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Discovery Voyages


Discovery Voyages – Alaska’s small-ship cruise specialists exclusively navigating the pristine waters of Prince William Sound, located near Alaska’s largest city – Anchorage, since 1992. Our carefully crafted itineraries, friendly & knowledgeable guides, gourmet meals, and historic 12 guest capacity working yacht all contribute to the incredible Discovery Voyages experience.

Our voyages feature hiking & kayaking, glaciers, photography, whale watching and wildlife viewing, birding, as well as Land & Sea adventures and private family & friends charters.

3-Day Classic Discovery Voyage

3-Day Classic Voyage

Sample the natural wonders of northwestern Prince William Sound on a 3-Day Classic Voyage.... Cruise amongst massive tidewater glaciers. Explore the serene waters of quiet bays with spectacular waterfalls. Watch the antics of sea otters and Dall porpoises and keep an eye out for whales.
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Classic Discovery Voyage Trip

Classic Discovery Voyage

The Classic Discovery Voyage explores the natural wonders of Prince William Sound on a 65-foot yacht! Years of travel and exploration in the Sound have resulted in a destination list of must-see places. These small ship cruises may be 5-7 days, based on the specific itinerary.
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Hike & Kayak Voyage Trip

The Adventurer Voyage

The Adventurer Voyage lets you explore the landscape, wildlife and atmosphere of Prince William Sound Alaska from the small ship M/V Discovery with an emphasis on physical activities like kayaking among icebergs and hiking on glacial outcroppings or through undisturbed forest.
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Alaska Private Family Charters

Private Family Charters

A growing portion of the Discovery’s season provides customized, private voyages into Alaska’s prized seacoast region of Prince William Sound. Individual families, wedding parties, groups of friends, photographers, educators, and other small groups can charter the boat for their exclusive cruise and enjoy a private wilderness experience.
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Remarkable small-ship cruises in Alaska’s Prince William Sound. View all our voyages.

Unforgettable Journey

Land & Sea Adventures

Far from the crowds of conventional high-volume tourism, our personal approach offers a genuine and intimate encounter with Alaska. It’s an eco-friendly way to explore Alaska’s gorgeous and diverse marine environment. Our 65-foot steel hull vessel can voyage into quiet coves and navigate ice-bound channels that larger boats must avoid, letting Discovery passengers get an up close and personal view of glaciers and wildlife that is simply not possible on a larger cruise ship.

Brown Bear Photography Tours With Hugh Rose

Brown Bears & Calving Glaciers

Explore a rich slice of Alaska in the scenic wilderness settings of Lake Clark National Park and Chugach National Forest. Get off the beaten path and experience unparalleled photographic and wildlife viewing opportunities while part of a small group.
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Grand Alaska – Prince William Sound & The Copper River Region

The Grand Alaska includes the best of Alaska's scenery and wildlife. The journey begins in Anchorage and the nearby world-famous Prince William Sound on a three to six day voyage aboard the M/V Discovery and concludes with land based activities in a seaside community only accessible by plane or boat - Cordova.
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Arctic Aurora

Aurora & The Arctic

Cruise the pristine waters of Prince William Sound and explore stunning tidewater glaciers, and marine life well off the beaten path. Next head north and explore Alaska's interior well above the Arctic Circle. Photograph the autumn landscape, with sightings of muskox, caribou, fox, moose, brown bear and the aurora borealis.
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Cordova & Brown Bears

Explore the far eastern side of Prince William Sound a wildlife rich slice of Alaska. The adventure begins and ends in the coastal town of Cordova - accessible only by boat or plan. Enjoy hiking, kayaking, glaciers and the excitement of coastal Brown Bears.
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Natural & Wild

The Best of Alaska

Join us on unforgettable Land & Sea Adventures as we combine a cruise in the waters of Prince William Sound with either exploring the vast beauty and unparalleled wildlife of Denali National Park, or venturing west for extraordinary viewing of huge coastal brown bears feeding on salmon in a location only accessible by air — two journeys unlike any others!

The Best of Alaska
Why Discovery

What Sets Us Apart

Finest blend of comfort & utility

Enjoy the endless views from our walk around deck, a glass of tea with a book in our charming lounge, and watching floating ice or sea otters out your porthole located just above waterline in one of six cozy cabins.

The highest safety standards

No stone goes unturned with the 25 page annual inspection by the US Coast Guard which assesses every aspect of vessel safety from construction and condition, safety equipment, to the qualifications of crew onboard.

Unparalleled wildlife viewing

Humpback and orca whales, sea otters and harbor seals with their pups, Steller sea lions enticing play, black bears fishing in the steams, and over 220 species of birds including characteristic puffins and regal bald eagles!

Superior cove and glacier access

M/V Discovery was designed specifically to travel Alaskan waters. Alongside a steel hull, she was engineered to create a smooth ride, and a draft allowing access over shoals that larger vessels cannot cross.

Discovery Voyages is a family operation headed by captain and naturalist Dean Rand and Megan Ciana.

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Discovery Voyages Guest Reviews
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Recent Guest Reviews

A true adventure

Our voyage on the Discovery in July 2019 surpassed all expectations. Not being keen on big ship cruising, yet having a husband who is reluctant to rough it, a six day trip on this sturdy and surprisingly spacious vessel had to be the ideal solution.

The cabins are certainly small, but cosy, and I found a childish delight in waking each morning in a bunk with a porthole view onto a scene of exceptional and ever changing beauty as we cruised Prince William Sound.

From day one we were immersed in experiences that brought a sense of wonder and excitement. Each amazing day was followed by an even more amazing one. From visiting the kittywake colony and the haunts of salmon, sea lions and seals, to watching rafts of otters with their adorable babies, or an escort of Dall’s porpoises. From hiking in forest by a rushing meltwater stream, passing peat bogs and wild blueberries, to kayaking through ice fractured from nearby glaciers. From being treated to the spectacle of a calving glacier that spurred a rapid retreat (for which Captain Dean had been entirely prepared), to the highlight of a spontaneous swim in a sun-warmed copper blue lake in a giant rock bowl – magical! Not to mention the sightings of bears, whales and puffins.

Meals were generous, fresh and delicious, and our company friendly and fun. And while Meg and Dean kept us safe and well fed, Maria and Hugh kept us wonderfully well-informed.
I loved every moment of it! And to my even greater delight, my husband loved it too.

Friendly professional service

Friendly professional service. Food was excellent and catered for all tastes. Dean’s knowledge of the area and his consideration of the environment was exceptional.
Thank you for a memorable journey into what I hope remains a pristine part of the world.

Had a great time!

Had a great time and saw some incredible scenery.

Great Alaska Experience

Easily the best way to see the glaciers in Prince William Sound. Captain Dean is also a naturalist and expects the same from his crew. We learned so much about the ecology of the sound from the mountains to the glaciers to all sorts of animal and fish life. His wife, Meg, is a gourmet cook. Food for all meals was excellent and dinner served with wine. The crew, Victoria and Erin, were exceptionally knowledgeable and professional. They worked tirelessly to make sure we had a great Alaska experience. This voyage will be a highlight of your Alaska adventure.

Jaw dropping spectacular!

From the second of arrival to The Discovery in Whittier to the sad time of drop off, the adventures and views aboard are the best!
I hope I can get back again!

Best way to see everything up close

Best way to see everything up close! Wonderful crew, excellent food—trip of a lifetime!

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