Southeast Alaska Cruise

Cruising Alaska has been popular for decades, but a small ship like the American Constellation can get you up-close to the action. Closer to the shore, you can better see wildlife on land; feel the spray when a piece of glacier falls into the ocean; watch for whale pods and catch your breath when you witness a whale breaching the water! You’ll spend a week as the ‘Alaskan Adventurer’ in search of sights unseen – at least, unseen by you before now. Whales, bears, bald eagles and more! Whether you’re walking on glaciers, witnessing part of a glacier crash into the ocean, or kayaking at the foot of a waterfall, you’ll be in awe daily of the beautiful and wondrous majesty of the natural world. In Tracy Arm, you’ll cruise under the 1500 foot high vertical cliffs – and your jaw will drop! In Kake, stop at the Hatchery to watch bears trying to catch their breakfast from the abundant salmon population. Tour Glacier Bay with a National Park Service Ranger, in search of Orcas, Humpback Whales, Brown Bears, and more. Kayak Chilkoot Lake, filled with salmon and home to many birds, including bald eagles. Hear the stories of the ancient people who have always lived here, as well as experience the gold rush era and Klondike Highway.

Cruise Details

Clock9 Days & 8 Nights

Double Occupancy from $6,505 pp/do*

Single Occupancyfrom $7,920 pp

CalendarMay 26, 2024 | June 2, 2024 | June 9, 2024 | July 16, 2024 | July 23, 2024 | August 19, 2024
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August 26, 2024 | September 2, 2024 | September 9, 2024

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*Per person/double occupancy. Special single rates apply where listed. Excludes port fees.
Itineraries may operate in reverse.

Your Itinerary

    1Embark in Juneau, AK
    Begin your cruise with a complimentary excursion through the streets of Juneau, learning about the gold rush era, and a trip to Mendenhall Glacier – a half mile wide, with ice 1000 feet deep! Learn more about the glacier at the Visitor’s Center.

    2Afternoon of Cruising
    Before boarding, enjoy a guided exploration of the city of Juneau which concludes at the ship. Be treated to a Welcome Reception as you begin your Alaska cruise.

    3Haines, AK
    Our stop in Haines offers two ways to view the natural wonders of Alaska! On the complimentary ‘Nature and Wildlife Expedition’, local naturalists will take you to the ‘Valley of the Eagles’, with six wildlife habitats, home to bald eagles, brown bears, seals, river otters, and more. Or you can choose the Signature Shore Tour that explores Chilkoot Lake’s wildlife habitat by kayak! Watch for salmon swimming into the sea from the river, bald eagles, brown bears, and other birds. Both options highlight the magnificent landscapes of Alaska, from glaciers to snow-capped mountains, and all the lakes, rivers, rainforests and waterfalls in between!

    4Glacier Bay, AK
    3.3 million acres. How much of Glacier Bay can you explore in one day? A National Park Service Ranger will join us onboard today to guide us through Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve. Miles of coastline, filled abundantly with wildlife, including orcas, humpback whales, brown bears and bald eagles. Our ship will stop right in front of a tidewater glacier and we may see and hear the magnificent sounds of a calving glacier! A Huna Tlingit Cultural Interpreter will also come onboard to share the history and family stories of the native people of Glacier Bay.

    5Petersburg, AK
    This fishing village has a strong Norwegian heritage. Take a complimentary 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. For a Signature Shore Tour, ask our agents about heading out on a fishing charter tour – half a day of salmon fishing in Alaska!

    6Cruising 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.

    7Wrangell, AK
    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.

    8Tracy 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.

    9Juneau, AK
    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.


Cabin Categories

Cabin Single Price Double Price
Owner's Suite (Private Balcony)$11,205 pp
Veranda Suite (Private Balcony)$9,935 pp
AAM (Private Balcony)$8,475 pp
AAC (Private Balcony)$7,925 pp
AAL (Private Balcony)$7,635 pp
AA$6,505 pp
Single (Private Balcony)$9,130 pp

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*Prices may vary due to seasonality

Onboard Experience

The American Cruise Line fleet of ships are the newest and most environmentally friendly small ships in the US. The cruise line prides itself on their hospitable staff, and that you’ll be graciously received no matter which ship you cruise on. The large staterooms with interior entrances ensure you have a relaxed, private area to watch the river from, or visit any of the many onboard lounges. Daily entertainment will be brought onboard, including musicians, historians and naturalists.

Regionally-Inspired Menus

American Cruise Lines uses fresh, local ingredients to show off the culinary glory of the region you’re cruising in. On the Mississippi River, that could mean Andouille Gumbo, a po’boy with red beans and rice, and bourbon pecan pie. In New England, you could find Littleneck clam ceviche on the menu followed by a spiced apple pudding with maple whipped cream. In the Pacific Northwest, you’ll find fresh fish on the menu, including shrimp bisque or Dungeness Crab cake, and a marionberry cheesecake that’ll make your mouth water! Your ship will provide you with a list of all the locally-sourced ingredients when you unpack.

Eagle Society

Once you’ve cruised aboard any American Cruise Line ship, you are an Eagle Society member. It’s free to be a member, but your loyalty to American Cruise Lines is greatly rewarded. You’ll receive Eagle Society luggage tags, and member-only gifts when you board each cruise. After 3 cruises, you’ll receive complimentary premium shore excursions. After 10 cruises, you’ll get a complimentary 11th cruise. There are special Eagle Society cruise dates every year. Plus all Eagle Society member benefits can be used when booking with USA River Cruises, plus you’ll still be eligible for our loyal customer benefits as well.

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Southeast Alaska Cruise

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