Alaska Small Ship Cruise
|From:||Jun 23, 2012|
|To:||Jun 30, 2012|
|Hotel:||Alaskan Dream Cruises|
|Itinerary/Activities||Visiting Alaska is on almost everyone's bucket list - it truly is a must-see destination. Last fall I took an Inside Passage Princess cruise and loved it. However, I have now seen Alaska the way it is meant to be experienced - on a small ship cruise on the Admiralty Dream -one of two ships owned by the Alaskan Dream Cruises company. |
The advantages of a small ship (only 66 passengers) are numerous. The quality of the entire experience is enhanced greatly with only 40 guests onboard. The crew was very attentive, the meals incredibly delicious, the programs and excursions were well-planned and executed, and the opportunities for wildlife viewing surpassed all expectations. The captain often slowed down the ship or altered our course so that we could have our up close and personal wildlife moments.
Our Alaskan Dream cruise was a dream!
|Most memorable part of trip||Picture these unforgettable moments...|
~~ while on a sea otter and wildlife viewing excursion in the Sitka Sound a Coast Guard helicopter hovers overhead radioing the captain to let him know that orcas have been sighted. A thrill of a lifetime - one popped up about 20 feet from the boat!
~~ then came the humpbacks gliding gracefully through the water, only sharing their magnificent flukes with us when they were in the mood
~~ a play day in Hobart Bay- (a property exclusive to this company so you see absolutely no one else) kayaking in the pristine waters; zipping around on Zegos (a cross between a Seadoo and a mini-pontoon boat); and exploring the island on an ATV which looked a little like a tiny jeep
~~ watching Tlingit dancers and then joining in the dance at a presentation of native culture in Kake
~~ seeing so many bald eagles that you lose count
~~ incredible aqua ice bergs floating in Tracy Arm- some of them carrying harbor seals who watched as we glided by but did not seem disturbed by our presence
|Useful tips||Take casual clothes -no need for anything fancy here.|
Make sure you have gloves, hat and a warm jacket. The ship provides waterproof jackets, pants and boots for the excursion day in Hobart Bay but you can use them at any time.
You may want to opt for a deluxe cabin depending on how cozy you want to be. My husband and I did quite well in our basic cabin which was about the size of a large walk-in closet, but a little more room would have been nice. To be honest, you spend very little time in the cabin.