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. The package includes a premium hotel stay, 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.
*Pre-Cruise Package is not available for reservations made within 30 days of cruise date.
Juneau, AK/ Mendenhall Glacier
Arrive a day before your cruise begins to maximize your time exploring Juneau and viewing the breathtaking Mendenhall Glacier, one of the most beautiful glaciers in North America. Downtown, enjoy Juneau’s unique shops and native heritage sites. Forested islands, quiet coves, and rugged coastal mountain ranges greet you as soon as you leave the dock.
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, 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 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 and vintage streetcars reminiscent of the old frontier.
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.
* Note: Passport is required to participate in this excursion.
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.
Chilkoot Lake Wildlife Kayak Tour
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 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.
*This is a Signature Shore Tour. Please call (800) 460-4518 for more information.
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.
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.
Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve Raft Tour
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.*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, 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.
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 of the village, stopping at The Hatchery, known for its advantageous view of Alaskan bears and live salmon stream. Next, visit 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. Enjoy the relaxed atmosphere, as you explore the charming village of this authentic Alaskan town.
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.
Signature Fishing Charter
Enjoy a half-day of fishing in the company of a local Captain and a small group of fellow American Cruise Lines guests. While you cast a line for salmon, enjoy the scenic splendor of southeast Alaska. All equipment is provided and you will even be able to keep your delicious catch to ship home.
*This is a Signature Shore Tour. Please call (800) 460-4518 for more information.
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.
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 effect.
Sailing through Tracy Arm
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 cascading down the sides of this fjord, creating a majestic atmosphere.
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.