Admiralty Dream Cruise Review
Itinerary: Alaska's Glacier Bay & Island Adventure - June 2013
We loved Alaska and hope to go back again.
We were on the Admiralty Dream with Alaskan Dream Cruises. We had read some mixed reviews on this trip and in talking to Linda who seemed to know all the options and the plus and minus of Alaskan Dream, we decided it was for us.
I am glad to say I can give an excellent review to all your future cruisers. They seemed to have worked out all the kinks of their problems in past years.
Linda of Sunstone Tours was good to work with. We had good documentation prior to the cruise. We had a packing list, reading list. Information and hotel reservations for a pre night in Sitka (highly recommended). We stayed at the Westmark Sitka.
Since the Sitka tour starts early in the morning you need to come in a night prior. A fun start of exploring the village of Sitka and then going on a boat tour which took us to our boat. Fun way to start. The next day in Glacier Bay was a long interesting day on the boat. A good way to learn all the nooks and crannies of your home for the week. All the other days we had activities and were off the ship. Different than the prior reviews we had read about way to much time on the boat.
They had DIBs they said it was for the first time that took us into smaller passages. Rubber boats that hold 10 people. We went in those for our time in Tracy Arm and it was spectacular. Hobart Bay was our day of choices. ATV, kayak, or Zego. We did all of them as probably did everyone. Very well organized and a fun exhausting day. Orca point Lodge was they told us special to their company. The company owns the lodge, we were there for dinner and the evening. As much king crap you can eat, and eat we did.
Follow passengers were all there for the common bond of seeing Alaska. We had a lovely 87 year old lady traveling on her own and a few young kids with their parents and grandparents. Everyone seemed to have a good time. The ship is for 66 passengers and think it was full.
The cabins are all a little different on each deck. We peeked into many of them. We were in the AAA Category on the Upper Deck. I personally would not want the B or C category and feel the AAA and Deluxe are the way to go on this ship. It is an expedition ship so the cabins are somewhat basic, but comfortable and clean. Had no issues with out cabin. We had a hairdryer and nice linens and binoculars. The provided wonderful rain gear.
This was a good experience and has now sold us on the small ships. Alaskan Dream only sails in Alaska so do not think we will go back for many years. But we do want to explore what other destinations your small ships visit. It was a good trip, thank you.
— Eliza and Adam, California