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Alaskan Dream
-- / 5.0
14 reviews

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Passengers
38

Crew
18

Passenger to Crew
2.11:1

Launched
Built in 1986, relaunched in 2011

Shore Excursions
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Chris Gray Faust
Cruise Critic Managing Editor

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.

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annederek
Sail Date: Aug 2019
Alaskan Dream seem to be an environmentally-aware company with a good local reputation and are very welcome in the communities they visit.... Read More
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BarPRanch
Sail Date: Jun 2018
We recently completed the “Alaska’s Inside Passage Sojourn“ cruise aboard the Alaskan Dream and would highly recommend this tour.... Read More
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DeputyDan
Sail Date: Jul 2019
We arrived in Sitka several days prior to the cruise. It was very nice having the cruise employees pick us up at the airport and delivering us to our place of lodging. Their overview of the town and a general layout... Read More
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travel.samm
Sail Date: Aug 2017
... and maybe our last - unless we can come up with another one that equals this in the following ways: - small (40 passengers) - amazing crew (couldn't be friendlier or more caring and helpful) - focusing... Read More

Alaskan Dream Cruises Fleet

Admiralty Dream
10 reviews

Typical for an older expedition ship, cabins are small, ranging from 74 to 135 square feet, bathrooms are tiny and there is no Wi-Fi or television.

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Alaskan Dream

This catamaran is perfect for optimal wildlife viewing, with extra-large windows in its cabins and public areas, plus an observation area that encompasses the entire top deck.

Baranof Dream
4.0 / 5.0
Editor Rating

What Baranof Dream lacks in luxury, it makes up with hominess, with a friendly, laid-back staff and events that include a daily cookie hour and Alaska-themed bedtime stories.

Chichagof Dream

The 74-passenger Chichagof Dream, the fifth small ship launched by Alaskan Dream Cruises, is an intimate four-deck vessel but the largest in the fleet.

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