Portside exterior view of the Wilderness Adventurer small ship sitting in glassy water under a cloudy sky in Alaska.
Lounge Bar aboard Wilderness Adventurer
Dining room aboard Wilderness Adventurer
Trailblazer cabin with queen bed aboard Wilderness Adventurer
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Wilderness Adventurer

year built
crew members
160 feet
38 feet
cruising speed
9.5 knots
United States

Please note that the Wilderness Adventurer is not actively sailing any cruises listed with Adventuresmith Explorations. Contact us for current information on this ship and comparable options, or browse all of our small Alaska cruise ships to filter by ship size and ship type.

The 60-passenger M/V Wilderness Adventurer offers the ultimate in small ship comfort and adventure while exploring Alaska. Sailing with a maximum of 60 guests, the Wilderness Adventurer features 30 staterooms and three public decks, providing an intimate and personal experience. The vessel’s small size and shallow draft allow her to explore regions of Alaska’s Inside Passage unreachable by most other vessels. 

Why Sail Aboard Wilderness Adventurer

Choose the Wilderness Adventurer if you are seeking an affordable and active expedition. The Wilderness Adventurer is the quintessential adventure cruise ship, with a history of pioneering Alaska coastal cruises. She offers comfortable cabins, stylish common areas, excellent service and delicious meals. She is not luxurious or particularly modern but is comfortable, casual and uniquely ready for adventure. What sets her apart most is her program of off-vessel activities designed to explore up close and in style. An experienced crew of guides and naturalists specialize in getting guests away from the ship safely and efficiently. The EZ Dock kayak launching platform eliminates the most challenging part of a paddle: getting in and out of the kayak.

AdventureSmith Explorations has been aboard the Wilderness Adventurer firsthand, and can help you compare this expedition vessel to others offering small ship Alaska cruises. Our company has a long history with this ship, and she remains one of our favorite platforms for exploration in Alaska. Read our dedicated Wilderness Adventurer Ship Review written by one of our specialists, or consult this page further for a detailed description of the Wilderness Adventurer, including deck plans and a photo gallery. We’ve been aboard many Alaska ships and can be your ultimate resource to discover if this ship the best choice for your travel needs.

Common Areas Aboard Wilderness Adventurer

Like Wilderness Adventurer’s layout is designed to maximize social spaces, observation areas and comfortable places for dining and relaxing. The full wrap-around viewing deck allows guests to move freely around the entire perimeter of the ship for viewing and photographing wildlife. A large indoor area on the Main Deck includes the dining room, a spacious lounge and a full-service, complimentary bar. The Sun Deck is an ideal space to enjoy morning yoga classes and afternoon cocktails.

Dining Aboard Wilderness Adventurer

The Wilderness Adventurer offers guests a casual-style dining experience in the dining room on the Main Deck, featuring exceptional meals. Seating is open and accommodates all guests at once. Chefs use locally-sourced fresh ingredients to reflect the flavors of each destination. Each day includes an early-riser breakfast of fresh fruit, onboard-baked pastries and breads, and a full breakfast complete with specialty items. Lunches range from pasta salads and sandwiches to homemade soups and ethnic dishes. Dinners offer a choice of entrées, including fresh seafood and meats. Vegetarian dishes are available and special dietary needs can be accommodated with advance notice. Hors d’oeuvres for the cocktail hour feature a variety of appetizers, and desserts are varied and plentiful. Hot and cold beverages are available around the clock, and liquors, wine and beer are complimentary. 

Activities Aboard Wilderness Adventurer

The Wilderness Adventurer features a fleet of 19 two-person sea kayaks, stand-up paddleboards and inflatable skiffs for remote explorations. Adventure gear is available for use, including hiking poles, and snorkel gear and wetsuits at an additional cost. A stern-mounted EZ Dock launch platform makes on- and off-boarding kayaks easy. The swim step is a perfect jumping-off point for a polar plunge. Join naturalist guides on a hike or a paddle to explore Alaska up close.

The Sun Deck features a hot tub, fitness equipment and yoga mats for stretching classes. The open bridge policy encourages interaction with the captain and crew as they discuss navigation, itinerary and logistics. Educational opportunities come in many forms: engaging naturalist-led lectures in the main lounge, watching and listening to whales via the underwater hydrophone and bow camera, and relaxing with a book about the people, places and wildlife of Alaska.

Crew & Guides Aboard Wilderness Adventurer

Wilderness Adventurer’s cheerful and knowledgeable crew creates a casual and welcoming atmosphere, and offers exceptional service. The mantra on board could be: word hard, play hard, relax, repeat. The 25 crew members embody the “WAVE STRONG” mentality of easy-going fun, and they are fiercely loyal to their small ship. On select departures, expert onboard naturalists and guides are complemented by guest hosts in the fields of ornithology, photography, marine biology, wine and wellness, among others.

Cabins & Deck Plan Aboard Wilderness Adventurer

Three cabin categories aboard the Wilderness Adventurer include 10 Navigator, 16 Trailblazer and 4 Pathfinder cabins. All cabins are newly refurbished with contemporary interior colors to complement the wilderness outside and are equipped with lower berths. All include a private bathroom with shower, hair dryer, conditioning shampoo and body wash; flat screen TV with DVD player; iPod docking station; binoculars; reusable water bottles and a view window (no portholes).

Navigator cabin with twin beds aboard Wilderness Adventurer

Navigator: 200-201, 203-208 & 210. Main Deck. Each features a queen or two twin beds.

Trailblazer cabin with queen bed aboard Wilderness Adventurer

Trailblazer: 301-302, 307-320. Observation Deck. Each features a queen or two twin beds.


Pathfinder: 303-306. Observation Deck. Each features a fixed double bed (missing on deck plan). Pathfinder cabins open to an exterior deck. 306 available for single occupancy.

Single cabin with twin bed and pullman berth aboard Wilderness Adventurer.
Single (Navigator)

Single (Navigator): 202. Main Deck. One twin bed (and one Pullman bed only available on charters).

Deck plan for the 3 passenger decks aboard Wilderness Adventurer with color coded cabin categories & bed configuration notes.
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