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Alaska
Alaska's Inside Passage Up Close
The mighty glaciers and dramatic fjords of Alaska’s Inside Passage are incredible. Aboard an expedition ship, learn about this untamed land and its stunning diversity of wildlife.
Rating (4.92)
Program No. 11479RJ
Length
10 days
Starts at
6,299
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4.92 Average
Christopher
(5)

Fantastic scenery. Very little rain or mosquitoes. I could sit on that boat for hours (or days!) watching the scene pass by.

John
(5)

This program is interesting, educational and fun. The scenery is spectacular, the staff and accommodations are excellent. You will find new friends and get some memorable life experiences.

David
(5)

We took the Road (Scholar) less traveled by And that has made all the difference With credit and apologies to Robert Frost

Janet
(5)

This is a great program for those who want a wilderness travel experience without the physical demands of wilderness travel. The small ship, with its flexible itinerary, superb crew and comfortable accommodations, was perfect. I’ll never take a big-ship cruise now that I’ve experienced this small ship. We had knowledgeable and communicative group leaders, fantastic food (argh, Weight Watchers here I come!), amazing sights and sounds, a great bunch of fellow travellers.

Donald
(5)

If you wish an intimate experience with Alaska, its land and its native cultures, I recommend this trip.

John
(5)

The Baranof Dream crew is exceptionally "customer friendly!" The sights you will see on this trip are both breath taking and often once-in-a-lifetime experiences.

Caralee
(5)

it worked and made sense

Karen
(5)

This was a perfect small ship experience in a field dominated by behemoth cruise liners. Intimate experience in a majestic setting.

Judith
(5)

I would do it again in a minute. The leaders, Mary and Jeff treated us like family in addition to being very knowledgeable about the Flora and Fauna of the area. The ship was very comfortable with five star restaurant food. The scenery was gorgeous even when it rained.

William
(5)

This program is an exceptional view of Alaska's beauty and history. Wildlife variety was beyond expectations. This is a great way to see parts of Alaska that most people only read about.

Jane
(5)

Excellent trip. Wonderful staff on board. Guides were excellent. Small number of passengers was conducive to everyone getting an opportunity to experience all that was available and to make some wonderful friends.

Janice
(5)

Small group travel and learning is a worthy adventure.

Jeffrey
(5)

Just got home from Alaska. The program was excellent. Lots of wildlife, interesting places visited, comfortable ship accomodations, very good presentations. Recommend it!

Lura
This reviewer did not give a star rating.

This trip was the greatest. Every detail has taken care of. It was also flexible enough that the schedule could be changed to ensure the passengers had the best experience! Our first Road Scholar trip. We are choosing our next now.

Eleanor
(5)

Best RS trip I've ever taken! Great group leaders, fabulous scenery, excellent itinerary and wonderful people. It was an unforgettable taste of the spirit of Alaska.

David
(5)

Our fifteenth Road Scholar trip and they seem to get better and better. It was our first small ship cruise and we loved it.

Shirley
(5)

This was the most scenic trip I have ever gone on - snow capped peaks in every direction, with glaciers and waterfalls, and wildlife galore! It was educational and wonderful! Thank you for a great time!!!!

Kirsten
(5)

This was the trip of a lifetime! The scenery and experiences were magical, the group leaders were magnificent, and the other participants were interesting. I want to turn around and go back!

Kyle
(5)

Don't go through this life without making this trip!

Paul
(5)

Great trip and program, I learned a lot, especially about the local indigenous peoples.

Susan
(5)

This trip was absolutely amazing - it exceeded any expectations we had. The leaders were knowledgeable, interesting and fun. The ship and crew were great, the food delicious. It was the trip of a lifetime!

Bill
(5)

I have trouble with endurance and ambulation. The options that this program provided were just right for me.

Ann Marie
(5)

This program was remarkable , our group leaders Emily and Rebecca was fantastic, our Culture leader Lee was super amazing. Would recommend this program highly .

Geri Lyn
(5)

The trip of a lifetime! This was the perfect way to see the inside passage. Our group leaders were warm,knowlegable, welcoming! Our cultural Expedition leader (Lee) and naturalist (Ashley) added so much to our experience. Our group started as strangers, and parted as family! I couldn't have asked for more. MUST DO!

Barry
(5)

Just an amazing experience that far exceeded my dreams. The guides we had Emily, Rebecca, Ashley and Lee were extremely knowledgeable and provided an incredible learning experience.

Sandra
(5)

Alaska Inside Passage on a small ship was an exceptional way to view natures wonders up close from mountains, glaciers, icebergs, waterfalls, wild flowers, spruce trees, birds and animals. To learn more about the natives and their rich history on field trips and excellent lectures. To explore the towns and villages along the way talking with the locals and visiting museums. Not to mention excellent leadership, lectures, food and new friendships of people of wide variety of backgrounds and interests. B&S from Maine

Hollis
(5)

Wonderful experience. Scenery, lots of glaciers, whales and whales, bears, mountain goats, birds, beautiful sunsets, great shipboard living and food. A small ship is the only way to go. Don't even think about taking a cruise ship in the inner passage.

Elizabeth
(5)

I highly recommend Road Scholar's Alaska, Inside Passages program. The whole experienced exceeded my expectations and was excellent in every way. I know the weather is outside the control of Road Scholar, but we had sunny weather for every day except for one rainy afternoon, and this allowed us to enjoy being on the ship all the more. A blessing on top of the blessings of the program itself!

Lorraine
(5)

This was an over-the-top experience which I will never forget! We saw the inner passage up close and had amazing, hands-on experiences! GO!! You will be glad you did!

Margaret
(5)

Can't thank our program leaders Jerri and Emily enough for all they did for us as well as Ryan and Lee our guides. All the staff I interacted with on the Baranoff Dream brought their own talents and contributed to a great vacation.

Paul
(5)

This trip was both incredible and captivating, from the start in a temperate rainforest to sailing past icy vistas and flowing waters, listening to the stories of the indigenous people of Southeast Alaska and how they figured out survival in the environment drawing from the rich resources at hand. The group leaders were extremely knowledgeable and educational, the onboard instructor provided great insights and the cultural leader was very fascinating to listen to the stories he relayed of his people. The boat provided comfortable beds rocking us to sleep with ample and well prepared meals to keep up our energy. The captain and his crew were extremely accommodating and the fellow travelers on the trip were a pleasure to meet and share conversation with. I would suggest that anyone who wants to see Alaska's Inside Passage Up Close embrace this as the way to experience the nature of Alaska rather than on a large cruise ship. Well done Road Scholar!

Molly
(4)

There was more hiking and kayaking available as an option than I expected. That was a good thing. Each activity was as long or short as you wanted.

Betty
(5)

Our trip was a dream fulfilled for me. Amazing weather allowed for great viewing of wildlife, forests, totems, villages, glaciers, "calving". Road Scholar leaders were knowledgeable, friendly, easy to be around. Baranof Dream staff and leaders were great and added so much value to the program.

Roy
(5)

Very interesting program, great staff, great experience

Barbara
(5)

This trip was everything I expected from the description and so much more. Splurged on the deluxe cabin and not disappointed. Meals on the ship were exceptional. Husband and wife team leaders Dale and Sue were outstanding - well-educated, friendly and very genuine. Saw amazing glaciers, whales and other wildlife up close and personal. We needed something with minimal physical activity, but there were opportunities for kayaking, walks and hiking. Definitely glad we did this. Highly recommend.

Scott
(5)

Amazing experience. My 5th time to Alaska, best trip yet. We spent all of our time in very interesting and scenic locals - much better than coming up from Seattle or Vancouver. The food was absolutely amazing! Didn't see a lot of the sun, but that is to be expected in Alaska so we were prepared, and the weather really never kept us from enjoying things.

Marcia
(5)

I you want to learn while you experience sights and sounds you cannot imagine, you should take this trip. It is so much more than anything you've heard about the Inner Passage of Alaska. Only by seeing it first hand can you appreciate the history and significance and magnificance of this part of our country. GO ALASKA!

Udaya
(5)

This program is one the best travel programs in which my wife and I have participated. Having traveled to over 50 countries, we can confidently state that Programn# 11479 is perhaps the best we have had the pleasure to enjoy.

Sally
(5)

The small craft, intimate program, direct experience of nature, knowledgeable teaching and exquisite food made this program sooo much better than what we saw other participants experience on the larger, less personal mega ships. If you want close up and personal, this is the program.

Sharon
(4)

Program is aptly described as easy. Beautiful country, As always Road Scholar has everything well organized.

Johanne
(5)

Wonderful Trip and enjoyed maybe the best weather of the season. The scenery and wildlife viewings were spectacular! The crew was so nice and hardworking also. As usual the other travelers were very compatible. I was very surprised to find how comfy the beds were. I've been on small ships before where the beds were quite the opposite (not Road Scholar). I'd go again in a heartbeat!

Janet
(5)

A wonderful first time experience. I am already planning my next one!

Mary
(5)

The Alaska Inner Passage Up Close is a do not miss cruise. My husband and I enjoyed it tremendously, beyond all our expectations. The scenery and wildlife and birds we saw were incredible. Our leaders were fun and knowledgeable. I recommend it without reserve. Fantastic trip.

James
(5)

This was an exceptional, never to be forgotten experience that was beyond our expectations. Excellent organization and execution from booking to the end. Never a dull moment but enough time to relax and enjoy in a totally casual environment.

John Henry
(5)

Alaska cruise was more then I envisioned! The vastness and wilderness can't be captured on film! Go see for yourselves!

Carolyn
(4)

This small boat experience provided opportunities that are impossible aboard large cruise ships, and we saw many natural features and wildlife.

Kathleen
(5)

It was an enjoyable, entertaining and enlightening experience with a few exceptions. The small ship experience was exceptional---excellent service from all the crew members, gourmet dining, and up-close and personal engagement with all that is special about awesome Alaska. I have been recommending Alaska Dream Cruises to everyone who asks about my trip. However, I think more detailed descriptions of the ship's accommodations, stairways, etc. should have been included in the promotion. There were several members of our group that were physically handicapped and the stairs, especially, on board were a challenge to them. I also was not happy with the accommodations at the hotel in Juneau. My room was small but had a king-sized bed squeezed into it. It was also on the second floor in the front corner of the building and was very noisy with the 2 streets below. One more thing--the catered meals we had were very poorly done. The buffet lines were inefficiently set up. Often the food ran out and or what was left for those at the end of the line was cold. Over all, I had a very positive experience and would recommend this program to anyone who had the physical ability to enjoy the small ship experience.

Bernadette
(4)

One of the biggest benefits going on a small ship is, if a group of whales or birds or other wild life is spotted, the ship stops and allows plenty of time to see this. No big cruise ship can do this

Thomas
(5)

Alaska - The Inside passage is an incredible journey through natural beauty, history and comradery. Do it!

Aaron
(5)

This program was just magical !!! If you really want to get a deeper understanding of the native cultures that reside here as well as a view of Alaska that's like no other this is the program for you . From snow capped peaks to Glaicers as blue as the sky to countless wildlife sightings . Perfect for any wildlife or nature lover . As well as anyone looking to see a land of vast beauty and breathtaking experiences.

Linda
(5)

This trip is in my top two (of seven) with Road Scholar. The following review is from both myself and my spouse: Jere and Karen Christner were excellent group leaders. They were knowledgeable about Alaska, its wildlife and waters. And they stayed on top of needed adjustments in the program. They are also nice people, and a pleasure to spend time with. Karen taught history in stories, the best way to learn. The Baranof Dream provided an outstanding trip. The crew went out of their way to bring us to the sights of Alaska: whales at feeding time, glaciers, waterfalls, seals. We loved the skiff rides to near-shore where we could admire the seals. The crew was so great: Vick (in charge of housekeeping, thoughtful and helpful), Amber (provided excellent dining service, always smiling), Travis (as bartender, kept me in ice water), Adam (who explained instruments on the bridge with his dry sense of humor), Ariana (the knowledgeable biologist who kept us informed), Leona (the native tribeswoman who helped us understand their culture), and the chef and sous-chef (offered creative menus, beautifully presented). One feature that entranced me was the unique napkin folding for each dinner. What fun. We're still carrying the glow of this trip, several weeks after our return. Thank you.

Rita
(5)

My husband and I loved this program. The opportunity to see wilderness, glaciers, waterfalls, and wildlife was exceptional. Good trip, good program, good co-travellers, good food. It was all good!

Megan
(5)

Fantastic program! Alaska is so beautiful, the ship staff and meals were excellent and we learned so much. Highly recommend this program!

Rosemary
(5)

An experience one will never forget.






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