• Wilderness Adventurer Pathfinder cabins feature outside entry and double beds.

  • A seating area with view window makes the Pathfinder cabin homey.

  • The Wilderness Adventurer Trailblazer cabin with a queen bed

  • A Wilderness Adventurer Navigator cabin with two twin beds

  • The Wilderness Adventurer bar has numerous beers on tap, with bar and bench seating.

Wilderness Adventurer

60 guests
Year Built: 1984
Renovated: 2011
20 crew members
Length: 160 feet
Beam: 38 feet
Cruising Speed: 9.5 knots

The small ship M/V Wilderness Adventurer offers the ultimate in comfort and adventure when exploring Alaska's Inside Passage. Sailing with a maximum of 60 guests, the Wilderness Adventurer features 30 staterooms on three levels, providing an intimate and personal experience. The vessels small size and shallow beam allow it explore regions of Alaska's Inside Passage unreachable by most other vessels. 

Wilderness Adventurer Review

The Wilderness Adventurer is the quintessential adventure cruise ship.  She has comfortable cabins, stylish common areas, excellent service and delicious meals.  But what sets her apart is her program of off vessel activities designed to explore up close and in style.  An experienced crew of guides and naturalists specialize in getting guests away from the ship safely and efficiently.  The kayak launching platform is ingenious and eliminates the most challenging part of a paddle which is getting in and out of the kayak. Choose the Wilderness Adventurer if you are seeking an affordable and active adventure cruise. 

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

Common Areas Aboard Wilderness Adventurer

Like the other Wilderness boats, the Adventurer’s layout is designed to maximize social spaces, observation areas and comfortable places for dining and relaxing. The full wrap-around viewing deck allows guests to move freely around the entire perimeter of the ship when viewing or photographing wildlife. A large indoor area on the main deck includes the dining room, a spacious lounge and a full-service bar in between. The sun deck is an ideal space to enjoy morning classes and afternoon cocktails.

Meals Aboard Wilderness Adventurer

The Wilderness boats offer guests a casual-style dining experience featuring exceptional meals. Chefs use locally-sourced fresh ingredients to reflect the flavors of your destination. Each day includes an early-riser breakfast of fresh fruit, baked-onboard pastries and breads, and a full breakfast complete with specialty items. Lunches range from pasta salads and sandwiches to homemade soups and ethnic dishes. Dinners offer a choice of entrées, including fresh seafood and meats. Vegetarian dishes are available and special dietary needs can be met with advance notice. Hors d'oeuvres for the cocktail hour feature a variety of appetizers and desserts are varied and plentiful. A variety of hot and cold beverages are available around the clock.

Activities Aboard Wilderness Adventurer

The M/V Wilderness Adventurer features a fleet of 23 two-person sea kayaks and an excursion landing craft for remote explorations. A stern-mounted EZ Dock launch platform makes it easy to get into your kayak and out onto the water. The swim step is a perfect jumping-off point for a “polar bear plunge.” Join naturalist guides on a hike or a paddle to explore Alaska up close. On board, guests can enjoy a hot tub on the top deck. Fitness equipment, yoga classes on the sun deck, a sauna and optional massage are also available. Educational opportunities come in many forms: hearing an engaging naturalist-led lecture in the main lounge, listening to whales via underwater hydrophone or relaxing with a book about the people, places and wildlife of Alaska.

Cabins Aboard Wilderness Adventurer

There are three cabin categories aboard the Wilderness Adventurer:  Navigator (approx 77 sq ft), Trailblazer (approx 97 sq ft) and Pathfinder (approx 97 sq ft). Single cabins are available as well. All cabins are newly refurbished with contemporary interior colors to complement the wilderness outside. They are equipped with lower berths; some also have a Pullman-style upper berth to accommodate a third guest. All include private facilities with a shower, memory-foam mattresses, a flat screen TV with DVD player, and a view window (no portholes).


303-306. Outside entry; double bed; view window; private bath with shower. Observation Deck.


301-302, 307-320. Queen or twin beds; view window; private bath with shower. Observation Deck.


200-208, 210. Queen or twin beds; view window; private bath with shower. Main Deck.

Wilderness Adventurer Deck Plan

Wilderness Adventurer Deck Plan