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Alaska travel and dall sheep grazing on Alaska hillside
$2,595
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Eastern Coves

8 Day Itinerary aboard Wilderness Discoverer
  • Explore the waters of Endicott Arm
  • Visit Kiksetti Totem Park
  • Navigate Wrangell Narrows
  • Kayak, paddle board, and hike
Explore Alaska's eastern coves on this 8-day cruise aboard the Wilderness Discoverer. Kayak, hike and paddle board through the pristine waters and old growth forest. Glacial landscapes, wildlife and native culture wait to greet you on this adventure.
Activities: Expedition Cruises, Kayaking, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Places: Alaska, North America, United States, Behm Canal, Endicott Arm, Juneau, Ketchikan, Misty Fjords National Wilderness, Stephen's Passage, Thomas Bay, Wrangell, Wrangell Narrows
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Point Wilston Lighthouse, Port Townsend
$1,895
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Explore Olympic Wilderness & San Juan Islands

8 Day Itinerary aboard Wilderness Discoverer
  • Hike in Olympic National Park
  • Kayak, paddle board, & birdwatch
  • Watch for orcas in Lopez Islands
  • Discover the Washington Marine Park
Begin your journey in one of the quietest reaches of Puget Sound—Hood Canal, a glacial fjord separating the Olympic and Kitsap Peninsulas. Prepare yourself for hiking in rainforests and up mountains, paddling in Puget Sound waterways & the San Juan Islands, and searching for birds and orcas on this 8-day cruise.
Activities: Expedition Cruises, Kayaking, Snorkeling, Stand Up Paddle Board, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Places: Deception Pass, Seattle, South Hood Canal
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View groups of caribou as you explore the north
$3,495
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Famed Passages of Discovery

13 Day Itinerary aboard Wilderness Discoverer
  • Cruise the Inside Passage
  • View glaciers in Tracy Arm
  • Watch for wildlife and whales
  • Discover Tlingit culture
  • Kayak, paddle board & skiff cruise
  • Visit Friday Harbor's Whale Museum
Like the intrepid explorers before you, cruise Canada's and Alaska's Inside Passages for 13 days. Glacial fjords, winding passage, rainforest, totems, wildlife, adventure - it's all there.
Activities: Expedition Cruises, Kayaking, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Places: Alaska, Canada, North America, Pacific Northwest, United States, Behm Canal, Endicott Arm, Ford's Terror, Friday Harbor, Johnstone Strait, Juneau, Ketchikan, Misty Fjords National Wilderness, Seattle, Stephen's Passage, Strait of Georgia, Thomas Bay, Wrangell, Wrangell Narrows
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Family paddle boarding.
$3,595
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Northern Passages & Glacier Bay

8 Day Itinerary aboard Wilderness Discoverer
  • Explore Glacier Bay
  • Skiff along the coastline
  • Sail the fjords of Chichagof Island
  • Hike Kuiu Island
Embark on the Wilderness Discoverer for an 8-day cruise to Glacier Bay National Park, Icy Strait, Chichagof and Kuiu Islands, and Peril Strait as you voyage from Juneau to Sitka, Alaska. Explore this majestic region and its wildlife by skiff, kayak, and paddle board.
Activities: Expedition Cruises, Kayaking, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Places: Alaska, North America, United States, Chichagof Island, Glacier Bay National Park, Icy Strait, Juneau, Peril Strait, Sitka
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A spy-hopping Orca
$6,095
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Ultimate Adventure 2016

15 Day Itinerary aboard Wilderness Discoverer
Join the Wilderness Discoverer for this 15-day Ultimate Adventure. See the "wild and woolly" wilderness - including glacial landscapes, old growth rainforest, remote scenic bays, and isolated coves - which you can discover by trekking, kayaking, paddle boarding, or skiffing. Explore the dramatic Misty Fjords National Monument, visit …
Activities: Expedition Cruises, Kayaking, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Places: Alaska, North America, United States, Behm Canal, Chatham Strait, El Capitan, Endicott Arm, Frederick Sound, Juneau, Ketchikan, Stephen's Passage, The Brothers Islands, Thomas Bay, Tracy Arm, Wrangell, Wrangell Narrows
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A bear sprints across the landscape
$6,845
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Ultimate Adventure 2017

15 Day Itinerary aboard Wilderness Discoverer
  • Explore “wild and woolly” wildernes
  • Kayak and paddle board
  • Learn about Tlingit culture
  • Observe a Steller sea lion haulout
  • Explore El Capitan cave
  • Discover Misty Fjords National Monu
Experience wilderness, wildlife, native culture, and calving glaciers on this 15-day cruise. Adventure, exploration, and tranquility await as you journey to Alaska's eastern and western coves.
Activities: Expedition Cruises, Kayaking, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Places: Alaska, North America, United States, Behm Canal, Chatham Strait, El Capitan, Endicott Arm, Frederick Sound, Juneau, Ketchikan, Stephen's Passage, The Brothers Islands, Thomas Bay, Tracy Arm, Wrangell, Wrangell Narrows
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Moose found on an Alaska wildlife tour
$6,445
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Ultimate Bays & Fjords

15 Day Itinerary aboard Wilderness Discoverer
  • View glaciers in Glacier Bay NP
  • Explore the forests of the mainland
  • Discover Kuiu Island & Misty Fjords
  • Hike along Chichagof Island
  • Watch for whales in Icy Strait
  • Transit winding Wrangell Narrows
Expand your exploration of the Alaskan coastline—from the southernmost end of Alaska’s Inside Passage to the more northerly Glacier Bay on this 15-day itinerary. Sail from port to port and kayak in quiet coves. Alaska is calling.
Activities: Expedition Cruises, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Places: Alaska, North America, United States, Behm Canal, Chichagof Island, Endicott Arm, Glacier Bay National Park, Icy Strait, Juneau, Ketchikan, Misty Fjords National Monument, Peril Strait, Sitka, Stephen's Passage, Thomas Bay, Wrangell, Wrangell Narrows
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View of Mendenhall glacier on an Alaska cruise
$7,195
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Ultimate Coves & Passages 2016

15 Day Itinerary aboard Wilderness Discoverer
Expect adventure on this 15-day Ultimate Coves and Passages cruise. Begin in Ketchikan and sail for the remote shores of Tongass National Forest and Glacier Bay National Park, greeting orcas, seals, and birds as you sail.
Activities: Expedition Cruises, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Places: Alaska, North America, United States, Chichagof Island, Frederick Sound, Glacier Bay National Park, Icy Strait, Juneau, Ketchikan, Sergius Narrows, Sitka, The Brothers Islands, Tongass National Forest, Tracy Arm
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Coastal town of Ketchikan, Alaska.
$7,195
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Ultimate Coves & Passages 2017

15 Day Itinerary aboard Wilderness Discoverer
  • Be guided by a Glacier Bay Ranger
  • View birds & a sea lion haulout
  • Hike on Chichagof Island
  • Enjoy a Tlingit tour in Kake
  • Kayak, paddle board, and skiff
  • Explore Kuiu Isl. intertidal zones
This 15-day Ultimate Coves and Passages cruise offers endless adventure—skiffing and paddling, totems and native culture, whales and wildlife, and Glacier Bay National Park.
Activities: Expedition Cruises, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Places: Alaska, North America, United States, Chichagof Island, Frederick Sound, Glacier Bay National Park, Icy Strait, Juneau, Ketchikan, Sergius Narrows, Sitka, The Brothers Islands, Tongass National Forest, Tracy Arm
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Family sitting on a glacier.
$9,295
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Ultra Adventure 2016

22 Day Itinerary aboard Wilderness Discoverer
Join the Wilderness Discoverer on this "Ultra" 22-day expedition through the very best of Alaska's coastal region. Visit Glacier Bay - the jewel of the U.S. National Parks system, and explore remote scenic bays and coves by kayak, paddle board, and skiff. Visit Wrangell's Kiksetti Totem Park, view stunning glaciers in Endicott …
Activities: Expedition Cruises, Kayaking, Snorkeling, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Places: Alaska, North America, United States, Behm Canal, Chichagof Island, El Capitan, Endicott Arm, Ford's Terror, Frederick Sound, Glacier Bay National Park, Icy Strait, Juneau, Ketchikan, Misty Fjords National Wilderness, Peril Strait, Sitka, Stephen's Passage, The Brothers Islands, Thomas Bay, Tongass National Forest, Tracy Arm, Wrangell, Wrangell Narrows
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Kayaking though the Alaskan mountains.
$10,045
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Ultra Adventure 2017

22 Day Itinerary aboard Wilderness Discoverer
  • Enjoy birding and sea lion viewing
  • View glaciers in Glacier Bay
  • Learn about Tlingit culture in Kake
  • Experience whale-rich Icy Strait
  • Embark on wilderness hikes
  • Kayak, paddle board & skiff cruise
Don’t miss a thing—this one has it all! For 22 days, navigate off-the-beaten-path through Alaska’s Inside Passage—vast wilderness, active adventure, whales, wildlife, totems, cathedral-walled fjords, and Glacier Bay National Park beckon you.
Activities: Expedition Cruises, Kayaking, Snorkeling, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Places: Alaska, North America, United States, Behm Canal, Chichagof Island, El Capitan, Endicott Arm, Ford's Terror, Frederick Sound, Glacier Bay National Park, Icy Strait, Juneau, Ketchikan, Misty Fjords National Wilderness, Peril Strait, Sitka, Stephen's Passage, The Brothers Islands, Thomas Bay, Tongass National Forest, Tracy Arm, Wrangell, Wrangell Narrows
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Hiking through the snow.
$3,195
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Western Coves

8 Day Itinerary aboard Wilderness Discoverer
Explore Alaska's “wild and woolly” wilderness on this 8-day voyage! Embark on this adventure through the western coves of Alaska's coast, where you are treated to wildlife and whale watching in Frederick Sound and Stephens Passage, a Stellar sea lion haulout at The Brothers Islands, and hiking in El Capitan Cave on Prince of …
Activities: Expedition Cruises, Kayaking, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Places: Alaska, North America, United States, Chatham Strait, El Capitan, Frederick Sound, Juneau, Ketchikan, Stephen's Passage, The Brothers Islands, Tracy Arm
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An ice-coated sunrise
$3,595
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Western Coves 2017

8 Day Itinerary aboard Wilderness Discoverer
  • View Twin Sawyers Glaciers
  • Hike and explore El Capitan Cave
  • Observe a Steller sea lion haulout
  • Kayak, paddle board, and hike
Adventure in Alaska's western most reaches with cave hikes, kayaking, and snorkeling. Experience the wonder of the wilderness and wildlife on thism8-day Inside Passage Adventure cruise.
Activities: Expedition Cruises, Kayaking, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Places: Alaska, North America, United States, Chatham Strait, El Capitan, Frederick Sound, Juneau, Ketchikan, Stephen's Passage, The Brothers Islands, Tracy Arm
Cruise Details
Passengers: 76
Ship Type: Expedition Cruise Ship

The small ship, Wilderness Discoverer, is an expedition ship 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. A fully-equipped fishing boat also travels with each small ship.

Life aboard the Wilderness Discoverer
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.

Large flat screen TVs in the main salon are available to show personal videos captured during the excursions while everyone gathers together at night - spawning lively discussion on the most amazing encounter or the best "fish story." A large selection of micro-brews, wine and spirits are available for purchase at the bar while reliving the day's activities. Educational presentations from the onboard Naturalists are also broadcast on certain nights in the salon and into the cabins.

Evenings onboard ship offer opportunities to relax with a good book, rejuvenate with a massage or rejoice with your fellow adventurers. Each day offers a cocktail hour followed by a delicious and healthy meal, plus opportunities to learn from locals and onboard Expedition Leaders/Naturalists.

While comfortable public areas encourage engaging conversations and cozy relaxation, you may also choose to retreat to your cabin to watch a DVD or view videos taken during the day by your fellow shipmates as they are piped in from the central control station.

Each ship has a large resource library and hundreds of DVD titles.

Cabin Amenities
Each cabin offers private facilities and view windows. Each cabin also has an iPod docking station. The bathrooms feature a hair dryer and sundries such as shampoo, conditioner, soap and lotion.

The ships are equipped with flat screen TVs/DVDs in each cabin. All cabins are linked electronically so that videos shot during each day can be shared across the ship on designated channels.

Daily Excursions
Wilderness Discoverer provides most of the gear required for your explorations. Each ship is equipped with kayaks, drysuits, snorkeling gear, paddle boards, inflatable boats, trekking poles, reuseable water bottles and overnight camping gear.

Ship Specifics
Capacity: 84
Crew Complement: 16
Draft: 6.5 feet
Length: 169 feet
Beam: 38 feet
Cruising Speed: 10 knots
Wilderness Discoverer's Navigator Cabin.
Navigator
Main Deck, cabins 201-208. Queen or twin beds, private bath with shower and view window.
Wilderness Discoverer's Trailblazer Cabin.
Trailblazer
Observation Deck, cabins 310-325. Queen or twin beds, private bath with shower and view window.
Wilderness Discoverer's Pathfinder Cabin.
Pathfinder
Observation Deck, cabins 300-309. Outside entry, queen bed, sitting area, private bath with shower and view window.
Wilderness Discoverer's Explorer Double Cabin.
Explorer
Sun Deck, cabins 400-403. Separate sitting area, queen or twin beds, private bath with shower, large picture window with sofa bed/triple.
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