Cloud failure or liquid sunshine, our Alaska small ship adventure cruises are perfect for exploration—paddling, hiking, hot tub under the stars, “polar bear plunges,” even playing in the mud with your expert expedition team. Glacier Bay National Park; Native totems; breaching whales; soaring eagles; rainforests; northern lights. Do as much or as little as you like on an unforgettable journey.

Highlights


• View Margerie and Grand Pacific Glaciers

• Park ranger joins you on board in Glacier Bay National Park

• Whale watching in Icy Strait and Lynn Canal or Chatham Strait

• Wildlife searches—bears, sea otters, harbor seals, sea lions, Dall’s porpoises

• Birds and wildlife at South Marble Island—birding and sea lion haulout

• Beachcomb intertidal zones, hike, and bushwhack in the Tongass National Forest

• Kayak, paddle board, and skiff in glacial fjords

There’s nothing like a hearty greeting from your crew and some bon voyage bubbly. With all souls settled in on board, you’re underway. From the bow, Southeast Alaska welcomes you with Coast Mountain views.
Lynn Canal or Chatham Strait, your captain makes the call. Either choice, go with the flow. The water is fine. The guides help you gear up, and lead your adventure along the rocky outcroppings. By kayak or paddle board, take in the size of this wilderness. Bald eagles dot the tree tops. Harbor seals bob up and under. Pods of orcas—the largest in the dolphin family—skim along the water’s surface.
What a privilege. At 3.3 million acres—this UNESCO World Heritage Site and Biosphere Reserve is massive. At Bartlett Cove, a park ranger joins in on your day’s exploration and shares the park’s history. Orange-beaked puffins, guillemots, marbled murrelets are just a few possible sightings. Keep a tally—the list will grow. Arriving at South Marble Island, you can hear and smell ‘em before you see ‘em—it’s a haulout for sea lions. Perched above around the bend, watch for mountain goats, and lower along shore, foraging bears. Up bay, glacial silt turns the water a milky white. Margerie and Grand Pacific Glaciers—one holding steady, the other retreating. Lounging harbor seals laze on bits of bergs. And if time allows, tuck up in Tidal Inlet. End this very full day with your feet up for the sail into Icy Strait.
Nearly to the Pacific Ocean, Icy Strait is remote and wild. The plan? Whales and marine mammals. Spouts and fin slaps are certain giveaways. More rollicking sea lions and birds. But don’t forget to look straight down. Porpoises and dolphins may hitch a ride on the bow wave. And don’t worry about missing any wildlife; it’s a favorite mission of the crew to point out any creatures they spot. Make a break for it and head for a quiet pocket along the rugged coastline. A different sort of wild than the open strait, muskeg leads to forest bushwhacks. Skiff the shore and down along kelp-threaded channels.
Kick off the morn with on-deck yoga stretches (your guides love it when you join them). Meander through glacier-carved fjords along the Chichagof coast. Then stop. It’s a prime time to lower the kayaks and skiffs. Camera in hand, set off on land and sea explorations. Closer inspection by skiff, moss-dripping trees run right down to the water. Any bears in there? With one of the world’s largest populations of bears, it’s possible. Go searching for giant trees and tidal pools. Hiking in the Tongass, it won’t take long to find them. Your eagle-eyed guides lead the pack—and pull up the rear. Later, wend along a twisting channel known for dramatic currents. Peril Strait runs 50 miles to Salisbury Sound.
There’s an eerie, enigmatic feeling in these woods. Morning fog catches like cotton balls on trees. The aptly named narrows squeezes to only 300 feet wide in one spot and a shallow 24 feet deep. The shorelines are close and it’s good territory for play. Skiff ashore and hike into the backcountry. Otters back float working to crack snacks resting on their bellies. Opening at Hoonah Sound, the squeeze is back on. Wind into Neva Strait. Watch the scenery change in the late fading light—from the hot tub of course.
There aren’t many straight lines along Baranof Island. Its western side is spattered with remote, uninhabited islands. These features mean endless opportunities for adventure. Secluded coves. Tree-covered islets. Drop anchor, pick your modus operandi, and get going. Kayak, paddle board, or skiff—you’re on the level with curious sea lions and possibly whales. Rocky intertidal zones make good beach combing. Turn a stone or two to see what’s underneath. There are no groomed trails here—get out on a guided hike John Muir would approve of. Toast your voyage with a festive Farewell Dinner and a “photo journal” of your trip. A gift to you, from your expedition team.
Cruise into Sitka this morning over breakfast. Farewell new friends! Disembark and transfer to the airport.
Itineraries are guidelines; variations in itinerary and the order of days may occur to maximize your experience.

Navigator Cabin

$ 4145 USD pp
Navigator Cabin
Queen or twin beds, view window, private bath with shower.

Trailblazer Cabin

$ 4945 USD pp
Trailblazer Cabin
Queen or twin beds, view window, private bath with shower.

Pathfinder Cabin

$ 5395 USD pp
Pathfinder Cabin
Outside entry, queen, double bed or double bed with bench seat. View window, private bath with shower.

Single

$ 6220 USD pp

Explorer Cabin

$ 7245 USD pp
Explorer Cabin
Sitting area, queen or twin beds, large picture window, private bath with shower.

Navigator Cabin

$ 4145 USD pp
Navigator Cabin
Queen or twin beds, view window, private bath with shower.

Trailblazer Cabin

$ 4945 USD pp
Trailblazer Cabin
Queen or twin beds, view window, private bath with shower.

Pathfinder Cabin

$ 5395 USD pp
Pathfinder Cabin
Outside entry, queen, double bed or double bed with bench seat. View window, private bath with shower.

Single

$ 6220 USD pp

Explorer Cabin

$ 7245 USD pp
Explorer Cabin
Sitting area, queen or twin beds, large picture window, private bath with shower.

Navigator Cabin

$ 4145 USD pp
Navigator Cabin
Queen or twin beds, view window, private bath with shower.

Trailblazer Cabin

$ 4945 USD pp
Trailblazer Cabin
Queen or twin beds, view window, private bath with shower.

Pathfinder Cabin

$ 5395 USD pp
Pathfinder Cabin
Outside entry, queen, double bed or double bed with bench seat. View window, private bath with shower.

Single

$ 6220 USD pp

Explorer Cabin

$ 7245 USD pp
Explorer Cabin
Sitting area, queen or twin beds, large picture window, private bath with shower.

Navigator Cabin

$ 4145 USD pp
Navigator Cabin
Queen or twin beds, view window, private bath with shower.

Trailblazer Cabin

$ 4945 USD pp
Trailblazer Cabin
Queen or twin beds, view window, private bath with shower.

Pathfinder Cabin

$ 5395 USD pp
Pathfinder Cabin
Outside entry, queen, double bed or double bed with bench seat. View window, private bath with shower.

Single

$ 6220 USD pp

Explorer Cabin

$ 7245 USD pp
Explorer Cabin
Sitting area, queen or twin beds, large picture window, private bath with shower.

Navigator Cabin

$ 4145 USD pp
Navigator Cabin
Queen or twin beds, view window, private bath with shower.

Trailblazer Cabin

$ 4945 USD pp
Trailblazer Cabin
Queen or twin beds, view window, private bath with shower.

Pathfinder Cabin

$ 5395 USD pp
Pathfinder Cabin
Outside entry, queen, double bed or double bed with bench seat. View window, private bath with shower.

Single

$ 6220 USD pp

Explorer Cabin

$ 7245 USD pp
Explorer Cabin
Sitting area, queen or twin beds, large picture window, private bath with shower.

Navigator Cabin

$ 4145 USD pp
Navigator Cabin
Queen or twin beds, view window, private bath with shower.

Trailblazer Cabin

$ 4945 USD pp
Trailblazer Cabin
Queen or twin beds, view window, private bath with shower.

Pathfinder Cabin

$ 5395 USD pp
Pathfinder Cabin
Outside entry, queen, double bed or double bed with bench seat. View window, private bath with shower.

Single

$ 6220 USD pp

Explorer Cabin

$ 7245 USD pp
Explorer Cabin
Sitting area, queen or twin beds, large picture window, private bath with shower.

Additional charges:

Port taxes/fees: 250 USD pp

Wilderness Discoverer

Vessel type: Expedition

Length: 176 feet

Passenger Capacity: 76 guests

Built: 1992, renovated 2012

Active adventure is top-of-mind aboard the Wilderness Discoverer. Complementing the wilderness outside, the décor of the main lounge including reclaimed Alaskan yellow cedar on the bar top evokes the feel of a National Park. The casual, welcoming ambiance of the lounge and dining room with an open floor plan between them creates easy camaraderie among guests. Three public decks are easily accessible—the sun deck features both covered and open spaces for viewing no matter the weather, and the bow and observation deck offer unencumbered views.

The Wilderness Discoverer comes equipped for adventure with kayaks, paddle boards, skiffs, hiking poles, wet suits and snorkel equipment, and yoga mats. The EZ Dock launch platform makes getting into the water a cinch. A hydrophone transmits below-surface sounds and a bow-mounted underwater camera shows the action. For wellness and relaxation, the vessel offers two hot tubs and fitness equipment.

There are four cabin categories aboard the Wilderness Discoverer: Navigator; Trailblazer; Pathfinder; and Explorer. Depending on the cabin, singles, doubles or triples can be accommodated.

Common to all cabins are: Air conditioning; flat-screen TV/DVD; iPod docking station, private bath with shower; a view window (no portholes).

Cabin layout for Wilderness Discoverer

Alaska Rail, Denali, & Knik River Wilderness

Complete your Alaskan adventure cruise with our 6-night, pre-cruise land tour into Denali National Park, the wilderness surrounding the Knik River, Fairbanks, and Anchorage.

Wilderness Discoverer

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