Alaskan Dream Review and Specifications
Specifications of Alaskan Dream
|Year built||1986 / Age : 33|
|Builder||Nichols Brothers Boat Builders (Freeland WA, USA)|
|Speed||13 kn / 24 kph / 15 mph|
|Length (LOA)||32 m / 105 ft|
|Beam (width)||8 m / 26 ft|
|Gross Tonnage||490 gt|
|Decks with cabins||3|
|Former names||Executive Explorer|
Review of Alaskan Dream
MV Alaskan Dream cruise ship is an innovative, streamlined catamaran design vessel that allows easy navigation in narrow channels and inland waterway passages.
The vessel was the first in the Alaskan Dream Cruises fleet. This unique catamaran was once sailing under the name "Executive Explorer", and was owned by the now defunct cruise lines "Glacier Bay" and "Majestic America". In 2011, the ship was refurbished and relaunched as "Alaskan Dream". It is perfectly positioned for wildlife viewing, with large windows in all cabins and public areas. The vessel also boasts an outdoor observation area encompassing the entire top deck.
The 4 classes of staterooms range in size from 9,7 m2 (105 ft2) to 38,6 m2 (415 ft2 Owners Suite), but feel roomier due to their bed-to-ceiling windows. A few cabins support triple occupancy, 1 cabin fits 4 people in bunk beds. All passenger accommodations feature doors to inside hallways, providing more privacy than the specific expedition cruise ship rooms which look out onto exterior passageway. The shower and toilet are in the same tiny bathroom, separated by plastic curtain, while the medicine cabinet and vanity 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 Alaskan Dream, known as Sitka Rose, offers open seating at 6-tops and made-to-order meals. Daily recaps from ship's expedition leaders, social hour and drinks are held in the Vista View Lounge & Bar, serving as the primary gathering spot. As with all Alaskan Dream Cruises ships, Alaskan Dream boasts an open bridge policy.
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 Alaskan Dream uses motorized skiffs in order to give passengers 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.