Wilderness Discoverer, Alaska

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The 38-cabin Wilderness Discoverer was built in 1992 and renovated in 2011. The open-plan lounge and dining room have a relaxed atmosphere, with the beautiful cedar wood bar a great place to get a drink and socialise with other guests. There are three decks, including a sun deck, from here you can admire the stunning scenery. The small ship cruise vessel carries an impressive assortment of adventure gear, such as kayaks, skiffs, paddleboards, wetsuits, snorkelling gear, and hiking poles. Still have energy to burn? You can make full use of the onboard fitness equipment. Alternatively, if a little R&R is more in line with your desires, there are two onboard hot tubs. You can choose between four classes of cabin, each with a private bathroom, air conditioning, and a TV/DVD player. Each cabin also has a viewing window. See and hear more of the underwater action with the hydrophone and underwater camera.

Explore the wilds of Alaska on the Wilderness Discoverer. The 21-night Ultra Adventure is an ideal way to head off the tried-and-trodden trail and see remote parts of Alaska in addition to more well-known destinations. Sailing in both directions between Juneau and Sitka, highlights include marveling at the glacial wonders of Glacier Bay National Park, Tracy Arm, and Endicott Arm, spotting whales in the wild, hikes on the islands of Baranof and Chichagof, wildlife watching at South Marble Island, the Brothers Islands, Peril Strait, and Behm Canal, exploring Tongass National Forest and Misty Fjords National Monument, and a cultural visit to a Tlingit community. If you don’t have the time for such a long adventure, shorter cruises are also available. You can spend two weeks sailing between Ketchikan and Sitka or on a round trip from Juneau, seven nights enjoying the delights between Ketchikan and Juneau, or Juneau and Sitka. Alternatively, 12-night adventures between Seattle and Juneau, or vice versa, combine Alaska, Canada’s Inside Passage, and islands near Washington.   

The helpful team of the Wilderness Discoverer is all set to make your trip a memorable one. Book online or give us a call to secure your preferred itinerary.


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Included: VAT, Fuel Surcharge, National Park Fees, Visas and Fees, Airport Transfer, Hotel Transfer, Alcoholic Beverages, Drinking Water, Soft drinks, Tea & Coffee, Welcome Cocktails, Wine with Dinner, Full-Board Meal Plan (All meals), Snacks, Special Dinner, Kayaks, Land Excursions, Naturalist Guide, Snorkeling Guide, Stand Up Paddleboard, Beach Towels, Cabin Towels, Complimentary Toiletries, Deck Towels, Yoga.

Required Extras: Port Fees (375-750 USD).

Optional Extras: Travel Insurance, Gratuities, Local Flights.

Book now, pay later: You can easily place your booking online. We will then hold the spaces for you and you can confirm with a payment later.

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Boat features

  • Daily housekeeping
  • Audio & video entertainment
  • Air Conditioned saloon
  • Aircon Cabins
  • Sun Deck
  • Indoor Saloon
  • Warm Water Showers
  • Charging stations
  • En-Suite bathrooms
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Family Cabins
  • Seaview Cabins
  • Kayaks On-Board
  • Naturalist Itineraries
  • Dedicated Local & International Crew
  • Naturalist Guide
  • Leisure Deck
  • Observation Deck
  • Bar
  • Budget Friendly Cruise
  • Family Friendly Cruise
  • Jacuzzi / Hot Tub
  • Naturalist Guide
  • Stand Up Paddleboard

Food & Drinks

  • Western Food
  • Local Food
  • Vegetarian Options
  • Beer available
  • Snacks All Day
  • Free Wine w/Dinner
  • Vegan Options
  • Fine Wines Selection
  • Free Soft Drinks
  • Wine Available
  • Set Menu Dinner
  • Fine Cuisine
  • Welcome Cocktails
  • Full-board Option

If you have any specific dietary requirements whilst on-board your cruise, you can add this to your special requests on step 2 of the booking form. We advise limiting these requests to religious beliefs or food allergies.


Languages Spoken

The crew speaks English.


Drawings & Vessel Layouts

#deckplan floorplan

Boat Specifications

  • Year built 1992
  • Year renovated 2011
  • Length 53m/176ft
  • Cruising speed 10 knots
  • Max guests 76
  • Number of cabins 38
  • Number of bathrooms 38

Boat Navigation and Safety

  • Radar
  • Depth Sounder
  • GPS
  • Radio VHF/DSC/SSB
  • E.P.I.R.B. Distress System
  • Emergency Rafts
  • Life Vests
  • Fire Alarm & Fire Extinguishers
  • First Aid Kits
  • Satellite & mobile phones
  • Search light
  • Crew trained in first aid
  • Emergency flares

Wilderness Discoverer Reviews

  • 9.4 Superb
  • 2 Verified Reviews
  1. Vessel
    8.0
  2. Crew
    10.0
  3. Food
    10.0
  4. Activities
    10.0
  5. Value
    9.0
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Kim C
  • United States United States
Awesome.

This was a great vacation. The views were spectacular. The reason this boat was picked was that it was focused on wildlife and we really got to see many different forms of wildlife. The whales were spectacular as the orca and humpbacks were everywhere. The guides were very knowledgeable and I really enjoyed how they presented different aspects of Alaska. I would highly recommend this trip.

Recommended for
The entire crew, the choice of activities, all the great views of Alaska.
  • 9.2 Superb
  • Georgine R
  • United States United States
This was an excellent trip, made all the more enjoyable by the unfailingly friendly, attentive staff.

Watching and photographing an orca pass directly in front of our skiff, arriving at the beach of Margerie Glacier 5 minutes before it calved in front of our eyes, and passing through a seemingly impossibly narrow natural arch. Be forewarned that the term "explorer" is used purposely - some of the activities were quite strenuous!

Recommended for
The activities and friendly, knowledgeable guides made for great adventures. The food was excellent, starring a fabulous pastry chef.