About Alaska Inside Passage Cruise

Discover the majestic splendor of a summer Alaska Inside Passage cruise with this incredible 11-night voyage from Seattle, Washington to Juneau, Alaska. Your unforgettable journey cruises the protected waters of the Inside Passage while docking regularly to explore the natural scenery, historic treasures and local communities along the way. Enjoy American Cruise Lines' personalized service and gracious hospitality as we visit Anacortes, Friday Harbor and cruise through Frederick Sound.

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Cruise Itinerary

Day
Ports of Call
1
Seattle, WA
2
Anacortes, WA
3
Friday Harbor, WA
4
Cruising Strait of Georgia
5
Cruising Queen Charlotte Strait
6
Cruising the Inside Passage
7
Ketchikan, AK
8
Wrangell, AK
9
Petersburg, AK
10
Cruising through Frederick Sound
11
Tracy Arm, AK & South Sawyer Glacier
12
Juneau, AK

Alaska Inside Passage Cruise

Take an 11-day cruise through the Alaska Inside Passage. Beautiful views of immaculate shores pair with amazing destinations to create a one-of-a-kind experience.

Ports of Call

  • Seattle, WA
  • Anacortes, WA
  • Friday Harbor, WA
  • Ketchikan, AK
  • Wrangell, AK
  • Petersburg, AK
  • Tracy Arm, AK & South Sawyer Glacier
  • Juneau, AK

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Day  1
Seattle, WA

Seattle is a city of natural wonders and beautiful vistas. Departing from the famous Fisherman’s Terminal, your cruise begins by traveling from this lively city to the majestic waters of Puget Sound.

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Day  2
Anacortes, WA

Anacortes is much warmer than its neighbors, so you can make the most of your time here. Visit Deception Pass State Park, one of the most photographed locations in Washington State. This park’s miles of scenic shoreline, serene trails, and abundant wildlife make it a rewarding destination for all visitors.

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Anacortes Walking Tour

Located in the San Juan archipelago, this seaside town mirrors the fascinating history and entrepreneurial spirit of the area. Admire the extensive, colorful murals depicting the history of the city, taking you through the town's historic center and past the W.T. Preston stern wheeler.

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La Conner, WA & SeaBear Salmon Tasting Tour

Visit the charming town of La Conner and enjoy a guided tour of its charming history. Stroll through La Conner’s downtown area, shop and experience some of its museums.  Upon arrival back in Anacortes, partake in a smoked salmon tasting at SeaBear, featuring its San Juan Sliders and smoked salmon chowder.

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Deception Pass Jet Boat Tour

Get an unobstructed view of Deception Pass aboard the Island Whaler, an aluminum catamaran, while exploring the sights and sounds of this historic region.

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Day  3
Friday Harbor, WA

The intoxicating aromas and majestic views of Friday Harbor will electrify your senses. Explore Friday Harbor’s diverse topography from pebbly beaches to monstrous mountains and lush valleys. Take a step back in time and experience island life as it was over a century ago.

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The Whale Museum

In the museum's Gallery of the Whales you'll learn about the natural history of marine mammals, with a special focus on orcas that live in the surrounding area. Encounter exhibits featuring artwork, models, and artifacts; including skeletons and a family tree of resident orcas. Listen to the "songs" of various species of whales in the Whale Phone Booth, and see an educational video on Pacific Northwest orcas.​

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Whale Watching Tour

The San Juan Islands are a wonderful place to go whale-watching. Learn why and see these majestic mammals in their natural habitat during a whale-watching tour through the islands.

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Day  4
Cruising Strait of Georgia

The Strait of Georgia runs from the Puget Sound at the US border north to the Campbell River and Discovery Islands. The Strait is part of a huge estuary system where hundreds of rivers flow into the sea which helps to form its unique, biologically rich characteristics.

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Day  5
Cruising Queen Charlotte Strait

Queen Charlotte Strait forms part of the Inside Passage from Washington to Alaska. It connects Queen Charlotte Sound with Johnstone Strait, Discovery Passage and then to the Strait of Georgia and Puget Sound. Cruise the strait and view the beauty of the Broughton Archipelago.

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Day  6
Cruising the Inside Passage

Spend the day cruising the Inside Passage on our way to Ketchikan, AK. We'll travel through stunning forest-lined passages with abundant opportunities to gaze at wildlife in the nearby waters and on shore.

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Day  7
Ketchikan, AK

Ketchikan is one of Alaska’s southernmost cities and an inspirational first stop in Alaska. Known as the “Yosemite of the North”, Ketchikan is the gateway to Misty Fjords National Monument. Formed by glaciers and lava flows, Misty Fjords demonstrate the raw power of nature and the majestic results.

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Ketchikan Duck Tour

Motor down the channel for up close views of local fishing canneries, seaplane docks, and Ketchikan's waterfront community. Travel by the salmon ladder on Ketchikan Creek and view the spawning grounds and live salmon in season and picturesque Whale Park.

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Day  8
Wrangell, AK

Explore the city of Wrangell and walk among the petroglyph carvings as you enter the "Gateway to the Stikine River." Experience the fresh flavors of salmon and halibut while freshwater fishing, view bears on the mountainside, participate in Tlingit Native culture, or stop and pick from the abundance of wild blueberries, huckleberries, and salmonberries.

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Stikine River Jet Boat Tour

Climb aboard a jet boat and explore the historic Stikine River. Admire the gorgeous landscape of the river and view the variety of wildlife within the surroundings, including deer, brown bears, and bald eagles.

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Day  9
Petersburg, AK

Petersburg is a thriving fishing community with a strong Norwegian heritage. Enjoy fresh local seafood or visit many of the art galleries located in downtown Petersburg. Explore Mitkof Island, home to the largest temperate rainforest in the world.

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Petersburg Walking Tour

Petersburg is a thriving fishing community with a strong Norwegian heritage. Discover the rich heritage of this small fishing town during a walking tour. While roaming the streets of Petersburg, you’ll find artistic designs stamped into the concrete sidewalks, and Rosemaling (Norwegian decorative folk art paintings) adorning the front of buildings. During this walking tour, you will stop at the Clausen Museum. The museum’s collections of artifacts, photographs and archives span the history and pre-history of Petersburg and the surrounding areas. With over 5,000 artifacts and 45,000 photographs, this museum has become a focal point for the preservation of Petersburg's unique history.

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Day  10
Cruising through Frederick Sound

The calm summer waters and incredible number of humpback whales that congregate here make Frederick Sound one of the premier whale watching destinations in the world. The waterway is also home to significant populations of Steller sea lions, Dall’s porpoise and harbor seals. Black bears, brown bears, black-tailed deer and wolves are common sights along the shoreline.

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Day  11
Tracy Arm, AK & South Sawyer Glacier

Cruise under Tracy Arm’s 1,500 foot high vertical cliffs and experience the awe and wonder of nature as hundreds of waterfalls cascade down the sides of this fjord. Admire seals in their natural habitat among the small icebergs surrounding South Sawyer Glacier. You are sure to feel serenity in the midst of this tranquil scenery, with glaciers nearly a mile wide and 20 stories tall.

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Tracy Arm Tour

Cruise under 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 cascade down the sides of this fjord, creating a majestic atmosphere. Note: This experience takes place on your ship.

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Day  12
Juneau, AK

Watch humpback whales frolic in the cool waters of the Gulf of Alaska. Experience Mendenhall Glacier and soar to new heights in an enclosed gondola tramway from downtown Juneau to the top of Mount Roberts. Enjoy breathtaking views of the harbor, the sea, and the mountains.

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Mendenhall Glacier and Juneau City Tour

On this guided tour through the city of Juneau, your guide will share the colorful history of Juneau’s gold rush era and then take you to experience the wonders of nature with breathtaking views of Mendenhall Glacier. Stop at the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor’s Center where you can discover the mystery behind this magnificent geological phenomenon from an unobstructed vantage point.​

Note: This excursion is only offered on Juneau to Seattle itinerary.

American Spirit

The modern American Spirit is for the traveler who pursues the exceptional. Uniquely designed to navigate the inland waterways of Alaska, the American Spirit brings passengers to some of the most beautiful locations in America. In the intimate atmosphere onboard, guests find that fellow travelers share their passion for these historic places, and often become fast friends. It's easy to relax and feel comfortable in the spacious and relaxing rooms.


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Owner's Suite (Private Balcony)

Deckplan

At 350 sq. ft. the Owner’s Suite is an oversized room offering complete comfort in a spacious private sanctuary. The room has a large sitting area and a private balcony offering expansive views from a stunning vantage point.

AAC (Private Balcony)

Deckplan

These 283 sq. ft. staterooms are located on the top deck which provides privacy and great panoramic views. The living space is comparable to that of a fine hotel room and offers a writing desk, a closet, a full-size bathroom and a private balcony.

AAL (Private Balcony)

Deckplan

AAL staterooms are a spacious retreat with all the amenities a modern traveler expects. Each room offers 263 sq. ft. of space encompassing a hotel size bathroom, a private balcony, and a large opening picture window.

AA

Deckplan

AA Category staterooms are the perfect place to unwind after a day of exploration. Each 258 sq. ft. room has a large opening picture window with views of the passing scenery. The room also offers a hotel-size bathroom and plenty of closet space.

A

Deckplan

A category rooms are a quiet enclave for total relaxation. They come equipped with a full assortment of modern amenities and large opening picture windows. Each room is 258 sq. ft. and ideal for cruising the inland waterways of the Northwest.

Single (Private Balcony)

Deckplan

The intimate atmosphere of each single stateroom is ideal for the solo traveler. At 248 sq. ft. each room has a twin bed, a full bathroom, a private balcony, and plenty of room to spread out and make yourself at home.

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The Hottest Hot Chocolate Bar in Alaska
The full-service hot chocolate bar on the sun deck of the American Spirit in Tracy Arm, Alaska is a warm treat in this chilly climate. A visionary concept of American Cruise Lines’ Hotel managers, the Hot Chocolate bar has recipes so wildly delicious you'll want to try them all.
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