Highlights of the Puget Sound

This brand new 5-day cruise features the best of the Puget Sound with the convenience of a round-trip from the vibrant city of Seattle.

During your cruise, enjoy a carefully curated package of shore excursions where you can experience area highlights such as a Deception Pass Jet Boat Tour, Whale Watching in Friday Harbor, and an exclusive salmon tasting at the SeaBear Smokehouse in Anacortes.

As you journey along the smooth waters, witness abundant wildlife including whales, eagles, and seals from the comfort of your fully furnished private balcony.

Ask about our Current Savings and our celebrated Seattle Pre-Cruise Package which includes a premium hotel stay, city tour, and transportation to the ship. See the Schedules & Rates tab for Current Savings.

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Cruise Itinerary

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Ports of Call
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Seattle, WA
2
Anacortes, WA
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Friday Harbor, WA
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Port Townsend, WA
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Seattle, WA

Highlights of the Puget Sound

On this 5-day round-trip cruise from Seattle, explore charming seaside towns, witness some of the most breathtaking natural scenery in the world, and learn about the area’s rich history and culture. Along the way, enjoy our award-winning onshore and onboard enrichment programs featuring the area’s best historians, naturalists, entertainers, and local expert guides.

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Ports of Call

  • Pre-Cruise Package Available
  • Seattle, WA
  • Anacortes, WA
  • Friday Harbor, WA
  • Port Townsend, WA
  • Port Townsend, 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
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 Country 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 3
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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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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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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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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Day 4
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 5
Seattle, WA

Welcome back to Seattle. Relax on the sundeck 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 5-day journey encapsulates everything wonderful about the Puget Sound and San Juan Islands. From the beautiful scenery and amazing wildlife to the rich history its shores, you will experience the very best the region has to offer.

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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

Experience complete comfort in this spacious private sanctuary where you can feel right at home.  At 350 sq. ft. the Owner’s Suite is quite roomy and features a full-size bathroom. Enjoy a large sitting area, a writing desk, closet, and a private balcony offering expansive views from a stunning vantage point.

AAC (Private Balcony)

Deckplan

. 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 . ft. of space encompassing a full-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 . ft. room has a large opening picture window with views of the passing scenery. The room also offers a full-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)

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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-size bathroom, a private balcony, and plenty of room to spread out and make yourself at home.

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