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  • M/V Discovery

    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 for the best in small ship Alaska cruising. Named after one of Captain Cook’s ships, the Discovery’s atmosphere is one of charm and style. 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 that is simply not possible on a larger cruise ship.

    The lower deck includes sleeping accommodations for up to 12 guests in 6 cabins, plus crew quarters, two bathrooms with hot showers, and stowage space. Guests can readily view and photograph the panoramic scenery and marine life from the ship’s complete walk-around deck and expansive windows. Unlike the cumbersome cruise ship giants, the Discovery’s size enables access to Alaska’s lesser traveled, more intimate inside passages. Well equipped for travel in Alaska’s wilderness, the Discovery safely charts the Sound’s remote waterways. The Discovery is fully Certified and inspected by the US Coast Guard. Powered by twin diesel engines and two generator sets, safe travel and reliable electrical power are ensured. Captain Rand and his experienced crew are concerned with your safety and trained to ensure it.

    The Discovery’s traditional design maximizes use of the interior space. Sleeping quarters are practical, comfortable, and private. Each cabin has an upper and lower single berth, a small clothing closet, and drawers for your personal belongings. Each of the two bathrooms located on the lower deck provide complete facilities including a hot shower.

    The M/V Discovery is distinguished among other vessels in the small cruise ship category by maintaining status as a U.S. Coast Guard inspected and certified passenger vessel. Her Certificate of Inspection (COI) assures you that our vessel has passed an extensive yearly inspection by the USCG and is in compliance with all the rules and regulations which allows us to carry passengers. Riding aboard an inspected vessel assures you that the vessel has two qualified USCG Licensed Captains on board, a competent crew who is randomly drug tested and has passed safety drills, and indicates the vessel is in compliance with very detailed and specific regulations. Each year, a team of Coast Guard Inspectors board the vessel to perform annual safety exams and drills. They examine maintenance records, waste/garbage management plans, fire control plans, inspect the radar, compass, GPS, life rafts, emergency beacon, radio, navigation systems, and exhaust systems, as well as perform other electrical and mechanical checks. The Discovery also gets a dry dock exam to assess the structural integrity of the vessel.

    Fine dining aboard the Discovery »

    Meet our Captain, Crew & Guides »

    • 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 »