Baranof Dream accidents and incidents

Baranof Dream cruise ship

Former names
Spirit of Columbia

Length (LOA)
44 m / 144 ft

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CruiseMapper's Baranof Dream cruise ship accidents, incidents and law news reports relate to a 49-passenger vessel owned by Alaskan Dream Cruises (Small Cruise Lines). Our Baranof Dream accidents page contains reports made by using official data from renown online news media sources, US Coast Guard and Wikipedia.

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  • aground - 2003 (Jackpot Bay, Prince William Sound, Alaska), 2007 (Latouche Passage, Prince William Sound, Alaska)
  • propulsion/power loss – 2008

Previously, the vessel was operated under the names Spirit of Columbia (1980-2010 by Cruise West) and Baranof Dream (since 2010 by Un-Cruise Adventures / formerly "American Safari Cruises" and "InnerSea Discoveries").

10 May 2008Propulsion / Power Loss

(MS Spirit of Columbia) On May 10, 2008, at ~8 pm, the ship lost power (both diesel generators failed) while navigating approx 2 ml / 3 km from Warm Springs Bay (Baranof Island) and approx 80 ml / 130 km south of Juneau Alaska. The boat's propulsion was also affected, as 1 of its 2 propeller engines failed.

The ship continued on its own power towards Juneau, accompanied by Coast Guard cutter Liberty. Along the way, the crew managed to repair both generators, but the propeller engine remained disabled. On May 11, the ship safely reached Juneau and anchored in Auke Bay.

19 August 2007Ship Grounding

(MS Spirit of Columbia) On August 19, 2007, the ship ran aground while navigating the Latouche Passage (Prince William Sound, Alaska). The grounding was caused by the Captain who piloted the vessel too close to the coast for better bear viewing. To assist the grounded ship, the USCG dispatched the US Cutter Sycamore, assisted by two helicopters (Sikorsky HH-60) and one aircraft (Lockheed C-130 Hercules).

12 June 2003Ship Grounding

(MS Spirit of Columbia) On June 12, 2003, the ship ran aground (the Captain reported "touch and go" in Jackpot Bay (Prince William Sound, Alaska). The accident occurred approx 75 ml / 120 km south of Whittier AK.

As a result, the port shaft and portside propeller were bent. No injuries were reported. All passengers were disembarked in Whittier AK.


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