a year ago
This was a great trip through the northern part of the Inside Passage. Our ship, the Baranof Dream, was wonderful! It is a comfortable vessel that is small enough to go into some narrow bays that the large ships cannot access. We had a naturalist and true Alaska guide on board with us for the entire journey. The food was excellent—far surpassing our expectations! The emphasis is on the local native culture and the incredible wildlife. While we were underway, the ship would just stop anytime humpback whales, orcas, bears, mountain goats, etc., were spotted, and we'd just sit in the water for long periods of time to observe these fantastic creatures. And, yes, we saw all of the above, plus seals, seal pups, eagles, porpoises, tufted puffins, and thousands of other seabirds. We spent hours in Glacier Bay and Tracy Arm getting close to glaciers, icebergs, and waterfalls while on the ship and in inflatable craft, and we walked through temperate rainforests, thick with beautiful trees and other vegetation, including many varieties of mosses and lichen. The crew on the boat was fantastic and our Road Scholar guide was excellent. It is a fantastic experience and the thrill of seeing the beautiful landscapes, small towns that the big cruise ships don't stop at, and the wildlife cannot be adequately described.