Alaskan Dream Cruise 2017

Our trip to Alaska began as a trip to Cuba. With relations between the United States and Cuba warming and business and trade agreements on the horizon, I had a wish to see a country essentially left in the 1950s before it became commercialized. Unfortunately, my spouse had little or no interest in Cuba.  As an alternative […]

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The Baranof Dream

Our boat The 143 foot Baranof Dream features a shallow draft for navigating intimate coves and passages, a spacious bow for viewing and a covered outside deck.  It has a spacious dining room and a comfortable lounge and bar area.  It has 25 staterooms with a capacity of 49 passengers.  The rooms are small but […]

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Day 1 – Sitka, AK

Alaskan Dream Cruises We began our eight day cruise in Sitka, the home port of Alaskan Dream Cruises. For centuries, Tlinget Indians thrived in the cool, temperate rainforest of present day Sitka.  The Tlinget relied on the resource-rich environment to provide all that was necessary for food, clothing, shelter and tools.  They were proficient harvesters […]

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Day 2 – Saginaw Bay and Kake, AK

Saginaw Bay and Kake, AK Today’s adventure began in Saginaw Bay on Northern Kudu Island.  Alaskan Dream Cruises has an exclusive land-use agreement with a local Native corporation, providing us private access to the area.  We cruised the bay in the DIB (Demaree Inflatable Boat), enjoying the scenery, wildlife, eagles and a petroglyph. After our […]

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Day 3 – Petersburg and Frederick Sound

Petersburg and Frederick Sound Nicknamed “Alaska’s Little Norway,” Petersburg was founded by Norwegian fishermen and is named after the Norwegian immigrant, Peter Bushman.  Bushman arrived in the area in the 1890s and noticed that the clean and plentiful ice of the nearby LeConte Glacier could serve as an invaluable source for fish packing.  Over the […]

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Day 4 – Endicott Arm and Dawes Glacier

Endicott Arm and Dawes Glacier We awoke this morning to find small icebergs (the crew called them bergy bits) floating past our window.  We were navigating the emerald colored waters of Endicott Arm, the result of the freshwater run-off from the glaciers mixing with saltwater.  It is stunning. This and other fjords were carved by glaciers, […]

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Day 5 – Taku Harbor and Orca Point Lodge

Taku Harbor and Orca Point Lodge Taku Harbor is a small, remote bay located on the eastern shore of Stephens Passage, about 22 miles southeast of Juneau.  It is named after the Taku people, Alaskan Natives and geographic subdivision of the Tlingit.  It was the site of Fort Durham, a trading post established by the […]

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Days 6 & 7 – Glacier Bay National Park

Glacier Bay National Park When Captain George Vancouver sailed the ice-choked waters of Icy Strait in 1794, Glacier Bay as we now know it did not exist.  Instead a single, massive wall of ice, thousands of feet thick, rested in the vicinity of present day Bartlett Cove.  When the famed naturalist, John Muir, visited the […]

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Day 8 – Juneau, Alaska

Juneau, Alaska On our final day we tied up in Juneau and readied to disembark by 8:30 a.m. As we departed the crew lined up along the pier to shake our hands or offer a hug and wish us well.  A better crew would be difficult to find.  They kept us happy, well fed, comfortable and entertained. […]

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