Admiralty Dream

year built
143 feet
cruising speed
8.5 knots

As a small ship, 143 feet long with 27 staterooms, the Admiralty Dream is perfect for adventure in the wilderness waterways of Alaska. The Admiralty Dream is run by true Alaskans who have grown up, lived and loved the Alaska lifestyle. They have been sharing their home via small ship cruising since 1970, creating a personal and authentic Alaska experience.

Admiralty Dream Review

AdventureSmith Explorations’ Admiralty Dream review includes a detailed description of the small ship including deck plans and a photo gallery. Our Alaska experts have been aboard the Admiralty Dream firsthand. Please read our Admiralty Dream review below then contact our experts to compare the Admiralty Dream with other ships offering Alaska small ship cruises.

Choose the 49-guest Admiralty Dream for an intimate, cozy vessel that’s perfect for shared adventures in Southeast Alaska. She is ideally suited for exploring Alaska off the beaten path with a knowledgeable captain, crew and guides offering educational presentations that focus on the nature and culture of Southeast Alaska. The Admiralty Dream formerly known as the Spirit of Columbia, offers spacious viewing decks and indoor viewing through panoramic windows. She was built in 1980, remodeled in 2012, and now accommodates 54 guests in 4 unique cabin categories. 

Common Areas Aboard Admiralty Dream

Aboard the Admiralty the Bridge Deck is home to the Sun Deck with open viewing, partial shade and chairs and tables. The Upper Deck offers an outside bow viewing area while the Main Deck features the bar and the Forward Lounge. The Admiralty Dream library offers books on Alaskan history, geology and wildlife. Smoking is only permitted outside in designated areas.

Dining Aboard Admiralty Dream

Dress casually for meals aboard Admiralty Dream, all of which are made to order and plated. Enjoy fresh Alaskan cuisine that includes various meat, seafood and vegetarian options. The seafood is fresh, locally caught and produce is organic whenever possible. Harvested fish include king salmon, halibut, rockfish, shrimp and crab. Admiralty Dream supports nearby communities by purchasing seafood from local, family-run fishing operations. The fisheries are managed with care by the people who rely on them for their livelihood.

A daily social hour with hors d’oeuvres, drinks and a daily recap by the expedition leaders foster a sense of community on board. Plated dinners are followed by dessert, prepared by onboard pastry chefs, who also offer fresh baked breads and cookies throughout the trip. Coffee, tea, hot chocolate and apple cider are commonly offered on board. Meal times vary each day due to activity schedule. Morning pastries, fruit and hot beverages are available one hour before breakfast for earlier risers. Non-alcoholic beverages are complimentary as is a glass of house wine or Alaskan beer with dinner. Additional beer and wine is available for purchase: options include Alaskan beers, Pacific Northwest wines and locally distilled spirits. Special diets may be accommodated with advanced notice.

Activities Aboard Admiralty Dream

Expedition crafts are aboard the Admiralty Dream to explore ports of call and remote wilderness. These Demaree Inflatable Boats (DIBs) are rigid-bottom inflatables, great for shallow-water and fjord exploration. The Admiralty Dream carries kayaks and has a custom-built kayak launcher at the stern for easy and safe loading. Complimentary gear including jackets, pants and boots available for use aboard the Admiralty Dream. Opportunities are available for listening to marine mammal communication with Admiralty Dream’s onboard hydrophone. The Admiralty Dream has an open-bridge policy, weather and conditions permitted.

Crew & Guides Aboard Admiralty Dream

Admiralty Dream’s knowledgeable expedition leaders arrange the best trip possible for on- and off-ship adventures. Admiralty Dream offers a deep educational component with onboard naturalists who focus on biology, geography and ecology of Alaska’s Inside Passage and cultural heritage guides who are well versed in the lifestyle, history and practices of Southeast Alaska’s various cultures. Additionally, evening educational programs, library access and a nightly turndown letter with information on the next day’s itinerary, geography, wildlife and history create a well-rounded, informative experience.

Cabins & Deck Plan Aboard Admiralty Dream

The 27 staterooms aboard the Admiralty Dream all have a private bathroom with shower and extra-large viewing windows that open. Staterooms range from 93 to 135 square feet. Fresh, soft, hypo-allergenic linens and towels; hairdryers; fans; and Alaska-crafted soaps and shampoos are offered in every stateroom. Each stateroom also provides guests with a pair of high-powered, lightweight binoculars for use while on the cruise. Specific details by category are as follows: