New cruise line to launch in Alaska with ships from failed Cruise West
By Gene Sloan, USA TODAY
An Alaskan company with a long history in the boating business has announced plans to launch a new small ship cruise line in the state.
As was first reported today by industry watcher Travel Weekly, the new line will be called Alaskan Dream Cruises and operate two vessels that until last month were part of the Cruise West fleet.
Cruise West, one of the most storied names in Alaska tourism, collapsed in September after years of dominating small ship cruising in the state.
Alaskan Dream Cruises is being launched by Sitka, Alaska-based Allen Marine Tours, which has operated day tours in the state since the 1970s and also owns a boatbuilding business. The new line will operate Cruise West’s 78-passenger Spirit of Columbia and Spirit of Alaska, which will be renamed the Admiralty Dream and Baranof Dream.
A third vessel, a 49-passenger catamaran to be called the Alaska Dream, also will be part of the Alaskan Dream Cruises fleet, the line says.