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  • Research Charters

    Scientists perform reserach on the Harlequin Duck while onboard a Discovery Voyages custom small ship cruise in Prince William Sound, Alaska.

    Captain Rand and the Discovery crew have been involved in numerous scientific research projects in Prince William Sound.

    Dean’s blend of experience with ship building, mechanics and natural history provide a resourceful advantage when working in remote regions like the Sound. Often, research occurs over periods of days or weeks and the ability to stay at sea on a reliable vessel is vital. Dean is well-experienced at making this happen. The innovative and creative problem solving demands of remote field work are well know to all experienced in this type of work, and the asset of Captain Rand’s experience and resourcefulness is invaluable.

    The Discovery has worked with many organizations that conduct studies and projects in Prince William Sound including:

    Scientists band a Surf Scoter Duck while onboard a Discovery Voyages custom small ship cruise in Prince William Sound, Alaska.

    Over the years the Discovery has participated in numerous research projects, some are listed below:

    Scientists capture Harlequin Ducks in mist nets on a Discovery Voyages custom small ship cruise in Prince William Sound, Alaska.
    • Winter sea bird surveys
    • Spring bird migration surveys
    • Pacific Herring spawn deposition studies and pathology research
    • Sea Otter population surveys, radio tracking & forage study
    • Harlequin Duck capture and radio telemetry tracking studies
    • Marbled & Kitlitz Murrelet studies
    • Surf Scoter satellite telemetry tracking
    • River Otter surveys and radio tracking
    • Bear population surveys and genetic sampling
    • Salmon fry survival studies
    • Intertidal invertebrate research
    • Humpback & Orca whale census and identification studies
    • Various wildlife and historical film documentaries

    The vessel is well suited for research projects, with interior table space, overhead winches and storage space on the deck and top of the vessel. Dean is also highly experienced with the specific locations in Prince William Sound that serve as safe anchorage during inclement weather, commonly encountered during the winter season.

    • 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 »