Wilderness Discoverer

This small expedition ship is capable of nimble exploration through nature’s most dramatic hideaways. The shallow draft and hull design allow easy access to Southeast Alaska’s wildlife-rich shores and glacially-fed inlets and serve as ideal “launching pads” for an exciting array of daily adventure excursions. The interior spaces offer contemporary colors and brushed metals that complement the wilderness outside and both the public and private spaces are loaded with special amenities.

Completely refurbished in 2011, and able to accommodate 76 guests with a 3:1 guest-to-crew ratio, the cabins and public interior spaces are designed with adventure and discovery at their heart. 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. Large picture windows in the dining area allow you to enjoy the scenery and watch for wildlife while you dine.

Choose among three different cabin categories; pathfinder, trailblazer, or navigator. All cabins feature private bath with shower including storage, a flat screen TV/DVD, Memory foam mattress, and iPod docking station. 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. Relax in two hot tubs on the observation deck or visit the bridge - the captain has an open door policy allowing guests to join him to learn about navigation and see the charts.

When it's time to get off the boat the Wilderness Discoverer offers kayaks, stand-up paddle boards, hiking poles, and inflatable skiffs. A hydrophone picks up underwater sounds, and a bow-mounted underwater camera brings the action to the lounge and to your cabin TV. A limited supply of rubber boots (adult sizes, but we recommend you bring your own) are available, as well as adult wet-suits for those brave enough to enjoy snorkeling in the cold Alaskan waters.