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.
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Program No. 11479RJ
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4.94 Average
An excellent experience, especially the portion spent on water. Beautiful setting. Much to see and photograph. Try it, you'll like it.
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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.
I really enjoyed this trip. Our leader Sandy was wonderful, showing us around Sitka, and answering questions throughout the trip.
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!
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I think I was the oldest person on this trip and was not held back on any of the activities.
What I saw and learned about Alaska exceeded my expectations. The whales were incredible!!!
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.
Fantastic experience. It was more than I ever dreamed it could be!
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.
This was the trip of a lifetime. I can't imagine anyone being disappointed!
This was a fantastic trip, beautiful scenery, terrific ship staff. See this video: https://youtu.be/FojDMybOAPU
Sarah Umberger
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.
"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.
Parody verse sung to tune "Battle Hymn of the Republic" We are the scholars of the road, we're here to learn some more--about this great Alaska as we cruise her tidal shore We've seen the calving glaciers and we've heard their thunder roar, as we went sailing on. Glory, Glory there's some humpbacks, halleluja I see orcas, and we even saw sea otters--as we went sailing on. Al Oneto
From the colorful salmon running the streams around Sitka, to the whales breaching the calm waters, the seals, otters and puffins showing off for us and the sun shining on the crystal water and snow-white mountain tops almost every day - it was like Alaska was showing off just for us. Absolutely beautiful and breathtaking.
If seeing Alaska is on your bucket list, then this is the trip to take. Can't say enough about the Admiralty Dream vessel staff, the local guides and the magnificent inside passage experience. Incredible whale-watching opportunities. This is a photographer's dream trip as I caught glaciers calving, whales breeching in up-close encounters. The small ship experience is really personal, the food on board fantastic, the friendships made unforgettable. Forget about the big cruise ship, and take this one.
BEST PROGRAM YET - We truly enjoyed every minute. The Admiralty Dream and crew were phenomenal, the food perfect every day, and the leaders (Sue and Dale) could not have been better.
This program is a must for anyone seeking an experience of the wildness of the Inside Passage. We loved every minute ... even the rain-soaked ones!
Terrific guides, incredible scenery. Not to be missed!