Discover the secret places on Washington's wild coastline. Kayak among rocky outcroppings, spotting sealife. Explore dramatic Deception Pass by skiff. Hike mossy island forests frequented by red fox, deer, and woodpeckers.

Highlights


• Explore the Salish Sea’s San Juan archipelago, South Puget Sound, and Deception Pass

• Transit the Hiram M. Chittenden Locks and cruise Lakes Union and Washington

• Hike in rainforest, old-growth forest, and state parks

• Kayak, paddle board, and skiff in island channels formed by glaciers

• Watch for whales, orcas, seals, and sea lions

• Birding opportunities—eagles, seabirds, and migrating flocks

• Educational presentations by your expert expedition team

In a region renowned as a boaters’ paradise, your discovery begins from Fishermen’s Terminal. Set sail via the ship canal to Lakes Union and Washington—their glacially formed basins dug more than 12,000 years ago. After dinner, a sunset cruise through the historic Hiram M. Chittenden Locks and into Elliott Bay sets you right for the night. Seattle was founded along these shores and you don’t want to miss the skyline!
Mudflats, watersheds, and a microclimate feed the riches of the South Sound. Explore the intertidal zone by kicking in the mud with your guides looking for anemone and hermit crabs. Kayaking, hiking, and skiff rides are on tap, too—in one of the region's many state parks. At about 100 miles long, Puget Sound offers ample opportunity for observing the serpentined shore as you cruise through Tacoma Narrows and past Point Defiance, Vashon Island, and Bremerton. Cap off your first full day of play watching for Dall’s porpoise, with a front-row view from the bow.
Wake up surrounded by the wilds of the Salish Sea, a humbling 360 degrees of wilderness. It’s the captain’s choice where you’ll land today, but rest assured, you’ll be away from the crowds. There are unending options for investigating this sea-salty playground. If you’re kayaking, keep your eyes peeled above and below the surface. Rocky outcroppings play host to harbor seals—and it’s also orca territory. Ashore, it’s one boot in front of the other, hike through the forest or “take the high road” to ridges overlooking the archipelago. Join your expedition team on deck to search for whales, seals, sea lions, and bird rookeries as you cruise through the myriad San Juans—no two islands are the same.
A guided kayak reveals local inhabitants—sea stars, anemones, jelly fish, perhaps even inquisitive harbor seals. Walk along a curiosity-rich intertidal zone or stretch your legs on a mossy hike. And tides and current permitting, perhaps even sail through the swirling waters of Deception Pass. Later in the day, keep watch for marine mammals as you venture into the open waters where the Strait of Juan de Fuca meets Puget Sound. Drop anchor for the evening in a tucked-away cove.
The treats keep coming! With no paved roads or even ferry access, enjoy your day on picturesque Sucia Island—total year-round population of four—a Washington State Marine Park filled with hidden coves and bays. You feel a million miles away from it all, exploring the intertidal zone with your guides, hiking across the island, and kayaking in a protected bay. It’s all up for grabs. Top off your adventure with a celebratory Farewell Dinner and a special presentation from your expedition team.
This morning, cruise through the Hiram M. Chittenden Locks and tie up back in Seattle’s Fishermen’s Terminal. After breakfast, the captain and crew bid you a fond farewell. Safe travels to all!
Itineraries are guidelines; variations in itinerary and the order of days may occur to maximize your experience.

Navigator Cabin

$2,895 USD pp
Navigator Cabin
201, 203-208, 210 Queen or twin beds; view window, private bath with shower

Trailblazer Cabin

$3,245
$2,845 USD pp
Trailblazer Cabin
310-325 Queen or twin beds; view window; private bath and shower

Pathfinder Cabin

$3,545
$3,145 USD pp
Pathfinder Cabin
300-309 Outside entry; fixed queen, fixed double bed, or fixed double bed with twin bed (307, 309); view window; private bath with shower

Single

$3,765 USD pp
Single
Single accommodation available, please contact us for more details.

Explorer Cabin

$5,195
$4,795 USD pp
Explorer Cabin
400-403 Sitting area; queen or twin beds; large picture window; private bath with shower

Navigator Cabin

$2,895 USD pp
Navigator Cabin
201, 203-208, 210 Queen or twin beds; view window, private bath with shower

Trailblazer Cabin

$3,245
$2,845 USD pp
Trailblazer Cabin
310-325 Queen or twin beds; view window; private bath and shower

Pathfinder Cabin

$3,545
$3,145 USD pp
Pathfinder Cabin
300-309 Outside entry; fixed queen, fixed double bed, or fixed double bed with twin bed (307, 309); view window; private bath with shower

Single

$3,765 USD pp
Single
Single accommodation available, please contact us for more details.

Explorer Cabin

$5,195
$4,795 USD pp
Explorer Cabin
400-403 Sitting area; queen or twin beds; large picture window; private bath with shower

Navigator Cabin

$2,895 USD pp
Navigator Cabin
201, 203-208, 210 Queen or twin beds; view window, private bath with shower

Trailblazer Cabin

$3,245
$2,845 USD pp
Trailblazer Cabin
310-325 Queen or twin beds; view window; private bath and shower

Pathfinder Cabin

$3,545
$3,145 USD pp
Pathfinder Cabin
300-309 Outside entry; fixed queen, fixed double bed, or fixed double bed with twin bed (307, 309); view window; private bath with shower

Single

$3,765 USD pp
Single
Single accommodation available, please contact us for more details.

Explorer Cabin

$5,195
$4,795 USD pp
Explorer Cabin
400-403 Sitting area; queen or twin beds; large picture window; private bath with shower

Navigator Cabin

$2,695 USD pp
Navigator Cabin
201, 203-208, 210 Queen or twin beds; view window, private bath with shower

Trailblazer Cabin

$3,045
$2,645 USD pp
Trailblazer Cabin
310-325 Queen or twin beds; view window; private bath and shower

Pathfinder Cabin

$3,345
$2,945 USD pp
Pathfinder Cabin
300-309 Outside entry; fixed queen, fixed double bed, or fixed double bed with twin bed (307, 309); view window; private bath with shower

Single

$3,505 USD pp
Single
Single accommodation available, please contact us for more details.

Explorer Cabin

$4,995
$4,595 USD pp
Explorer Cabin
400-403 Sitting area; queen or twin beds; large picture window; private bath with shower

Navigator Cabin

$2,695 USD pp
Navigator Cabin
201, 203-208, 210 Queen or twin beds; view window, private bath with shower

Trailblazer Cabin

$3,045
$2,645 USD pp
Trailblazer Cabin
310-325 Queen or twin beds; view window; private bath and shower

Pathfinder Cabin

$3,345
$2,945 USD pp
Pathfinder Cabin
300-309 Outside entry; fixed queen, fixed double bed, or fixed double bed with twin bed (307, 309); view window; private bath with shower

Single

$3,505 USD pp
Single
Single accommodation available, please contact us for more details.

Explorer Cabin

$4,995
$4,595 USD pp
Explorer Cabin
400-403 Sitting area; queen or twin beds; large picture window; private bath with shower

Navigator Cabin

$2,695 USD pp
Navigator Cabin
201, 203-208, 210 Queen or twin beds; view window, private bath with shower

Trailblazer Cabin

$3,045
$2,645 USD pp
Trailblazer Cabin
310-325 Queen or twin beds; view window; private bath and shower

Pathfinder Cabin

$3,345
$2,945 USD pp
Pathfinder Cabin
300-309 Outside entry; fixed queen, fixed double bed, or fixed double bed with twin bed (307, 309); view window; private bath with shower

Single

$3,505 USD pp
Single
Single accommodation available, please contact us for more details.

Explorer Cabin

$4,995
$4,595 USD pp
Explorer Cabin
400-403 Sitting area; queen or twin beds; large picture window; private bath with shower

Additional charges:

Port Taxes: 175 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

2021-2022 Early Bird Savings

Save $800 per couple ($400 pp) on 2021-2022 departures (excluding Galapagos). Excludes Master, Navigator, and Mariner cabin categories. Valid on NEW reservations booked March 5–December 15, 2020. Terms and Conditions apply, special offer is subject to availability, please contact us for more details.

Inclusions


• Voyage on board in selected cabin category
• Group transfers between airport and ship on embarkation day
• Group transfer between ship and airport on disembarkation day
• Use of activity equipment on board including kayaks and paddle boards
• All landings and shore excursions as per the itinerary
• All meals while on board the ship
• Alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages (Except super-premium wines)
• Experienced expedition team, heritage guides and guest experts

Exclusions


• International and domestic airfares
• Travel insurance
• Passport and visa costs if applicable
• Additional excursions/ land extension programmes
• Super premium wines
• Port Taxes (See trip specific for amount)
• Gratuities (Recommend USD$250 per passenger per week)
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$3,045
$2,645 USD pp

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