American Cruise Lines Starts Inaugural Alaska Season
American Cruise Lines has started its inaugural season in Alaska with the 100-passenger American Spirit completing the first 11-night Seattle-to-Juneau cruise. Weekly roundtrip cruises from Juneau will now run through early September.
The first guests saw glaciers at close range and spotted wildlife including humpback whales, brown bears and bald eagles. An Alaskan expert and naturalist sailed along, offering daily lectures and presentations on Alaska’s history, culture and natural wonders. Guests were greeted by the port towns, with a special welcoming event on the inaugural visit to Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve. In partnership with Huna Totem Corporation, cultural heritage guides shared traditional Tlingit songs, stories, history and their modern way of life.
Featuring a complimentary shore tour package and pre-cruise hotel stay, the seven-night Inside Passage cruises will visit Glacier Bay, Icy Strait/Hoonah, Skagway, Petersburg and Tracy Arm. The American Spirit offers an elevator to all decks, glass-enclosed lounges and oversized staterooms, the majority of which have private balconies.