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  • Discovery Voyages, based near Anchorage, Alaska, offers professionally-guided, small-ship cruises in Alaska's Prince William Sound featuring photography, whale watching, birding, hiking & kayaking, as well as land & sea adventures and custom vacations, perfect for family trips, weddings and reunions.

    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. Because of its small size, our 65-foot historic yacht can sail 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.

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  • What Sets Us Apart

    In recent years, more vessels have entered the cruise market in Prince William Sound, but none offer the safety and experience of Discovery Voyages. Captain Dean Rand is a licensed pilot and naturalist who has been navigating the waters of the Sound since 1992, when he started his business aboard the Discovery.

    M/V Discovery has been touring Prince William Sound exclusively with Dean Rand for over 25 years.  She and her crew hold a US Coast Guard Certificate of Inspection (COI). This certificate assures you that our vessel has passed an extensive yearly inspection, supplemented by a dry dock examination every 2 years (in-depth look at the underwater body of the vessel) by the USCG and is in compliance with all the rules and regulations which allow us to carry passengers.  The Certificate of Inspection may seem insignificant, but it is a very important accomplishment which relates directly to your safety. Not all vessels in Alaska licensed for passenger travel are required to hold a COI.

    Discovery Voyages is the original small ship cruise in Prince William Sound.

    New to 2018!  We are thrilled to be partners in the development of “A Wild Promise”, highlighting the 2 million acre Nellie Juan-College Fiord Wilderness Study Area.  For more information, click here

    • Captain and Crew

      Discovery Voyages is a family operation headed by captain and naturalist Dean Rand. He is joined by carefully chosen guides and crew members in order to enrich your experience, both on board the Discovery and as you sail through Prince William Sound. Read More »
    • The M/V Discovery

      M/V DiscoveryMeticulously fitted to combine the finest blend of comfort and utility, the 65-foot classic working yacht gently sails you into one of the world's richest marine environments. Because of its small size, the Discovery can sail 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 marine wildlife impossible on a larger cruise ship. Read More »
    • Prince William Sound

      More than three thousand shore land miles of bays, coves and deep fjords comprise the prized seacoast region of Alaska's famous Prince William Sound. Exceeding the combined area of Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Rhode Island, this sheltered waterway contains the greatest diversity of habitats found along the entire Eastern Pacific Coast, including the world's northernmost temperate rainforest. Read More »
    • Fine Dining

      A tantalizing menu of carefully prepared, home-cooked meals await you on the Discovery. Depending on the season, meals feature fresh local seafood such as Copper River king salmon, sockeye salmon and or halibut, oysters, shrimp, and rockfish, served with fresh quality fruits and vegetables, homemade breads & rolls, soups, and more. Read More »