Travel to where the Cascade and Olympic Mountains meet the sea, forming the stunning Puget Sound and San Juan Islands archipelago. Cruise the clear blue waters to picturesque historic seaside towns such as Anacortes where you can partake in a traditional smoked salmon tasting. As you journey through the San Juan Islands, witness abundant wildlife including whales, eagles, and seals. Enjoy the scenic beauty of the region on our customized shore excursions to Butchart Gardens with its flower-adorned archways and Olympic National Park where you will witness breathtaking vistas. Learn about the cultural influences of both the Norwegians and the Suquamish tribe from the American Cruise Lines onboard historians and local expert guides. On your private balcony, you can sip fine wines from local vineyards, while keeping an eye out for “Spirit," an Orca whale American Cruise Lines adopted during our first season on the Puget Sound.


• Wildlife Encounters: Witness the natural beauty of the San Juan Islands with abundant wildlife sightings, including whales, eagles, and seals, making your journey a memorable wildlife adventure.

• Cultural Exploration: Immerse yourself in the rich cultural heritage of the region with expert guides who will share insights into the influences of both the Norwegians and the Suquamish tribe, providing a deeper understanding of the area's history and traditions.

Arrive a day early to explore this incredible destination. Stop at the original Starbucks in Pike Place Market, before exploring the iconic Space Needle, a 1962 World’s Fair legacy. Departing from the famous Fisherman’s Terminal, begin your cruise from this lively city to the majestic waters of Puget Sound.

Anacortes is a picturesque waterfront town located on Fidalgo Island in Northwest Washington. This vibrant coastal community is home to one of the world’s largest whale watching fleets, as well as Deception Pass, one of the most photographed places in the Northwest. More than 50 miles of trails run through Anacortes and Fidalgo Island, where you can enjoy views of Mount Erie, four fresh-water lakes, old growth forest, and a variety of wildlife, including bald eagles. Explore the downtown, just a few steps from our dock, and peruse its sophisticated boutiques, art galleries, and antique shops.

Friday Harbor is a charming town with a rich history and an abundance of character. Small enough to walk from one end to the other, this secluded coastal fishing village is adorned with historic storefronts, picturesque turn-of-the-century houses, and Coast Salish native carvings. Explore Friday Harbor’s diverse topography, from pebbly beaches to magnificent mountains and lush valleys. Stroll through the historic district and witness the local population of whales from the Port of Friday Harbor. At the Whale Museum, learn about Spirit, the orca whale American Cruise Lines adopted during our first season on the Puget Sound.

Your cruise is as much about the journey as it is about each destination. Today is a day to revel in the scenery, as we make our way through the San Juan Islands. Witness the whales, eagles, and seals that adorn the backdrop of the Olympic and Cascade Mountains. As we cruise, listen to our onboard expert describe the native wildlife or simply sit back and enjoy the sun on the top deck.

The only Canadian town on our cruise, Victoria is a wonderful place to spend a day on a guided tour through the magnificent Butchart Gardens and lively waterfront. Start the tour from our berth in Port Angeles, continuing to Hurricane Ridge with vast views of the Strait of Juan de Fuca and the mountainous wilderness of Olympic National Forest.

Bordered by Puget Sound and the Strait of Juan de Fuca, Port Townsend is a historic Victorian seaport with a rich maritime heritage, artistic spirit, and a touch of urban chic. Explore its ornate Victorian era homes, small museums, and unique art galleries as you view the spectacular snow-capped Olympic Mountains.

Poulsbo is a great place to visit for its history, scenery, and lively downtown. Originally a logging camp settled by Norwegians who likened the landscape to the fjords of their homeland, Poulsbo retains a Scandinavian influence. A distinct Native American influence is present in nearby Suquamish, located on the Port Madison Indian Reservation, where a museum is dedicated to the history and culture of this native tribe.

Welcome back to Seattle. Relax on the sun deck as the famous skyline of the city draws near. Once we arrive, make the most of your time in Seattle with an excursion to the Seattle Center or allow American Cruise Lines to assist with transportation arrangements home.

Itineraries are subject to change.

A Cabin. From

$4,845 USD pp
A Cabin. From
Our staterooms are the most spacious in the small ship cruising industry. All range between 200 and 450 square feet in size, and feature full-size bathrooms and modern amenities. After an invigorating day, your spacious stateroom is a comfortable haven and the perfect place to relax and unwind. Enjoy the ever-changing scenery from your large opening picture window or from your private balcony.

AAC cabin

$8,995 USD pp

Fleet of Small Ships
American Cruise Lines offers the newest fleet in America, each ship accommodating just 90 to 180 guests. We offer 6 unique ship styles, including a new class of Patriot Class, Coastal Cats, Classic Paddlewheelers, Constellation Class Ships, Independence Class, and the only modern American Riverboats. We have become the industry leader by continuing to introduce new and innovative ships each year, with the most diverse fleet in the country.

These new ships, built at Chesapeake Shipbuilding in Maryland, are a testament to premier nautical engineering and safety equipment, as well as state-of-the-art navigation. On board a sophisticated aesthetic, an unprecedented level of comfort, the largest staterooms globally, with full private balconies where indicated, and modern accommodations including high-speed internet powered by Starlink.

Our fleet allows us to provide a genuine and customized exploration of areas inaccessible to large ships and crowds, and to explore each region in the most meaningful way possible. With land never out of sight allowing for more time to savor the scenery. Our small ship river cruises offer a more intimate look at American cities from charming small towns to gracious southern ports.

American Riverboats | 180 Guests
American Serenade - American Symphony - American Melody - American Jazz - American Song - American Harmony

• Operates along the U.S. Rivers
• Multiple Dining Venues
• Sophisticated and Modern Décor 
• Outdoor Walking Track and Fitness Center
• Multi-Story Glass Atrium
• Unique Bow Ramp for Easy Boarding
• Elevator Access to All Passenger Decks

Coastal Cats Cruise Ships | 100 Guests
American Eagle - American Glory - American Liberty - American Legend

• Shallow Draft for Inland Exploration
• Modern Interior Design
• Multiple Dining Venues
• Bow Observation Area for Scenic Viewing
• Sun Deck with Walking Track
• Activity / Tender Platform
• Fitness Center
• Elevator Access to Each Deck

Constellation Class Coastal Ships | 170 Guests
American Constellation - American Constitution

• Traditional Bow for Coastal Travel
• Main Deck Restaurant with 270º Views
• Sun Deck with Shaded Lounge Area
• Entertainment Lounge
• Reading Lounge
• Fitness Center
• Elevator Access to All Passenger Decks

Paddlewheelers | 180 Guests
American Heritage - American Splendor - American Pride - American West

• Classic Paddlewheel Aesthetic
• Glass-Enclosed Restaurant 
• Open Seating Dining
• Three Distinct Guest Lounges 
• Cozy Study Enclave
• Fitness Center
• Elevator Access to All Passenger Decks

Independence Class Coastal Ships | 90 Guests
American Independence - American Spirit - American Star

• Traditional Bow for Coastal Travel
• Main Deck Restaurant with 270º Views
• Sun Deck with Shaded Lounge Area
• Entertainment Lounge
• Reading Lounge
• Fitness Center
• Elevator Access to All Passenger Decks

Patriot Class Coastal Ships | 125 Guests
American Patriot - American Pioneer

• Uniquely Designed Bow for Deeper Drafts
• Luxurious Grand Suites
• Open Seating Dining
• Multiple Guest Lounges
• Bow Terrace for Observation
• Fitness Center
• Elevator Access to All Decks

Cabin layout for American Cruise Line Ships

Optional tours and excursions available. Please contact us for more details.


• Voyage on board in selected cabin category
• All meals while on board
• Selected beer and wine included with lunch and dinner
• Complimentary cocktail hour each evening
• Coffee, tea, water and soft drinks
• Entertainment on board
• Free wif-fi on board (subject to coverage)
• Gratuities not expected


• International or domestic flights
• Passport and visa costs where applicable
• Travel insurance
• Port charges/taxes
• Shore excursions unless otherwise stated (Information provided in pre-tour booklet prior to departure, excursions can be booked and paid on board)
American Cruise Line Ships
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