Families are the focus of Alaskan Dream Cruises’ new itineraries. // © 2013 Alaskan Dream Cruises
Alaskan Dream Cruises, based in Sitka, Alaska, is introducing a series of cruises designed specifically for kids and multi-generational travel. The new cruises, which include three departures on the newly introduced Baranof Dream vessel, are designed to provide interactive adventures that will bring science to life for the whole family.
“Southeast Alaska provides the ideal environment for maritime education, such as nautical terminology and the study of tides,” said Michael Wien, Alaskan Dream Cruises vice president of sales and marketing. “Kids have a lot of fun with it, especially talking to the captain. These cruises offer adventure and experiences that bond a family together.”
Two family itineraries will be offered — the nine-day cruise will depart on June 15 and Aug. 16, sailing roundtrip from Sitka, and the 10-day option on July 16 will travel from Sitka to Ketchikan.
Daily excursions will offer hands-on learning opportunities, with activities ranging from cultural classes teaching traditional arts and crafts to geocaching expeditions in the rainforest and nature hikes that teach families how to identify indigenous plants and animals. Both itineraries also include the Sitka Sound Science Center and the Sea Otter and Wildlife Quest in Sitka; Mendenhall Glacier and the Alaska State Museum in Juneau; Alaskan Dream Cruises’ exclusive ports, Hobart Bay and Orca Point Lodge; and the glaciers of Tracy Arm Fjord.
The nine-day itinerary also calls on Hoonah, the largest Tlingit village in Alaska, as well spends time whale watching in Point Adolphus, where humpback whales come to feed. The 10-day cruise travels farther through the Inside Passage to Petersburg, Kasaan, Misty Fjords and Ketchikan for a variety of activities and natural wonders.