What is included in my ticket price?
Should I pay gratuities to the crew? What is the norm?
- Accommodations in Anchorage before and after your voyage in Prince William Sound
- Personal van transfers between Anchorage and Whittier by Discovery guide
- Overnight accommodations on the Discovery (see note on Single Supplement*)
- All meals, beverages (complimentary beer, wine, etc) on the Discovery
- All crew and guide services including kayaks (a selection of double or single)
- Rubber boots and rain gear
*Single Supplement: If you are a single traveler willing to share a cabin and we are unable to match you with a roommate you will not be charged a single supplement. If you want to guarantee a private cabin, single supplement charges will apply.
NOT included: Airfare to Alaska, trip cancellation or delay insurance, and gratuities for the crew (the captain does not accept gratuities).
Your Discovery crew firmly believes that a gratuity is not required nor expected, but rather, earned. Gratuity amounts for the crew are certainly a matter of personal preference, but approximately 5% of the ticket price for the crew as a whole seems to be the norm. Gratuities may be given directly to the crew member(s) or to the captain with designated instructions.
What is your cancellation policy?
What is the payment schedule?
The initial booking deposit is non refundable. Cancellations received from guests or their agents after January 15th will be subject to a cancellation fee of 50% of the total ticket price. Cancellations received ninety days to the day of departure are not refundable and will be charged 100% of ticket price. We recommend the purchase of trip cancellation insurance (www.csatravelprotection.com
Can I smoke on board?
We ask for the following non refundable deposits to confirm space aboard the Discovery:
- $500 per person for all regularly scheduled voyages
- $750 per person for the Grand Alaska Journey
- $4500 per voyage for exclusive charters
By January 15th, 50% of the total ticket price is required. Reservations made after January 1st require a 50% deposit within two weeks of the booking date. Final payment is due 90 days prior to departure. Reservations made less than 90 days prior to departure must be accompanied by full payment within one week of booking. We do not accept credit cards. Learn more about trip payment & policies.
Smoking is NOT allowed on the Discovery except for the occasional cigar (in celebration) on the outside deck only. Thank you.
What about children?
Mixed group voyages are not recommended for children under 10 years of age. There is no age minimum on a private family & friends charter.
What are the accommodations and meals like?
Will I have Internet access or cell phone service?
For lodging before your trip on the Discovery, we are excited to offer you first-class accommodations in select downtown Bed & Breakfasts. Your accommodations include an extended self-serve breakfast and fresh local coffee served with a mountain view. Common areas offer comfortable furnishings to relax, read or socialize with other guests, and often open to outside decks or gardens. We have carefully selected the finest accommodations, close to downtown shopping, restaurants, and the Coastal Trail. We make it convenient to explore Anchorage before and after your voyage on the Discovery. Due to the unique style of each property, room types vary but be assured each offers its own charm. Private baths are available but not guaranteed. For more about onboard accommodations and fine dining read about the M/V Discovery »
Cell phones and Internet service are available in Anchorage and Whittier, and intermittently in Prince William Sound. Some cell phones work in a few zones in the Sound, but it is unreliable and depends on the service provider of your phone. The M/V Discovery has a satellite phone for emergencies. Our preferred Bed & Breakfasts both feature WiFi as well as a shared computer for guest use. Internet is also available at the downtown Kaladi Brothers coffee shop and the UPS Store, both near 6th Avenue and G Street in Anchorage.
What should I bring?
Will the trip be difficult/ what is the grade of difficulty?
Will I be safe?
Average agility is required to navigate the ship’s narrow stairway leading to the sleeping quarters and restrooms in the lower deck, or to access the smaller inflatable boats for optional shoreside excursions. Trips to shore are customized to meet the desired physical activity level of the voyage and more specifically, the interests of the group. Some guests enjoy a hike with a physical challenge, some prefer easy walks along the shores, while others choose not to participate in the optional excursions and instead experience the Sound’s spectacular beauty right from the walk-around deck or spacious lounge of the Discovery
. By far, the most important qualifications are a positive attitude, a spirit of adventure, a sense of humor, and a willingness to try new and different experiences. For more information on activity levels of our Adventurer and Hike & Kayak voyages please contact us
Discovery Voyages spare no effort to assure safe travel; all crew members are trained in first aid and emergency procedures. The Discovery meets annual inspections by the U.S. Coast Guard for compliance with strict safety requirements. Each voyage begins with emergency procedure instruction. Discussion of shoreside excursions before embarking allow guests to assess the activity’s grade of difficulty, and decide if it falls within their capabilities. However, outdoor activities of this nature are not entirely “risk free”. Discovery Voyages cannot assume responsibility for injury to participants, damage to personal belongings or for expenses incurred if such might happen.
Can I go fishing?
We do not offer fishing activities during our voyages. If fishing is a bullet-point in your Alaskan vacation, we strongly recommend you take a separate day or half-day charter out of Whittier, Seward, Ninilchik or Homer.
How do I get from Anchorage to Denali National Park?
Do you offer charters?
If you are also planning a stay with Camp Denali & North Face Lodge, there are 3 options for travel – rental vehicle, railroad, or coach bus. Please allot 6 hours of travel time via vehicle due to construction, traffic, or wildlife sightings. You may pay to park the vehicle inside the Park. If you are interested in travel via train, you must travel the day before your first night’s reservation. Plan to overnight near the park entrance. Meet their buses at 12:30 p.m. at the train depot just inside the Park entrance. The train schedule works well with southbound travel back to Anchorage. Reservations are necessary. Contact the Alaska Railroad: Tel 800-544-0552 www.alaskarailroad.com
If you prefer travel via coach bus, The Park Connection
offers daily service from Anchorage (June-August) departing at 7am and arriving in time to connect with transportation into the Park. Be aware that this makes for a long day of bus travel. Reservations are necessary. The Park Connection: Tel 800-266-8625 www.alaskacoach.com
What if we have more than 12 people in our party?
Yes. Charters are available for up to 12 passengers. Rates range from $6,500 to $8,300 per day based on seasonal demand and availability. For more information, see the Alaska Custom Private Cruise
page, or contact us
With advance planning we can accommodate larger parties using two or more vessels. Contact us for more information.