Wilderness Explorer, Alaska


In service since 1976, the Wilderness Explorer was fully renovated in 2011. There are 37 cabins catering to up to 74 guests per trip, with a choice of three cabin types. All rooms are en suite with air conditioning, a window, and a TV/DVD player. The communal areas are welcoming, with a spacious, well-lit dining room, a lounge with a bar and all-round windows, a sun deck, an observation area, and a lounge deck hot tub. Find inner balance and harmony and go to yoga; mats are available. There is fitness equipment on board for you, and the boat carries a good selection of adventure equipment, such as kayaks, skiffs, and walking poles. Experience more of Alaska’s nature thanks to the underwater camera and hydrophone.

Board the Wilderness Explorer for a memorable voyage of discovery around Alaska. Various itineraries are available, sailing 7 to 14 nights. See a fascinating selection of wildlife - bears, whales, sea otters, mountain goats, seals, and sea lions, and dramatic scenery. Depending on your itinerary, highlights may include Glacier Bay National Park, Misty Fjords National Monument, Behm Canal, Tongass National Forest, and the islands of Baranof, Chichagof, and South Marble.

The professional expedition guides and crew on the Wilderness Explorer extend a warm welcome to all passengers and do their best to ensure a pleasant and memorable cruise. Complete your booking without delay to guarantee your dates; call us or book online.

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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, 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
  • Non-Diver (Snorkeler) Friendly
  • Warm Water Showers
  • Charging stations
  • En-Suite bathrooms
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Outside Showers
  • Seaview Cabins
  • Kayaks On-Board
  • Naturalist Itineraries
  • Naturalist Guide
  • Leisure Deck
  • Observation Deck
  • Bar
  • Budget Friendly Cruise
  • Family Friendly Cruise
  • Stand Up Paddleboard

Food & Drinks

  • Western Food
  • Local Food
  • Vegetarian Options
  • Buffet style
  • 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 1976
  • Year renovated 2011
  • Length 56m/186
  • Cruising speed 11 knots
  • Max guests 74
  • Number of cabins 37
  • 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 Explorer Reviews

  • 9.5 Exceptional
  • 12 Verified Reviews
  1. Vessel
  2. Crew
  3. Food
  4. Activities
  5. Value
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Desmond T
  • New Zealand New Zealand
Absolutely fantastic

Our fellow passengers the guides and the crew

Recommended for
People scenery excursions
  • 9.2 Superb
  • Kenneth M
  • Australia Australia
We felt that the crew and staff wanted everyone to have the best time possible within their own limitations

Seeing a family of bears, mother and 2 Cubs and two males, with one charging the female to get the fish it had. Also the opportunities to get close to Sea Otters and Sea lions. I also appreciated the care of the crew in arranging a partner for me in the Kayak.

Recommended for
The relaxed atmosphere the care taken to find and present opportunities to see the wildlife, and the variety of locations and opportunities to get up close to everything.
  • 9.2 Superb
  • Teresa B
  • United States United States
Once in a lifetime trip!

Skiff rides among floating ice in glacier lakes. Seeing brown bears, otters, sea lions, orcas and humpback whales so close up and personal. Waking up each morning to glassy water reflecting glaciers, mountains and picturesque islets. Having some quiet alone times to really feel the majesty of Alaska and make some paintings of it too.

Recommended for
Getting access to beautiful, remote places, professionalism and friendliness of the crew.
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Janet R
  • United States United States
Absolutely the best cruise for me

Being able to achieve every excursion I wanted to participate in, and in such an extraordinary location. Can’t say enough about the staff - so helpful, caring & entertaining. And the food !!!!

Recommended for
Excursions, staff, food
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Matthew M
  • United States United States

The the entire crew were top notch, made for a great experience. The itinerary was perfect for getting away from the crowds and getting up close with the Alaskan wilderness.

Recommended for
Ease of activities, the waypoints, the crew.
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Clemson T
  • United States United States
Premier experience, great value, expectations exceeded in every area.

1. The authenticity of the staff. Although young, they were professional, experienced, dedicated and enthusiastic about their work, their boat and each other. 2. Dedication to cleanliness and COVID protocols. It was difficult, but everyone in the entire staff worked hard to protect themselves and the passengers. 3. The seamless experience. From high end food, inclusive drinks, high adventure excursions- it all moved effortlessly.

Recommended for
The staff, the flexibility, the range of experience
  • 10 Exceptional
  • steve H
  • United States United States
An absolutely awesome experience!

The organization of the activity leader in preparing our schedules for some fabulous activities allowed us to enjoy the best Alaska has to offer and still have time to relax. We loved the people, wait staff, guides not to mention. food and beverages. We were always informed of updates with schedules and events happening during our stay. We highly recommend this cruise company and hope to travel with them another time.

Recommended for
The people...friendly, helpful, fun!
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • United States United States

Evening presentations, knowledgeable guides, clean well-run ship.

Recommended for
Knowledgeable guides, excellent food, quality amenities.
  • 8.0 Very good
  • Susan J
  • United States United States
Fabulous crew, sites visited, excursions. Hated room!

Young whale breaching about 40 times in 40 minutes. Maze of icebergs floating in glacial lake.

Recommended for
Crew, locations we visited, off board activities offered
  • 8.4 Very good
  • Joseph C
  • United States United States
Was perfect for an active family that likes to hike and kayak/paddle board.

Glacier calving, full day hike with a dip in freezing water and meeting new friends!

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Activities Fellow Guests Scenery