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Two Alaska small-ship cruise options to debut in May

Courtesy Innersea Discoveries

Beginning in May, groups will have two new small-ship cruise options in Alaska.
Alaska-based Allen Marine Tours plans to launch a new small-ship cruise line, Alaskan Dream Cruises, next spring.

The three-ship fleet will include two former Cruise West vessels that were purchased after that company shut down in September.

The cruises will focus on wildlife, culture and sustainable travel on eight-day, seven-night trips from Sitka with stops at Inside Passage destinations such as Icy Strait Point, Point Adolphus, Hobart Bay, Tracy Arm and Glacier Bay National Park.

InnerSea Discoveries, the newly launched sister brand to high-end American Safari Cruises, will begin offering weeklong adventures between Ketchikan and Juneau, two-week itineraries between Seattle and Juneau and a 15-day roundtrip adventure from Juneau.

The company’s two newly refurbished ships will hold just 49 guests for a more close-up, nature-rich experience.

Itineraries will feature excursions including kayaking among icebergs, stand-up paddle boarding, wilderness hiking, snorkeling, cave exploration, fishing and whale watching.