If you’ve ever thought of seeing Alaska from a small ship, check out Alaskan Dream Cruises. This Alaska native-owned, small-ship cruise line will sail into its 2016 season this May with a diverse line-up of cruises, including eight-day adventures on the Misty Fjord, a 10-passenger expedition vessel.
The 60-foot Misty Fjord, a blend between a commercial Alaska maritime boat and a modern expedition vessel with five guest cabins and a spacious salon, will take travelers on in-depth wilderness experiences through Southeast Alaska.
“The small size of this vessel allows us to take guests into these beautiful nooks in the Alaska coastline and maneuver in secluded bays where they can revel in Alaska’s wild landscapes and get close views of the wildlife,” says Alaskan Dream Cruises CEO Russell Dick.
Its eight-day Alaska’s Islands, Whales and Glaciers Adventure traverses the Inside Passage between Sitka, a small scenic community (and Alaskan Dream Cruises’ headquarters) and the state’s capital, Juneau. The Misty Fjord will take passengers deep into the Alaska wilderness to the remote coves of Eastern Baranof Island, and into Tenakee Inlet for kayaking and exploration aboard a small, motorized watercraft.
Guests will watch for humpback whales in Icy Strait, a popular feeding ground for the marine mammals, and visit the Tlingit village of Hoonah. A hovercraft flight will take passengers over Taku Inlet to the Taku Glacier, and a day of sailing through Tracy Arm will offer kayaking opportunities among the icebergs in front of two tidewater glaciers. In Frederick Sound, the Misty Fjord will sail past Brothers Island, a haul-out for Steller sea lions. And no Alaska vacation is complete without an Alaska king crab feast and a bonfire on the beach, both offered by this line.
Departure dates are May 21 and 28; June 4, 11, 18 and 25; July 2, 9, 16, 23, and 30; Aug. 6, 13, 20 and 27; and Sept. 3.
Fares start from $5,450 per person, and include accommodations on the ship, all meals during the sailing, scheduled shore excursions, airport transfers, use of recreational equipment and standard onboard services.
Alaskan Dream Cruises’ five-ship fleet also includes the Alaskan Dream, Admiralty Dream, Baranof Dream and the newest vessel, the Chichagof Dream. These ships hold between 40 and 74 passengers and the 2016 itineraries range from eight to 11 days, traveling between May and September.
Alaskan Dream Cruises offers a casual atmosphere and an insider’s view of Alaska’s Inside Passage. The company was launched in 2011 by the Allen family, members of the Tlingit Kaagwaantaan clan. The Allen family also founded Allen Marine, Inc., a boat building company, in 1967; and Allen Marine Tours, which offers day cruise tours to travelers in Alaska’s Inside Passage.