiacs, kayaks and paddleboards.