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Alaskan Dream Cruises Cruises

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Alaskan Dream

About Alaskan Dream Cruises Cruises

Alaskan Dream Cruises operates cultural and wildlife-focused programs aboard its six ships. Focus is on exposing passengers to the "real Alaska." Although all meals are served to order, the ambience is casual, with no dress code, open seating and friendly, laid-back staff.

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Who goes on Alaskan Dream Cruises cruise ships?

You'll find the majority of Alaskan Dream Cruises passengers to be in their 50s to 70s, some with adult children. The company also encourages younger families and multigenerational cruising by providing a Youth Expedition Leader who leads activities, exploration and educational programs for children ages 7 and older; plus there's a discount for children ages 15 and under. Most passengers come from North America, but you'll also meet folks from Australia, South Africa and Europe.

Do I have to dress up on a Alaskan Dream Cruises cruise?

Leave your formal wear at home; dress is casual on Alaskan Dream cruises. Passengers dress casually and appropriately for the weather and for the outdoor-oriented, active itinerary. The lines does recommend that cruisers bring warm jackets and suggests layers, since Alaskan weather can range from very chilly to T-shirt warm, and swimsuits for those ready to join the Killer Whale Club by swimming in a wilderness inlet. (Alaska Dream provides rainwear and sturdy boots for exploring during the cruise.)

Is everything free on Alaskan Dream Cruises cruises?

No, but the list of what's included reflects the focus of the company: some shore excursions, National Park fees, airport and hotel transfers, all meals, nonalcoholic and alcoholic beverages (ncluding local brews made in Auke Bay), Alaska-made shampoos and body washes, and Alaskan gear for use during the cruise, including rain jackets, pants, rain boots and binoculars.

Extra costs include optional gratuities, pre- and post-cruise hotel accommodations, taxes and port fees. Additionally, Alaskan Dream requires that all passengers purchase travel insurance.

What are Alaskan Dream Cruises’s most popular activities?

The emphasis on an Alaskan Dream cruise is squarely on the Alaskan experience and shore excursions; wildlife viewing and evening enrichment programs are the main draws of any voyage. Ships carry skiffs for shallow water and glacial fjord exploration, as well as for beach landings for hiking opportunities in more remote areas. Kayaking is also an integral part of the cruises. One of the most popular activities on any Alaskan Dream cruise is the chance to visit the villages of three indigenous cultures, the Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshian. In the evening, onboard naturalists give lectures on the biology, geography and ecology of the Inside Passage.

Why go with Alaskan Dream Cruises?

  • Alaska-based company with insider knowledge and special access
  • Casual and cozy vibe onboard, focused on Alaska culture
  • Expect an outdoor-oriented, wildlife-seeking crowd
  • Fresh Alaskan seafood, microbrews served onboard

Best for: Active travelers seeking off-the-beaten-path Alaska through nature- and culture-focused exploration with native Alaskans

Not for: Travelers who gasp for life when unplugged from cell phones, TV or Wi-Fi, plus anyone not interested in very active onshore exploration. Those with mobility issues may also want to look elsewhere, as vessels involve stairs, narrow passageways and, in some cases, cabins with bunk-style berths.

Alaskan Dream Cruises Cruises Cruiser Reviews

Great crew, below average boat and poor COVID protocols

Although the bartender was living in the crew's close quarters, not one crew member wore a mask after this illness was discovered: there were rumors he had COVID, but this was not acknowledged until we finally directly confronted the Expedition Leader and captain.This was my first cruise and I was surprised there was so little information from the Expedition Leader and the captain about the problems the vessel was experiencing.Read More
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Glacier Guy

2-5 Cruises

Age 70s

Save your money - its not worth it

No individual room temperature control (even in Alaska our rooms were stifling hot).We booked a small ship cruise to the Alaska inner passage thinking this would be a more intimate experience.Read More
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10+ Cruises

Age 60s

Fantastic Wildlife Sightings, Congenial Fellow Travelers!

I'd happily do this trip every summer.The trip far exceeded our expectations, which were high, as we'd been to Alaska before with UnCruise Adventures.Read More
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6-10 Cruises

Age 70s

A local's view of SE Alaska

You are not going to get a better Southeast Alaska Wilderness Cruise, if you are looking for wildlife and the chance to get close to nature, period.The family has roots in the native cultures of Southeast Alaska and you will gain an understanding of our region that is unsurpassed.Read More
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Captain Ricky

10+ Cruises

Age 70s

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