Day 1: Embark in Seattle, WA
Depart from Fisherman’s Terminal, entering the waters of the Puget Sound.
Day 2: Anacortes, WA
This beautiful first stop on our journey offers many scenic and scrumptious tour options for you to choose from! Take a walking tour of the seaside town, decorated with murals of its history. Or head toward La Conner for a guided tour, plus a smoked salmon tasting at SeaBear, including smoked salmon chowder! Or take the jet boat tour of Deception Pass!
Day 3: Friday Harbor, WA
One last stop in the San Juan Islands before we continue North: Friday Harbor! This little island has wondrous views of mountains, valleys, and pebble-covered beaches AND is fantastic for whale watching! Friday Harbor has a beautiful Whale Museum to tour, which includes various ‘songs’ of different whale species and a family tree of local orcas. Or take a whale watching tour through the islands in search of local whales.
Day 4: Cruising Strait of Georgia
Relax as you cruise through the Salish Sea, north along the US/Canadian border.
Day 5: Cruising Queen Charlotte Strait
Continuing our journey North, cruise past the Broughton Archipelago. Keep your eyes open for wildlife and natural wonders on the islands and coastline.
Day 6: Cruising the Inside Passage
As we enter Alaska, crossing back into US waters, watch the forest-lined beaches for wildlife.
Day 7: Ketchikan, AK
One of Alaska’s southernmost cities, Ketchikan is the gateway to Misty Fjords National Monument, the ‘Yosemite of the North’. Raw power is on display in the fjords formed by glaciers and lava flows. Explore the town by Duck Tour, visiting the salmon ladder at Ketchikan Creek, Whale Park, local fishing canneries, the seaplane docks and more.
Day 8: Wrangell, AK
Take a jet boat tour up the Stikine River – beautiful surroundings that are home to deer, brown bears and bald eagles. Experience the flavors of Alaska, including fresh salmon, halibut, blueberries, huckleberries and salmonberries.
Day 9: Petersburg, AK
This fishing village has a strong Norwegian heritage. Take a walking tour of the town, learning about its rich heritage, the art and Rosemaling that decorate the town, and visit the Clausen Museum, home to artifacts and photographs of the region.
Day 10: Tracy Arm & South Sawyer Glacier, AK
1500 foot high cliffs – that’s the breathtaking views of Tracy Arm! An expert naturalist will join us onboard to point out sights along the way, including the waterfalls cascading down the fjord, the mile wide South Sawyer Glacier, and the seals hanging out on ice floes.
Day 11: Cruising Glacier Bay
3.3 million acres. How much of Glacier Bay can you explore in one day? Miles of coastline, filled abundantly with wildlife, including orcas, humpback whales, brown bears and bald eagles.
Day 12: Haines, AK
Over 260 bird species, including bald eagles, make their home in Chilkat Valley. We’ll be joined onboard by a local expert and guide to point out the differing species. To highlight your stay in Haines, you could choose to kayak on Chilkoot Lake, or head out fishing on a charter boat.
Day 13: Skagway, AK
It’s time to learn about the Klondike Gold Rush of 1897! The town has been restored with period performers, architecture, and old street cars. Welcome to the frontier!
Day 14: Juneau, AK
Enjoy this extra day in Juneau to explore Mendenhall Glacier, or ride a gondola tramway to the top of Mount Roberts. Or stay onboard the ship to watch for whales in the Gulf of Alaska.
Day 15: Disembark in Juneau, AK
›This cruise operates in reverse in August.
Ask our cruise experts about extending your vacation with a pre-cruise stay in Seattle, or a post-cruise stay in Juneau: (800) 578-1479.
Your onboard experience is as important as your onshore experience, so we take special care in providing the best in service, accommodations, entertainment, dining, all in an elegant yet comfortable environment. The all-American crew is there to see to all your needs, with the goal of providing you with the most memorable adventure possible.
Not only do we provide unique ports on our cruises, but unique entertainment as well. Activities are designed to highlight the areas in which we visit, including guest lecturers, local musicians, demonstrations, minor theatrical performances and games. From a performance by a fife and drum corps on Chesapeake Bay to a visit from a local lobsterman in Maine or a visit from costumed antebellum characters in the historic south, activities are as rich in history and culture as the ports themselves. Unlike the mega ships, you won’t find glitzy shows or casinos; instead we offer a refreshingly casual atmosphere, with an intimate ambience that is perfect for congenial camaraderie with fellow passengers and quiet relaxation. Open decks and glassed-in observation lounges allow for the watching of passing scenery and wildlife, while a well-stocked library provides reading material and videos focusing on the areas to be visited.
In order to enhance your cruise experience we invite carefully selected experts to join us on board. Through informal lectures, open discussions and activities, they bring local history, nature and culture alive with their knowledge and passion for American heritage. These enlighteners, naturalists and historians also lead shore excursions while in port, to give our guests behind the scenes tours of some of American’s best-kept secrets and favorite treasures. Not only will you find knowledge in these experts, but a friend as well. Onboard activities and entertainment are included in your cruise fare.
We make it a top priority to offer a first-class dining experience at every meal. Expect exceptional cuisine prepared by chefs who have extensive culinary credentials and training from some of the most prestigious culinary institutes. The all-American crew offers an outstanding level of service to make the most discerning passenger’s journey memorable and relaxing. Dining onboard is informal, dress is resort casual, and seating is unassigned and served in the glass-enclosed dining room, where every seat offers a panoramic view. Using only the freshest ingredients, menus are inspired by regional and local specialties. Each evening before dinner, passengers are invited to mingle and share their day’s adventures over complimentary cocktails and hors d’oeuvres.