Alaska's Inside Passage and Alaska Dream Cruises Baranof Dream

Hi, my husband and I are booked on the Alaska Inside Passage cruise on June 8th - June 17th.  The ship is ADC's Baranof Dream, and we're in one of the A cabins.  Packing for our first trip Alaska and our first cruise on a ship this size.  Alaska Dream Cruises recommends soft-sided luggage.  Looking at the cabin floorplan, there's no wardrobe or close in the A cabins, but there are some built-in drawers under the beds and in a bulkhead wall.  Has anyone here sailed on the Baranoff Dream and can give recommendations on luggage?  

Would rolling duffle bags be a problem because of the wheels and fitting them into whatever storage space there may be for luggage?  Or should we opt for plain rugged duffles that can collapse and fit into a drawer?

Our regular luggage is soft-topped/rigid side Rick Steves/Travelite carry-ons.  If these can be pushed under a bed, perhaps they would work?  

We try to travel light and are looking at one suitcase or duffle each, camera bag, and maybe a small tote type of bag.


Jackie & Lucien Lane

  • In reply to porchchat011745:

    Hi, I was on this trip several years ago and am returning for the September 8-15 trip. I would like to add one very important thing to pack - waterproof pants. The wind can be quite cold coming off the glaciers. I will not be the most fashionable person aboard but I plan to wear sweatpants under my rain pants and I will probably have the rain pants on all the time I am aboard. Be sure you have plenty of memory capacity for your camera. Can't thing of anything else at the moment. Just be prepared to stay warm. This is Alaska after all.
  • In reply to fauxqui041752:

    Hi, Here's a question for you. When I went on this trip several years ago I seem to remember that the only outlets were in the ceiling. Has this been changed? It will be very difficult to use camera battery chargers if this is still true. Thank you.
  • In reply to joycekeay012436:

    I have a Cheapy Charlie lightweight extension cord in my suitcase. I like that I can put all my electronics where I can see them and therefore nothing gets left behind. Mine has one 3 prong socket on one side (for larger plugs) and two three prong on the other.  Check wall plug to ensure it is not 3 prong or you may not be able to use unless you carry 3 to 2 prong adapter as well.  I started doing this when visiting National Parks and some rooms had only one available outlet. If you can get a bright color even better than you don't leave the cord behind either!  

  • In reply to pksquilt030431:

    We are traveling on the June 21-July 1 trip also and are from Charleston, SC. Just returned in early March from Patagonia expedition and highly recommend LAYERS, including thermal underware, wool or turtle neck, fleece, down jackets and RAINCOATS and PANTS which I guess RS provides. Wool socks a must and waterproof shoes (we used hiking ones) and waterproof gloves. Waterproof bags for cameras were helpful. We traveled ashore in zodiacs daily. Soft luggage is always the best bet for storing in small cabins. Look forward to meeting you. Ann and Henry
  • What did you find on board? Please share the information to help those of us who are going this September or next spring. Many thanks!!