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Baranof Dream

Former name: Spirit of Columbia

Baranof Dream Review and Specifications

Specifications of Baranof Dream

Year built1980  /  Age : 39
Flag state USA
BuilderBlount Boats Inc (Warren RI)
Speed9 kn / 17 kph / 10 mph
Length (LOA)44 m / 144 ft
Beam (width)8.5 m / 28 ft
Gross Tonnage490 gt
Passengers37 - 49
Decks with cabins3
Last Refurbishment2013
Former namesSpirit 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 Marine, Baranof Dream accommodates just 49 guests in 25 staterooms with a lounge, viewing platform and 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. 

Baranof Dream

Shipboard facilities

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 Dream wiki

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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