An innovative, streamlined catamaran design, accommodating 40 guests in 18 cabins, has made the Alaskan Dream (formerly the Executive Explorer) a delight in small ship cruising. Besides being sleek and beautiful, she easily navigates narrow channels and passages like a yacht, while at the same time providing the elegance of a cruise ship. The Alaskan Dream, cruising at 13 knots, is by far the fastest small ship in Alaska, which means you'll spend less time navigating and more time watching wildlife, viewing glaciers and visiting authentic Alaskan communities.
Alaskan Dream Review
AdventureSmith Explorations’ Alaskan Dream review includes a detailed description of the small ship including deck plans and a photo gallery. Our Alaska experts have been aboard the Alaskan Dream (Executive Explorer) firsthand. Please read our Alaskan Dream review below then contact our Alaska cruise experts to compare the Alaskan Dream with other Alaska small ship and yacht cruises.
The Alaskan Dream, remodeled in 2011, is an intimate small ship ideally suited for exploring Alaska off the beaten path. She has knowledgeable captains and an all-American crew with many years experience in Alaska. Education presentations by expedition leaders and guest speakers focus on the nature and culture of Southeast Alaska. Delicious meals are served open seating with friendly tableside service and complimentary beer and wine selection available with dinner. High-quality binoculars are available for each guest to use during the cruise, a bonus for seeing the most you can in Alaska.
Common Areas Aboard Alaskan Dream
The Vista View Lounge on the Main Deck faces forward with the same view as the Captain, affording spectacular views through panoramic windows of the scenery, ports and wildlife along the way. A small bar and window seating make this a popular gathering place. Also on the Main Deck is the Sitka Rose Dining Room. The top Observation Deck is prime for glacier and wildlife viewing, and a covered open deck on the Bridge Deck provides shade and weather protection.
A daily social hour with hors d'oeuvres, drinks and a daily recap by the Expedition Leaders fosters a sense of community on board. Complimentary Alaskan gear including jackets, pants and boots are available for use aboard the Alaskan Dream.
Cabins Aboard Alaskan Dream
Staterooms aboard the Alaskan Dream all have extra-large viewing windows and range from 104 to 416 square feet. Fresh, soft linens, towels, hairdryers, fans and Alaska-crafted soaps and shampoos are offered in every stateroom. Each cabin also provides guests with a pair of high-powered, lightweight binoculars for use while on the cruise. Specific details by cabin category are as follows:
Two twin beds, picture window, wardrobe, private bathroom with shower. Approximately 104 square feet.
One queen bed or two twin beds, large picture window, wardrobe, private bathroom with shower. Approximately 120 square feet.
Vista View Suites
One queen bed convertible to two twin beds, large forward-facing picture window, wardrobe, private bathroom with shower. Approximately 147 square feet.
Located on the Upper Deck, the Owners Suite has a large picture window, a queen-size bed convertible to two single beds, wardrobe, private bathroom with shower. Approximately 416 square feet.