We spoke with the new CEO of Alaskan Dream Cruises to find out about some of the most unique cruise options in Alaska


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[–articleimage id=”1400" –]You may have cruised Alaska before – but you probably haven’t done it like this. Alaskan Dream Cruises operates small-ship cruises within Southeast Alaska, visiting destinations that most travelers don’t reach, and offering intimate, authentic interactions with Alaska that most visitors don’t experience.

So what makes Alaskan Dream Cruises different from other lines? The company’s new CEO, Russell Dick, filled us on some of the unique opportunities offered to guests.

Alaskan Dream Cruises operates in Southeast Alaska, and the line’s difference starts with its staff. Everyone from the founders and expedition leaders to the CEO himself are lifelong Alaskans, giving them special access to and reception within Alaska native communities. What does this mean for cruisers? Opportunities to experience authentic Alaska, from off-the-beaten-path communities to “unscripted” experiences onshore.

[[–articleimage id=”1401" –]r example, while an itinerary from the line may include traditional must-see sights such as Tracy Arm Fjord or Glacier Bay National Park, it also takes travelers to places like Kasaan, to visit the only remaining traditional Haida longhouse in the United States. The cruise line also offers exclusive shore experiences at two wilderness lodges, Windham Bay and Orca Point Lodge, where cruisers can take part in sea kayaking, guided tours, wildlife viewing, and more experiences in nature.

On shore, the line’s relationships with the locals produce an authentic and memorable glimpse of Alaskan life and culture. And the immersion continues onboard, thanks to native Alaskan expedition leaders who are on hand to enhance guests’ experiences at every turn.

What else can cruisers expect onboard? To start with, a true small-ship experience: Alaskan Dream Cruises operates three ships, carrying just 40-58 passengers each. There aren’t a lot of bells and whistles on the ships, but all guest cabins feature windows – as part of the line’s goal of connecting guests with their surroundings, both natural and cultural. Dining focuses on local cuisine, with entrée options such as Alaskan Venison with seasonal vegetables, Wild Alaskan Salmon with Apple Chutney, and Sweet Potato & Ginger Soup.

Families are also welcomed by the line, particularly during its special family cruises, which feature onboard and on shore activities geared toward children. Travelers should know that there’s no Wi-Fi or televisions onboard, and cell service goes in and out as the ship travels – a perfect opportunity to get back to nature and enjoy Alaska the way it was meant to be seen.

Inspired to plan your next incredible Alaska journey? Find your perfect cruise here.

Find out more about Alaskan Dream Cruises here.

Photos courtesy of Alaskan Dream Cruises.