1Embark in Seattle, WA
Welcome aboard the American Constellation!
Olympia is Washington’s state capital, and you can visit the Capitol building today! Or take a walking tour of the city from the Westside to Downtown.
Tacoma is a city committed to the arts. The Museum District is home to six world class museums, including the Glass Museum, the Washington State History Museum, and LeMay – America’s Car Museum.
4Cruising the San Juan Islands
Anacortes is much warmer than its neighbors, so you can make the most of your time here. Saunter over to Deception Pass State Park, one of the most photographed locations in Washington State. This park’s miles of scenic shoreline, serene trails, and abundant wildlife make this a rewarding destination for all visitors. You could also choose to explore Deception Pass by Jet Boat, listening to stories of the region while watching for bald eagle nests, Deception Island, and the Old Prison Rock Quarry. Or head over to La Conner for the SeaBear Smoked Salmon tasting, including their San Juan Sliders and smoked salmon chowder.
6Friday Harbor, WA
From the moment you step off of the ship your senses will electrify from the intoxicating aromas and majestic views of Friday Harbor. Take a step back in time and experience island life as it was over a century ago by visiting the San Juan Historical Museum. Or take a guided tour of the Whale Museum, including the beautiful Gallery of Whales. Their focus is the J, K, and L orca pods living in the San Juan Islands. Explore Friday Harbor’s diverse topography from pebbly beaches to monstrous mountains and lush valleys. This eclectic town has something for everyone!
7Port Angeles, WA
Enjoy the wonderful fresh air, interesting shops, restaurants, recreational opportunities, and marvelous views of the harbor and mountains. The convenient downtown is alive with friendly folks, flowers and outdoor art. If you’re in need of culture, visit the award-winning Port Angeles Symphony and the hilltop Port Angeles Fine Arts Center, a noteworthy museum of contemporary art. But Port Angeles is the entrance to the Olympic National Park. You could head up to Hurricane Ridge for spectacular views, or visit the turquoise waters of Lake Crescent.
Our ship will stayed docked in Port Angeles, and we’ll enjoy a scenic ferry across the Strait of Juan de Fuca to visit Victoria – the only Canadian city on our cruise. Make sure you have your passport to enjoy this guided tour of Butchart Gardens with a picnic lunch, and city tour of Victoria.
9Port Townsend, WA
Forested islands, snow-capped mountains, and pristine beauty surround you as your ship cruises through the San Juan Islands and Admiralty Bay into the Victorian seaport town of Port Townsend. Explore Port Townsend’s vibrant downtown, designated a National Historic District, where you will have access to historical museums, art galleries, and specialty boutiques. Port Townsend is also home to the Fort Worden State Park. This turn-of-the-century army base offers an unmatched combination of natural beauty and historic wonders. Wander the park’s acres of beautiful beaches, wooded hills and open fields, framed by stunning vistas of the Olympic and Cascade mountain ranges and the Strait of Juan de Fuca.
Known as “Little Norway,” Poulsbo was settled in 1892 by Norwegian loggers and fishermen who likened the fjord-cut landscape to their homeland. Explore the heart of Poulsbo by taking a stroll along Front Street, featuring old world murals, numerous art galleries, and specialty shops. End your day with a walk along Poulsbo’s boardwalk, where you have the opportunity to view wildlife in their native habitat and majestic snow-capped Olympic Mountains off in the distance. The onboard historian will be sharing with you the history of the Suquamish people, and today you have the opportunity to visit the new Suquamish Museum, to learn more about the people and their way of life in the region. The tribe’s history from the last Ice Age to today is displayed on a cedar timeline.
11Disembark in Seattle, WA
Disembark after breakfast.