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A pile of old totem poles.
$3,995
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Alaska's Inside Passage & San Juans

15 Day Itinerary aboard Wilderness Explorer
  • Hike in the Olympic Peninsula
  • Kayak or paddle board the San Juans
  • Navigate the Inside Passage
  • Be introduced to Tlingit culture
  • Step back into Gold Rush history
Activities: Biking, Hiking, Kayaking, Small Ship Cruise, Snorkeling, Stand Up Paddle Board, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level: Relaxed
Embark on a 15-day inside passage adventure cruise from Seattle to Alaska aboard the Wilderness Explorer. Visit two UNESCO World Heritage Sites—Glacier Bay National Park and Olympic National Park. Visit Ketchikan,Misty Fjords National Monument, Behm Canal, Chichagof Island, and more! From …
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Alaska travel and aurora borealis
$2,895
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Eastern Coves: Alaska Fjords & Glaciers

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
Activities: Kayaking, Small Ship Cruise, Snorkeling, Stand Up Paddle Board, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level: Relaxed
Join the Wilderness Explorer onthis 8-day voyage exploring the mainland of Alaska — glacial landscapes, old growth, and rainforest. Along the way enjoy wilderness hikes, massive icebergs, and calving glaciers; watch for wildlife and whales in Frederick Sound; kayak, paddle board, and …
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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
Activities: Expedition Cruises, Kayaking, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level: Relaxed
Famed Passages of Discovery is a 13-day adventure through Alaska's and Canada's Inside Passages. Cruising from Juneau to Seattle (or the reverse), keep an eye out for wildlife and whales and explore the epic waterways by kayaking, paddle boarding, or skiffing in secluded coves and passages. …
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Family paddle boarding.
$2,945
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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
  • See Krestof and Nakwasina Sounds
Activities: Hiking, Kayaking, Small Ship Cruise, Snorkeling, Stand Up Paddle Board, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level: Relaxed
Join the Wilderness Explorer for this 8-day voyage that takes you into the jewel of the U.S. National Park System. Kayak, paddle board, snorkel, and skiff to explore this majestic region and Glacier Bay, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Hikes ashore in Glacier Bay National Park and along Chichagof …
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A bear sprints across the landscape
$7,595
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Ultimate Adventure

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
Activities: Kayaking, Small Ship Cruise, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level: Relaxed
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 …
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Kayaking through Alaska.
$6,145
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Ultimate Bays & Fjords of Alaska

15 Day Itinerary aboard Wilderness Explorer
  • View glaciers in Glacier Bay NP
  • Explore the forests of the mainland
  • Discover Wrangell
  • Hike along Chichagof Island
  • Watch for whales in Icy Strait
  • Transit winding Wrangell Narrows
Activities: Hiking, Kayaking, Small Ship Cruise, Stand Up Paddle Board, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level: Relaxed
Grab your camera and set out for adventure on this 15-day Alaskan cruise. Pristine landscape, untouched coves, and astounding wildlife are sure to delight and entrance you as you sail alongside glaciers and icebergs. Embrace the Alaskan wilderness as you cruise from port to port on this journey.
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A Bald Eagle catches a fish.
$7,195
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Ultimate Coves & Passages

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 Krestof & Nakwasina Sounds
Activities: Hiking, Kayaking, Small Ship Cruise, Snorkeling, Stand Up Paddle Board, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level: Relaxed
Expect adventure on this 15-day Ultimate Coves and Passages cruise aboard the Wilderness Explorer. 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.
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Kayaking though the Alaskan mountains.
$10,795
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Ultra Adventure

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 & skiff cruise
Activities: Hiking, Kayaking, Small Ship Cruise, Snorkeling, Stand Up Paddle Board, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level: Relaxed
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 …
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An ice-coated sunrise
$3,995
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Western Coves

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
Activities: Kayaking, Small Ship Cruise, Snorkeling, Stand Up Paddle Board, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level: Relaxed
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 …
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2017
EmbarksDays 
May 2715Ultimate Bays & Fjords of Alaska
May 278Northern Passages & Glacier Bay
May 2722Ultra Adventure
Jun 0322Ultra Adventure
Jun 038Eastern Coves: Alaska Fjords & Glaciers
Jun 0315Ultimate Adventure
Jun 108Western Coves
Jun 1015Ultimate Coves & Passages
Jun 178Northern Passages & Glacier Bay
Jun 2415Ultimate Bays & Fjords of Alaska
Jun 248Northern Passages & Glacier Bay
Jun 2422Ultra Adventure
Jul 0122Ultra Adventure
Jul 018Eastern Coves: Alaska Fjords & Glaciers
Jul 0115Ultimate Adventure
Jul 088Western Coves
Jul 0815Ultimate Coves & Passages
Jul 158Northern Passages & Glacier Bay
Jul 2215Ultimate Bays & Fjords of Alaska
Jul 228Northern Passages & Glacier Bay
Jul 2222Ultra Adventure
Jul 2922Ultra Adventure
Jul 298Eastern Coves: Alaska Fjords & Glaciers
Jul 2915Ultimate Adventure
Aug 058Western Coves
Aug 0515Ultimate Coves & Passages
Aug 128Northern Passages & Glacier Bay
Aug 1915Ultimate Bays & Fjords of Alaska
Aug 198Northern Passages & Glacier Bay
Aug 1922Ultra Adventure
Aug 268Eastern Coves: Alaska Fjords & Glaciers
Aug 2622Ultra Adventure
Aug 2615Ultimate Adventure
Sep 028Western Coves
Sep 0215Ultimate Coves & Passages
Sep 098Northern Passages & Glacier Bay
Sep 168Northern Passages & Glacier Bay
Sep 1615Ultimate Bays & Fjords of Alaska
Sep 2313Famed Passages of Discovery
Sep 238Eastern Coves: Alaska Fjords & Glaciers
2018
EmbarksDays 
Apr 0715Alaska's Inside Passage & San Juans
Apr 218Northern Passages & Glacier Bay
Apr 2815Ultimate Bays & Fjords of Alaska
Apr 288Northern Passages & Glacier Bay
May 058Eastern Coves: Alaska Fjords & Glaciers
May 128Eastern Coves: Alaska Fjords & Glaciers
May 1215Ultimate Bays & Fjords of Alaska
May 198Northern Passages & Glacier Bay
May 268Northern Passages & Glacier Bay
May 2615Ultimate Bays & Fjords of Alaska
Jun 028Eastern Coves: Alaska Fjords & Glaciers
Jun 098Eastern Coves: Alaska Fjords & Glaciers
Jun 0915Ultimate Bays & Fjords of Alaska
Jun 168Northern Passages & Glacier Bay
Jun 238Northern Passages & Glacier Bay
Jun 2315Ultimate Bays & Fjords of Alaska
Jun 308Eastern Coves: Alaska Fjords & Glaciers
Jul 0715Ultimate Bays & Fjords of Alaska
Jul 078Eastern Coves: Alaska Fjords & Glaciers
Jul 148Northern Passages & Glacier Bay
Jul 2115Ultimate Bays & Fjords of Alaska
Jul 218Northern Passages & Glacier Bay
Jul 288Eastern Coves: Alaska Fjords & Glaciers
Aug 0415Ultimate Bays & Fjords of Alaska
Aug 048Eastern Coves: Alaska Fjords & Glaciers
Aug 118Northern Passages & Glacier Bay
Aug 188Northern Passages & Glacier Bay
Aug 1815Ultimate Bays & Fjords of Alaska
Aug 258Eastern Coves: Alaska Fjords & Glaciers
Sep 0115Ultimate Bays & Fjords of Alaska
Sep 018Eastern Coves: Alaska Fjords & Glaciers
Sep 088Northern Passages & Glacier Bay
Sep 158Northern Passages & Glacier Bay
Sep 228Northern Passages & Glacier Bay
Sep 298Northern Passages & Glacier Bay
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.
Comfortable stay in the Navigator Cabin
Navigator Cabin
Queen or twin beds, view window, and private bath with shower.
Wilderness Explorer's Trailblazer Cabin.
Trailblazer Cabin
Queen or twin beds, view window, and private bath with shower.
Wilderness Explorer's Pathfinder Cabin
Pathfinder Cabin
Queen or twin beds, view window, and private bath with shower.
Wilderness Explorer's Explorer Cabin.
Explorer Cabin
Sitting area, refrigerator, fixed queen bed, large picture window, and private bath with shower.
DeckPlan Wilderness Explorer
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Our guide and driver were very good with their knowledge and were very helpful with our questions. It was a very pleasant visit that would have been impossible to do on our own. Hotels and restaurants were fantastic. The special places we got to go to, like the kitchens, were great. Enjoyed the entire trip!
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