Baranof Dream Review and Specifications
Specifications of Baranof Dream
|Year built||1980 / Age : 40|
|Builder||Blount Boats Inc (Warren RI)|
|Speed||9 kn / 17 kph / 10 mph|
|Length (LOA)||44 m / 144 ft|
|Beam (width)||9 m / 30 ft|
|Gross Tonnage||490 gt|
|Passengers||37 - 49|
|Decks with cabins||3|
|Former names||Spirit of Columbia|
Review of Baranof Dream
MV Baranof Dream cruise ship was formerly operated by the company Cruise West as "Spirit of Alaska". The vessel provides a comfortable home base in the Inside Passage. Built in 1980 (by Blount Boats Inc in Warren RI USA), Baranof Dream ship has passenger capacity 49, 25 staterooms, bar lounge, viewing platform, sun deck. The ship is casual, food - delicious, the staff - helpful and friendly.
The Sitka-based Alaskan Dream Cruises company purchased the Cruise West's vessel and re-launched it after an extensive renovation in 2013. The company is owned by the Allen family - respected members of the southeast Alaska marine shipping industry. The line's cruises in Alaska promise that travellers will explore "real Alaska", with Inside Passage itineraries revealing the region's exceptional and unique beauty and cultural heritage.
The Baranof Dream ship has a shallow draft for navigating the intimate coves and passages of Alaska, and a spacious bow for viewing glaciers and fjords. The ship also offers a covered outside deck and low cruising speed for relaxed viewing of wildlife and wilderness. The dining room and lounge offer intimacy to get to know your fellow cruisers. Daily social hour with drinks, hours d' oeuvres and daily recap by Expedition Leaders foster the onboard sense of community. Complimentary shore excursion gear includes pants, boots and jackets.
Baranof Island is included in the Alaskan itinerary program of the Baranof Dream ship, which is also often chartered by Adventure Smith Explorations (Alaska). The cruise ship offers two 7-night / 8-day long itineraries - themed as "LAST FRONTIER ADVENTURE" (from ~USD 4000 pp) and "BECOME A TRUE ALASKAN FAMILY CRUISE" (from ~USD 4800 pp).
"LAST FRONTIER ADVENTURE" itinerary visits Sitka AK (embarkation, Day 1), Baranof Island’s Waterfall Coast (Day 2), Wrangell Narrows (between Mitkof Island and Kupreanof Island, and Wrangell AK, Day 3), Thomas Bay and Baird Glacier (Day 4), Endicott Arm Fjord (Dawes Glacier, Day 5), Southeast Alaska coastal cruising and Orca Point Lodge (Day 6), Glacier Bay NP (Margerie Glacier and Bartlett Cove, Day 7) and Juneau AK (debarkation, Day 8).
"BECOME A TRUE ALASKAN FAMILY CRUISE" itinerary visits Sitka AK (embarkation, Day 1), Kupreanof Island Bay (Day 2), Mitkof Island, Petersburg AK and Frederick Sound (Day 3), Tracy Arm Fjord or Endicott Arm Fjord (Day 4), Juneau AK, Mendenhall Glacier and Orca Point Lodge (Day 5), Southeast Alaska coastal cruising and Glacier Bay NP (Day 6), Glacier Bay NP (Day 7) and Juneau AK (debarkation, Day 8).
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In 2019, Alaskan Dream Cruises introduced a new 7-day itinerary (themed “Last Frontier Adventure”) between Sitka and Juneau. The new voyage offers to spend more time in wilderness zones (Glacier Bay Park, Petroglyph Beach Park in Wrangell AK, Orca Point Lodge in Juneau). Daily planned shore tour activities include rainforest trail hiking, fjord kayaking, Baird Glacier trekking (Thomas Bay), Baranof Island’s coastal explorations. The "Last Frontier Adventure" itinerary is offered on the boats Baranof Dream and Admiralty Dream. For 2019 (May through August) were scheduled 6 departures, with prices from USD 3800 pp.
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