About Puget Sound and San Juan Islands Cruise

Enjoy an 8-day cruise where the Cascade and Olympic Mountains meet the sea to form the stunning Puget Sound and the San Juan Islands archipelago. Experience the best the Pacific Northwest has to offer with the help of our expert guides who lead you on fascinating shore excursions to the beautiful Butchart Gardens and on a whale watching excursions from Friday Harbor.

Enjoy fine wines from local vineyards on your private balcony and keep an eye out for “Spirit”, the Orca whale we adopted last year.

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Cruise Itinerary

Day
Ports of Call
1
Seattle, WA
2
Anacortes, WA
3
Cruising the San Juan Islands
4
Friday Harbor, WA
5
Victoria, BC / Port Angeles, WA
6
Port Townsend, WA
7
Poulsbo, WA
8
Seattle, WA

Puget Sound and San Juan Islands Cruise

The vivacity of Seattle makes it a perfect place to begin your cruise and introduce you to the Northwest. From Seattle, we set out harbor hopping through Puget Sound, visiting all of the most popular towns in the region.

Ports of Call

  • Seattle, WA
  • Anacortes, WA
  • Friday Harbor, WA
  • Victoria, BC / Port Angeles, WA
  • Port Townsend, WA
  • Poulsbo, WA
  • Seattle, WA

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Day  1
Seattle, WA

Arrive early in Seattle and spend the day exploring local attractions like the Space Needle and Pike Place Market. In the afternoon your cruise on Puget Sound begins as we set out across the clear blue water. The week will be filled with opportunities for whale watching, but this is a great time to get your first few sightings.

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Day  2
Anacortes, WA

Anacortes is home to Deception Pass, one of the most photographed places in the Northwest. See the pass from the water, or explore on easy walking trails along the shoreline. Leave some time to explore the town, just a few steps from our dock. After dinner, the Fidalgo Swing Band will join us for an evening of swing in the main lounge.

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Town Walking Tour

Located between Seattle and Vancouver, on beautiful Fidalgo Island, Anacortes is known as the gateway to San Juan. Anacortes is a thriving seaside town with a past that mirrors the fascinating boom and bust history and entrepreneurial spirit of the area.  Join a local guide for a walking tour of the town to get a true feel for the islands of the beautiful Pacific Northwest. Admire the extensive, colorful murals depicting the history of the city.  You will also take in the town center and the W.T. Preston stern wheeler.

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La Conner, WA & SeaBear Salmon Tasting Tour

Visit the charming town of La Conner and enjoy a guided tour of its charming history. Stroll through La Conner’s downtown area, shop and experience some of its museums.  Upon arrival back in Anacortes, partake in a smoked salmon tasting at SeaBear, featuring its 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.

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Onboard Entertainment - An-O-Chords

This barbershop quartet joins us onboard for a night of wonderful music. Depending on the week of your cruise, up to 20 singers may be onboard to welcome you to Anacortes.

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Day  3
Cruising the San Juan Islands

Your cruise is as much about the journey as it is about each place we visit. Today is a day to revel in the scenery as we make our way through the San Juan Islands. As we travel whales, eagles, and seals will be set to the backdrop of the Olympic and Cascade Mountains. Our onboard expert will point out wildlife as we cruise or you can just sit back and enjoy the sun on the top deck.

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Day  4
Friday Harbor, WA

Friday Harbor is a beautiful, walkable seaport with small shops and turn of-the-century buildings. Experience island life as it was over a century ago by visiting the San Juan Historical Museum or the Whale Museum. At the whale museum you can learn about Spirit, the orca whale American Cruise Lines adopted during our first season on Puget Sound.

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Whale Museum Tour

Join a docent at the Whale Museum for a guided tour. In the Gallery of Whales you'll 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. You'll find 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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Whale Watching Tour

The San Juan Islands are a wonderful place to go whale-watching. Learn why and see these majestic mammals in their natural habitat during a whale-watching tour through the islands. This is a Signature Shore Tour. Please call (800) 460-4518 for more information

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Onboard Entertainment - Fidalgo Swing

This popular band aims to transport guests to an era when swing was king. They create a big brass band sound with a horn section, guitars, tenor sax and a double bass, pulled together by the vocals of Beth Baker.

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Day  5
Victoria, BC / Port Angeles, WA

The only Canadian town on our cruise is Victoria. It’s a wonderful place to spend a day on a guided tour through the magnificent Butchart gardens and lively waterfront. The tour begins from our berth in Port Angeles, a town that includes a tour to Hurricane Ridge with vast views over the Strait of Juan de Fuca and deep into the mountainous wilderness of Olympic National Forest.

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Onboard Entertainment - Port Angeles Symphony

The well-known Orchestra showcases a featured performer while in port. The featured artist comes from the best local talent in the area ranging from sultry jazz singers, award-winning high school band members, or a piano soloist.

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Butchart Gardens and Victoria City Tour

Take a scenic ferry ride across the Strait of Juan de Fuca to beautiful Victoria, British Columbia. You will be greeted in Victoria by a friendly local guide who will take you on a brief tour of the city on your way to the Butchart Gardens. As you enter the park under the flower adorned archway, stone paths line gentle streams decorated with colorful arrays of flowers. Before heading back to the ship, enjoy a picnic luncheon in the midst of the garden. Passengers MUST have passport for this tour as you are traveling to Canada.

This is a Signature Shore Tour. Please call (800) 460-4518 for more information.

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Olympic National Park and Hurricane Ridge

The natural beauty of the Olympic National Park will be on full display as a local park ranger takes you on a tour of the park in intimate groups. Your guide will touch upon the variety of flora and fauna that is unique to the park.  Within the park lies Hurricane Ridge, one of its most popular destinations. On the ridge, natural wildflowers cover mountain meadows as you receive the best vista views the park, and by extension, the state of Washington have to offer.

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Lake Crescent at Olympic National Park

A hidden gem found within the nearly one million acres of Olympic National Park is Lake Crescent. The lake’s bright turquoise waters form a striking counterpoint to the towering mountains which surround the lake. Peruse the grounds on your own before making your way to a quaint tavern with stunning lakeside views where complimentary beer and wine will be served.

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Walking Tour of Port Angeles

On this walking tour, discover the unique, convenient downtown of Port Angeles. You will notice the eccentric outdoor art, magnificent shopping, and stunning floral landscaping. This city is a true treasure of the Pacific Northwest.

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Day  6
Port Townsend, WA

Port Townsend is a charming town with a fascinating past. Beautifully restored Victorian architecture is now home to small museums, galleries, and shops. In the evening, members of the Port Angeles Symphony Orchestra will be aboard for a night of dramatic classical music.

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Port Townsend Walking Tour

A local guide dressed in Victorian-era dress will greet you at the ship for a one-of-a-kind welcome to Port Townsend.  These lively guides will take you through the historic downtown area and go into detail about the many colorful characters that helped build the city.  Learn about the interesting architecture located throughout the city, the waterfront district’s unique past, and how this tiny city came to be called the “New York of the West.”

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Tour of Fort Worden State Park

Your guide will greet you onboard to take you to the National Historic Landmark site of Fort Worden State Park. Here you will discover the history of the “Triangle of Fire,” a trio of forts built to protect Puget Sound at the turn of the last century.  Fort Worden occupies the northwestern side of the triangle and sits atop a scenic bluff on the northeastern tip of the Olympic Peninsula.  Highlights include Point Wilson Lighthouse, built to help friendly warships navigate home, and the Parade Grounds, where military drills and training were once held.  Before returning to the ship, your guide will take you to the ramparts atop the fort where massive gun emplacements look out onto fantastic views of the Puget Sound.

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Day  7
Poulsbo, WA

Originally a logging camp settled by Norwegians who likened the landscape to the fjords of their homeland, Poulsbo retains a Scandinavian influence. It is a great place to visit for the history, scenery, and lively downtown. A distinct Native American influence is present in nearby Suquamish, located on the Port Madison Indian Reservation, where there is a museum dedicated to the history and culture of the Suquamish Tribe.

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Poulsbo, WA tour

As you tender into the small town of Poulsbo, a friendly guide from the Poulsbo Historical Society will be there to greet you at the dock.  Once a popular destination for Norwegian and Finnish immigrants, the town’s Scandinavian influence is evident the minute you step ashore.  Your guide will take you through the historical downtown area, and afterwards you will have the opportunity to sample authentic Norwegian pastries. For more information on Poulsbo and the Kitsap Peninsula, click here.

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Suquamish Museum

The night before arriving in Poulsbo, WA, an onboard historian will share with you the history of local Suquamish tribe.  Building upon the lecture you received the night before, the following day you will visit the new Suquamish Museum.  This museum brings together many different artifacts and photographs from Suquamish people, many of which have never been exhibited before.  A highlight of the museum is a uniquely designed cedar timeline depicting the tribe’s history from the beginning of the last Ice Age to current times.

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Onboard Entertainment - The Duwamish Dixieland Band

With an impressive song catalog and a truly talented group of musicians, the Duwamish Dixieland Band provides an incredibly fun night of entertainment. Join in by playing instruments provided by the band and sing along to classic Dixieland songs.

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Day  8
Seattle, WA

Welcome back to Seattle. Relax on the sundeck as the skyline of the city draws nearer. Once we arrive, make the most of you time in Seattle with a tour, or allow American Cruise Lines to assist with transportation arrangements home.

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Seattle, WA narrated tour

Let American Cruise Lines be your guide to the lively and diverse streets of the Emerald City. Tour the heart of the downtown area with a friendly guide who will point out the city’s biggest attractions.  An excursion highlight is the Pike Place Market, the oldest continually operated farmer’s market in the United States. Peruse the market and sample some of Seattle’s freshest produce, all with a stunning view of the picturesque Elliot Bay.

American Spirit

The modern American Spirit is for the traveler who pursues the exceptional. Uniquely designed to navigate the inland waterways of Alaska, the American Spirit brings passengers to some of the most beautiful locations in America. In the intimate atmosphere onboard, guests find that fellow travelers share their passion for these historic places, and often become fast friends. It's easy to relax and feel comfortable in the spacious and relaxing rooms.


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Owner's Suite (Private Balcony)

Deckplan

At 350 sq. ft. the Owner’s Suite is an oversized room offering complete comfort in a spacious private sanctuary. The room has a large sitting area and a private balcony offering expansive views from a stunning vantage point.

AAC (Private Balcony)

Deckplan

These 283 sq. ft. staterooms are located on the top deck which provides privacy and great panoramic views. The living space is comparable to that of a fine hotel room and offers a writing desk, a closet, a full-size bathroom and a private balcony.

AAL (Private Balcony)

Deckplan

AAL staterooms are a spacious retreat with all the amenities a modern traveler expects. Each room offers 263 sq. ft. of space encompassing a hotel size bathroom, a private balcony, and a large opening picture window.

AA

Deckplan

AA Category staterooms are the perfect place to unwind after a day of exploration. Each 258 sq. ft. room has a large opening picture window with views of the passing scenery. The room also offers a hotel-size bathroom and plenty of closet space.

A

Deckplan

A category rooms are a quiet enclave for total relaxation. They come equipped with a full assortment of modern amenities and large opening picture windows. Each room is 258 sq. ft. and ideal for cruising the inland waterways of the Northwest.

Single (Private Balcony)

Deckplan

The intimate atmosphere of each single stateroom is ideal for the solo traveler. At 248 sq. ft. each room has a twin bed, a full bathroom, a private balcony, and plenty of room to spread out and make yourself at home.

American Spirit Deck Plan

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