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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John Henry
Alaska cruise was more then I envisioned! The vastness and wilderness can't be captured on film! Go see for yourselves!
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.
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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.
This small boat experience provided opportunities that are impossible aboard large cruise ships, and we saw many natural features and wildlife.
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
Alaska - The Inside passage is an incredible journey through natural beauty, history and comradery. Do it!
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.
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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.
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!
Fantastic program! Alaska is so beautiful, the ship staff and meals were excellent and we learned so much. Highly recommend this program!
An experience one will never forget.
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!

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