• Photo by Patrick Endres

  • Depending on the season, meals feature fresh local seafood such as Copper River king salmon.

  • Viewing wildlife and the Alaskan landscape from the bow of Discovery. Photo by Patrick Endres

  • Skiffs and kayaks carried on board allow for up-close exploration.


12 guests

Year Built: 1958

Length: 65 feet

Meticulously fitted to combine the finest blend of Alaskan hospitality, comfort and utility, the 65-foot classic working Alaska yacht Discovery gently sails you into one of the world's richest marine environments. Named after one of Captain Cook's ships, the Discovery maintains an atmosphere of charm and style. Imagine cruising aboard a floating B& B with daily activities to explore glaciers, whales and wildlife in style.   

Discovery Review

In this detailed review of the Alaskan motor yacht Discovery, find the complete small ship description with deck plans and a photo gallery. After reading through our Discovery review below, contact our Alaska cruise experts for more information and to compare this ship with other Alaskan small ships and yachts.

Unlike the cumbersome cruise ship giants, the Discovery's size enables access to Alaska's lesser traveled, more intimate inside passages. Well equipped for travel in Alaska's wilderness, the Discovery safely charts the Sound's remote waterways. Guests can readily view and photograph the panoramic scenery and marine life from the ship's complete walk-around deck and expansive windows. 

The Discovery's traditional design maximizes use of the interior space. Sleeping quarters are practical, comfortable and private. If a large cabin and lots of ship space is important, this might not be the trip for you. But if you value authentic Alaska and up-close exploration, there is no better option. 

Sustainability Aboard Discovery

Discovery Voyages believes in a sensitive and respectful interaction with the environment, and is an acknowledged as a leader in sustainable ecotourism. Discovery Voyages was awarded the Adventure Green Alaska (AGA) Gold Certificate for meeting the highest standards of economic, social and environmental sustainability by the Alaska Wilderness Recreation & Tourism Association, and has been recertified at the Gold Level through 2014.

Meals Aboard Discovery

A tantalizing menu of carefully prepared, home-cooked meals await you on the Discovery. The upper deck salon is surrounded by large windows creating a magnificent natural dinner theater. Depending on the season, meals feature fresh local seafood such as Copper River king salmon, sockeye salmon and or halibut, oysters, shrimp and rockfish. These are served with fresh quality vegetables, homemade breads and rolls, soups and fruit. Organically grown ingredients are used whenever possible. Beverages include fine wines and premium beer.

Cabins Aboard Discovery

The lower deck includes sleeping accommodations for up to 12 guests in 6 cabins, plus crew quarters, two shared bathrooms with hot showers and stowage space. Each cabin has an upper and lower single berth, a small clothing closet and drawers for your personal belongings. Cabins do not have private bathrooms, but each of the two bathrooms located on the lower deck provide complete facilities including a hot shower.   

Discovery Deck Plan