Where the larger cruise ships try to offer everything under the sun for their passengers, the Northern Dream is designed for a more personal, intimate view of the Alaskan Seaboard. We don’t have an onboard casino, shopping, or nightly shows. But we do have a few decks of cards, stop into small towns for scones, and our nights are filled watching the sun go down.
The Northern Dream has three rooms for our cruises: a master stateroom and two forward staterooms. Each room is equipped with its own private bathroom, television, and DVD player. Each room has a seating area for makeup or to put a laptop, closet space, and built-in drawers.
All rooms have portholes so the first thing you see in the morning is Alaska! Open the porthole to feel a refreshing cool breeze. Or, if it’s too refreshing, each room can control its own heating.
However, there are a few differences between the rooms. The master stateroom has a queen-sized bed and is the largest of the three rooms. Running the width of the boat and equipped with a bathtub, the master is the roomiest option and ideal for a couple celebrating an anniversary, honeymoon, or just a way to finally see Alaska.
The two forward staterooms are more appropriate for larger parties. Each room has a queen sized bed and an additional bunk overhead. The bunk is smaller than a queen bed but larger than a standard full-sized bed. These rooms are great for families or a group of friends. The starboard stateroom has a bathtub while the port side has a shower.
Whether you want to sit outside or get undercover, there is enough seating for everyone on the Northern Dream. The main deck has enough seating for everybody, as well as indoor seating when the weather doesn’t cooperate. But no matter the weather, there’s room for everybody.The Northern Dream has three levels: the flybridge, main deck, and below deck. The flybridge is an enclosed area where the captain can operate the boat, the back of the main deck is open and is where the main salon, the dining salon, the galley, and the wheelhouse can be found. The staterooms, crew quarters, and engine rooms are below deck.
And while our communal areas can fit everyone, that doesn’t mean there aren’t opportunities for a little privacy. We limit our cruises to six guests at a time, which means there could be two guests in the main salon playing games, a few more in the flybridge with the captain, and two more on the back deck. There are a lot of places where you can be on your own.
There are a wide variety of games on board, a huge selection of books, and a large library of DVDs to take back to your room for a late night - or lazy afternoon - movie. If you want your privacy, or feel like joining the group, we have just the space for you.
What better way to recap the day's adventures than coming together to break bread. In our dining salon, we can seat 8 people comfortably around our table as our chef prepares the food. While we stock up before each cruise, we make stops for scones during the trip and will even prepare your catch of the day.
For more information on eating, drinking, and midnight snacking during the trip, visit our dining page.
One of the best things about a Northern Dream Alaska cruise has nothing to do with the boat at all. We are equipped with six kayaks and a 14-foot rigid hull inflatable boat for exploring the coastline and inlets.
Many times we’ll take the inflatable up to the river mouth to watch bears eating salmon. The boat is also used when we go to the glacier. We get close enough to scoop up glacier ice and bring it back home in a cooler.
Remember that halibut dinner from above? We provide fishing poles, boots, and hip-waders for the sportsman on our cruise (although you can certainly bring your own gear, too). Either from the boat, the shore, or in the river, you’ll get a chance to drop a line.
Or you can take a kayak and just be one with nature. Grab a life jacket and a paddle - the rest is up to you. Stay along the coast or paddle up a river. But no matter what you decide, you’ll be that much closer to Alaska.
This is the type of experience you won’t get with the larger ships because they just can’t offer this level of attention. The kayaks, the small-town excursions, and the hot springs visits will give you a true Alaskan experience. Want to know more? Contact Northern Dream today.