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Alaskan Dream Cruises

50 Reviews
Alaskan Dream

About Alaskan Dream 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?

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Alaskan Dream Cruises Tips, Activities, and Overview

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 Cruiser Reviews

Amazing memories

They had a great time, and the crew made sure those of us older and/or with reduced mobility could still enjoy everything.They knew private coves, got us closer to glaciers, bears and whales than the giant ships could (we saw them in the distance - a Princess and a Holland America were on a similar itinerary to us), took us on several native islands to meet locals and be educated on totems, petroglyphs and lodges.Read More

First Time Cruiser

Age 60s

Gross ship & food

Another example of the bad food was a shrimp dish they served one evening, which I thankfully did not order.The food was not good.Read More

2-5 Cruises

Age 63s


Several with diarrhea coughs for days rumors of bad water systems since pipes are old rusted , Ventelation sysetems in our room was so full of dust possibly mold as others were sharing the same stories , Glacers were a joke not much marine life as promised ,Ship was very slow and would sit at night at times ,Food was ok but could see staff doing there best .Skagway was full of cruse ships , What they cll exploring was even more of a joke, This compamy is a pice of of work and a TOTAL RIP OFF they claim the ALASKAN EXPERIENCE if this is what it is advise all to RUN and tell others, for what they charge its nuts .Read More

2-5 Cruises

Age 70s

A tourist rip off

We drifted a couple of hours along side a big cruise ship about two miles away from the glacier.There is nothing to do for endless boring days while big cruise ships pass us by going in the same direction.Read More

2-5 Cruises

Age 80s

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