Alaskan Explorer Cruise

Experience a once-in-a-lifetime adventure, on our brand new 11-day Alaskan Explorer Cruise. Venture to the most captivating destinations in southern Alaska and along the Inside Passage, in the comfort of the most modern cruise ships in the region.

Admire the wonders of nature from your furnished private balcony as you cruise to Mendenhall Glacier. Learn about the history of the Klondike Gold Rush in Skagway from our local guide, before heading to Haines for and Wildlife Expedition. Enjoy the most comprehensive Glacier Bay experience available. With exclusive access to this incredible biosphere, view majestic glaciers and abundant wildlife up-close, as our onboard park ranger provides expert commentary.

Immerse yourself in the scenic beauty of Tracy Arm Fjord and witness the hundreds of waterfalls cascading down its vertical cliffs. On board, American Cruise Lines will provide exquisite cuisine, the finest entertainment, and the most engaging experts in Alaska.

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Cruise Itinerary

Day
Ports of Call
1
Juneau, AK/ Mendenhall Glacier
2
Skagway, AK
3
Haines, AK
4
Glacier Bay, AK
5
Glacier Bay, AK
6
Petersburg, AK
7
Ketchikan, AK
8
Wrangell, AK
9
Cruising the Inside Passage & Frederick Sound
10
Tracy Arm, AK
11
Juneau, AK

Alaskan Explorer Cruise

During this in-depth Alaskan exploration, witness breathtaking scenery and majestic wildlife, delight in delicious, regionally inspired cuisine, and travel with area experts to the most amazing destinations in the region.

Ports of Call

  • Juneau, AK
  • Juneau, AK/ Mendenhall Glacier
  • Skagway, AK
  • Haines, AK
  • Glacier Bay, AK
  • Glacier Bay, AK
  • Petersburg, AK
  • Ketchikan, AK
  • Wrangell, AK
  • Tracy Arm, AK
  • Juneau, AK
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Pre-Cruise
Juneau, AK

Each Alaska Explorer 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.

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Day 1
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. 

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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, 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. explore this towering glacier along one of its many nature trails and witness the grandeur of this impressive feat of nature, before returning to the ship's gangway.

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Day 2
Skagway, AK

Located at the northernmost point of the Inside Passage, Skagway was central to the Klondike Gold Rush of 1897. Known as the “Gateway to the Yukon,” the restored town is true to its past with vintage streetcars reminiscent of the old frontier and gold-rush-era buildings, now preserved as part of the Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park. Vintage locomotives from The White Pass & Yukon Route Railroad continue to run past the iconic Chilkoot trail, offering sweeping mountain views on the way up to Canada.

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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.

* Please note: Passport is required to participate in this excursion

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Day 3
Haines, AK

As you explore Haines, our onboard expert and a local guide will take you through the valley describing the different species along the way. Get a up-close view of bald eagles which are among the most populous of over 260 species of birds in Chilkat Valley. Take advantage of the variety of activities available in Haines, including a guided wildlife expedition or a private kayaking tour on Chilkoot Lake.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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, all of which 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.

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Day 4
Glacier Bay, AK

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. American Cruise Lines is one of a few cruise lines allowed privileged access into this natural wonder. Immerse yourself in its majesty as you enjoy spectacular views and breathtaking moments. From the comfort of your private balcony, witness the native wildlife, including seals, whales, eagles, bear, and more.

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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.

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Day 5
Glacier Bay, AK

Glacier Bay is too magnificent to just spend a single day. Enjoy more time in this natural wonder as a park ranger joins us on board providing expert commentary on the landscape and native wildlife.

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Day 6
Petersburg, AK

Founded more than 100 years ago by Norwegian fishermen, Petersburg is a thriving fishing community that maintains its strong Norwegian heritage and continues to make its living from the sea. Located on Frederick Sound near the summer feeding grounds of hundreds of humpback whales, this authentic Alaskan town is surrounded by breathtaking wilderness. Explore its beautiful seaport, charter a fishing boat for the afternoon, or learn about the area’s rich history at the Clausen Museum.

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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 a discussion about 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. Admire the scenic splendor of southeast Alaska as you enjoy the thrill of the catch. 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 7
Ketchikan, AK

Ketchikan, Alaska is truly the beginning of the last frontier, where animals may actually outnumber people. Located in the midst of the Tongass National Forest, Ketchikan is home to black bears, mountain goats, Sitka black-tailed deer, and bald eagles.

Witness the incredibly rich Alaska native culture and the many Native American totem poles on display throughout town. Enjoy the scenic views of nearby Misty Fiords National Monument, a glacier-carved wilderness featuring snow-capped mountains, waterfalls, and salmon spawning streams.  

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Ketchikan Duck Boat Tour - Complimentary Excursion

Feel the energy of the “Salmon Capital of the World” as you pass by its 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 to Creek Street where you will learn of Ketchikan’s colorful past and salty beginnings.

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Day 8
Wrangell, AK

Natural beauty abounds in Wrangell with a variety of landscapes including mountains, islands, and rainforest. Explore the city of Wrangell and walk among the petroglyph carvings as you enter the "Gateway to the Stikine River." Visit places along the river where miners camped and garnets were mined during the Gold Rush.

Savor the flavors of fresh salmon and halibut, view bears on the mountainside, participate in native Tlingit culture, or stop and pick from the abundance of wild blueberries, huckleberries, and salmon-berries.

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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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Stikine River Jet Boat Tour - Complimentary Excursion

Climb aboard a jet boat and explore the historic Stikine River. The Stikine River, or Stik-Heen, which means ‘Great River’ in Tlinglit, is the fastest navigable, free-flowing river in North America and is truly a photographer’s dream. This natural habitat is home to a wide variety of wildlife, including moose, deer, brown and black bear, and the bald eagle.

The Stikine River was also the primary means of river transport during the Gold Rush. View the picturesque scenery of this historic river, including massive glaciers that descend to the shores of the river and arcing mountains that extend to the sky.

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Day 9
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. 

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Day 10
Tracy Arm, AK

Fifty miles southeast of Juneau is Tracy Arm, a long, narrow fjord leading to the mile-wide South Sawyer Glacier. Witness seals lounging on small ice floes, as you sail under the 1,500-foot-high vertical cliffs of Tracy Arm surrounded by the magnificent sight of hundreds of waterfalls cascading down its towering sides.

Indulge yourself at our one-of-a-kind Hot Chocolate Bar on the sun deck, as our onboard naturalist provides expert commentary on this natural wonder. There is a sense of excitement as you anticipate the next waterfall, mountain goat, or bear, on your way to the crystal blue glacier.  

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Day 11
Juneau, AK

On your return, spend some time in Juneau. Explore the impressive collection of museums, shops, and attractions in the heart of Alaska’s capital.

Experiences

Enjoy an in-depth exploration of Alaska. Led by our expert guides, visit scenic landscapes, view native wildlife, and experience the very best this magnificent region has to offer.

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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.

 

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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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The Hottest Hot Chocolate Bar in Alaska
The full-service hot chocolate bar on the sun deck of the American Constellation in Tracy Arm, Alaska is a warm treat in this chilly climate. A visionary concept of American Cruise Lines’ Hotel managers, the Hot Chocolate bar has recipes so wildly delicious you'll want to try them all.
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