Alaska’s Inside Passage Sojourn aboard Baranof Dream

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Alaskan Dream Cruises’ itineraries are designed to ensure you will enjoy an authentic and personal Alaska experience. At the conclusion of each day, you’ll feel that you’ve done much more than just travel through the Inside Passage. You will realize you’ve witnessed the region through the lens of a resident. You will have experienced natural interactions with local peoples and indigenous cultures and have walked the streets and gravel roads of towns and villages which rarely see outside visitors. There are opportunities to step onto pristine shorelines and into the cover of dense old-growth forests through special-use permits with the Forest Service, Glacier Bay National Park, and private landholder organizations. At the conclusion of each day’s adventures, you’ll find your chosen vessel to be a relaxing retreat, where guests dine on regional cuisine and learn from compelling evening presentations. You’ll also interact with officers and crew that embrace and embody True Alaskan Hospitality.

Though we’ve spent decades exploring this region, we have yet to run out of new places to explore. The wildlife continues to fascinate us and the grandeur of the scenery is never taken for granted. We invite you to join us for a journey through True Alaska. We cannot wait to share our passion for this unspoiled and untamed land with you.


• Search for humpback whales, orcas, coastal brown bears, mountain goats and more as we venture through the region’s most abundant wildlife areas.

• Experience Alaskan culture in remote Native villages and charming towns – from the state capital to rural fishing communities.

• Explore stunning glacial fjords, including Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve and the Tracy-Arm Ford’s Terror Wilderness Area.

• Savor Alaska’s unparalleled serenity at our exclusive Orca Point Lodge on the shores of Colt Island, with king crab and a beach bonfire for s’mores.

• Learn from knowledgeable captains, naturalists, cultural heritage guides and crew. Enjoy educational
enrichment programs throughout the voyage.


Day 1 Sitka: 

Explore beautiful Sitka, the only community in Southeast Alaska that faces the open ocean waters of the Gulf of Alaska. Visit sites that highlight the community’s rich Alaska Native and Russian history. Embark for the winding narrows north of town while searching for bald eagles, sea otters, bears, whales, and other wildlife.

Day 2 Wilderness Exploration/Glacier Bay National Park (when we have two day entries):

Savor the serenity of raw wilderness on an unscripted morning and afternoon of Southeast Alaska discovery. The countless options are dictated by the day’s unique circumstances. Opportunities may include a coastline kayak paddle, up-close whale encounters, or a hike through an alluring old-growth forest. We may do a beach landing on an unspoiled shoreline to explore a tidal flat or track along with a foraging bear from the safety of our expedition skiff. Regardless of the activity, you’ll experience the magic of the archipelago’s many remote coves, bays, and inlets.

Day 3 Glacier Bay National Park: 

This remarkable national park fjord extends 65-miles, contains eight tidewater glaciers, and provides pristine habitat for a wide-array of wildlife, including both brown and black bears, wolves, mountain goats, Steller sea lions, and humpback whales. The highlight for many is the Margerie Glacier, which is known for its dramatic calving displays. A Glacier Bay National Park Service Ranger narrates the day’s program and an Alaska Native Huna Tlingit interpretive naturalist joins us to reveal traditional cultural ties to this ancient treasure.

Day 4 Juneau & Orca Point Lodge: 

Spend the day visiting highlights of the scenic capital city of Juneau, including the world-famous Mendenhall Glacier. In downtown Juneau, visit the recently renovated Alaska State Museum. There will also be time to explore on your own. You may choose to visit the Juneau-Douglas City Museum, Alaska State Capitol, or take in the spectacular panoramic views of the Mount Roberts Tram. You can also delve deeper into local Native culture and history by exploring fascinating exhibits, art displays, and a clan house at the Walter Soboleff Center. End the day’s adventure with a relaxing evening at Orca Point Lodge, our own exclusive day-lodge on Colt Island. Enjoy the beautiful grounds, beach, and marine life touch-tank. Dine on Alaska salmon, Alaska king crab, and prime rib from the warmth of the lodge, or nestled next to a beachside bonfire.

Day 5 Tracy/Endicott Arm Fjord/ Frederick Sound: 

Journey through Tracy or Endicott Arm in the Tracy Arm–Fords Terror Wilderness, a place the famous naturalist John Muir called “a wild, unfinished Yosemite.” Renowned for its pristine waterfalls, towering icebergs, abundant harbor seals, and granite cliffs that rise from sea level to 4,000 feet, this wilderness is often referred to by locals as one of the most scenic areas in the state. Scout for humpback whales and other marine mammals in Frederick Sound. Humpbacks are famous for behavior that lends itself to incredible viewing and photography, such as tail lobbing, lunge feeding, pectoral slapping, breaching, and picturesque dives that showcase their massive flukes.

Day 6 Wrangell: 

Home to a little over 2,000 permanent residents, Wrangell is the only town in Alaska to have been under the jurisdiction of three flags and ruled by four nations- the Tlingit, Russia, England, and the United States. Enjoy several options to explore this colorful history, including a guided tour and a trip to the Wrangell Museum. Visit the intriguing state historic park, Petroglyph Beach, which contains the highest concentration of petroglyphs in Southeast Alaska.

Day 7 Thorne Bay & Kasaan:

Experience the frontier spirit of Alaska’s timber years on a tour of Thorne Bay, which was once the largest logging camp in the world. This tight-knit community is located on the eastern side of Prince of Wales, an island renowned for its high concentration of black bears. Here, you’ll meet resident artisans and enjoy a walking tour of the town while keeping an eye out for the island’s fauna. In Kasaan, walk an enchanted forest path laden with intricately carved totem poles to the Chief Son-i-Hat Whale House, the only remaining traditional Haida longhouse in the United States. Inside stand four original house posts, or “Gáats,” that were most likely carved at Old Kasaan in about 1880.

Day 8 Metlakatla & Misty Fjords:

Immerse yourself in the extraordinary history, art, and cultural traditions of the Metlakatla Indian Community on Annette Island. Visit a traditional Tsmishian longhouse, enjoy a ceremonial dance performance, and meet Alaska Native artists. Later, your ship will glide beneath the 3,000-foot glacier-sculpted cliffs of Misty Fjords. Discover the fjord’s natural history, listen to the calls of a myriad of seabirds, feel the mist from glistening waterfalls, and see famous New Eddystone Rock–a stunning volcanic core.

Day 9 Ketchikan: 

Disembark in Ketchikan, otherwise known as Alaska’s “First City’ and “Salmon Capital of the World.” Transfer to your hotel or the airport is complimentary

Please Note:

Itineraries are subject to change.

Ship Information 

Baranof Dream

Vessel Type: Expedition

Length: 47.5 meters

Passenger Capacity: 49 (in twin Cabins)

Built/Refurbished: 1980/2011

Average Speed: 12 knots

Registry: United States of America

The Baranof Dream is perfect for adventure in the wilderness waterways. With its shallow draft and stately pace of cruising, nothing will be missed in channels, bays and wilderness islands of Alaska’s Inside Passage. Purpose built for expedition cruising this great little ship offers comfortable, practical accomodation.

What’s Included


• Voyage in selected cabin category
• All meals while on board
• Meals ashore where indicated in itinerary
• Shore excursions as indicated in itinerary
• Transfers to and from the vessel in Sitka, Juneau and Ketchikan on embarkation and disembarkation day
• Transfers from Airport to Hotel for guests arriving 1 day before embarkation
• Use of recreational equipment as indicated in itinerary
• Binoculars in each room for use throughout the voyage
• Rain jacket, rain pants and boots for use throught the voyage
• Knowledgable local staff and crew
• Daily room service
• Non alcoholic beverages
• Complimentary glass of house wine or Alaskan beer with dinner service
• Alcohol included in select cabin categories/Deluxe Cabins/Suites


• International and Domestic Airfares
• Travel Insurance
• Passport and Visa Costs if applicable
• Alcoholic beverages not listed in inclusions
• Gratuities (Recommended USD$15.00 per passenger per day)
• Port Fees/Taxes

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