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Private Family Charters

Alaska's most exclusive small ship cruise

Enjoy an unforgettable Alaska family vacation with Discovery Voyages, the specialists in exclusive small cruise travel in Alaska’s famous Prince William Sound. Invite your own friends and family to see the real Alaska and avoid the crowded, popular travel destinations of industrial tourism – bring your family on board the Discovery for the cruise of a lifetime. The Discovery staff attends to the details while you relax and spend your time focusing on what matters most to you – enjoying your family and vacation. Children of all ages are welcome.

Direct reservation only.  Booking not available via travel agent.

A cruise on the Discovery offers families wonderful vacation opportunities deep in the heart of southcentral Alaska’s most magnificent waterway wilderness. Enjoy the massive landscapes and natural beauty of Prince William Sound, as well as wildlife sightseeing, whale watching, sea kayaking, walks on forest trails, and other recreation activities.

Family Cruise Tours in Alaska

Visits to shore are made daily for hikes along the beach, alpine meadows, and if you are up for it, treks to mountain ridgelines. It is all customizable, and excursions are optional. The views from the Discovery are breathtaking in all directions. The meals are prepared by the Discovery chef, and delight the eyes as much as the palette.

Captain Rand and his professional staff help you explore, experience and relax in one of Alaska’s most pristine marine and coastal environments.

Private Charter Rates

  • Charters are available for up to 12 passengers. * Some exceptions may apply
  • No age minimum for kids.
  • Rates range from $7,900 to $9,500 per day based on seasonal demand and availability.
  • Rates include cost for the entire boat for the length of specified voyage, including full crew, meals, complimentary bar, all user fees and use of equipment, plus round-trip van transfers between Anchorage/Whittier. Pre/post cruise accommodations in Anchorage are included as well, but can be removed upon request.
  • Non-refundable deposit for charters: $4,500

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Tour Reviews

Highly Recommended

Our trip was outstanding. Dean, Megan, and the rest of the crew are very knowledgeable about the region and constantly monitor conditions to provide the best possible experience at any given time. We saw an array of wildlife and awe inspiring scenery.

Being aboard the Discovery, a small vessel with a storied past, one feels immersed in, rather than removed from, the immediate environment. The crew is very attentive, and the food was fresh, creative, and delicious; beautifully presented and accompanied by a very nice selection of wine.

If you’re interested in an immersive experience with knowledgeable guides in an intimate setting I don’t believe you can do better than a trip with Discovery Voyages.

A magical experience.

The Captain and Crew of the Discovery made us feel special during the entire voyage. Their knowledge of the region, the hidden coves, the history, and the culture, all made for a magical experience. I can truly say that this trip exceeded my already high expectations. My two sons and my father-in-law also joined and they were equally impressed.

An awesome Alaskan experience!

This was an awesome experience!! You can visit Alaska on one of the cruise ships with 4000 passengers or you can experience Alaska on a small ship like the Discovery. We were able to go ashore and hike twice, and we were able to go out and kayak amongst the ice flows, otters and harbor seals. Wen were also able to get up close and personal with the glaciers. Dean and Meg, the owners are awesome and take very good care of everything, including all gourmet meals!! This is the only way to go to Alaska!!!

Absolutely BRILLIANT

Absolutely BRILLIANT ! Great trip great company in fantastic surroundings and above all else an excellent crew, friendly, professional and extremely experienced with immense knowledge they are so willing to share – they were all so generous with their time and company. Probably one of, if not the best, trips of our long, very well travelled, off the beaten track lives.

Will definitely do another trip with them soon and the fact we still want to send a Big Thank You to them is the most telling comment we can make. Thank You Folks ! Paul & Hilary.

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.

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