family Cruising

Alaska Family Cruises
Aboard the Dream Catcher

An Alaska family cruise aboard the Dream Catcher is an amazing way to enjoy a family holiday. Full boat charters are available year round on the Dream Catcher, making your imagination the only limitation in planning your family cruise

Adventures For the Whole Family

There’s something for everyone on an Alaska small boat cruise, as we tailor our activities and itineraries to our guests’ preferences. If we know you’re particularly interested in glaciers, for instance, we’ll be sure to include Harriman Fjord in our itinerary. Before you come aboard you’ll be able to fill out a pre cruise questionnaire for your family that will help immensely in tailoring your experience. Most of our popular activities – kayaking, fishing, beach combing and hiking, are accessible to everyone of a reasonable fitness level.

Kayaking up calm passages, hiking uninhabited beaches and catching some of the largest halibut in the world is all in a day’s work aboard the Dream Catcher. Mom and dad, the kids, and even grandma and grandpa will all stay just as busy as they want to while onboard.

Your Hosts

Captains Scott and Rob Hulse have spent much of their lives in Alaskan waters. Family men themselves, sharing amazing experiences with new friends every summer is what they’re all about. The captains and crew are a huge part of what makes our cruises so special. Our goal is to provide top notch, one of a kind experiences in one of North America’s last frontiers.

The Boat

The Dream Catcher offers a unique blend of comfort and functionality not traditionally found aboard vessels of her size. With 6 staterooms (each with private bathroom), a state of the art galley, 2 lounges and lots of additional places to relax everyone can find a place to relax. It’s the perfect way to enjoy an Alaska family cruise.

Our energetic and fun-loving captain and crew will make sure your Alaska family cruise is the adventure of a lifetime for you and your family.

Alaska Family Crusies

There’s something for the whole family on a small Alaska cruise ship.


Fishing is an option for the whole family.

Fishing is fun for everyone, young and old.


Family Shot on the bow of the Dream Catcher

Taking a moment for a family photo on the bow.


Alaska is a great place to have a family vacation

Alaska is a great place for a family vacation.


  • The days seeme to evaporate on our 7 day cruise – there’s always some animal popping its head out of the water or some amazing spectacle or adventure to get into.

    — Prince William Sound Cruise, Guest

Details

All expeditions run seven days, six nights.

What’s Included

  • Prices for Prince William Sound and Cape St Elias expeditions are all inclusive except for taxes, any hotel or bed and breakfast costs, and gratuities.
  • Transportation to and from the Stevens Municipal airport in Anchorage to Whittier, the point of departure (for Prince William Sound only)
  • Private stateroom for two
  • Rain gear and boots

Personal Gear & Clothing

Alaska weather conditions are variable making layers a must, to insure your comfort on and off the boat. Our voyages are not extreme expeditions, that being said you will not need special clothing or gear to enjoy your trip with us. Remember you have full access to the washer and dryer on a daily basis.

You should dress in layers and keep in mind wool and synthetic clothing keep you warm even when they are wet. Cotton, while a wonderful material, which is quite adequate on board, is not recommended for any outdoor activities since it does not dry quickly and offers no warmth once wet. Remember you will only need enough clothes for 7 days on the boat and we do have a washer and dryer for your use. You will find the days can run the gauntlet from warm, sunny, to cold, rainy, overcast and back again in the blink of an eye, so be prepared.

The following list will help you make the most of your trip:

  • Layers – Multiple shirts, sweaters, and fleece) are much better than one jacket
  • Shirts – Two to three mostly long sleeved. A shirt that is tightly woven will provide the best protection against bugs and the sun
  • Pants – Two to three pair with one quick drying synthetic pair
  • Shorts – At least one pair
  • Socks – Enough for the trip and some wool socks to wear with rubber boots
  • Jacket/Sweater/Vest – Fleece jackets are just wonderful when incorporated with wind proof shell
  • Gloves – Lightweight or mittens (quick drying)
  • Long Underwear for your comfort one pair of polypropylene, capilene, or thermax top and bottoms.
  • Brimmed Hat – for sun protection
  • Personal Toiletries (shampoo, toothpaste, etc.)
  • Sun Block and Lip Balm SP 30
  • Personal Medications – Enough for the whole trip
  • Sunglasses
  • Insect Repellent – We suggest using pumps and creams.
  • Equipment and other miscellaneous items: Binoculars & Spare Batteries
  • Shoes and Hiking Boots
  • We will provide rubber boots, the commercial fishing variety, which are designed for hard use and comfort. You will need a wool-hiking sock to wear with the boots. These boots work great for shore excursions and kayaking. On board, tennis shoes or sandals will work just fine. Hiking boots, if you have them, increase your comfort level during high meadow hikes.

Gear and Luggage

Because soft bags pack best on board a vessel, we ask you NOT to bring hard sided luggage. Two medium bags are a much better option than on large bag.

Day Pack

A small day pack is almost indispensable or shore excursions. It will carry rain gear, extra clothes, water bottle, snack, cameras, and anything else you wish to take on short hikes.

Rain Gear

During your stay with us we will provide high quality commercial rain gear (top and bottoms) by Helly Hanson and Grunden. Please provide your height/weight and shoe size by filling out our Client Information Sheet once you have made your reservation.

Getting to Prince William Sound

Getting to Prince William Sound button Whittier Alaska is the western gateway to Prince William Sound and serves as our home port for Prince William Sound tours. Just an hours drive south of Anchorage’s Ted Stevens International Airport, the sleepy little town of Whittier is the perfect place to start your Alaska adventure cruise. Daily flights into Anchorage are available from all over the country and the drive to Whittier is one of the most scenic in North America. Plus, if you’re interested in extending your vacation beyond your cruise, the proximity of Whittier to Anchorage is a huge advantage.

Alaska Small Cruise Cuisine

There’s no reason to compromise when it comes to cuisine aboard your Alaska small boat cruise, and aboard the Dream Catcher we never will. Our commercial style galley would make any land based chef jealous. Double ovens, dual dishwashers, and warming drawers are just some of the tools at our disposal in the 230 square foot galley area. Wrap around seating for 12, three extra large viewing windows and a cozy breakfast bar beckon our guests to enjoy the smells and tastes coming from the galley morning day and night.

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Staterooms

There are six client staterooms. Only two clients per room each having private bathrooms with shower enclosures. For your comfort there is a central forced air heating system and individual electric heaters in each room along with portholes. Each room has ample storage and data connections for laptops.

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Prices

  • 3 day / 2 night trips are $2,355 Per Person*
  • 4 day / 3 night trips are $3,140 Per Person*
  • 5 day / 4 night trips are $3,925 Per Person*
  • 7 day / 6 night trips are $5,500 Per Person*

*Based on double occupancy of a Stateroom.
Single Travelers pay 1.5 times Per Person rates above.

Departing Whittier, Seward & Cordova
All in Prince William Sound, Alaska.

**Offered May through August**

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