The 76-guest M/V Wilderness Discoverer small expedition ship is capable of nimble exploration through nature’s most dramatic hideaways. The shallow draft and hull design allows for easy access to Southeast Alaska’s wildlife-rich shores and glacially-fed inlets and serves as an ideal launching pad for an exciting array of daily adventure excursions.
Wilderness Discoverer Review
The Wilderness Discoverer is a classic adventure cruise ship. At 76 guests she is slightly larger than her sister ship, the Wilderness Adventurer at 60 guests. 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. And with 25 two person kayaks on board there are plenty of chances to explore. Choose the Wilderness Discoverer if you are seeking an affordable and active adventure cruise.
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Common Spaces Aboard Wilderness Discoverer
Among several comfortable and spacious social areas aboard the Wilderness Discoverer, the highlight may be the main lounge, which is designed to evoke the feeling of a National Park Lodge or neighborhood pub. Interior spaces aboard the Discoverer offer contemporary colors and brushed metals that complement the wilderness outside. The full promenade deck allows ample space for watching wildlife or meeting with friends. The dining room has an open format that blends in to the lounge, with a full-service bar in between.
Meals Aboard Wilderness Discoverer
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 Discoverer
The M/V Wilderness Discoverer features a flotilla of stable two-person sea kayaks, stand-up paddleboards, a stern-mounted kayak launch platform and swim step, and excursion landing craft for remote explorations by water. There are two open-air hot tubs and a sauna, exercise equipment, yoga classes and optional massage. Educational opportunities come in many forms: listening to a naturalist-led lecture in the main salon, hearing whales via underwater hydrophone and engaging with local natives in their villages or as an Alaska family comes aboard in the wilderness to sell oysters and describe their rugged and remote lifestyle.
Cabins Aboard Wilderness Discoverer
The M/V Wilderness Discoverer holds 76 passengers and features 38 comfortable staterooms on four decks, including four perfectly situated and spacious Observation Deck Cabins. All cabins were refurbished in 2011 and feature lower berths: some with a Pullman-style upper berth to accommodate a third guest. Each cabin includes private facilities with a shower, flat screen TV with DVD player and view window. Tempur-pedic memory-foam mattresses in every room are a welcome bonus.
Located on the Sun Deck Explorer cabins are the largest cabins on board. Each Explorer cabin is 177 square feet and features a separate sitting area, queen or twin beds, private bath with shower, a large opening picture window and sofa bed that can accommodate triple occupancy. (Only Cabins 400, 401 and 403 can accommodate triples.)
Located on the Observation Deck. Each pathfinder cabin is 87 square feet and features doors that open to the outside Observation Deck, a queen bed (Pathfinder #306 has double bed), sitting area, private bath with shower, and opening view window. Cabins 307 and 309 (best for parents in queen, teen/child in single) can accommodate triples.
Located on the Sun Deck, Trailblazer cabins are the same size as Pathfinder cabins (87 square feet) but have a door that opens to an interior hallway. Each Trailblazer cabin features queen or twin beds, a private bath with shower and opening view window. Cabin 310 has fixed twin beds.
Located on the Main Deck Navigator cabins are the smallest at 79 square feet and the most affordable. Each Navigator cabin features queen or twin beds, an opening view window, private bath with shower.