About Southeast Alaska Cruise

Experience the awe-inspiring wildlife and scenery that make Alaska one of the most beautiful cruise regions in the world. American Cruise Lines offers the most sophisticated onboard atmosphere of a select few cruise lines that are permitted into Glacier Bay, giving you unprecedented access to the National Park in perfect comfort. Here you’ll witness Bald eagles, deep blue glaciers and quaint fishing village’s, and humpback whales.

Our expert guides will bring the wonders of this region to life through carefully planned shore tours. You’ll experience the majestic sights at Tracy Arm, the grand South Sawyer Glacier and the restored Gold Rush town of Skagway.

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Cruise Itinerary

Ports of Call
Juneau, AK
Skagway, AK
Haines, AK
Glacier Bay, AK
Kake, AK
Petersburg, AK
Tracy Arm, AK / Sawyer Glacier
Juneau, AK

Southeast Alaska Cruise

Southeast Alaska has a natural beauty that simply isn't found in many places. Explore the untouched natural beauty of this area on a magnificent 8-day cruise.

Ports of Call

  • Juneau, AK
  • Skagway, AK
  • Haines, AK
  • Glacier Bay, AK
  • Kake, AK
  • Petersburg, AK
  • Tracy Arm, AK / Sawyer Glacier
  • Juneau, AK

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Day  1
Juneau, AK

Arrive on Friday evening to maximize your time exploring Juneau. The town offers unique shopping, native heritage sites, and an easy trip to Mendenhall Glacier. Forested islands, quiet coves, and rugged coastal mountain ranges greet you as soon as you leave the dock.

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Mendenhall Glacier and Juneau City Tour - 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 point out buildings of historical significance. As the tour takes you away from downtown Juneau, you will be able to 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’s Center, where you can discover the mystery behind this magnificent geological phenomenon from an unobstructed vantage point. Further explore this towering glacier along one of its many nature trails and experience the breathtaking views of this impressive feat of nature before returning to the ship's gangway.

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Day  2
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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Rail and Highway Tour - Complimentary Excursion

Skagway has called itself the "Gateway to the Yukon" since the Klondike Gold Rush of 1898. This tour experience gives visitors 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.

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The Skagway Street Car Tour - Complimentary Excursion

Experience Skagway with Alaska's original historical city tour for an informative and fun-filled 90 minutes to all points of interest. Aboard your beautifully restored yellow 1927 sightseeing bus, your costumed "conductor" passes on a century of history, behind-the-scenes tales, and stories of life in small town Alaska. Explore the waterfront and National Park Historic District, enjoy the panoramic views from the Scenic Outlook, and have your camera ready for the recounting of the Soapy Smith gunfight at the Gold Rush Cemetery. Motor through Skagway's residential neighborhood, famous for its flower gardens, making a stop downtown before returning to your ship.

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Day  3
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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Nature and 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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Chilkoot Lake Wildlife Kayak Tour

Sea kayaking is a great way to explore the scenic wonders of Alaska. Outfitted with the proper gear, you'll soon be gliding silently along the shores of the pristine Chilkoot Lake. The tour begins with a seaside drive to Chilkoot Lake State Park. This park has it all - salmon-filled river flowing into the sea, a turquoise lake surrounded by snow-capped mountains and important Tlingit cultural sites. We'll 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 shoreline, 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. 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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Narrated Glacier Bay Tour - 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 Spirit. An expert National Park Service Ranger will board the American Spirit 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 experience the sounds of a calving glacier. American Cruise Lines has also made special arrangements to have a Huna Tlingit Cultural Interpreter join us onboard who will share with you the fascinating human history and family stories of Glacier Bay’s native clans and people.

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Kake, AK

Just 38 miles northwest of Petersburg in the Inside Passage is the beachfront village of Kake. This small community of 500 is home to the Kake tribe, a proud people who have frequently defended their land against other tribes and early American explorers. The waters around Kake are well-known among seasoned anglers and boast a healthy population of halibut and salmon.

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Kake City Tour

Take a two and a half hour guided bus tour of beautiful Kake, making a stop at The Hatchery; known for its advantageous view of Alaskan bears and a live salmon stream. Next your guide will take you to the Carving Shed, where local history and lore will be shared. On the way back to the ship you will make a stop at the world’s largest totem pole for story-telling.

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Day  6
Petersburg, AK

Located on Frederick Sound, Petersburg is a thriving fishing community with a strong Norwegian heritage. This charming village gives a relaxed atmosphere as you explore this authentic Alaskan town.

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Petersburg Walking Tour - Complimentary Excursion

Petersburg is a thriving fishing community with a strong Norwegian heritage. Discover the rich heritage of this small fishing town during a walking tour of Petersburg. While roaming the streets of Petersburg, you’ll find artistic designs stamped into the concrete sidewalks, and Rosemaling (Norwegian decorative folk paintings) on storefronts and residences. During this walking tour, be sure to stop at Clausen Museum. The museum’s collections of artifacts, photographs and archives span the history of Petersburg and surrounding areas. With over 5,000 artifacts and 45,000 photographs, this museum has become a focal point for the preservation of Petersburg's unique history.

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Fishing Charter Tour

Enjoy a half day of salmon fishing from the comfort of the First Choice Fishing Charter.  This is a Signature Shore Tour. Please call (800) 460-4518 for more information.

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Day  7
Tracy Arm, AK / Sawyer Glacier

Sail under the 1,500-foot-high vertical cliffs of Tracy Arm as seals lounge on small ice floes before reaching the mile wide South Sawyer Glacier. Hundreds of waterfalls cascade down the sides of this fjord, creating a majestic atmosphere.

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Tracy Arm Tour

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 onboard to provide narration as we cruise through this mighty fjord. Witness hundreds of waterfalls cascade down the sides of this fjord, creating a majestic atmosphere. You will be inspired and impressed by the grandeur and beauty of Tracy Arm fjord. Note: This experience takes place on your ship.

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Day  8
Juneau, AK

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

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)


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)


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)


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 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 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)


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.

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The Hottest Hot Chocolate Bar in Alaska
The full-service hot chocolate bar on the sun deck of the American Spirit 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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