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Kruzof Explorer Review

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Built in 1968, Kruzof Explorer began life as a Bering Sea crab fishing boat named Maria Cleofas before being refitted into a passenger vessel in 2005. In 2019, Alaskan Dream Cruises acquired and refitted the vessel, renaming it Kruzof Explorer.

Carrying just 12 passengers, Kruzof Explorer is one of Alaskan Dream Cruises' most intimate and unique cruise vessels. The ship offers an onboard theatre inset in what used to be a former crab holding tank, along with comfortable accommodations and onboard amenities like a sport fishing vessel, high-speed Zodiac rafts, onboard kayaks and stand-up paddleboards.

The ship's five-ton crane, which used to haul crab pots from the Bering Sea, now handles zodiac rafts going into and out of the water.

Alcoholic beverages are included onboard, and Kruzof Explorer's comfortable main lounge also doubles as the ship's dining area. With just six cabins onboard, all of which offer ocean views, the ship has a private, intimate feel combined with the seakeeping abilities of a deep-hulled, steel ship.


All meals are taken in the ship's main lounge, which offers oversized picture windows. Unusually for a ship of this size, the dining room and lounge are located on the ship's uppermost passenger deck, behind the wheelhouse.

Meals feature a variety of options, with seafood, meat and vegetarian selections. An emphasis on fresh Alaskan cuisine -- particularly seafood -- is present aboard all Alaskan Dream Cruises' vessels, with locally-harvested specialties including king salmon, halibut, shrimp, and crab.


Kruzof Explorer offers a total of six snug but comfortable cabins located on Main Deck. All offer rectangular windows that are panoramic yet somewhat smaller than normal. Each cabin offers one queen-sized bed, while some cabins offer an additional upper twin bunk.

All rooms are attractively decorated and include an en-suite bathroom with shower.

Top Deck Attractions

Up top, the ship's wheelhouse is available for passengers to visit when conditions allow for a look at how the vessel's navigation is handled.

Aside from that, most passengers will find their way topside for the chance to view Alaska's abundant wildlife, and to socialize with one another.


Aside from lectures and daily briefings on activities, this is a socially-minded ship with little to no organized entertainment -- and that's how passengers like it. Socializing over a few beers before and after dinner will constitute the main form of entertainment, with many passengers retiring early after the day's activities.


Kruzof Explorer sails a variety of itineraries in Alaska, with departures from Sitka, Juneau, Ketchikan and Yakutat.

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