Alaska Inside Passage Cruise

Discover the majestic splendor of a summer in Alaska on an incredible 15-day journey. Cruise the protected waters of the Inside Passage on board the American Constellation, the newest and only fully stabilized small cruise ship in the region. Enjoy a smooth and comfortable travel experience, as you witness breathtaking vistas and abundant wildlife from your private balcony. From Seattle to Juneau, explore stunning natural scenery, historic treasures, and enchanting communities, led by our expert guides who are knowledgeable and passionate about the region. As your cruise, enjoy our award-winning onboard enrichment programs which bring each destination to life with the very best historians, naturalists, and entertainers.

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Cruise Itinerary

Day
Ports of Call
1
Seattle, WA
2
Anacortes, WA
3
Friday Harbor, WA
4
Cruising Strait of Georgia
5
Cruising Queen Charlotte Strait
6
Cruising the Inside Passage
7
Ketchikan, AK
8
Wrangell, AK
9
Petersburg, AK
10
Tracy Arm, AK & South Sawyer Glacier
11
Cruising through Glacier Bay
12
Haines, AK
13
Skagway, AK
14
Juneau, AK
15
Juneau, AK

Alaska Inside Passage Cruise

Take a 15-day cruise through the Alaska Inside Passage. Beautiful views of immaculate shores pair with amazing destinations to create a one-of-a-kind experience.

Ports of Call

  • Pre-Cruise Package Available
  • Seattle, WA
  • Anacortes, WA
  • Friday Harbor, WA
  • Ketchikan, AK
  • Wrangell, AK
  • Petersburg, AK
  • Tracy Arm, AK & South Sawyer Glacier
  • Haines, AK
  • Skagway, AK
  • Juneau, AK
  • Juneau, AK

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Reverse itineraries available. Please contact your Cruise Specialist for your specific Day By Day agenda.

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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.

* Pre-Cruise Package only available for Cruises departing from Seattle

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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

Seattle is a city of natural wonders and beautiful vistas. Departing from the famous Fisherman’s Terminal, your cruise begins by traveling from this lively city to the majestic waters of Puget Sound.

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Day  2
Anacortes, WA

Anacortes is much warmer than its neighbors, so you can make the most of your time here. Visit Deception Pass State Park, one of the most photographed locations in Washington State. This park’s miles of scenic shoreline, serene trails, and abundant wildlife make it a rewarding destination for all visitors.

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Anacortes Experience - Complimentary Excursion

Situated on the most accessible island in the San Juan archipelago, Anacortes is a thriving seaside town with a past that mirrors the fascinating boom and bust history and entrepreneurial spirit of the area. Your local guide will provide an orientation of the town while you admire the colorful murals depicting the history of the city. 

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Skagit County Museum & SeaBear Salmon Tasting

Visit 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, a stop will be made at 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 lots of varieties 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 navigated these waters and visit local attractions including the Old Prison Rock Quarry, Deception Island, and a bald eagle's nest.

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Day  3
Friday Harbor, WA

The intoxicating aromas and majestic views of Friday Harbor will electrify your senses. Explore Friday Harbor’s diverse topography from pebbly beaches to monstrous mountains and lush valleys. Take a step back in time and experience island life as it was over a century ago.

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The Whale Museum

Join a docent at the Whale Museum for a guided tour. In the Gallery of Whales, you will 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 Whale Watching Tour

Witness these majestic mammals in their natural habitat on this whale-watching tour and discover why the San Juan Islands is considered the best place to view orca whales.

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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Day  4
Cruising Strait of Georgia

The Strait of Georgia runs from the Puget Sound at the US border north to the Campbell River and Discovery Islands. The Strait is part of a huge estuary system where hundreds of rivers flow into the sea which helps to form its unique, biologically rich characteristics.

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Day  5
Cruising Queen Charlotte Strait

Queen Charlotte Strait forms part of the Inside Passage from Washington to Alaska. It connects Queen Charlotte Sound with Johnstone Strait, Discovery Passage and then to the Strait of Georgia and Puget Sound. Cruise the strait and view the beauty of the Broughton Archipelago.

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Day  6
Cruising the Inside Passage

Spend the day cruising the Inside Passage on our way to Ketchikan, AK. We'll travel through stunning forest-lined passages with abundant opportunities to gaze at wildlife in the nearby waters and on shore.

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Day  7
Ketchikan, AK

Ketchikan is one of Alaska’s southernmost cities and an inspirational destination. Known as the “Yosemite of the North”, Ketchikan is the gateway to Misty Fjords National Monument. Formed by glaciers and lava flows, Misty Fjords demonstrate the raw power of nature and the majestic results.

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Ketchikan Duck Boat Tour

Feel the energy of the “Salmon Capital of the World” as you pass by the diverse local fishing fleet. Motor down the channel for up close views of local fishing canneries, seaplane docks, and Ketchikan’s waterfront community. Travel by the salmon ladder on Ketchikan Creek viewing the spawning grounds and live salmon in season, as well as Creek Street where you will learn of Ketchikan’s colorful past and salty beginnings.

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Day  8
Wrangell, AK

Explore the city of Wrangell and walk among the petroglyph carvings as you enter the "Gateway to the Stikine River." Experience the fresh flavors of salmon and halibut while freshwater fishing, view bears on the mountainside, participate in Tlingit Native culture, or stop and pick from the abundance of wild blueberries, huckleberries, and salmonberries.

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Stikine River Jet Boat Tour

Climb aboard a jet boat and explore the historic Stikine River. Admire the gorgeous landscape of the river and view the variety of wildlife within the surroundings, including deer, brown bears, and bald eagles.

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Wrangell Experience - Complimentary Excursion

Discover the highlights of this truly Alaskan town with its colorful history and Native American culture. Explore Wrangell’s famous anthropological sight, Petroglyph Beach where you can view Chief Shakes Tribal House and rock carvings. Enjoy a petroglyph rubbing demonstration before heading to the Wrangell Museum which houses a rich assortment of over 5,000 historic photos, native artifacts, and a collection of Tlingit petroglyphs.

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Day  9
Petersburg, AK

Petersburg is a thriving fishing community with a strong Norwegian heritage. Enjoy fresh local seafood or visit many of the art galleries located in downtown Petersburg. Explore Mitkof Island, home to the largest temperate rainforest in the world.

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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 discussion of various fishing boats, methods of fishing, permits, processing and more.

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Signature Fishing Charter

In the company of a small group of fellow American Cruise Lines guests, enjoy a half day of fishing aboard the “First Choice” fishing charter. Enjoy the scenic splendor of southeast Alaska while you cast a line for wild Alaskan Salmon. 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.

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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.

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Day  10
Tracy Arm, AK & South Sawyer Glacier

Cruise under Tracy Arm’s 1,500 foot high vertical cliffs and experience the awe and wonder of nature as hundreds of waterfalls cascade down the sides of this fjord. Admire seals in their natural habitat among the small icebergs surrounding South Sawyer Glacier. You are sure to feel serenity in the midst of this tranquil scenery, with glaciers nearly a mile wide and 20 stories tall.

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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 on board 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.

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Day  11
Cruising through Glacier Bay

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.

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Day  12
Haines, AK

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.

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Haines Historic Walking Tour - 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. Visit the famous Hammer Museum, one of the prime attractions on Main Street. Hear stories about local controversies and the challenges of remote Alaskan living.

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Day  13
Skagway, AK

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.

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Day  14
Juneau, AK

Watch humpback whales frolic in the cool waters of the Gulf of Alaska. Experience Mendenhall Glacier and soar to new heights in an enclosed gondola tramway from downtown Juneau to the top of Mount Roberts. Enjoy breathtaking views of the harbor, the sea, and the mountains.

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Juneau Experience & Mendenhall Glacier - 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 then take you to experience the wonders of nature with breathtaking views of Mendenhall Glacier. Stop at the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor’s Center where you can discover the mystery behind this magnificent geological phenomenon from an unobstructed vantage point.​

Note: This excursion is only offered on Juneau to Seattle itinerary.

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Day  15
Juneau, AK

Departure day.  Breakfast is served onboard, then spend some time exploring the impressive collection of museums, shops and attractions in the heart of Alaska's capital.

American Constellation

American Constellation is the latest cruise ship from American Cruise Lines. Uniquely designed to navigate the inland waterways of the East Coast, 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 hotel-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 hotel-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 Northeast, Hudson, and Southeast scenery can be enjoyed.

AAC (Private Balcony)

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 At 350 sq. 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 sq. ft. each room includes an interior entrance, expansive private walk-out balcony, and a large sitting area.  

AA

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Centrally located, these 302 sq. 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 250 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 sq. 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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