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Alaskan Dream Cruises Adding Fifth Vessel

Cruise Line & Cruise Ship | Theresa Norton | September 03, 2015

Alaskan Dream Cruises Adding Fifth Vessel

PHOTO: Alaskan Dream Cruises uses small landing craft to get close to glaciers and other wildlife. (Courtesy of Alaskan Dream Cruises)

Alaskan Dream Cruises, a native-owned company that operates small ships, is adding a fifth vessel for the 2016 season.

The 207-foot Chichagof Dream was renovated in the company’s shipyard in Sitka, Alaska. It will carry up to 74 passengers in 37 staterooms in five room categories. The four-deck ship features viewing areas on the bow and aft promenade decks and new carpets and furnishings in public spaces and staterooms.

“We’re entering our sixth year and our sights are trained on growth,” said company CEO Russell Dick. “The Chichagof Dream expands our capacity and at the same time we’re consolidating our itineraries to concentrate on what our guests have really responded to.”

The ship was previously known as the Spirit of Glacier Bay when it was owned by the former Cruise West and before that as the Nantucket Clipper.

The 2016 season will offer just three cruise itineraries of eight-, nine- and 11-days. New for 2016 are unscripted days called “True Alaska Exploration,” devoted to hikes, wildlife encounters or wilderness discovery.

The 2016 itineraries include:

• “Alaska’s Glacier Bay & Island Adventure,” an eight-day cruise between Sitka and Juneau, featuring kayaking, hiking and exploration in shallow-water expedition craft. The itinerary includes the small towns of Kake and Petersburg as well as scenic cruising through Glacier Bay National Park. The Admiralty Dream, Baranof Dream and Chichagof Dream will make a total of 22 sailings between May 12 and Sept. 11. Rates start at $3,379 with a 10 percent early booking discount through Oct. 31.

• The nine-day “Alaska’s Inside Passage Sojourn” travels between Sitka and Ketchikan and visits the Tsimshian community of Metlakatla; Thorne Bay, once the largest logging camp in the world; Wrangell, the only city in Alaska to have been under the jurisdiction of three flags and ruled by four nations; and Kasaan, home of the only remaining traditional Haida longhouse in the U.S. The cruise also sails through Frederick Sound, Tracy Arm Fjord, Misty Fjords National Monument and Glacier Bay. The Alaskan Dream will operate 11 sailings between May 10 and Sept. 7. Rates start at $4,519 with a 3 percent early booking discount through Oct. 31.

• The 11-day “Alaska’s Southeast Explorer” expands the Sojourn itinerary by adding time in Skagway, Haines and Petersburg. The Baranof Dream and Alaskan Dream will operate this itinerary on six departures between May 18 and Aug. 28. Rates start at $5,799 with a 3 percent early booking discount through Oct. 31.

Alaskan Dream Cruises was launched in 2011 by the Allen family, members of the Tlingit Kaagwaantaan clan. The Allen family also founded Allen Marine Inc., a boat-building company, in 1967, and Allen Marine Tours, which offers day cruise tours to travelers in Alaska’s Inside Passage.

The Chichagof Dream joins four other vessels in the fleet. The Alaskan Dream, Admiralty Dream and Baranof Dream carry 40 to 58 passengers, and the Misty Fjord sails with no more than 10 guests.

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