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  • Captain, Crew & Guides

    Crew of the small cruise ship M/V Discovery, Prince William Sound, Alaska

    Captain Rand

    Captain and naturalist Captain Rand, his two daughters, and black lab Happy live year round aboard the Discovery in the little town of Whittier, in Western Prince William Sound. As owner/operator of Discovery Voyages and the full-time captain of the Discovery, Dean is not just another hired captain like the majority of tour operations.

    Considered by many to be one of the most knowledgeable mariners in Prince William Sound after 30 years exploring its waters, Dean’s extensive involvement with a broad range of scientific research conducted throughout the Sound have provided him with a well-rounded background in the region’s natural history.

    Dean is a master shipwright and marine mechanic with more than 30 years of full-time service in the marine trades on the Alaska coast. The past 17 years have been exclusively in Prince William Sound.

    He is active in local and national land and water use management and carries extensive experience in wilderness tourism and scientific research. He was co-recipient (with the Chugach School District of Prince William Sound) of the prestigious Malcolm Baldridge National Quality Award for supporting and participating in the education of all children.

    As an established and skilled, licensed marine vessel captain, Dean safely pilots you through the Sound’s narrow saltwater passages and winding fjords. The Discovery is a U.S. Coast Guard inspected vessel, fully certified for passenger service in Alaska’s often extreme traveling conditions.

    The qualified and experienced guides and special guests that join the Discovery enrich your Alaska experience. They are hand-picked by Discovery Voyages to compliment your journey in Prince William Sound.


    Chef Matthew Anderson

    Matt’s culinary journey began when he was 15, baking bagels and pastries in Salt Lake City. Since, he has gained experience in fine dining throughout the state of Alaska. An avid fisherman himself, Matt’s cuisine emphasizes Alaska’s abundance of fresh local seafood caught in the pristine waters of Prince William Sound. The seasonal lifestyle that comes with cooking on the Discovery fits Matt well. During his months off he travels around the world, enjoying foreign dishes that might just inspire a dish he serves during your trip!


    Heather Rand

    Heather RandHeather is the Discovery’s first mate, Captain Dean’s oldest daughter, and has lived on the Discovery since she was three years old. She joined the crew when she turned 18, and acquired her 100-ton Captain’s License at 22. If she’s not in the wheelhouse learning from her father, she’s identifying plant life on hikes or chatting with guests in the lounge.

    A lifelong learner, Heather loves sharing the natural history of Prince William Sound and entertaining everyone with stories of growing up in it. She’ll ask you every question under the sun about “what you do,” and loves to listen to stories of guests travels. While it’s generally recommended that you avoid playing dice or poker with her, you can usually distract her with a request for her signature peanut butter pie.

    In the off -season, Heather attends school part-time at the University of Alaska, Anchorage. Her English degree will be completed “eventually” between the frequent bouts of wanderlust that have sent her adventuring to all corners of the globe.

    Despite her frequent world travel, Heather will be the first to tell you that Prince William Sound remains the most beautiful place she’s ever been. She has boundless enthusiasm for sharing her “back yard” with the Discovery’s guests.


    Kori Hahn

    Kori HahnKori is no stranger to Alaska’s wilderness backcountry. She has guided in many of Alaska’s remote areas, including Wrangell St Elias National Park, Tongass National Forest, Chugach National Forest, Kenai Fjords National Park, and, for the last few years, Prince William Sound. She has also taught cold water survival in many villages throughout the state, and enjoys life on the water.

    Kori is a passionate traveler, adventuring everywhere from China to India, Kenya to South Africa, Papua New Guinea to Japan. Her love for Alaska is contagious; from whale watching to mountain scaling, kayaking to glacier viewing, she’s roaring and ready to show her spectacular home to other travelers.


     Tess Stewart

    Tess is the voice you hear when you contact the office of Discovery Voyages. A long-time Alaskan and an avid lover of animals Tess also enjoys hiking, and in her spare time, knitting and creative writing. Being a mother to an adventurous three-year-old also keeps her on her toes. Tess is happy to help you in confirming your voyage on the Discovery. Give her a call today at 800.324.7602.

    Hugh Rose, Photographer and Natural History Guide

    Hugh Rose has lived in northern climates most of his life and currently makes Fairbanks, Alaska home. Compelled by Alaska’s natural beauty, he left a 10-year career in geology to explore and photograph the vast landscapes and wildlife of the north.

    Both nature and a camera have intrigued Hugh since childhood and he continues to explore these worlds through photography and guiding. Hugh is a skilled birder, and with a masters degree in geology, blends a keen mix of natural history with his people and photography skills. He travels worldwide sharing the the wonders of the natural world with his clients.


    Patrick J. Endres, Professional Photographer

    Patrick has worked and photographed in Prince William Sound for 13 years, and has traveled extensively throughout Alaska photographing and observing the delicate balance of nature in the arctic and sub-arctic environments.

    He holds a bachelor of arts in Theology and resides in Fairbanks, Alaska where he works professionally as a freelance photographer and photography guide. His photographs have appeared in the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History, USA Today, National Wildlife Magazine, National Parks Magazine, Alaska Magazine, and numerous other books and publications.


    Aaron Meyer, Concert Rock Violinist

    The cutting edge music of concert violinist Aaron Meyer is a unique and powerful instrumental style bridging the gap between classical, contemporary pop/rock and world genres. Audiences of all ages genuinely connect with Meyer and his magnetic energy!

    A classically trained violinist since the age of 5, Meyer soloed with the Philadelphia Orchestra at age 11, and has subsequently soloed with major international symphony orchestras, ballet companies, as well as worked with artists such as Pink Martini, Smokey Robinson, Aaron Neville, The Temptations and Everclear. Aaron is a masterful educator as well as performer, and enjoys traveling to other parts of the world regularly and engages himself in the music from other cultures.  Visit www.aaronmeyer.com  to find out more about the variety of Aaron’s music and performances.

    • 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 »