Juneau Alaska-Mendenhall Glacier_Image Courtesy © State of Alaska_Brian Adams
Wilderness, history, and native culture all meet in an immense wonderland of national parks and scenic beauty. Experience the natural world as it has existed for a millennia, from a pod of orcas surfacing alongside the ship to Tlingit totem poles that point toward the skies. Explore a world of electric-blue glaciers, shimmering northern lights, and an amazing diversity of wildlife.
Aboard the brand new American Constellation, the only fully stabilized small cruise ship in the region, enjoy the smoothest cruise available with every modern comfort and convenience. Savor breakfast on your private balcony as you admire breathtaking views of whales, eagles, and scenic shorelines. Receive complimentary guided shore excursions at every port, featuring world-class experts and entertainers who bring the very best of the region to life.
Highlights of this incredible journey include a visit to Mendenhall Glacier, exclusive access to Glacier Bay, up-close bald eagle viewing in Haines, and a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to cruise under Tracy Arm’s 1,500-foot vertical cliffs. Only American Cruise Lines can provide this highly-personalized, unmatched level of service in Alaska.
Ask about our Current Savings and our Complimentary Pre-Cruise Packages which include a premium hotel stay, city tour, and transportation to the ship. See the day by day itinerary tab below.
What sets American Cruise Lines Apart
With small capacity ships you’ll experience highly personalized service and a relaxed atmosphere on board all their modern fleet of ships which offer some of the largest staterooms in the industry and elevator service to all decks. Many spacious lounges and public spaces on each ship. Their accommodating, all-American crew welcomes you with an unequaled level of attention. Each evening before dinner, enjoy complimentary cocktails and hors d’ouevres, as you mingle with other passengers to share the adventures of the day. Set your own pace on your vacation and relax in the casual comfort and exceptional care that is the hallmark of cruising with American Cruise Lines.
2 Ships to choose from: American Constellation and American Spirit.
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(based on double occupancy)*
|Cruise Package from category AA (sliding window)||$5,650* **|
|Cruise Package from category AAL (private balcony)||$6,695* **|
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|Final balance due||120 days before departure|
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Cancellation charges also apply to additional charges for upgrades, transfers and other pre-purchased services. Protection plan premiums are non-refundable. Additional cancellation fees apply for air tickets. After travel begins, there is no refund for unused services, or unused portions of cruise or cruise/tour.
Day 0: Hotel Stay – Juneau, AK
Depart you home airport for Juneau, AK today, or day prior if overnight flight. Each Southeast Alaska itinerary comes complete with a Complimentary Pre-Cruise Package, providing you with a seamless way to board the ship and explore the local area. Arrive the day before your scheduled cruise date and American Cruise Lines will handle the rest. Explore Juneau and view the breathtaking Mendenhall Glacier, one of the most beautiful glaciers in North America. Downtown, enjoy Juneau’s unique shops and native heritage sites. Note: Pre-Cruise Package is not available for reservations made within 30 days of cruise date.
Day 1: Juneau, AK / Mendenhall Glacier
Today enjoy a guided tour of Juneau, and transportation to the ship. All luggage will be brought directly from the hotel and placed in your stateroom aboard the ship.
Juneau Experience & Mendenhall Glacier – 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. As the tour takes you away from downtown Juneau, experience the wonders of nature with breathtaking views of Mendenhall Glacier. At its widest point, this glacier is an impressive half a mile wide, with ice about 1,000 feet deep. This tour will stop at the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center, where you can discover the mystery behind this magnificent geological phenomenon from an unobstructed vantage point. Explore this towering glacier along one of its many nature trails and witness the grandeur of this impressive feat of nature, before returning to the ship’s gangway.
Day 2: Skagway, AK
Located at the northernmost point of the Inside Passage, Skagway was central to the Klondike Gold Rush of 1897. Known as the “Gateway to the Yukon,” the restored town is true to its past with vintage streetcars reminiscent of the old frontier and gold-rush-era buildings, now preserved as part of the Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park. Vintage locomotives from The White Pass & Yukon Route Railroad continue to run past the iconic Chilkoot trail, offering sweeping mountain views on the way up to Canada.
Yukon Gateway Journey – Complimentary Excursion
Skagway has called itself the “Gateway to the Yukon” since the Klondike Gold Rush of 1898. This tour experience offers an overview of the town, a spectacular ride on the White Pass and Yukon Route narrow gauge railroad into British Columbia, a bus tour over the scenic Klondike Highway, and time to explore historic Skagway’s attractions and shops.
Day 3: Haines, AK
Bald eagles are among the most populous of over 260 species of birds in Chilkat Valley. Our onboard expert and a local guide will take you through the valley describing the different species along the way. Take advantage of the variety of activities available in Haines, including a guided wildlife expedition or a private kayaking tour on Chilkoot Lake.
Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve Raft Tour – Signature Shore Excursion at additional cost
As you make your way to the Chilkat River to begin your rafting excursion, take a scenic riverside drive along Haines Highway, declared A National Scenic Byway. Witness glacier-clad mountains thrust to the sky, colorful wildflowers line the road, and green riverside channels that provide habitat for moose, bear, and trumpeter swans. After boarding your raft, enjoy a rapid-free, scenic float down the Chilkat River through the famous Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve, home of the world’s largest concentration of Bald Eagle. Paddling is not required, as your expert guide will push the raft along, explaining the natural history of the area, the Chilkat Indian heritage, and fun facts about bald eagle ecology.
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.
Nature & Wildlife Expedition – Complimentary Excursion
Knowledgeable and experienced local naturalists will guide you through the “Valley of the Eagles” to take in Alaska’s magnificent 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.
Chilkoot Lake Wildlife Kayak Tour – Signature Shore Excursion at additional cost
Sea kayaking is a great way to explore the scenic wonders of Alaska. Outfitted with the proper gear, you will soon be gliding silently along the shores of the pristine Chilkoot Lake. The tour begins with a seaside drive to Chilkoot Lake State Park which features a salmon-filled river flowing into the sea, a turquoise lake surrounded by snow-capped mountains, and important Tlingit cultural sites. Keep an eye out for wildlife; bald eagles, brown bear, and migratory birds, all of which are often seen here. Arrive at the lake, take in the scenery and board your sea kayak. This lake is uncrowded, and the scenery is spectacular. Huge waterfalls spill off of the cliffs surrounding the lake, lush green forests line the shore, and wildlife abounds.
Day 4: Glacier Bay, AK
Covering 3.3 million acres of dynamic topography, Glacier Bay is the world’s largest biosphere, comprised of massive glaciers, temperate rainforest, and snow-capped mountain peaks. During the day, witness the native wildlife, including seals, whales, eagles, bears, and more.
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 5: Cruising the Inside Passage & Frederick Sound
Spend the day cruising the Frederick Sound and Inside Passage. Surrounded by majestic snow-covered mountains, the glacier-fed waters of the Frederick Sound are abundant with krill and herring, making it one of the world’s premier locations to observe humpback whales. Thousands migrate here to feed on the super nutrient-rich waters, as do orcas, sea lions, porpoise, and harbor seals. Along the shoreline, you may also spot black and brown bears as well as Sitka black-tailed deer.
Cultural Kake Experience – Complimentary Excursion
Just 38 miles northwest of Petersburg in the Inside Passage is the beachfront village of Kake. This small community, with a population of 500, is home to the Tlingit tribe, a proud people who have frequently defended their land against other tribes and early American explorers.
Take a guided tour, making a stop at The Hatchery, known for its advantageous view of Alaskan bears and a live salmon stream. Next, your guide will take you to the carving shed, where local history and lore will be shared. On the way back to the ship you will make a stop at the world’s largest totem pole for story-telling.
Day 6: Petersburg, AK
Located on Frederick Sound, Petersburg is a thriving fishing community with a strong Norwegian heritage. Enjoy the relaxed atmosphere, as you explore the charming village of this authentic Alaskan town.
Fishing Charter – Signature Shore Excursion at additional cost
In the company of a small group of fellow American Cruise Lines guests, enjoy a half day of fishing aboard the “First Choice” fishing charter. Enjoy the scenic splendor of southeast Alaska while you cast a line for wild Alaskan Salmon. All equipment is provided and you will even be able to keep your delicious catch to ship home.
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 a discussion about various fishing boats, methods of fishing, permits, processing and more.
The Clausen Museum – Complimentary Excursion
Enjoy a self-guided tour of the Clausen Museum at your leisure. Established in 1968, the Clausen Museum is dedicated to preserving the history and telling the story of those who have lived and worked in Petersburg and the surrounding area.
Day 7: Tracy Arm, AK / Sawyer Glacier
Fifty miles southeast of Juneau is Tracy Arm, a long, narrow fjord leading to the mile-wide South Sawyer Glacier. Witness seals lounging on small ice floes, as you sail under the 1,500-foot-high vertical cliffs of Tracy Arm surrounded by the magnificent sight of hundreds of waterfalls cascading down its towering sides.
Indulge yourself at our one-of-a-kind Hot Chocolate Bar on the sun deck, as our onboard naturalist provides expert commentary on this natural wonder. There is a sense of excitement as you anticipate the next waterfall, mountain goat, or bear, on your way to the crystal blue glacier.
Sailing through Tracy Arm’s 1,500 foot high vertical cliffs and experience the awe and wonder of nature. Our expert naturalist will join us on board to provide narration as we cruise through this mighty fjord. Witness hundreds of waterfalls cascading down the sides of this fjord, creating a majestic atmosphere.
Day 8: Juneau, AK / Fly Home
On your return to Juneau, spend some time exploring the impressive collection of museums, shops, and attractions in the heart of Alaska’s capital before your flight home.