On the heels of a sold out inaugural season in Alaska, InnerSea Discoveries has announced the acquisition of the 76-guest Wilderness Explorer, formerly the 86-guest Spirit of Discovery. After significant renovations, the ship will sail active, adventure itineraries between Juneau and Sitka, Alaska, beginning summer 2012.
“There’s no doubt about the demand for active, hands-on explorations in Southeast Alaska,” says Dan Blanchard, principal and chief executive officer. “We quickly sold out our first season. This ship fits in nicely with our fleet, and we are starting renovations now to add new amenities and spaces fitting our style of active adventures.”
Beginning June 2, 2012, the Wilderness Explorer will sail week-long journeys between Juneau and Sitka, Alaska with three days spent exploring inside Glacier Bay National Park. A national park ranger will stay aboard the ship for the full three days to provide interpretation on the area’s history, culture, geography, flora and fauna. The park ranger, along with shipboard expedition guides, will also lead guests on hiking and kayaking expeditions within Glacier Bay. Other areas to be explored include Icy Strait, Chichagof Island and Peril Strait. In May and August, 2-week cruises between Seattle and Juneau (and reverse) will be offered.
The new Northern Passages & Glacier Bay itinerary will sail from Juneau on Saturdays linking it to the line’s two other vessels—60-guest Wilderness Adventurer and 76-guest Wilderness Discoverer—which sail between Juneau and Ketchikan, Alaska (and reverse), on week-long adventures beginning and ending on Saturdays. An all-encompassing 3-week voyage combines a 2-week roundtrip Juneau cruise with a week-long cruise on the Wilderness Explorer.
Prices for the 7-night cruises aboard the Wilderness Explorer start at $3,095 pp dbl and include transfers and all activities except optional excursions. For more information, call (877) 901-1009 or visit innerseadiscoveries.com.