Wilderness Explorer, Alaska



  • Lounge deck hot tub
  • Yoga mats and fitness equipment are available
  • Underwater camera and hydrophone for nature exploration

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-around 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 for 7 to 14 nights. See a fascinating selection of wildlife - bears, whales, sea otters, mountain goats, seals, 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, Baranof, Chichagof, and South Marble Islands.

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; book online.

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Choose your departure date adventure cruise | snorkelling only


Included: VAT, Fuel Surcharge, National Park Fees, Visas and Fees, 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, Airport Transfer, Hotel Transfer.

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

  • 9.4 Superb
  • 17 Verified Reviews
  1. Vessel
  2. Crew
  3. Food
  4. Activities
  5. Value
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Chris B
  • Australia Australia
Definitely one for the bucket list.

The highlights for me included the care and attention to detail that the crew put into making this trip a once-in-a-lifetime experience. They were so professional, safety-conscious, and accommodating of everyone's differing level of ability. Plus they were all so passionate about what they were doing. It was impossible not to be caught up in their enthusiasm.

Recommended for
The crew (definitely), the activities, the friendly people.
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • John K
  • United States United States
Loved the exposure to SE Alaska in small groups and with so much flexibility to do or just hand out.

SE AK's Inside Passage is marvelous in so many ways; huge vertical peaks, glaciers and bays, sea life and birds! Small group excursions were the best!

Recommended for
Small groups. Food and beverages. Outstanding crew!
  • 8.8 Fabulous
  • John S
  • United States United States
A beautiful way to experience the last frontier!

The humpback and killer whales, the sea lions, the otters, the puffins, the eagles kept us company while we traveled in Kayaks and Skiffs. We spent so much time with one large otter, who stayed within 30 yards of our kayak (and closer), that we named him!

Recommended for
The company we kept, the lovely food and drink, and active exploration.
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Janet W
  • United States United States
Best trip ever!!!!

Glaciers, waterfalls, whale and seal, sea otter sightings, kayaking, skiffs

Recommended for
Excursions, food, staff!
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Desmond T
  • New Zealand New Zealand
Absolutely fantastic

Our fellow passengers the guides and the crew

Recommended for
People scenery excursions
  • 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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