Southeast Alaska for Families on Alaskan Dream Cruises

by Amy Whitley | Photo © Amy Whitley

Editor’s Note: Travel writer Amy Whitley took her family on a Southeast Alaska small-ship cruise geared for family travel. Here is what she discovered.

On the final day of our 10-day small ship cruise with native-owned Alaskan Dream Cruises, my kids walked into a highly-recommended museum just to walk back out again. They’d already experienced all the flora, fauna and native culture first-hand on our tour of the Inside Passage.

During our journey on the Baranof Dream, we learned about salmon migration while watching leaping fish from a sea kayak, marveled at the majesty of ancient totems while watching a native master carver, and observed the habits of black bear and humpback whales from a Zodiac raft…and that was only on days one through four.

Reserving passage on an Alaskan Dream Cruise family cruise is a ticket to see Southeast Alaska at close range in a nurturing environment for kids. They keep the passenger list small (less than 60 guests) and the crew is peppered with experts in natural history, zoology, botany, native culture, nautical engineering and culinary skills. Family cruises include youth expedition leaders ready to inspire and entertain school-aged kids, an itinerary bursting at the seams with outdoor exploration, history lessons and plenty of downtime.

The 2014 family cruise takes place July 19-27, departing from Sitka. To learn more, go online at