Celebrating its inaugural season in 2012, the newly renovated 76-guest Wilderness Explorer offers a main lounge featuring a Douglas fir top bar and dining room as well as ample space on deck for taking in the great outdoors. Three accessible decks are fully equipped for comfort and action. Guests enjoy over the top views from the bow or from the under-the-stars in the hot tub.
On the Main Deck, an updated galley is equipped to prepare a variety of fresh cuisine with plenty of Alaskan seafood, as well as special dietary requests including favorite dishes for kids and young adults. Large picture windows in the dining area allow you to enjoy the scenery and watch for wildlife while you dine.
Choose from three different cabin categories; Explorer, Pathfinder, and Trailblazer. All cabins feature private bath with shower including storage, posts for drying gear, an iPod docking station, and a flat screen TV/DVD monitor to view daily activities or to watch your favorite movie from the library. The Wilderness Explorer features a hydrophone for listening below-surface as well as a bow-mounted underwater camera that pipes the action to the lounge and your cabin TV for a unique wildlife experience. A PA system connects your room directly to hear the captain's announcements for activities or the on-board naturalist's alerts for wildlife sightings. The main lounge evokes the character of a National Park lodge and a quaint neighborhood pub featuring select northwest beers on tap, wine, and other spirits.
The Lower Deck on the stern is the activity center complete with an EZ Dock launch platform designed for easy loading of kayaks, stand up paddle boards and inflatable skiffs for hikers going ashore. This is especially comfortable for novice kayakers who will appreciate the stability of slipping into their kayak and getting fully prepared on deck with the crew's assistance before they launch you at water level. Also on board are hiking poles, yoga mats, and fitness equipment. With covered and open area the Observation Decks provide plenty of space for viewing wildlife and scenery or lounging in the Alaskan sun.