Arrive on Friday evening to maximize your time exploring Juneau. The town offers unique shopping, native heritage sites, and an easy trip to Mendenhall Glacier. We provide a complimentary hotel near our dock to give you a day exploring before the cruise begins. Forested islands, quiet coves, and rugged coastal mountain ranges greet you as soon as
you leave the dock.
Mendenhall Glacier and Juneau City Tour - Complimentary Excursion
On this guided 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, you will be able to 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’s Center, where you can discover the mystery behind this magnificent geological phenomenon from an unobstructed vantage point. Further explore this towering glacier along one of its many nature trails and experience the breathtaking views of this impressive feat of nature before returning to the ship's gangway.
Known as the “Gateway to the Yukon”, Skagway was central to the Klondike Gold Rush of 1897. The restored town is true to its past with period architecture, performers, and old street cars to relive the experience of the frontier.
Rail and Highway Tour - Complimentary Excursion
Skagway has called itself the "Gateway to the Yukon" since the Klondike Gold Rush of 1898. This tour experience gives visitors 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.
The Skagway Street Car Tour - Complimentary Excursion
Experience Skagway with Alaska's original historical city tour for an informative and fun-filled 90 minutes to all points of interest. Aboard your beautifully restored yellow 1927 sightseeing bus, your costumed "conductor" passes on a century of history, behind-the-scenes tales, and stories of life in small town Alaska. Explore the waterfront and National Park Historic District, enjoy the panoramic views from the Scenic Outlook, and have your camera ready for the recounting of the Soapy Smith gunfight at the Gold Rush Cemetery. Motor through Skagway's residential neighborhood, famous for its flower gardens, making a stop downtown before returning to your ship.
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 pointing out all the different species along the way. We have an extended stay in Haines to let you do a variety of things, including
kayaking on Chilkoot Lake, or an afternoon of salmon fishing on a charter boat.
Nature and 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
Sea kayaking is a great way to explore the scenic wonders of Alaska. Outfitted with the proper gear, you'll soon be gliding silently along the shores of the pristine Chilkoot Lake. The tour begins with a seaside drive to Chilkoot Lake State Park. This park has it all - salmon-filled river flowing into the sea, a turquoise lake surrounded by snow-capped mountains and important Tlingit cultural sites. We'll 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 shoreline, and wildlife abounds. This is a Signature Shore Tour. Please call (800) 460-4518 for more information.
Covering 3.3 million acres of dynamic topography, Glacier Bay is the world’s largest biosphere. It includes glaciers, temperate rainforest, and snow-capped mountain peaks. During
the day you will see seals, whales, eagles, and bears, and come face to face with the massive glaciers.
Narrated Glacier Bay Tour - 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 Spirit. An expert National Park Service Ranger will board the American Spirit 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 experience the sounds of a calving glacier. American Cruise Lines has also made special arrangements to have a Huna Tlingit Cultural Interpreter join us onboard who will share with you the fascinating human history and family stories of Glacier Bay’s native clans and people.
Just 38 miles northwest of Petersburg in the Inside Passage is the beachfront village of Kake. This small community of 500 is home to the Kake tribe, a proud people who have frequently defended their land against other tribes and early American explorers. The waters around Kake are well-known among seasoned anglers and boast a healthy population of halibut and salmon.
Kake City Tour
Take a two and a half hour guided bus tour of beautiful Kake, 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.
Located on Frederick Sound, Petersburg is a thriving fishing
community with a strong Norwegian heritage. This charming village gives a relaxed atmosphere as you explore this authentic Alaskan town.
Petersburg Walking Tour - Complimentary Excursion
Petersburg is a thriving fishing community with a strong Norwegian heritage. Discover the rich heritage of this small fishing town during a walking tour of Petersburg. While roaming the streets of Petersburg, you’ll find artistic designs stamped into the concrete sidewalks, and Rosemaling (Norwegian decorative folk paintings) on storefronts and residences. During this walking tour, be sure to stop at Clausen Museum. The museum’s collections of artifacts, photographs and archives span the history of Petersburg and 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.
Fishing Charter Tour
Enjoy a half day of salmon fishing from the comfort of the First Choice Fishing Charter.
This is a Signature Shore Tour. Please call (800) 460-4518 for more information.
Tracy Arm, AK / Sawyer Glacier
Sail under the 1,500-foot-high vertical cliffs of Tracy Arm as seals lounge on small ice floes before reaching the mile wide
South Sawyer Glacier. Hundreds of waterfalls cascade down the sides of this fjord, creating a majestic atmosphere.
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 onboard 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. You will be inspired and impressed by the grandeur and beauty of Tracy Arm fjord. Note: This experience takes place on your ship.
On your return to Juneau, spend some time exploring the impressive collection of museums, shops, and attractions in the heart of Alaska’s capital.