Alaska Small Ship Cruises

Onboard the newest small cruise ships in the Alaskan region, you'll experience the breathtaking scenery and inspiring wildlife of Alaska like never before. Get up close and personal to the natural beauty of Alaska as we cruise to Mendenhall Glacier, Glacier Bay National Park, and more.  Choose from five unique and fascinating itineraries to experience the Great Land and all it offers. You will be amazed to witness Alaskan wildlife and waterfalls up close on your private balcony. American Cruise Lines is also one of the only cruise lines to offer an overnight stay onboard in Glacier Bay National Park.

Experience our brand new Land & Cruise packages with Grand Alaska National Parks & Alaska National Parks itineraries. 

Grand Alaska National Parks

Fairbanks, AK to Juneau, AK

19 Days / 18 Nights

Alaska National Parks

Fairbanks, AK to Juneau, AK

16 Days / 15 Nights

Southeast Alaska Cruise

Juneau, AK to Juneau, AK

Free Airfare* Plus Save up to $1,000
9 Days / 8 Nights

Alaska Inside Passage Cruise

Seattle, WA to Juneau, AK

Free Airfare* Plus Save up to $1,500
16 Days / 15 Nights

Alaskan Explorer Cruise

Juneau, AK to Juneau, AK

Free Airfare* Plus Save up to $1,200
12 Days / 11 Nights

*Offer Valid Only on New Bookings on Select Dates

Featured Ports

Juneau, AK

Mendenhall Glacier, AK

Ketchikan, AK

Glacier Bay, AK

Alaska Cruises FAQ

What should I pack for an Alaskan cruise?

When visiting Alaska in the summer, the name of the game is layers. Traveling between mid-May and mid-September means you can enjoy temperatures ranging from 60 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit, though temperatures are generally in the mid-60s, and can change in minutes.

In the early morning and into the evenings you may experience cooler weather. A windbreaker, preferably waterproof, is ideal for time spent on the sun deck whale watching or sailing along magnificent glaciers and fjords. Comfortable shoes are a must for daily excursions. Don’t forget to pack your binoculars as well for up-close viewing of wildlife.

When is the best time to cruise Alaska?

Summer in Alaska runs from mid-May through mid-September and is the ideal time for cruising. Sunlight is at its longest during these months and it is also the driest and warmest time to visit. It’s also a great time to admire nature in full bloom and be inspired by the native wildlife.

Do I need a passport when traveling to Alaska?

If you are planning to venture into Canada for excursions, perhaps when you are in Skagway, you will need your passport, otherwise you will not require a passport for itineraries that stay within the US.

What wildlife will we see on our Alaska cruise?

Alaska cruise guests can expect to see harbor seals, humpback whales, and salmon feeding in the areas’ coastal waters, rivers, and streams. Moose, wolves, and black bears can be spotted roaming freely along the shore.

Alaska is also home to the brown bear, the largest carnivorous land mammal in the world, as well as the blue whale, the world’s largest mammal.

Alaska is a delight for bird watchers, boasting 521 species of birds including the largest population of bald eagles. Other wildlife in the region include caribou, moose, Dall sheep, and wolves.

What Sets Us Apart

An All-American Experience

We build, flag, and crew our ships right here in the United States. Our pride in the All-American experience we provide is the backdrop and an ode to the incredible, breathtaking landscapes that this country has to offer. Our Alaskan cruises showcase the beauty of the United States in places like Mendenhall Glacier, Skagway, and Haines.

Alaskan Adventures

There is no other place for adventure quite like the Great Land. From Glacier Bay to Ketchikan to wildlife kayak excursions, guests will immerse themselves in Alaskan nature and beauty up-close. You can enjoy a private fishing charter or check out the local museums that showcase the history and culture of this incredible region.

World Class Cuisine

Our master chef source locally fresh ingredients that bring to life the Alaska region. Our menu includes scrumptious salmon pasta, shrimp bisque, crab cakes, fresh oysters, and so much more. Our complimentary meals come with beer and wine, and as always, exceptional personalized service.

Daily Onboard Entertainment

Enjoy traditional Alaskan song and dance as well as a narrated history of this incredible land. Our onboard experts and entertainers offer a fascinating look into the culture and tradition of the places we visit, including information on Alaska's flora, fauna, geology, wildlife, and more about the native people.