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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 (4.88)
Program No. 11479RJ
Length
10 days
Starts at
5,995
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Flights start at
FREE
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4.88 Average
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.
John Henry
(5)
Alaska cruise was more then I envisioned! The vastness and wilderness can't be captured on film! Go see for yourselves!
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.
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.
Carolyn
(4)
This small boat experience provided opportunities that are impossible aboard large cruise ships, and we saw many natural features and wildlife.
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.
Sandra
(5)
An excellent experience, especially the portion spent on water. Beautiful setting. Much to see and photograph. Try it, you'll like it.
Charlton
This reviewer did not give a star rating.
ask whether the participants felt they got full value for their money
Allan
(5)
One of those bucket list trips. A wonderful first-time Road Scholar experience. Amazing scenery and wildlife. The weather can be cold and wet, but the provided rain suits and boots were just what was needed.
Ann
(5)
I really enjoyed this trip. Our leader Sandy was wonderful, showing us around Sitka, and answering questions throughout the trip.
Linda
(5)
Wonderful program and experience from the ship's crew and staff to the road scholar naturalists on board to local tribe participants to the national park ranger brought on board to present! Highly recommend the small cruise ship to see all nature's beauty - glaciers, wildlife, sea life, birds, and wilderness up close and personal!
Murray
This reviewer did not give a star rating.
I think I was the oldest person on this trip and was not held back on any of the activities.
Claborne
(5)
What I saw and learned about Alaska exceeded my expectations. The whales were incredible!!!
Marvey
(5)
I can't imagine a better way to experience the Inside Passage. The crew and staff provided very comfort and piece of information we could possibly need while taking us to the highlights of the Inside Passage and letting us truly get "Up Close and Personal" with this beautiful area.
Janet
(5)
Fantastic experience. It was more than I ever dreamed it could be!
Richard
(4)
The Alaskan Dream crew was very professional. The food was good. The Road Scholar people were very inexperienced. They were friendly, but didn't know what they were doing.
Linda
(5)
This was the trip of a lifetime. I can't imagine anyone being disappointed!
Stephen
(5)
This was a fantastic trip, beautiful scenery, terrific ship staff. See this video: https://youtu.be/FojDMybOAPU
Sarah Umberger
(5)
The website is cumbersome and involves too many steps to find needed information. There doesn't seem to be any interface between information you receive signing in and looking for further information besides required forms. It often took many attempts to find my program and access information.
Noel
(5)
"Inside Passage Up Close" is a perfect name for this program. The small ship enabled us to go places big cruise ships cannot. We were able to maneuver easily at slow speeds to get close to Orcas, Humpback whales, mountain goats, a bear on the shore, glaciers and icebergs. We also had interesting land field trips and a chance to kayak if we wished. The crew, trip leaders, and local guides were all wonderful. This trip is Road Scholar at its best.





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