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Alaska Fjords & Glaciers (Wilderness Discoverer)

Alaska small ship adventure cruises are perfect for exploration—paddling, hiking, hot tub under the stars, “polar bear plunges,” even playing in the mud with your expert expedition team. Glacier Bay National Park; Native totems; breaching whales; soaring eagles; rainforests; northern lights. Do as much or as little as you like on an unforgettable journey.
26 May, 2018 to 02 June, 2018 Make a booking request for Alaska Fjords & Glaciers (Wilderness Discoverer), departing on 26 May, 2018

Prices quoted here are often dependent on currency fluctuations. Please check with (01432 507450 or info@small-cruise-ships.com) for the very latest price, which may well be cheaper than the one advertised here.

Navigator Cabin £ 2575 GBP pp (+ Port taxes/fees 250 USD pp)
Queen or twin beds, view window, private bath with shower.
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Trailblazer Cabin £ 3191 GBP pp (+ Port taxes/fees 250 USD pp)
Queen or twin beds, view window, private bath with shower.
view cabin photo
Pathfinder Cabin £ 3499 GBP pp (+ Port taxes/fees 250 USD pp)
Outside entry, queen, double bed or double bed with bench seat. View window, private bath with shower.
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Single £ 3865 GBP pp (+ Port taxes/fees 250 USD pp)
Explorer Cabin £ 4924 GBP pp (+ Port taxes/fees 250 USD pp)
Sitting area, queen or twin beds, large picture window, private bath with shower.
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02 June, 2018 to 09 June, 2018 (reverse) Make a booking request for Alaska Fjords & Glaciers (Wilderness Discoverer), departing on 02 June, 2018

Prices quoted here are often dependent on currency fluctuations. Please check with (01432 507450 or info@small-cruise-ships.com) for the very latest price, which may well be cheaper than the one advertised here.

Navigator Cabin £ 2575 GBP pp (+ Port taxes/fees 250 USD pp)
Queen or twin beds, view window, private bath with shower.
view cabin photo
Trailblazer Cabin £ 3191 GBP pp (+ Port taxes/fees 250 USD pp)
Queen or twin beds, view window, private bath with shower.
view cabin photo
Pathfinder Cabin £ 3499 GBP pp (+ Port taxes/fees 250 USD pp)
Outside entry, queen, double bed or double bed with bench seat. View window, private bath with shower.
view cabin photo
Single £ 3865 GBP pp (+ Port taxes/fees 250 USD pp)
Explorer Cabin £ 4924 GBP pp (+ Port taxes/fees 250 USD pp)
Sitting area, queen or twin beds, large picture window, private bath with shower.
view cabin photo
23 June, 2018 to 30 June, 2018 Make a booking request for Alaska Fjords & Glaciers (Wilderness Discoverer), departing on 23 June, 2018

Prices quoted here are often dependent on currency fluctuations. Please check with (01432 507450 or info@small-cruise-ships.com) for the very latest price, which may well be cheaper than the one advertised here.

Navigator Cabin £ 2883 GBP pp (+ Port taxes/fees 250 USD pp)
Queen or twin beds, view window, private bath with shower.
view cabin photo
Trailblazer Cabin £ 3499 GBP pp (+ Port taxes/fees 250 USD pp)
Queen or twin beds, view window, private bath with shower.
view cabin photo
Pathfinder Cabin £ 3807 GBP pp (+ Port taxes/fees 250 USD pp)
Outside entry, queen, double bed or double bed with bench seat. View window, private bath with shower.
view cabin photo
Single £ 4327 GBP pp (+ Port taxes/fees 250 USD pp)
Explorer Cabin £ 5232 GBP pp (+ Port taxes/fees 250 USD pp)
Sitting area, queen or twin beds, large picture window, private bath with shower.
view cabin photo
30 June, 2018 to 07 July, 2018 (reverse) Make a booking request for Alaska Fjords & Glaciers (Wilderness Discoverer), departing on 30 June, 2018

Prices quoted here are often dependent on currency fluctuations. Please check with (01432 507450 or info@small-cruise-ships.com) for the very latest price, which may well be cheaper than the one advertised here.

Navigator Cabin £ 2883 GBP pp (+ Port taxes/fees 250 USD pp)
Queen or twin beds, view window, private bath with shower.
view cabin photo
Trailblazer Cabin £ 3499 GBP pp (+ Port taxes/fees 250 USD pp)
Queen or twin beds, view window, private bath with shower.
view cabin photo
Pathfinder Cabin £ 3807 GBP pp (+ Port taxes/fees 250 USD pp)
Outside entry, queen, double bed or double bed with bench seat. View window, private bath with shower.
view cabin photo
Single £ 4327 GBP pp (+ Port taxes/fees 250 USD pp)
Explorer Cabin £ 5232 GBP pp (+ Port taxes/fees 250 USD pp)
Sitting area, queen or twin beds, large picture window, private bath with shower.
view cabin photo
21 July, 2018 to 28 July, 2018 Make a booking request for Alaska Fjords & Glaciers (Wilderness Discoverer), departing on 21 July, 2018

Prices quoted here are often dependent on currency fluctuations. Please check with (01432 507450 or info@small-cruise-ships.com) for the very latest price, which may well be cheaper than the one advertised here.

Navigator Cabin £ 2883 GBP pp (+ Port taxes/fees 250 USD pp)
Queen or twin beds, view window, private bath with shower.
view cabin photo
Trailblazer Cabin £ 3499 GBP pp (+ Port taxes/fees 250 USD pp)
Queen or twin beds, view window, private bath with shower.
view cabin photo
Pathfinder Cabin £ 3807 GBP pp (+ Port taxes/fees 250 USD pp)
Outside entry, queen, double bed or double bed with bench seat. View window, private bath with shower.
view cabin photo
Single £ 4327 GBP pp (+ Port taxes/fees 250 USD pp)
Explorer Cabin £ 5232 GBP pp (+ Port taxes/fees 250 USD pp)
Sitting area, queen or twin beds, large picture window, private bath with shower.
view cabin photo
28 July, 2018 to 04 August, 2018 (reverse) Make a booking request for Alaska Fjords & Glaciers (Wilderness Discoverer), departing on 28 July, 2018

Prices quoted here are often dependent on currency fluctuations. Please check with (01432 507450 or info@small-cruise-ships.com) for the very latest price, which may well be cheaper than the one advertised here.

Navigator Cabin £ 2883 GBP pp (+ Port taxes/fees 250 USD pp)
Queen or twin beds, view window, private bath with shower.
view cabin photo
Trailblazer Cabin £ 3499 GBP pp (+ Port taxes/fees 250 USD pp)
Queen or twin beds, view window, private bath with shower.
view cabin photo
Pathfinder Cabin £ 3807 GBP pp (+ Port taxes/fees 250 USD pp)
Outside entry, queen, double bed or double bed with bench seat. View window, private bath with shower.
view cabin photo
Single £ 4327 GBP pp (+ Port taxes/fees 250 USD pp)
Explorer Cabin £ 5232 GBP pp (+ Port taxes/fees 250 USD pp)
Sitting area, queen or twin beds, large picture window, private bath with shower.
view cabin photo
18 August, 2018 to 25 August, 2018 Make a booking request for Alaska Fjords & Glaciers (Wilderness Discoverer), departing on 18 August, 2018

Prices quoted here are often dependent on currency fluctuations. Please check with (01432 507450 or info@small-cruise-ships.com) for the very latest price, which may well be cheaper than the one advertised here.

Navigator Cabin £ 2575 GBP pp (+ Port taxes/fees 250 USD pp)
Queen or twin beds, view window, private bath with shower.
view cabin photo
Trailblazer Cabin £ 3191 GBP pp (+ Port taxes/fees 250 USD pp)
Queen or twin beds, view window, private bath with shower.
view cabin photo
Pathfinder Cabin £ 3499 GBP pp (+ Port taxes/fees 250 USD pp)
Outside entry, queen, double bed or double bed with bench seat. View window, private bath with shower.
view cabin photo
Single £ 3865 GBP pp (+ Port taxes/fees 250 USD pp)
Explorer Cabin £ 4924 GBP pp (+ Port taxes/fees 250 USD pp)
Sitting area, queen or twin beds, large picture window, private bath with shower.
view cabin photo
25 August, 2018 to 01 September, 2018 (reverse) Make a booking request for Alaska Fjords & Glaciers (Wilderness Discoverer), departing on 25 August, 2018

Prices quoted here are often dependent on currency fluctuations. Please check with (01432 507450 or info@small-cruise-ships.com) for the very latest price, which may well be cheaper than the one advertised here.

Navigator Cabin £ 2575 GBP pp (+ Port taxes/fees 250 USD pp)
Queen or twin beds, view window, private bath with shower.
view cabin photo
Trailblazer Cabin £ 3191 GBP pp (+ Port taxes/fees 250 USD pp)
Queen or twin beds, view window, private bath with shower.
view cabin photo
Pathfinder Cabin £ 3499 GBP pp (+ Port taxes/fees 250 USD pp)
Outside entry, queen, double bed or double bed with bench seat. View window, private bath with shower.
view cabin photo
Single £ 3865 GBP pp (+ Port taxes/fees 250 USD pp)
Explorer Cabin £ 4924 GBP pp (+ Port taxes/fees 250 USD pp)
Sitting area, queen or twin beds, large picture window, private bath with shower.
view cabin photo

Alaska Fjords & Glaciers (Wilderness Discoverer) itinerary:

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DAY 1 Juneau, Alaska – Embarkation
Arriving in Juneau and met with a warm welcome, that’s a good start. You have time to take in a bit of the city once you check in at the hospitality area. But after boarding, grab a glass of bubbly as you push off the dock. Set sail for the Endicott Arm wilderness.
DAY 2 Endicott Arm / Fords Terror
Take an early peek out your window. Fjord cliffs reach skyward. Floating ice. And deep u-shaped valleys. There’s no abracadabra here. Mother Nature’s magic is real. Cruise past harbor seals and their pups lounging on chunks of ice. At the end of Endicott, the blue face of Dawes Glacier is stories high. Will it calve? Listen for a crack and unmistakable white thunder. The name Fords Terror originated from a trick of the tides on an early mariner. And tides permitting, your skiff driver knows its character and guides you along. It’s a mashup of towering walls, temperamental currents, and the Coastal Mountains. So many waterfalls. Mountain goats show off fancy foot work on the cliffs. Look for them.
DAY 3 Stephens Passage
Yoga stretches on-deck jump start the day. Humpback and orca are frequent visitors of this Southeast passage. A misty spout is a sure sign they’re in the neighborhood. Your captain navigates Stephens Passage to Port Houghton. And you’re in for a boot-sucking, paddle-smacking day of adventure with your guide team. The routes are all picked out. Make your choice and make your move. Slip off the kayak launch and take it slow spotting sea stars and shore birds. Hard chargers take a long wild paddle to the salt chuck at the back of the inlet. Or, hike into the Tongass. It’s a landscape of hanging waterfalls and shades green.
DAY 4 Thomas Bay / Wrangell Narrows
When you come this far, you might as well go all in. This is way back backcountry of Alaska's wilderness. Glacial landscapes marked by moraines, muskegs, and mud. In this playground, it’s all an option today. Kayak and skiff in water almost clear as glass. The mirror image of fjord walls plays on the surface. Hike through the outwash of Baird Glacier. Or keep it green tromping through a grassy meadow into the forest. Later, pass by the fishing town of Petersburg and wind into the Wrangell Narrows. Abundant bright red and green navigation lights guide the way. It’s “Christmas Tree Lane”, of course.
DAY 5 Wrangell
Native culture and wildlife have gotten along just fine for centuries. Wrangell is one of the oldest towns in Alaska. It’s also the only one ever governed by four nations. The Tlingit cultures have deep roots here. And local islanders come aboard this morning with a presentation that brings their stories and legends to life. Venture into town for a view of recently carved totem poles at Kiksetti Totem Park. See how many totems you can pick out on each pole. Step inside famed Chief Shakes Tribal House. Can you feel the history in this historic community house?
DAY 6 Behm Canal
Wildlife abounds. Black bears, mink, eagles. In Behm Canal, it’s all remote waterways and the isolated Tongass National Forest. On Cleveland Peninsula, your expedition team leads a low-elevation hike with wide-stretching views. Good opportunities for panoramic shots of Southeast. In the water orca, porpoises, seals, and otters go about their business. Go about yours on a guided paddle along the canal. An intertidal shore walk circles a tall sea stack covered in green.
DAY 7 Misty Fjords National Monument
Its affectionate nickname, “The Yosemite of the North,” is deserved. There are places on the planet that completely overcome you. This is one of them. The beauty. The peace. The sense of place you feel. Misty Fjords National Monument represents nearly every ecosystem found in Southeast Alaska. And that alone is a lot to consider. Glacial valleys filled with sea water. Sheer 3,000 foot cliffs. Sea birds, brown and black bears, mountain goats, Sitka black-tailed deer, all find safe haven here. Kayak in Walker Cove or Rudyerd Bay and you find it’s just as easy to paddle and go, as it is to sit and float and take it all in. Or skiff to the base of a waterfall for fjord-released shower. It’s an amazing wrap to your week. Your captain joins you tonight for a Farewell Dinner. Celebrate and reminisce about your Alaskan journey with a “photo journal” by your crew.
DAY 8 Ketchikan, Alaska – Disembarkation
After breakfast this morning, bid adieu to your new pals before you disembark and transfer to the Ketchikan airport.
Please Note:
tineraries are guidelines; variations in itinerary and the order of days may occur to maximize your experience.

Alaska Fjords & Glaciers (Wilderness Discoverer) reverse itinerary:

show main itinerary
Please Note: *
tineraries are guidelines; variations in itinerary and the order of days may occur to maximize your experience.
DAY 8 Ketchikan, Alaska – Disembarkation *
After breakfast this morning, bid adieu to your new pals before you disembark and transfer to the Ketchikan airport.
DAY 7 Misty Fjords National Monument *
Its affectionate nickname, “The Yosemite of the North,” is deserved. There are places on the planet that completely overcome you. This is one of them. The beauty. The peace. The sense of place you feel. Misty Fjords National Monument represents nearly every ecosystem found in Southeast Alaska. And that alone is a lot to consider. Glacial valleys filled with sea water. Sheer 3,000 foot cliffs. Sea birds, brown and black bears, mountain goats, Sitka black-tailed deer, all find safe haven here. Kayak in Walker Cove or Rudyerd Bay and you find it’s just as easy to paddle and go, as it is to sit and float and take it all in. Or skiff to the base of a waterfall for fjord-released shower. It’s an amazing wrap to your week. Your captain joins you tonight for a Farewell Dinner. Celebrate and reminisce about your Alaskan journey with a “photo journal” by your crew.
DAY 6 Behm Canal *
Wildlife abounds. Black bears, mink, eagles. In Behm Canal, it’s all remote waterways and the isolated Tongass National Forest. On Cleveland Peninsula, your expedition team leads a low-elevation hike with wide-stretching views. Good opportunities for panoramic shots of Southeast. In the water orca, porpoises, seals, and otters go about their business. Go about yours on a guided paddle along the canal. An intertidal shore walk circles a tall sea stack covered in green.
DAY 5 Wrangell *
Native culture and wildlife have gotten along just fine for centuries. Wrangell is one of the oldest towns in Alaska. It’s also the only one ever governed by four nations. The Tlingit cultures have deep roots here. And local islanders come aboard this morning with a presentation that brings their stories and legends to life. Venture into town for a view of recently carved totem poles at Kiksetti Totem Park. See how many totems you can pick out on each pole. Step inside famed Chief Shakes Tribal House. Can you feel the history in this historic community house?
DAY 4 Thomas Bay / Wrangell Narrows *
When you come this far, you might as well go all in. This is way back backcountry of Alaska's wilderness. Glacial landscapes marked by moraines, muskegs, and mud. In this playground, it’s all an option today. Kayak and skiff in water almost clear as glass. The mirror image of fjord walls plays on the surface. Hike through the outwash of Baird Glacier. Or keep it green tromping through a grassy meadow into the forest. Later, pass by the fishing town of Petersburg and wind into the Wrangell Narrows. Abundant bright red and green navigation lights guide the way. It’s “Christmas Tree Lane”, of course.
DAY 3 Stephens Passage *
Yoga stretches on-deck jump start the day. Humpback and orca are frequent visitors of this Southeast passage. A misty spout is a sure sign they’re in the neighborhood. Your captain navigates Stephens Passage to Port Houghton. And you’re in for a boot-sucking, paddle-smacking day of adventure with your guide team. The routes are all picked out. Make your choice and make your move. Slip off the kayak launch and take it slow spotting sea stars and shore birds. Hard chargers take a long wild paddle to the salt chuck at the back of the inlet. Or, hike into the Tongass. It’s a landscape of hanging waterfalls and shades green.
DAY 2 Endicott Arm / Fords Terror *
Take an early peek out your window. Fjord cliffs reach skyward. Floating ice. And deep u-shaped valleys. There’s no abracadabra here. Mother Nature’s magic is real. Cruise past harbor seals and their pups lounging on chunks of ice. At the end of Endicott, the blue face of Dawes Glacier is stories high. Will it calve? Listen for a crack and unmistakable white thunder. The name Fords Terror originated from a trick of the tides on an early mariner. And tides permitting, your skiff driver knows its character and guides you along. It’s a mashup of towering walls, temperamental currents, and the Coastal Mountains. So many waterfalls. Mountain goats show off fancy foot work on the cliffs. Look for them.
DAY 1 Juneau, Alaska – Embarkation *
Arriving in Juneau and met with a warm welcome, that’s a good start. You have time to take in a bit of the city once you check in at the hospitality area. But after boarding, grab a glass of bubbly as you push off the dock. Set sail for the Endicott Arm wilderness.
* = Indicative
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Wilderness Discoverer, the ship servicing Alaska Fjords & Glaciers (Wilderness Discoverer)

Wilderness Discoverer

Vessel type: Expedition

Length: 176 feet

Passenger Capacity: 76 guests

Built: 1992, renovated 2012

 

The 76-guest Wilderness Discoverer underwent extensive refurbishment in early 2011 and guest raves are still flowing. Expedition is top-of-mind with this vessel; and adventure and discovery lay at its heart. The interior complements the outside and public and private spaces are loaded with amenities. Enjoy a main lounge that evokes the feel of a National Park Lodge or neighborhood pub and relax on deck or keep watch for wildlife.

Three accessible decks are fully equipped for comfort and action. The sun deck has a sauna and fitness equipment; viewing is over-the-top from the bow and under-the-stars from two hot tubs on the observation deck; and the EZ Dock launch platform on the main deck makes getting in the water a cinch. 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.

The four cabin categories aboard the Wilderness Discoverer are:  Navigator; Trailblazer; Pathfinder; and Explorer. Depending on your cabin, singles, doubles or triples can be accommodated.

Common to all Wilderness Discoverer cabins are:  Memory foam mattresses; Flat-screen TV/DVD; and iPod docking station. All staterooms come with a view window (no portholes).

 

Cabin layout for Wilderness Discoverer
• Dawes Glacier and ice-rich Endicott Arm

• Whale watching in Stephens Passage

• Adventure exploration in Misty Fjords National Monument

• Tlingit cultural presentation

• Kiksetti Totem Park and Chief Shakes Tribal House visit

• Tongass backcountry by kayak, paddle board, skiff, and hike

• Search for wildlife—bears, Sitka deer, sea lions, eagles, mink, porpoises, mountain goats

• Navigate winding Wrangell Narrows and Behm Canal
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