ALASKAN EXPLORER CRUISE
2024 – Jun 17, 27; Jul 07, 31; Aug 10
2025 – Jun 07*, 16, 17*, 26, 27*; Jul 06, 30; Aug 09, 18*, 28*
DURATION – 11-Days/10-Nights
ROUNDTRIP – Juneau, Alaska
SHIP – American Constellation
FROM – $8,160*
*After Saving $600 on Select 2024 Dates
Onboard the newest small cruise ships in the Alaskan region, you will 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 three 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 from your private balcony.
Experience a once-in-a-lifetime adventure, on our 11-day Alaskan Explorer Cruise. From historical exploration to spectacular scenery to vibrant ports and curated excursions, this is the year for you to experience Alaska. Venture to captivating destinations in Southern Alaska and along the Inside Passage, in the comfort of the most modern cruise ship in the region.
Visit an array of beautiful and historic destinations – most of which are accessible only to our small ship. From your own private veranda, cherish the grandeur of Glacier Bay and the vertical cliffs of Tracy Arm Fjord. Savor breakfast on your private balcony as you admire whales, eagles, and scenic shorelines. Enjoy a complimentary guided shore excursions at every port, featuring world-class experts who enhance your experience.
Discover the wonders of Alaska as you are pampered by our dedicated crew and delight in the dishes of the region prepared to perfection by our master chefs.
- American Cruise Lines’ per person fare includes passage, dining service, snacks, complimentary cocktail parties, and entertainment aboard the ship.
- All meals aboard the vessel
- Selected shore excursions as indicated in itinerary documents
- All standard onboard services
- Daily Enrichment Program
- At Least One Shore Excursion Every Day
- Evening Entertainment
- Cocktail Hours, Wine, & Beer
- WiFi Internet
- All Gourmet Meals
- Gratuities, Port Charges, & Other Fees
- Complimentary Pre-Cruise Hotel
- Fares do not include shore tours (unless otherwise noted) or port charges and fees.
- Airfare to and from your home city
- Post Cruise hotel accommodations
- Non-complimentary beer, wine, or alcohol selections
- Travel and emergency evacuation insurance
ARRIVE JUNEAU, ALASKA
Each Southeast Alaska itinerary comes complete with a Complimentary Pre-Cruise Hotel Stay in Juneau, 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.
Pre-Cruise Hotel Stays must be reserved at least 30 days before your cruise date.
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 unique shops, excellent museums, and native heritage sites. Ride the enclosed tramway up the steep mountainside for spectacular views of forested islands, quiet coves, and rugged coastal mountains. As you depart the dock, keep an eye out for whales, renowned for their abundance in the area.
Nestled at the northern end of the Lynn Canal, the mountains rise steeply from the shoreline and seem to wrap around Haines. Along a river on the edge of town, view the bears that regularly feed on salmon. Bald eagles are the stars of more than 260 species of birds in the adjacent Chilkat Valley. Enjoy a variety of activities, including a guided wildlife expedition, a private kayaking and rafting tour, or a visit to bald eagle rehabilitation center.
DAY OF CRUISING THE INSIDE PASSAGE
Relish a day of scenic cruising along the Inside Passage.
GLACIER BAY NATIONAL PARK
There is no place in the world quite like Glacier Bay National Park. The park sprawls majestically over 3.3 million acres of dynamic topography. Thousands of glaciers descend toward the bay, which is surrounded by the Fairweather Mountain Range, known to collect more than 200 feet of snow annually. American Cruise Lines is one of a few cruise lines allowed privileged access into this natural wonder. Savor a day cruising through this 60-mile bay as you delight in the diverse and stunning surroundings. Sip on cocoa as the ship floats beneath massive glaciers. Gaze in amazement at hundreds of seals hauled out on floating icebergs and massive chunks of ice breaking off and collapsing into the water. Enjoy awe-inspiring sights as your onboard presenter shares stories about the unique aspects that make this place so remarkable.
From the comfort of your private balcony, watch for abundant marine and shoreside wildlife, including otters, seals, sea lions, black and brown bears, mountain goats, and many birds.
Discover this unique Alaskan town, which ascends beautifully up the hillside, with a harbor ornamented with lovely islands. Local museums feature artifacts and exhibits about the area’s long and rich history as an ancestral home of the Tlingit natives, the capital for Russia’s fur-trading enterprise, and the site of the formal transfer from the Russian empire to the United States on October 18, 1867. Choose from dozens of attractions listed on the National Register of Historic Places, seven of which are National Historic Landmarks. Surrounded by rainforest, this island community is framed by both mountains and sea and is teeming with wildlife, including brown bears, bald eagles, and all five species of Pacific salmon.
Wrangell’s cozy little bay offers a broad view of the attractive town and along the long valley descending from the backdrop of coastal mountains. To the north of town, the Stikine River empties into the ocean in braided rivulets across a wide delta. Salmon runs attract wildlife and observation areas enable you to safely watch eagles, seals, black bears, and brown bears feasting on the spawning fish. If you’re feeling adventurous, you can take a jet boat ride up the river, an important route during the Gold Rush. On your exploration of the town, savor the flavors of fresh salmon and halibut, participate in native Tlingit culture, or stop and pick from the wild bushes of blueberries and huckleberries.
CRUISING THE WRANGELL NARROWS
Cruising between Wrangell and Petersburg, the ship travels through the Wrangell Narrows – a deep and narrow waterway which resembles a fjord with steep and verdant shorelines gliding alongside the ship. Delight in a tasty snack and beverage as you nestle in to admire the scenic landscapes. Bask in stunning views of glaciers, strings of cascading waterfalls, and wildlife ranging from marine mammals to a variety of waterfowl, shorebirds, and seabirds. Enjoy activities with your ship staff, listen to an enlightening presentation from the guest speaker, and sample the chef’s regional creations.
As your ship docks in Petersburg, admire the surrounding mountains which rise to the sky, white and gleaming. Founded more than 100 years ago by Norwegian fishermen, Petersburg is an authentic Alaskan fishing town, with most families making their living from the sea. Be warmly welcomed by locals and excursion guides who are proud to share the treasures of their hometown and honor the culture of those who first settled here. For a spectacular view, take a flightseeing excursion and soar over massive glaciers, majestic valleys, and mystic bays. Explore the charming shops and quaint museums of downtown or hike along the waterfront to enjoy the surrounding wilderness. Charter a fishing boat for the afternoon in the adjacent Frederick Sound or delight in a jet boat adventure to nearby LeConte Glacier.
CRUISING THE INSIDE PASSAGE & FREDERICK SOUND
After several days of exploration, a cruising day is the perfect opportunity to relax and recharge as you enjoy marvelous views of Alaska’s natural wonders. View numerous scattered islands, forested down to the waterline. Your captain will position the ship for the best up-close viewing of whales, sea lions, seals, porpoises, and puffins. Bald eagles and seabirds may also be spotted flying overhead.
TRACY ARM, AK / SAWYER GLACIER
This day of cruising offers an array of scenic highlights as our small ship meanders the narrow channel of the Tracy Arm Fjord. Throughout the 25-mile journey, the waterway averages only about a mile wide, framed by steep vertical cliffs stretching more than 3,000 feet high. Pockets of valleys reveal views of larger, snow-capped peaks featuring mountainsides adorned with ancient forest and swaths of sparkling glaciers. Hundreds of waterfalls cascade down the cliffs and tumble into the water. The miraculous journey is further heightened as the ship arrives at the faces of the stunning twin Sawyer Glaciers that once combined to carve out this incredible waterway. Seals lounge with their young on small ice floes. During glacier viewing, the crew prepares a delicious hot-chocolate bar with an array of toppings and liqueurs. The area is almost unchanged since naturalist John Muir visited in 1879 and described this special place as ”shut in by sublime cliffs, nobly sculptured, and adorned with waterfalls and fringes of trees, bushes, and patches of flowers.”
JUNEAU, AK – DISEMBARK
After an exciting adventure exploring the best of Alaska, end your journey where it began, in Juneau. Enjoy breakfast on board before departing the ship. You may decide to stay longer in this enchanting destination, brimming with incredible wildlife viewing, shopping, eateries, and breweries.
Pre- and post-cruise arrangements are available.
Constellation Class Coastal Ships
American Cruise Lines’ modern ships are a testament to premier nautical engineering, luxurious comfort, and river cruising convenience. Our fleet of American riverboats, paddle-wheelers, and small cruise ships offer the latest amenities, state-of-the-art navigation, and safety equipment.
Cruising on our world-class ships, enjoy comfortable lounges and large observation decks that provide the perfect place for guests to relax and enjoy the company of fellow travelers who share their interest in American heritage. Glass enclosed dining salons provide panoramic views of the spectacular scenery you will see on every American Cruise Lines trip.
Our spacious staterooms are the largest in the small cruise ship industry. These hotel-like rooms feature large opening picture windows, roomy baths, and many offer furnished private balconies. From charming small towns to gracious southern ports, the American Cruise Lines fleet will bring you to your desired destination in luxury and comfort. Single occupancy rooms are available on all of our ships. We can also accommodate three people to a room.