Since we keep the Northern Dream in Washington State over the winter, we offer a northbound repositioning cruise in May from Anacortes, Washington to Juneau, Alaska. In late August, we offer our southbound cruise from Juneau to Anacortes. With this cruise, you get to experience the San Juan islands in Washington, the Canadian inside passage and the Alaska inside passage. Not only is it the most unforgettable way to experience the Puget Sound and San Juan Islands, but you'll also travel along and see the famous gold shipping route from Alaska to mainland America. This is one of our best values because you get a 2 week cruise for the price of 1 week.
On this special 14 day trip, you see and experience more of the Pacific Northwest and Alaska than any other route as we make our way in a great transit through the “Puget Sound/Inside Passage”.
This sheltered waterway was the main thoroughfare from the United States to the gold country of the Klondike, ending in Skagway, Alaska.
Within Washington State’s Puget Sound lies an archipelago of over 450 islands, rocks, and pinnacles known as the San Juan Islands. These islands form an unmatched landscape of contrasts, where forests seem to spring from gray rock and distant, snow-capped peaks provide the backdrop for sandy beaches. Numerous wildlife species can be found here, thriving in the diverse habitats supported by the islands. The presence of archeological sites, historic lighthouses such as the Patos Island Lighthouse, and a few tight-knit communities testify to the fact that humans have navigated this rugged landscape for thousands of years. These lands are a refuge of scientific and historic treasures and a classroom for generations of Americans.
In the late 19th century, the Federal Government built several structures to aid in maritime navigation. Two light stations and their associated buildings are located on lands administered by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM): Patos Island Light Station (National Register of Historic Places, 1977) and Turn Point Light Station (Washington State Register of Historic Places, 1978).
As we continue on our transition through the Johnstone Strait, you will be amazed by what you are able to view within the coastal wildlife and marine ecosystems. The killer whale (Orcinus orca), also referred to as the orca whale or orca is a toothed whale belonging to the oceanic dolphin family, of which it is the largest member.
The Northern Dream offers you a queen-sized bed in each state room along with it's own private, well-appointed bathroom. Each room has it's own TV and DVD collection of over 130 movies to choose from. Our on board professional chef will delight you with various gourmet meals created from fresh local ingredients along the way. Our yacht is spacious, comfortable and has a complete walk-around main deck and forward-seating area along with a large upper deck area for a high unobstructed 365 view. Kayaks are also available for those who want to enjoy the river up close.