- year built
- crew members
- 143 feet
- 28 feet
- 8 feet
- cruising speed
- 9 knots
The Baranof Dream, formerly Cruise West’s Spirit of Alaska, provides a comfortable home base in Alaska’s Inside Passage. Built in 1980 by Blount Marine, she accommodates 49 guests in 25 cabins and features a lounge, sun deck and viewing platform. The vessel is casual, the food delicious and the staff friendly and helpful.
Baranof Dream Review
AdventureSmith Explorations’ Baranof Dream review includes an image of the deck plan, photos and a detailed description of the small ship. Our Alaska experts have been aboard the Baranof Dream firsthand. Please read our Baranof Dream review below then contact our experts to compare the Baranof Dream with other small ships to Alaska offering small ship Alaska cruises.
Choose the Baranof Dream for her shallow draft, which allows for navigating Alaska’s intimate coves and passages; her spacious bow for viewing fjords and glaciers; a covered outside deck, large cabin windows and relaxed cruising speed for optimum exposure to wilderness and wildlife. Authentically Alaskan, the 49-guest Baranof Dream is a personal, comfortable small ship option for cruising the Inside Passage of Alaska.
Common Areas Aboard Baranof Dream
The Sun Deck is a partially sheltered area with tables and chairs located on the Bridge Deck. Nearby, the bridge operates with an open bridge policy, encouraging passenger interaction with the captain and officers to view the charted course, observe ship-to-ship communications and listen to stories from experienced Alaskan mariners. The bow viewing area on the Upper Deck offers opportunities for glacial and wildlife spotting. Located on the main deck and set in the bow of the ship is the Lounge Deck, which features the bar and library with books on Alaskan history, geology and wildlife. Smoking is only permitted outside in designated areas.
Dining Aboard Baranof Dream
Located on the Main Deck, the dining room has a casual atmosphere with open seating. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are all elegantly plated and are offered with meat, fish and vegetarian options. The seafood is fresh and locally sourced. Onboard pastry chefs create decadent desserts including vegan options, cookies for daily “cookie time” and freshly-baked breads throughout the cruise. Early morning pre-breakfast pastries, fruit and hot beverages are offered in the lounge. Evenings feature a social hour with hors d’oeuvres prior to dinner. Non-alcoholic beverages are complimentary, as well as a glass of house wine or Alaskan beer with dinner. Options include Alaskan beers, Pacific Northwest wines and locally distilled spirits. Special diets may be accommodated with advanced notice.
Activities Aboard Baronof Dream
Rigid-bottom Demaree Inflatable Boats (DIBs) enable shallow water and glacial fjord exploration, including beach landings. A custom-built kayak launch platform at the stern make getting into kayaks easy for guests of all skill and experience levels. Gear including jackets, pants and boots are available for complimentary use.
Enriching educational and cultural presentations such as stories told by a Native Tlingit interpreter; knowledgeable expedition leaders; onboard naturalists who focus on biology, geography and ecology of the Inside Passage; and cultural heritage guides who are well versed in the lifestyle, history and practices of Southeast Alaska’s varying cultures are offered on board. Additionally, library access and a nightly turndown letter with information on the next day’s itinerary, geography, wildlife and history create a well-rounded, informative experience.
Cabins & Deck Plan Aboard Baranof Dream
The 25 staterooms aboard the Baranof Dream all feature comfortable bedding, view windows and a private bathroom with shower. Fresh, hypo-allergenic linens and towels; hairdryers; fans; and Alaska-crafted soaps and shampoos are offered in every stateroom. Each stateroom also provides guests with a pair of high-powered, lightweight binoculars for use while on the cruise. Select staterooms can accommodate third and fourth guests.