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  • Custom Vacations

    A growing portion of the Discovery’s season provides customized, private voyages into Alaska’s prized seacoast region of Prince William Sound. Individual families, wedding parties, groups of friends, photographers, film crews, researchers, educators, and other small  groups can charter the boat for their exclusive cruise and enjoy a private wilderness experience. If you’re coming all the way to Alaska, why not see the best?

    With the popular destinations in Alaska becoming increasingly more crowded, many are looking for some form of exclusivity and privacy, that sidesteps the large crowds of mainstream tourist destinations. This has been the Discovery’s focus from the beginning, and if you find yourself attracted to this type of travel, we encourage you to explore some of our regularly scheduled cruises, or contact us to discuss dates and availability for your own specific time frame.

    All of our voyages offer guests a unique encounter with the astonishing diversity of life in Prince William Sound’s marine and terrestrial habitats. Calving glaciers, wildlife viewing, whale watching, shore side hikes, and sea kayaking are some of the favored activities.

    Shore hikes to view the Sound’s epic glaciers – note the size of the M/V Discovery on the left on a Discovery Voyages small ship cruise, photo by Patrick J. Endres

    Discovery Voyage’s high quality, low volume approach to traveling in this Alaska seacoast wilderness make private charters a desirable and viable option to many visitors.

    Private Charter Rates

    • Charters are available for up to 12 passengers.*
    • Rates range from $6,500 to $8,300 per day based on seasonal demand and availability.
    • Rates include cost for the entire boat per day, including full crew and meals plus round-trip van transfers between Anchorage/Whittier. Pre/post cruise accommodations are not included but may be arranged upon request.
    • Non-refundable deposit for charters: $4,500

    *Planning a family reunion or special occasion for more than 12 people? With advance planning we can accommodate larger parties using two or more vessels. Contact us for more information.

    • 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 »