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The Wilderness Explorer Relax at the bar aboard the Wilderness Explorer. Relax on the sun deck of the Wilderness Explorer. Enjoy the view from the lounge aboard the Wilderness Explorer. Wilderness Explorer's comfortable cabins. Dining area for the Wilderness Explorer. Kayaking outside the Wilderness Explorer. Wilderness Explorer's Pathfinder Cabin
Alaska travel and aurora borealis
$2,895
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Eastern Coves

8 Day Itinerary aboard Wilderness Explorer
  • Explore the waters of Endicott Arm
  • Hike along remote coast
  • Visit Kiksetti Totem Park
  • Kayak, paddle board, and skiff ride
Explore Alaska's eastern coves on this 8-day cruise aboard the Wilderness Explorer. 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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Traveler on a glacier tour of Alaska.
$4,795
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Famed Passages of Discovery

13 Day Itinerary aboard Wilderness Explorer
  • View glaciers in Tracy Arm
  • Transit Wrangell Narrows
  • Explore Misty Fjords Monument
  • Watch for whales and wildlife
  • 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 Explorer
  • Attend Park Ranger presentations
  • Hike at Glacier Bay National Park
  • Observe sea lions and birds
  • Kayak, paddle board, and skiff ride
Embark on the Wilderness Explorer 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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Hiking through the mountains of Alaska
$7,595
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Ultimate Adventure 2016

15 Day Itinerary aboard Wilderness Explorer
Join the Wilderness Explorer 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
$7,595
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Ultimate Adventure 2017

15 Day Itinerary aboard Wilderness Explorer
  • Explore wild and woolly wilderness
  • Kayak, paddle board, and hike
  • Learn about Tlingit culture
  • Observe a Steller sea lion haulout
  • Explore El Capitan cave
  • Discover Misty Fjords Monument
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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Kayaking through Alaska.
$6,145
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Ultimate Bays & Fjords

15 Day Itinerary aboard Wilderness Explorer
  • 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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Coastal town of Ketchikan, Alaska.
$7,195
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Ultimate Coves & Passages 2016

15 Day Itinerary aboard Wilderness Explorer
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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A Bald Eagle catches a fish.
$7,195
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Ultimate Coves & Passages 2017

15 Day Itinerary aboard Wilderness Explorer
  • 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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Humpback whale in Alaska.
$10,795
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Ultra Adventure 2016

22 Day Itinerary aboard Wilderness Explorer
Join the Wilderness Explorer 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 Arm, …
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.
$10,795
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Ultra Adventure 2017

22 Day Itinerary aboard Wilderness Explorer
  • 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, and skiff crui
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.
$3,995
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Western Coves

8 Day Itinerary aboard Wilderness Explorer
  • Explore Tongass National Forest
  • Visit El Capitan Cave
  • Search for orca & humpbacks
  • CruiseTracy Arm, a winding fjord
Kayak, paddleboard, and skiff Alaska's remote waterways to view breathtaking landscapes and local wildlife. Board the Wilderness Explorer in Ketchikan and embark on this 8 day voyage. This relaxed itinerary is a great way to explore the coast of Alaska and all it has to offer!
Activities: Expedition Cruises, Kayaking, Light Hiking, Snorkeling, Stand Up Paddle Board, 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
$3,995
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Western Coves 2017

8 Day Itinerary aboard Wilderness Explorer
  • View Twin Sawyers Glaciers
  • Hike and explore El Capitan Cave
  • Observe a Steller sea lion haulout
  • Kayak, paddle board, and hike
Adventure to Alaska's westernmost reaches with cave hikes, kayaking, and snorkeling. Experience the wonder of the wilderness and wildlife on this 8-day Western Coves 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 newly renovated 76-guest Wilderness Explorer is equipped for action, adventure, and exploration. As with her sister “Wilderness” ships, its interior complements the outside and public and private spaces are loaded with amenities. The ship offers a main lounge that evokes the feel of a National Park Lodge or neighborhood pub, dining room, and ample space on deck for taking in the great outdoors.

On board the Wilderness Explorer:
Three accessible decks are fully equipped for comfort and action. Guests enjoy over-the-top views from the bow or from under-the-stars in two hot tubs; on-deck sauna and fitness equipment; and the EZ Dock launch platform makes getting in the water a synch, even for a novice. Onboard are kayaks; stand-up paddle boards; inflatable skiffs; hiking poles; yoga mats; hydrophone for listening below-surface; and a bow-mounted underwater camera pipes the action to the lounge and to your cabin TV.

Guest Accommodations:
The three cabin categories aboard the Wilderness Explorer: Trailblazer, Pathfinder and Explorer provide single and double accommodation. All cabins are above deck with view windows.

Common to all Wilderness Explorer cabins are flat-screen TV/DVD and iPod docking station.
Wilderness Explorer's Trailblazer Cabin.
Trailblazer Cabin
Feature queen or twin beds, private bath with shower and view window.
Wilderness Explorer's Pathfinder Cabin
Pathfinder Cabin
Feature queen or twin beds, private bath with shower, and view window.
Wilderness Explorer's Explorer Cabin.
Explorer Cabin
Feature a sitting area, fixed queen bed, private bath with shower and large picture window.
Wilderness Explorer deck plan.
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