Alaskan Dream Cruises’ repurposed Kruzof Explorer will begin its inaugural season with the cruise line this summer. The former crab boat will sail 10-day itineraries of Alaska’s Inside Passage, visiting remote villages, designated wilderness areas and Glacier Bay National Park and Reserve.
Once used for crab fishing in the Bering Sea, the Kruzof Explorer most recently sailed charter expeditions in California. Now, under the ownership of Alaskan Dream Cruises, the 12-guest expedition ship has become an upscale option for travelers looking to explore Alaska.
The Kruzof Explorer offers spacious accommodations for 12 passengers, as well as a dining room, bar, lounge area and theater room. The ship will also carry a high-speed Zodiac, kayaks and paddleboards for guests interested in further exploration of the region’s narrow and shallow waterways.
The 128-foot expedition vessel will spend its inaugural season, beginning July 5, sailing the cruise line’s Alaska’s Remote Wilderness Expedition itinerary between Sitka and Ketchikan. If starting out in Sitka, the Kruzof Explorer will move northward along Chichagof Island’s western coast, passing by scenic cliffs and rainforests. At Glacier Bay National Park, guests will visit a puffin nesting area on South Marble Island, see mountain goats at Gloomy Knob and watch icebergs calve off Margerie Glacier.
Guests will spend the next couple days visiting Admiralty Island National Monument and Tracy Arm-Fords Terror Wilderness, where passengers will have the opportunity to kayak in some of Alaska’s most scenic areas. The ship will also stop at Metlakatla and Kasaan, where guests can learn more about the region’s native communities and cultures.