Year Started: 1996
Ships in Fleet: 8
Summary: Small ship that excel in personal adventures in Alaska and Hawaii. Excellent cuisine, cozy but dated ships. Not a luxury cruise, but a fantastic experience.
How big a hit is InnerSea Discoveries, the new adventure cruise line that started up this summer in Alaska? Big enough that the company already is planning an expansion for 2012.
Seattle-based InnerSea today announced it had acquired the 86-passenger Spirit of Discovery, a former Cruise West vessel, and would put it into service in Alaska next summer after a significant makeover. Cruise West collapsed in 2010, and the ship has been out of service.
As part of the overhaul of the Spirit of Discovery, InnerSea is reducing the ship's capacity to 76 passengers. The vessel will be renamed the Wilderness Explorer and sail between Juneau and Sitka in Alaska.
In making the announcement, InnerSea noted it quickly sold out this year's voyages on its two existing vessels, the 76-passenger Wilderness Discoverer and 60-passenger Wilderness Adventurer. The two ships sail between Juneau and Ketchikan.
This entire voyage is like one long shore excurion. The idea is to bring you to the action wherever it may be. Anything can happen at any time so the itinerary is more of a suffestion than a plan.Kid's Excursions
Kids are welcome but there are no youth activity directors or baby sitters. Kids should be old enough to take care of basic needs like dressing, etc.Attire
Casual all the time - just be sure to check the weather before you leave.Cabins
They are generally younger and more adventurous. Hikers, kayakers aqnd people interested in nature and sea life.Tipping
One of the most unusual and expensive tippings guidelines in the "cruise" industry, the line recommends 5% to 10% of the cruise fare and is shared equally among the crew.
This can easily become $500 to $1000 per guest.