Admiralty Dream Review and Specifications
Specifications of Admiralty Dream
|Builder||BLOUNT MARINE WARREN RI U.S.A.|
|Speed||8.5 kn / 16 kph / 10 mph|
|Length (LOA)||44 m / 144 ft|
|Beam (width)||9 m / 30 ft|
|Gross Tonnage||514 gt|
|Passengers||50 - 54|
|Decks with cabins||3|
|Former names||Spirit of Columbia|
Review of Admiralty Dream
MV Admiralty Dream cruise ship is the perfect vessel for adventure travel on the wilderness waterways of Inside Passage Alaska. With its stately pace of sailing and shallow draft, nothing is missed in the bays, channels and wilderness isles of Southeast Alaska.
In 2010, "Allen Marine", Alaskan Dream Cruises' parent company, purchased the former "Spirit of Columbia" ship from the company Cruise West, with the intention of bringing Alaska expertise to overnight cruising market. The vessel was built for the "American Canadian Caribbean Line" (today known as "Blount Small Ship Adventures") in 1979. The refurbished ship was re-launched in 2011 under the name "Admiralty Dream" for the new company Alaskan Dream Cruises.
Typical for expedition cruise ships, the 6 classes of cabins on Admiralty Dream are on the smaller side, and range in size from 7 m2 (74 ft2) to 12,5 m2 (135 ft2 Owners Suite). The shower and toilet are in the same tiny bathroom, separated by plastic curtain, while the medicine cabinet and sink stand alone inside main cabin. Luxurious toiletries include Alaska-crafted shampoos and soaps. There is no Wi-Fi, TV or telephone. Cell service can be restricted, particularly outside larger ports.
The main dining room aboard offers open seating and made-to-order meals. Daily recaps from ship's expedition leaders, social hour and drinks are held in the small forward lounge, serving as the primary gathering spot. As with all Alaskan Dream Cruises ships, Admiralty Dream boasts an open bridge policy. While there is no spa or fitness, there is an elliptical machine and exercise bike under the covered portion of ship's sun deck.
Itineraries include a call at Hobart Bay, which is an Alaskan native-owned land where other lines cannot dock. The cruise company uses the exclusive stop as "play day", giving its guests the chance to enjoy kayaking, driving Zegos (jet boats) and RTV's. Most Alaskan cruises include a visit to Orca Lodge island located outside Juneau. The island is owned by the line's parent company "Allen Marine". It is used as a base for evening king crab feasts, where passengers can eat as much seafood as they want and cook s'mores over the campfire.
MV Admiralty Dream uses motorized skiffs in order to give her guests a closer look at fjords, glaciers and wildlife ashore. Itineraries including Glacier Bay offer onboard narrations from National Park Service rangers and full day of viewing the park's glaciers and wildlife.