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Alaska Inside Passage Cruise

Juneau to Seattle - Example 16 Day Cruise aboard American Constellation
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Embark on a 16-day cruise aboard the American Constellation. Traverse the serene waters of the iconic Inside Passage, passing through a vast array of picturesque islands from Puget Sound in Washington to Alaska's southeastern panhandle. Delve into captivating history, marvel at scenic wonders, and discover vibrant ports on carefully curated excursions with fellow travelers who quickly become companions. After a day of exploration, unwind onboard with evening cocktails, exquisite dining in the Restaurant, and enriching entertainment in the lounge.
A Bald Eagle catches a fish.Downtown Juneau, AlaskaVisit the community of Wrangell, AlaskaAlaska native clan house and totemsGlowing sun on Seattle, WashingtonGet up close to amazing glaciers in Alaska
  • Experience Skagway, learn about the Klondike Gold Rush, take a vintage locomotive ride, and explore frontier buildings
  • Witness Glacier Bay National Park, sip cocoa while viewing glaciers and seals on icebergs
  • Discover bears feeding on salmon, enjoy guided wildlife expeditions, and visit a bald eagle rehabilitation center in Haines
  • Explore unique shops, excellent museums, and heritage sites in Juneau
Activity Level: Variable
Activity options vary depending on destination and operator. Activity level is determined by the range and intensity of activities you choose to participate in. Discuss with your Trip Planner which options are best for you.

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Day 1: Juneau, Alaska

Settle into your hotel and enjoy time to explore Juneau. Downtown, peruse unique shops, excellent museums, and native heritage sites. Ride the enclosed tramway up the steep mountainside for spectacular views of forested islands, quiet coves, and rugged coastal mountains.

Day 2: Embark | Afternoon of Cruising

Before boarding, enjoy a guided exploration of the city of Juneau, which concludes at the ship. Be treated to a Welcome Reception as you begin your Alaska journey.

Juneau City Exploration - Complimentary Excursion
On this tour through the city of Juneau, your guide will share the colorful history of Juneau's gold rush era and point out buildings of historical significance.  
Activity Level: Low | ADA ACCESSIBLE: Yes

Day 3: Haines, Alaska

Nestled at the northern end of the Lynn Canal, the mountains rise steeply from the shoreline and seem to wrap around Haines. View the bears that regularly feed on salmon along a river on the edge of town.

Bald eagles are the stars of more than 260 species of birds in the adjacent Chilkat Valley. Enjoy a variety of activities, including a guided wildlife expedition, a private kayaking and rafting tour, or a visit to a bald eagle rehabilitation center.

Discover Haines Exploration Shuttle - Complimentary Excursion
This convenient shuttle will transport you from the ship to the center of Haines and back. At your leisure, explore the rich history, scenic beauty, and vibrant culture of this enchanting Alaskan town. This daily shuttle runs on a continuous loop.
Activity Level: Low | ADA ACCESSIBLE: Yes

Historic Haines Exploration - Complimentary Excursion
Enjoy a historic walking tour led by a local guide who will give you an insider’s look at life in this small Alaskan town. Start at Fort William H. Seward, the first permanent Army base in Alaska. Learn about the rich history of the Chilkat Valley, including the pre-contact days of the Tlingit, the arrival of the missionaries, the US Army and Ft. Seward period, as well as more modern times. Admire the views from Officer’s Row, and visit Soap Suds Alley and the Parade Grounds. Explore the famous Hammer Museum, one of the prime attractions on Main Street. Hear stories about local controversies and the challenges of remote Alaskan living.
Activity Level: Moderate | ADA ACCESSIBLE: Yes

Valley of the Eagles Nature & Wildlife Expedition - Complimentary Excursion
Knowledgeable and experienced local naturalists will guide you through the "Valley of the Eagles" to take in Alaska's nature and wildlife in six different wildlife habitats: ocean, estuary, river, lake, muskeg, and rainforest. Nestled between rugged glaciers and snow-capped mountains, the fertile Chilkoot Valley provides you with the potential to observe a wide variety of wildlife including brown bears, bald eagles, whales, seals, and river otters.
Activity Level: Moderate | ADA ACCESSIBLE: Yes

Day 4: Skagway, Alaska

Located at the northernmost point of the Inside Passage, the small town of Skagway became known as the “Gateway to the Yukon.” It grew rapidly as 100,000 adventurous Americans traveled north, hoping to make it rich. Learn more about this amazing story at the National Park Service’s Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park. Antique streetcars with colorful guides still offer tours of the old frontier and gold-rush-era buildings.

Take a vintage locomotive up the breathtaking mountain pass on your way to Canada aboard the White Pass & Yukon Route Railroad, completed in 1900. Explore the town’s false-front buildings, which house a charming array of shops, restaurants, bars, and museums.

A Day in Skagway Adventure - Complimentary Excursion
This exciting all-day excursion is in three parts:
• Street Car Exploration - Travel aboard a yellow 1927 sightseeing streetcar as your costumed “conductor” shares a century of history, behind-the-scenes tales, and stories of life in small town Alaska. Explore the scenic waterfront, National Park Historic District, and Skagway’s residential neighborhood.
• White Pass Journey to Glacier Station - Step aboard the White Pass & Yukon Route Railroad and back in time to the Klondike Gold Rush of 1898. Relax in vintage passenger coaches as you retrace the start of the Trail of 98’ just like the gold seekers did over 123 years ago. This rail excursion includes tales of frontier Alaska, the gold rush and what life is like our small town of Skagway along with can’t miss scenery and photo opportunities. Let us show you why the railroad is known as the “Scenic Railway of the World.”
• Journey to the Summit - Board a big-windowed mini-coach for an adventure to the summit of the Klondike Highway, one of North America’s most beautiful roads. View Deadhorse Trail, the White Pass Railroad, Pitchfork Falls, and Moore Bridge, as well as numerous glaciers and peaks. 
Activity Level: Low | ADA ACCESSIBLE: Yes
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Transport into Skagway - Complimentary Excursion
This convenient shuttle will transport you from the ship to the center of town and back. At your leisure, explore Skagway’s variety of unique shops, restaurants, and gold-rush-era buildings that line its historic streets. Running daily on a continuous loop.
Activity Level: Low | ADA ACCESSIBLE: Yes

Day 5: Glacier Bay National Park

There is no place in the world quite like Glacier Bay National Park. The park sprawls majestically over 3.3 million acres of dynamic topography. Thousands of glaciers descend toward the bay, which is surrounded by the Fairweather Mountain Range, known to collect more than 200 feet of snow annually.  

American Cruise Lines is one of a few cruise lines that allowed privileged access to this natural wonder. Savor a day cruising through this 60-mile bay as you delight in the diverse and stunning surroundings. Sip on cocoa as the ship floats beneath massive glaciers. Gaze in amazement at hundreds of seals hauled out on floating icebergs and massive chunks of ice breaking off and collapsing into the water. Enjoy awe-inspiring sights as your onboard presenter shares stories about the unique aspects that make this place remarkable.

Interpretive Glacier Bay Program - Complimentary Excursion
The marine wilderness of Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve is like no place else on earth. The park includes magnificent glaciers, towering snow-capped mountains, abundant wildlife, and miles of pristine coastline. Experience all of Glacier Bay’s beauty from the comfort of the American Constellation. A National Park Service Ranger will board the ship for the day and will provide expert narration as we cruise through Glacier Bay, identifying wildlife including orcas, humpback whales, brown bears, and bald eagles. Your tour will include a stop at a majestic tidewater glacier where you may hear the sounds of a calving glacier. American Cruise Lines has also made special arrangements to have an Huna Tlingit Cultural Interpreter join us on board who will share with you the fascinating human history and family stories of Glacier Bay’s native clans and people.

Day 6: Cruising the Alaska Inside Passage

This day of cruising offers an array of scenic highlights as the ship meanders the narrow channel of the Tracy Arm Fjord. Throughout the 25-mile journey, the waterway averages only about a mile wide, framed by steep vertical cliffs stretching more than 3,000 feet high. Pockets of valleys reveal views of larger, snow-capped peaks featuring mountainsides adorned with ancient forests and swaths of sparkling glaciers. 

Hundreds of waterfalls cascade down the cliffs and tumble into the water. The miraculous journey is further heightened as the ship arrives at the faces of the stunning twin Sawyer Glaciers that once combined to carve out this incredible waterway—seals lounge with their young on small ice floes. During glacier viewing, the crew prepares a delicious hot chocolate bar with an array of toppings and liqueurs.

The area is almost unchanged since naturalist John Muir visited in 1879 and described this special place as "shut in by sublime cliffs, nobly sculptured, and adorned with waterfalls and fringes of trees, bushes, and patches of flowers." 

Day 7: Petersburg, Alaska

As your ship docks in Petersburg, admire the surrounding mountains, white and gleaming, which rise to the sky. Founded more than 100 years ago by Norwegian fishermen, Petersburg is an authentic Alaskan fishing town, with most families making their living from the sea. Be warmly welcomed by locals and excursion guides who are proud to share the treasures of their hometown and honor the culture of those who first settled here.

For a spectacular view, take a flightseeing excursion and soar over massive glaciers, majestic valleys, and mystic bays. Explore the charming shops and quaint downtown museums, or hike along the waterfront to enjoy the surrounding wilderness. Charter a fishing boat for the afternoon in the adjacent Frederick Sound or delight in a jet boat adventure to nearby LeConte Glacier Bay.

Petersburg Dock Walk - Complimentary Excursion
Petersburg’s location is in the heart of southeast Alaska, making it ideal for major industry commercial fishing. Led by local fishermen and fishery biologists, enjoy a one hour narrated dock walk through Petersburg’s boat harbors. Enjoy discussion of various fishing boats, methods of fishing, permits, processing and more.
Activity Level: Low | ADA ACCESSIBLE: Yes

Discover Petersburg Exploration Shuttle - Complimentary
This convenient shuttle allows you to discover Petersburg independently as you shop and stroll through this charming fishing town. At your leisure, explore this island community which continues to make a living from the sea. Running daily on a continuous loop.
Activity Level: Low | ADA ACCESSIBLE: Yes

Petersburg Walking Exploration - Complimentary Excursion
Explore this vibrant fishing town on a walk led and narrated by our local guide. View the scenic waterfront adorned with boats, both new and weathered, and stroll along the historic streets lined with homes decorated with flowery Norwegian Rosemåling. Along the way, learn about the early settlers, Sons of Norway Hall, Sing Lee Alley, commercial fishing, and the Norwegian heritage of Petersburg.
Activity Level: Low | ADA ACCESSIBLE: Yes

Day 8: Wrangell, Alaska

Wrangell’s cozy little bay offers a broad view of the attractive town along the long valley descending from the backdrop of coastal mountains. The Stikine River empties into the ocean in braided rivulets across a wide delta to the north of town. Salmon runs attract wildlife, and observation areas enable you to safely watch eagles, seals, black bears, and brown bears feasting on the spawning fish.

If you’re feeling adventurous, you can ride a jet boat up the river, an important route during the Gold Rush. On exploring the town, savor the flavors of fresh salmon and halibut, participate in native Tlingit culture, or stop and pick from the wild bushes of blueberries and huckleberries.

Wrangell Experience - Complimentary Excursion
Discover the highlights of this truly Alaskan town and see its colorful history and native culture come to life while visiting the Petroglyph State Historic Site and the Wrangell Museum with its 5,000+ historic photos, native artifacts, Tlingit Petroglyphs, and fishing, mining and logging displays.
Activity Level: Low | ADA ACCESSIBLE: Yes

Day 9: Ketchikan, Alaska

Located amid the Tongass National Forest, Ketchikan, Alaska, is the beginning of the last frontier, with a glacier-carved wilderness of snow-capped mountains, waterfalls, and wildlife. Here, animals may outnumber people, as the densely wooded surrounding landscape of the Tongass National Forest is home to black bears, mountain goats, Sitka black-tailed deer, bald eagles, and more.

Various excellent museums share the cultural stories of the three main tribes that have lived in Southeast Alaska – Tlingit, Haida, and Tsimshian. In Saxman’s Totem Park, view 25 totems, each authentic replica of poles abandoned in native villages as people moved to towns and cities. Go flightseeing to admire the nearby magical Misty Fiords National Monument. Cheer at a lumberjack demonstration show highlighting the region’s logging industry. Stroll along Creek Street’s wooden boardwalks and shops on wooden pilings above the stream.

Potlatch Totem Park & City Exploration - Complimentary Excursion
Experience the beauty of the Ketchikan coastal community as you visit Potlatch Totem Park, a 19th-century native village located on historic Tlingit Native fishing grounds. View multiple houses, totem poles, and panels, while appreciating the beauty of smoothly carved wood and hearing the legends behind the designs. Visit the carving studio for an exclusive demonstration by the current carver in residence and learn about their ancient techniques. Explore the onsite antique car collection, featuring a 1934 Ford Coupe and 1924 Stanley Steamer as well as a display of rare antique firearms. Enjoy a narrated drive through the historical downtown area of Ketchikan to view the waterfront, bustling with float planes and cruise ships.
Activity Level: Low | ADA ACCESSIBLE: Yes

Day 10: Cruising the Inside Passage & Frederick Sound

Relish a day of scenic cruising along the Inside Passage. Savor delicious cuisine, enjoy festive onboard activities and illuminating presentations, or relax and be spoiled by the gracious hospitality of the all-American crew. As you glide smoothly aboard the new American Constellation, the only fully stabilized small cruise ship in the region, enjoy every modern comfort and convenience. 

Nestle beside the large windows in one of the many lounges to revel in the scenery as you make new friends. Relax in the luxury of your stateroom, featuring a wall of windows, or sit on your private veranda as the captain maneuvers the ship beside churning waterfalls, backcountry lodges, or magical coves. 

Thousands of humpback whales migrate for the nutrient-rich waters, as do orcas, sea lions, seals, dolphins, and porpoises. Watch for gliding or breaching whales or even an incredible sighting of “bubble-net feeding” as the whales work to feed in tandem. Along the shoreline, you may spot black and brown bears and Sitka black-tailed deer. 

Day 11: Cruising Queen Charlotte Strait

Delight in a relaxing day sailing alongside the majestic beauty of the 150 miles of the narrow Strait of Georgia between Vancouver Island and the mainland coast of British Columbia. With less than 180 guests onboard, everyone has an incredible view of the region's natural wonders and majestic beauty. From the comfort of your furnished private balcony, discover this estuary system's unique and biologically rich characteristics, where hundreds of rivers flow into the sea.

Along the way, delight in the locally inspired cuisine prepared by the team of master chefs and enjoy a wide variety of onboard activities and presentations. Or, relax and be spoiled by the all-American crew's gracious hospitality as you glide aboard the only fully stabilized small cruise ship in the region. 

Day 12: Cruising Strait of Georgia

Enjoy a relaxing day of cruising along the Queen Charlotte Strait, a part of the Inside Passage of sheltered waters behind a series of island chains that stretch from Washington State to the Great Land of Alaska. Cruise in spacious comfort onboard the region's newest small cruise ship as you gaze awestruck at the breathtaking scenery and abundant wildlife. Bask in the ever-changing beauty of the Broughton Archipelago with its variety of marine mammals, including orcas, harbor seals, and sea lions. Gaze skyward to watch for soaring bald eagles. 

Enhance your experience with onboard enrichment programs presented by the area's finest historians, naturalists, and entertainers. Roam the comfortable onboard lounges to share the day's adventures with fellow travelers and savor the chef's delicious regional creations.

Day 13: Friday Harbor, Washington

Be enchanted by the beauty and laid-back charm of San Juan Island’s Friday Harbor. The town has historic storefronts, picturesque turn-of-the-century houses, and Coast Salish native carvings. Ramble through the walkable historic district of this secluded coastal fishing village. Browse the friendly local shops and restaurants. Explore excellent museums to learn more about the region’s marine life, history, cultural arts, and more.

Discover the bizarre 1859 “Pig War” story that almost hurled the U.S. and Britain into war. Venture out on your own or enjoy guided excursions to additional attractions. Delight in this quaint town, its rich history, and the area’s diverse topography, from pebbly beaches to magnificent mountains and lush valleys.

Day 14: Anacortes, Washington

Anacortes is a lovely waterfront town on Fidalgo Island in Northwest Washington State. This vibrant coastal community is home to one of the world’s largest whale-watching fleets and Deception Pass, one of the most photographed places in the Northwest.

More than 50 miles of trails run through Anacortes and Fidalgo Island, where you can enjoy views of Mount Erie, four fresh-water lakes, old growth forest, and various wildlife, including bald eagles. Explore the downtown, just a few steps from the dock, and peruse its sophisticated boutiques, art galleries, and antique shops.

Anacortes Walking Experience - Complimentary Excursion
Situated on the most accessible island in the San Juan archipelago, Anacortes is a thriving seaside town with a past that reflects its fascinating boom and bust history as well as the entrepreneurial spirit of the area. After a brief historical presentation on board, your local guide will lead you through the town, providing an orientation while you admire the colorful murals which also help to tell the town story. Stop at the West Coast's oldest chandlery and visit a historic park.
Activity Level: Moderate | ADA ACCESSIBLE: Yes

Anacortes Local Loop - Complimentary Excursion
Enjoy a narrated journey downtown to explore at your leisure. Pick up a map from your Cruise Director onboard and discover all that Anacortes has to offer.
Activity Level: Low | ADA ACCESSIBLE: Yes

Day 15: Seattle, Washington

Welcome to Seattle. Relax on the sun deck as the city's famous skyline draws near. Once you arrive, make the most of your time in Seattle with an excursion to the Seattle Center or allow American Cruise Lines to assist with transportation arrangements home.

Day 16: Seattle, Washington | Disembark

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End your magnificent journey in this incredible destination. Stay an extra day or two to explore the original Starbucks in Pike Place Market before exploring the iconic Space Needle, a 1962 World’s Fair legacy. 


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American Constellation Single
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Find modern amenities and relaxing comfort in our 226 sq. ft. Single staterooms. With a large picture window, twin-size beds, and sizable bathrooms, these Single staterooms are perfect for solo travelers.
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Single Private Balcony
Solo travelers will find relaxing comfort in our Single staterooms with a walk-out private balcony. Enjoy one of the largest single staterooms in the industry at 238 sq. ft., featuring a comfortable twin bed, large sliding glass door, and spacious full-size bathrooms.
American Constellation AA
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Centrally located, these 302 sq. ft. staterooms offer amazing views and easy lounge access. Enjoy the expansive views out of your large opening picture window. Each room comes equipped with a large closet and a full-size bathroom.
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AAL Private Balcony
AAL staterooms offer all the comforts of home and amazing panoramic views. At 350 sq. ft., each room includes an interior entrance, an expansive private walk-out balcony, and a large sitting area.
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AAC Private Balcony
At 350 sq. ft., each AAC stateroom offers all of the comforts of a fine hotel. These staterooms also feature full sliding glass doors and a private walk-out balcony, which provide spectacular panoramic views of the surrounding scenery.
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AAM Private Balcony
At 368 sq. ft., our AAM staterooms are designed to offer the privacy you desire while cruising. Located on the fourth deck, these spacious staterooms are elegantly furnished and feature floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors that lead to a private walk-out balcony where the grandness of the Pacific Northwest scenery can be enjoyed.
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Veranda Suite Private Balcony
With a generous up to 450 sq. ft. of relaxing space, each Veranda suite includes a private walk-out balcony to enjoy the panoramic views. Considered one of the finest staterooms on any cruise ship, guests will enjoy full-size bathrooms and a large living area with sliding glass doors.
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Up to 450 sq. ft., the American Constellation Owner's Suites are spacious and elegantly appointed. Located on a private deck, each secluded suite offers our distinguished travelers amazing views from the private walk-out balcony. The well-furnished suites come fully equipped and offer a sitting area, writer’s desk, sliding glass door, and full-size bathroom.
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