Wilderness Explorer


Cruise line
Un-Cruise Adventures

Current cruise:
01 Jan, 1970 - 01 Jan, 1970


Wilderness Explorer Review and Specifications

Specifications of Wilderness Explorer

Flag USA
Year of built 1976
Speed 11 kn
Length 57 m
Beam 11 m
Gross Tonnage 910 gt
Former name Spirit of Discovery
Passengers 74 - 84
Crew 26
Passengers-to-space ratio 12
Decks 3
Decks with cabins 3
Last Refurbishment 2012

Review of Wilderness Explorer

In 2012 Wilderness Explorer joined the Un-Cruise Adventures’ fleet and became its 3rd expedition ship. Originally built in 1976 by “Eastern Shipbuilding” as the 86-passenger “Spirit of Discovery” (Cruise West company), the ship was renovated in 2012 in order to sail on Alaska-Glacier Bay itineraries.

History - construction & ownership

The 910-ton, 74-passenger cruise ship Wilderness Explorer sails in Southeast Alaska during summer months. Ship’s hull design and her shallow draft allow easy access to Alaska’s wildlife and a variety of adventure excursions. Each Un-Cruise Adventures’ ship navigates together with a fishing boat that is fully-equipped.

Cruise itinerary program

MS Wilderness Explorer schedule calendar includes Alaska small ship cruises departing from JuneauKetchikan and Sitka.

Wilderness Explorer


Wilderness Explorer has 3 passenger decks and only 37 cabins, all of which are Oceanview. The cabin grades number is 3. Wilderness Explorer has a lounge that is much larger than the one on board the other Un-Cruise Adventures’ vessels. The staterooms, even though the same size, feel much bigger. 

Dining options - Food & Drinks

Meals onboard the Wilderness Explorer are served buffet-style at set times. Soda, juice and lemonade are included in cruise price. The pastry chef guarantees guests will replenish calories quickly.

Entertainment options - Fun & Sport

Wilderness Explorer has a Spa area with sauna, massage room and a hot tub. The Un-Cruise Explorer ship easily visits areas that larger ships cannot and offers adventure equipment including paddle boards, kayaks, inflatable skiffs, hydrophone and underwater camera (linked to yacht’s lounge and stateroom TVs).

Source: CruiseShipDeckPlan.com

Wilderness Explorer wiki

Year built 1976

Last refurbished (scheduled refurbishment) 2012

Passenger capacity / crew capacity 74 (76 max) / 26

Dimensions (Gross tonnage weight / LOA length) 910 tons / 186 ft (57 m)

Flag State (registered in) USA

Ship builder Eastern Shipbuilding (USA)

Building cost USD - mill

Ship owner InnerSea Discoveries Alaska Inc

Operator Un-Cruise Adventures

Christened by -

Official website link un-cruise.com

Accident reports and news CruiseMinus.com

  • Passenger decks: 3
  • Cabin grades number: 3
  • Total number of cabins: 37 (of which all are Oceanview).
  • Restaurants and food bars: Dining Room.
  • Lounges & Bars: Lounge, Bar (Douglas fir).
  • Spa area (with jacuzzi, sauna, massage, fitness equipment, yoga classes), kayaks, paddle boards, expedition gear, bow viewing area, swim step and kayak launching platform, bow-mounted underwater camera, library.
  • In 2012, the Wilderness Explorer ship became the 3rd expedition cruise ship in the fleet of the Un-Cruise company. Originally built for the Cruise West line (as the 86-passenger MV Spirit of Discovery), the vessel was extensively renovated to accommodate 76 passengers on Alaska Glacier Bay cruise itineraries between Sitka and Juneau.
  • Wilderness Explorer features a larger lounge compared the other Un-Cruise ships. Its passenger cabins, even though with the same footage, feel bigger. 
  • All Un-Cruise ships have navy blue colored hulls. The Explorer ship is a great choice for those who like expedition-style Alaska cruising and activities, combined with onboard luxury amenities. The other Un-Cruise "Wilderness" ships are Discoverer and Adventurer.
  • Wilderness Explorer is a typical expedition cruise ship equipped with paddle boards and kayaks; inflatable skiffs; hiking poles; hydrophone and underwater camera (linked to the lounge's and all cabins' TVs). The other Un-Cruise "Wilderness" ships are named Discoverer and Adventurer.
  • Un-Cruise Adventures (formerly American Safari Cruises) is an USA-based, wholly-owned cruise company, a subsidiary of InnerSea Discoveries AlaskaIn 2013, the American Safari Cruises line was renamed to "Un-Cruise Adventures".Currently the cruise company has headquarters - main headquarters in Seattle WA and second in Juneau AK.

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