Alaskan Dream Cruises will sail to Glacier Bay National Park in 2011. // © 2010 National Park Service
Alaska tour operator Allen Marine Tours will launch a new small-ship cruise line next spring called Alaskan Dream Cruises. Its fleet will include two former Cruise West ships that became available after the Seattle-based company ceased its operations in mid-September. The two vessels will be named Admiralty Dream and Baranof Dream, each holding up to 78 passengers. Additionally, a smaller 49-passenger catamaran, Alaska Dream, will also join the fleet.
Launching officially in May 2011, Alaskan Dream Cruises will focus its tours on wildlife, culture and sustainable travel, using local resources and organic materials and produce when possible. The smaller yacht-like ships can also sail closer to the coast, enabling better viewing opportunities for passengers. Eight-day trips from Sitka will be offered, and the voyage will include stops at Inside Passage destinations such as Icy Strait Point, Point Adolphus, Hobart Bay, Tracy Arm and Glacier Bay National Park.
Alaskan Dream Cruises will accept reservations for the 2011 season starting mid-November. Tours are priced from $4,500, depending on cabin and vessel selection, and a single supplement is available. Prices include shore excursions and meals.