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Wilderness Discoverer Review

4.0 / 5.0
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27 reviews

wonderful experience

Review for Wilderness Discoverer to Alaska
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First Time Cruiser • Age 80s

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Sail Date: May 2013

Where do I start? The ship (Wilderness Discoverer)- We were in the Navigator level cabin. It is the least expensive and on the lowest level. It is small( about 8x10) but though snug, we found it really neat. The window opens to the sea and since you are on the lowest level it means no railings blocking your view and nobody walking by you window. That means no need to draw the curtain- who cares if a whale or dolphin sees you au naturale?

The crew- Just the best! So friendly and happy to help you in any way possible. The food- Omigosh- everything was perfect. We all were constantly amazed at the variety and quality of the meals.

The activities- Kayaking, hiking, and fun skiff rides to glaciers and land hike areas. Also, the polar bear plunge which is a jump from the ship into 38 degree water which is a one time event near the end of the trip. We didn't partake but about 20 did and it was a blast to watch them. The fellow passengers-they were so much fun and so interesting. We were a like minded group that were looking for more than sitting with 1000 others on those giant ships.

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The navigator cabin on the Wilderness discoverer- It is small, about 8x10 but we grew to love it. Least expensive level of cabin but it is a real advantage to being on lowest level of the ship. All cabins have a window that opens. But the lower level has no railings or walkways to mar your view. Nobody walks by your window meaning you don't have to draw the drapes as others on the upper two levels do! Besides, you are very close to the galley and lounge area. You do hear the engine noise more since being on the lower level, yet after one night that didn't faze us a bit. Remember- you spend very little time in the cabin except to sleep.

Port Reviews


It was ok- but take a tour out to Mendenhall glacier.


Take the city bus up to the Totem park at the north end of the city.

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