Grand Puget Sound

Your magnificent voyage begins in the seaport city of Seattle, harbor hopping through the Puget Sound and cruising the San Juan Islands. As you journey along the smooth waters, witness abundant wildlife including whales, eagles, and seals.

Visit picturesque historic seaside towns such as Anacortes, home to Deception Pass, one of the most photographed places in the region. Partake in a traditional smoked salmon tasting, featuring San Juan Sliders and smoked salmon chowder. In Tacoma, explore LeMay’s America’s Car Museum and discover how the automobile has shaped our culture. 

Witness breathtaking vistas in Olympic National Park where wildflowers cover mountain meadows. Discover the Scandinavian influence of Poulsbo as our local guide leads you through the historic downtown area. Afterward, sample authentic Norwegian pastries.

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Cruise Itinerary

Day
Ports of Call
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Seattle, WA
2
Olympia, WA
3
Tacoma, WA
4
Cruising the San Juan Islands
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Anacortes, WA
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Friday Harbor, WA
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Port Angeles, WA
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Victoria, BC
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Port Townsend, WA
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Poulsbo, WA
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Seattle, WA

Grand Puget Sound

Travel to where the Cascade and Olympic Mountains meet the sea, forming the stunning Puget Sound and the San Juan Islands archipelago. Along the way, experience the area’s rich history and culture, explore charming seaside towns, and admire some of the most breathtaking natural scenery, before returning to the city where our journey began.

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Ports of Call

  • Pre-Cruise Package Available
  • Seattle, WA
  • Olympia, WA
  • Tacoma, WA
  • Cruising the San Juan Islands
  • Anacortes, WA
  • Friday Harbor, WA
  • Port Angeles, WA
  • Victoria, BC
  • Victoria, BC
  • Port Townsend, WA
  • Poulsbo, WA
  • Seattle, WA

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Pre-Cruise
Pre-Cruise Package Available

Our custom Seattle Pre-Cruise Package provides you with a seamless way to experience the city and easily board the ship. Arrive the day before your cruise and American Cruise Lines will handle the rest. The package includes a premium 4-star hotel stay in downtown Seattle, a complete city tour on the morning of your cruise, and transportation to the ship. Please call (800) 460-4518 for additional details and availability.

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Pre-Cruise Tour of Seattle

The Pre-Cruise Tour of Seattle brings you to all the city’s highlights, including downtown and the famous Pike Place Market. For convenience, the tour meets in the hotel lobby after breakfast and concludes at the ship for the perfect start to your cruise. All luggage will be brought directly from the hotel and placed in your stateroom aboard the ship.

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Day 1
Seattle, WA

Abounding with natural and man-made wonders, Seattle is Washington’s largest city. Located on the Puget Sound, this vibrant city is surrounded by water, mountains, and evergreen forests. Seattle is also home to a large tech industry with Microsoft and Amazon headquartered in its metropolitan area.

Arrive a day early to explore this incredible destination. Stop at the original Starbucks in Pike Place Market, before exploring the iconic Space Needle, a 1962 World’s Fair legacy. Departing from the famous Fisherman’s Terminal, begin your cruise from this lively city to the majestic waters of Puget Sound.

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Day 2
Olympia, WA

At the lower end of Puget Sound, Olympia, the capital of the State of Washington, is the oldest settlement in Western Washington. Rich in history, the city offers an eclectic mix of historic and modern architecture, with a variety of specialty shops, theaters, coffee houses, galleries and a boardwalk, ideal for a leisurely stroll along the water. Olympia is also home to one of the best Farmer's Markets in the state.

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Olympia Walking Tour

Explore the capital city of Washington by foot. Learn all about the city on this guided walking tour traveling from the Westside to Downtown seeing the local landmarks and public art.

Olympia, WA Capitol Building Tour

Washington State Capitol Tour

Visit the Capitol building for the State of Washington, a massive 250,000-square-foot structure that houses three branches of government. Explore the stately Conference Room, which is used for news conferences, bill signings, and gubernatorial meetings. Fredrick and Nelson velvet window treatments with a state seal hand-stitched in gold thread, embellish this important space.

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Day 3
Tacoma, WA

Tacoma is a vibrant urban city abounding in art and culture. The cityscape is a perfect blend of historic architecture and contemporary urban design. Discover its eclectic mix of restaurants and one-of-a-kind boutiques, as well as its Museum District that houses six world-class museums, all within walking distance from each other. Art aficionados can explore a variety of exhibits, including an impressive collection of world-renowned glasswork, historical masterpieces, and classic automobiles.

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Tacoma Museum Tour

Learn about the city of Tacoma and the nearly 1 million people that call this city home. Tacoma serves as the center of business activity for the South Sound region of the state and is known for its Museum district. Enjoy a guided tour at one of the many museums located downtown. Visit the Glass Museum and its collections from the 20th and 21st centuries. Alternatively, visit the Washington State History Museum for a walk through time, beginning with Native American civilization and progressing through statehood including industrialization, the war and post-war eras, women's suffrage, and more.

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America’s Car Museum

Experience LeMay – America’s Car Museum and explore how the automobile has shaped our society and influenced our day-to-day lives. Their collection celebrates America’s love affair with the automobile and includes both domestic and foreign automotive artifacts and 250 automobiles spanning over 100 years of automotive history.

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Day 4
Cruising the San Juan Islands

Your cruise is as much about the journey as it is about each destination. Today is a day to revel in the scenery. As we make our way through the San Juan Islands, whales, eagles, and seals adorn the backdrop of the Olympic and Cascade Mountains. Listen to our onboard expert describe the native wildlife or simply sit back and enjoy the sun on the top deck.

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Day 5
Anacortes, WA

Anacortes is a picturesque waterfront town located on Fidalgo Island in Northwest Washington. This vibrant coastal community is home to one of the world’s largest whale watching fleets, as well as 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 a variety of wildlife, including bald eagles. Explore the downtown, just a few steps from our dock, and peruse its sophisticated boutiques, art galleries, and antique shops.

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Anacortes Experience - Complimentary Excursion

Located between Seattle and Vancouver, on beautiful Fidalgo Island, Anacortes is known as the gateway to San Juan. It is a thriving seaside town that reflects its fascinating boom and bust history as well as the area's entrepreneurial spirit. Your local guide will provide an orientation of the town while you admire the colorful murals depicting Anacortes' history. 

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Skagit County Museum & SeaBear Salmon Tasting

Travel to nearby La Conner, WA and learn more about this charming town as you explore the downtown area and visit the local Skagit County Historical Museum. Upon your return to Anacortes, stop at the SeaBear Smokehouse for an exclusive tasting and tour. Since its founding in 1957, SeaBear Smokehouse has been smoking salmon in the centuries-old traditions of the Pacific Northwest. During your visit, sample a variety of smoked salmon including 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. Hear the tales of characters who once navigated these waters and visit local attractions including the Old Prison Rock Quarry and Deception Island.

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Day 6
Friday Harbor, WA

Friday Harbor is a charming town with a rich history and an abundance of character. Small enough to walk from one end to the other, this secluded coastal fishing village is adorned with historic storefronts, picturesque turn-of-the-century houses, and Coast Salish native carvings. 

Explore Friday Harbor’s diverse topography, from pebbly beaches to magnificent mountains and lush valleys. Stroll through the historic district and witness the local population of whales from the Port of Friday Harbor. At the Whale Museum, learn about Spirit, the orca whale American Cruise Lines adopted during our first season on the Puget Sound.

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Signature Whale Watching Tour

Depart Friday Harbor for an exciting whale watching cruise. San Juan Island is considered the one of best places to view orca whales. Salmon, which are their prime source of food, travel up and down the west coast of San Juan Island and outlying areas, resulting in spectacular viewing of whales in their natural habitat.

*This is a Signature Shore Tour. Please call (800) 460-4518 for more information.

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San Juan Island Adventure

Tour the beautiful and unique San Juan Island. Explore Roche Harbor, a historic resort that was the site of an active lime kiln industry for several decades. View the original hotel, company store, and kilns, as well as the beautiful garden. Enjoy a visit to an alpaca farm, followed by a stop at Lime Kiln State Park where you can walk down to an active lighthouse and take in the scenic views across Haro Strait to Vancouver Island and Victoria.

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The Whale Museum

Join a docent at the Whale Museum for a guided tour. In the Gallery of Whales, learn about the natural history of marine mammals, with a special focus on the orcas of J, K and L pods living in the waters of the San Juan Islands. Discover a mesmerizing collection of exhibits, artwork, models, and artifacts, including actual whale skeletons and a family tree of the resident orcas. You can also listen to the "songs” of various species of whales in the Whale Phone Booth and watch an informative video on Pacific Northwest orcas.

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Signature San Juan Kayaking Tour

Take a guided kayak trip in the serene Griffin Bay. Paddle by small islands and hidden coves with the possibility of seeing a harbor seal haul out, bald eagles, river otters, and a variety of local and migratory seabirds. Majestic Mt. Baker, and the Olympic and Cascade ranges create a picturesque backdrop for your sea kayaking experience in the San Juan Islands. Paddle in the comfort and safety of stable tandem fiberglass kayaks, with -rest seat cushions and lightweight carbon-fiber paddles.

*This is a Signature Shore Tour. Please call (800) 460-4518 for more information.

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Day 7
Port Angeles, WA

Located on the Olympic Peninsula, Port Angeles is a vibrant coastal community which was recently named one of the “Top 100 Best Small Towns” to live in. The popular city pier area offers visitors access to many local coastal attractions, while the majestic Olympic National Park serves as a picturesque backdrop. Take the opportunity to discover local artisan galleries and sample some of the finest seafood in the Pacific Northwest.

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Olympic National Park & Hurricane Ridge

The natural beauty of the Olympic National Park will be on full display as a local park ranger takes you on a tour of the grounds. Traveling in small groups, learn about the park's unique variety of flora and fauna and visit Hurricane Ridge, one of its most popular destinations. On the ridge, where natural wildflowers cover mountain meadows, witness the best vista views of the park.

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Lake Crescent Lodge at Olympic National Park

One of the unique aspects of the nearly one million acres of Olympic National Park is the diversity of environments. Witness the beautiful turquoise waters of this glacier-formed lake. Stop at Lake Crescent Lodge for time to explore and enjoy a complimentary beverage while viewing the breathtaking landscape.

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Heritage Port Angeles Experience

On this walking tour, discover the unique, downtown of Port Angeles. The eccentric outdoor art, magnificent shopping, and stunning floral landscaping make this a true treasure of the Pacific Northwest.

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Day 8
Victoria, BC

The only Canadian town on our cruise, Victoria is a wonderful place to spend a day. Enjoy a guided tour through the magnificent Butchart Gardens and lively waterfront. From our berth in Port Angeles, continue to Hurricane Ridge with vast views of the Strait of Juan de Fuca and the mountainous wilderness of Olympic National Forest.

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Butchart Gardens & Victoria City Signature Tour

Take a scenic ferry ride across the Strait of Juan de Fuca to beautiful Victoria, British Columbia. You will be greeted in Victoria by a friendly local guide who will take you on a brief tour of the city on your way to the Butchart Gardens. As you enter the park under the flower-adorned archway, stone paths line gentle streams decorated with colorful arrays of flowers. Before heading back to the ship, enjoy a picnic luncheon in the midst of the garden. Passengers MUST have a passport for this tour as you are traveling to Canada.


*This is a Signature Shore Tour. Please call (800) 460-4518 for more information.

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Day 9
Port Townsend, WA

Port Townsend is a charming town with a fascinating past. Beautifully restored Victorian architecture is now home to small museums, galleries, and shops. In the evening, members of the Port Angeles Symphony Orchestra will be on board for a night of magnificent classical music.

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Historic Port Townsend Exploration

Our local guide dressed in Victorian-era attire will greet you at the ship for a one-of-a-kind welcome to Port Townsend. This lively guide will take you through the historic downtown area telling tales about the many colorful characters that helped build the city. Learn about the city's interesting architecture, the waterfront district’s unique past, and how this tiny town came to be called the “New York of the West.”

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Fort Worden State Park Tour

Your guide will greet you on board to take you to the National Historic Landmark site of Fort Worden State Park. Here you will discover the history of the “Triangle of Fire,” a trio of forts built to protect Puget Sound at the turn of the last century. Fort Worden occupies the northwestern side of the triangle and sits atop a scenic bluff on the northeastern tip of the Olympic Peninsula. Highlights include Point Wilson Lighthouse, built to help friendly warships navigate home, and the Parade Grounds, where military drills and training were once held. Before returning to the ship, your guide will take you to the ramparts atop the fort where massive gun emplacements look out onto fantastic views of the Puget Sound.

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Day 10
Poulsbo, WA

Originally a logging camp settled by Norwegians who likened the landscape to the fjords of their homeland, Poulsbo retains a Scandinavian influence. It is a great place to visit for the history, scenery, and lively downtown. A distinct Native American influence is present in nearby Suquamish where, on the Port Madison Indian Reservation, there is a museum dedicated to the history and culture of this native tribe.

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Historic Poulsbo Tour

As you tender into the small town of Poulsbo, a friendly guide from the Poulsbo Historical Society will be there to greet you at the dock. Once a popular destination for Norwegian and Finnish immigrants, the town’s Scandinavian influence is evident the minute you step ashore.  Your guide will take you through the historic downtown area, and afterward you will have the opportunity to sample authentic Norwegian pastries.  

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Suquamish Museum

The night before arriving in Poulsbo, WA, an onboard historian will share with you the history of local Suquamish tribe. The following day you will visit the new Suquamish Museum, which brings together a variety of artifacts and photographs from Suquamish people, many of which have never been exhibited before. A highlight of the museum is a uniquely designed cedar timeline depicting the tribe’s history from the beginning of the last Ice Age to current times.

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Day 11
Seattle, WA

Welcome back to Seattle. Relax on the sun deck as the famous skyline of the city draws nearer. Once we arrive, make the most of you time in Seattle with a tour, or allow American Cruise Lines to assist with transportation arrangements home.

Experiences

This 11-day voyage on the awe-inspiring Puget Sound and Juan Islands is a transformative experience. The beautiful sights that surround you, the wonderful places you visit, and the amazing people you meet will inspire and delight.

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American Constellation

Uniquely designed to navigate the inland waterways of the Pacific Northwest, the brand new American Constellation brings guests to beautiful ports the larger ships can't access. In the intimate atmosphere onboard, guests will find the largest staterooms in the industry, spacious lounges, as well as observation decks and private balconies that offer spectacular views of the passing landscapes.


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Owner's Suite (Private Balcony)

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At up to 450 sq. ft. the American Constellation Owner's Suites are both 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.

 

Veranda Suite (Private Balcony)

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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 large living area with sliding glass door.

 

AAM (Private Balcony)

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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.

AAC (Private Balcony)

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 At 350 . 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.

AAL (Private Balcony)

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Our AAL staterooms offer all the comforts of home and amazing panoramic views. At 350 . ft. each room includes an interior entrance, expansive private walk-out balcony, and a large sitting area.  

 

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Centrally located, . ft. staterooms offer amazing views and easy access to the lounge areas. Enjoy the expansive views out of your own large opening picture window. Each room comes equipped with a large closet and full-size bathroom.

 

Single (Private Balcony)

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Solo travelers will find relaxing comfort in our Single staterooms complete 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.

 

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Find modern amenities and relaxing comfort in our 226 . 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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Eagle Society Cruise


Journey to one of the most magnificent cruising grounds in the U.S., on an exciting 11-day Puget Sound & San Juan Islands adventure. Explore historic seaside towns and witness breathtaking natural vistas. With more plants and animal species in and around the Sound than anywhere else in Washington, you will have the perfect vantage point to view whales, sea lions, hawks, and more. Along the way, Eagle Society members will be treated to an exclusive reception held at one of the exciting ports of call.

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Fall Foliage Cruise


Experience brilliant fall foliage with American Cruise Lines as we cruise the Puget Sound. Join us aboard the newest small cruise in the region to view the colorful red, orange, and yellow leaves that illuminate the shoreline, during this season of transformation. Your tours along famous waterways include stops in intriguing ports-of-call with guided shore excursions that take you to prime foliage viewing locations.

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Tulip Festival Cruise


Springtime in the Pacific Northwest is a wonderful time with one of the most magnificent floral displays in the U.S. Join us for an unforgettable Puget Sound cruise during the height of the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival. Admire the vibrant, vast tulip and daffodil fields on a leisurely stroll, chat with master growers, and learn some tips you can bring to your own garden.

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