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Alaskan Dream Cruises

1512 Sawmill Creek Rd, Sitka, AK 99835, USA
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Small Ship Cruising with Alaskan Dream Cruises Sitka Alaska United States
An Alternative Alaskan Family Cruise  Sitka Alaska United States
Small Ship Cruising with Alaskan Dream Cruises Sitka Alaska United States
An Alternative Alaskan Family Cruise  Sitka Alaska United States

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Small Ship Cruising with Alaskan Dream Cruises

I have cruised on ships of all sizes, ranging from a small chartered yacht, to a ship holding over 4,000 passengers. For my first trip to Alaska, I wanted a smaller ship to experience the Inside Passage and Glacier Bay for the first time, especially since I was traveling with my father, who I knew would appreciate the intimacy and smaller size. We chose Alaskan Dream Cruises, a company based out of Sitka, that is locally owned and operated by a family of three generations of Alaskans. Our ship, the Admiralty Dream, was top notch, with plush pillow top mattresses and luxurious, high thread count sheets, and exquisite food: with offerings like wild-caught salmon eggs benedict, freshly home made desserts at lunch and dinner, as well as an afternoon "hot cookie hour." The intimacy of our cruise was the aspect that made the journey most special for us. We got to know other passengers and made new friends, due to the number of people aboard the ship. The staff knew our names, and we got to interact closely with the local guides and naturalists brought on board. There were no lines to wait in, and we didn't have to choose certain activities over others: with just forty people on the Admiralty Dream, we got to do everything. The captain could alter the schedule around wildlife sightings, so when we came across a humpback whale and her calf frolicking together, we were able stop and take in the beauty of nature. That is the best way to discover Alaska.

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Family Travel Correspondent
over 5 years ago

An Alternative Alaskan Family Cruise

Statistics show that over 60% of all visitors to Alaska arrive by ship. Although we’ve taken cruises in the past, the idea of seeing “The Last Frontier” from a large cruise ship didn’t hold much appeal. Our priority was to experience the region’s extraordinary scenery and abundant wildlife in the most intimate and authentic way possible. That’s why we decided that traveling the Southeast’s famous Inside Passage on the 45-passenger Alaskan Dream catamaran was the better option for us.

The difference between our small-ship experience from that of the bigger cruise lines was highlighted as we passed through Glacier Bay. While we admired the dramatic views, one of those 3,000 passenger Holland American ship passed us by. That's when a fellow passenger who had never cruised before asked me which I preferred: our boat or the large luxury liners.

As I started to answer him, our ship made a sudden turn towards the coastline. The captain then announced that he had spotted a bear. Within minutes, the Alaskan Dream was yards from the one thing most of us want to see while we’re here, but few do (and we didn’t even need binoculars to get a good look). After we took our pictures, I turned to my new friend and simply said, “there’s your difference right there!”

So if you want Alaska to be the main event versus just a side show to all the distractions on big cruise lines (eating, gambling, entertainment, etc.), perhaps you want to consider a this different kind of cruise experience.