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Marcheta

Age: 58

Occupation:retired

Number of Cruises: 5

Cruise Line: Alaskan Dream Cruises

Ship: Alaskan Dream

Sailing Date: 2012-08-24

Itinerary: intercoastal

This was an awesome way to see the glaciers, have some interesting excursions that you would not get to have on a large ships, see wildlife close up, such as whales, seals, eagles and bears.I felt very pampered by the excellent staff. Because it was a small ship of less than 50 people you got to know everyone. After taking this cruise I will never go on another large cruise ship where you stand in lots of lines and feel like cattle when I can feel so special on a small ship. My favorite part of the ship experience was the captain's open door policy concerning the bridge. I could spend as much time as I wanted sitting in the bridge, day or night. I think it was the best seat in the ship. I could ask info about what was outside at the time and have a panoramic view of the scenery.

The food was excellent with a lot of variety. The chef tried very hard to please everyones likes and dislikes. It was like dining in a four star restaurant every day with lots of choices on the daily menu. The daily fresh baked cookies at 3:00 P.M. was a special treat and made the whole ship smell good! I can not remember anything that I ordered that I did not like.

Our stateroom was small but comfortable. We had two twin beds with wonderful mattresses. There were two large windows that make it great to watch the beautiful Alaskan scenery go by, I even saw whales out my stateroom window. Our suitcases fit under our beds. There was a closet big enough to put all of our clothes into and it even had drawers located in the closet. We had a small sink with a medicine cabinet, which was handy to put your small items into. The bathroom was a combo toilet and shower, small but serviceable. They provided robes and rain suits for us to use and also provided binoculars but we were glad that we brought our own because they were better than the ones provided.

Because this is a very small ship we were not expecting much in onboard activities.They kept us so busy with shore excursions that we just wanted to rest when on board or go up on top to the viewing deck to watch the beautiful scenery. We did have some lectures about upcoming shore excursions and a wonderful native Alaskan teaching us weaving and telling us about her Alaskan Indian culture. They had a small library with books on Alaska, some board games.

Most of the shore excursions were included in the trip price. We were taken to interesting towns, rain forests, a wonderful trip to the only Indian reservation in Alaska with about 2 hours of dancing by the locals in their costumes. There was an optional excursion to a bear sanctuary that cost extra that I would recommend doing if you want to get up close and personal with the bears and it was a beautiful walk. Their day of Kayaking, Zegos, ATV's and hiking was great!

I chose this ship because it is small and I liked the itinerary. I also chose it because it is run by local Alaskans. They showed pride is showing us their wonderful home. I would recommend this trip to anyone that loves nature and enjoys small groups. I feel that although this trip costs more than on a large ship, because most of the excursions were included in the price it was worth what we paid. I really can not think of anything negative to say! Easy getting on and off of the ship was great. They even gave us free tickets to some attractions in Sitka because they new we were staying there an extra night after the cruise. I thought that was above and beyond the normal and was appreciated.

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