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River Cruise Line Gears Up to Sail Alaska this Summer

Sarah Bretz

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American Cruise Lines has announced that it is ready to sail in Alaska this summer. The June to September 2021 season includes eight and 11-night cruises aboard American Constellation on the Inside Passage, which is in the southeastern region of the state.

Eight-night Southeast Alaska cruises will operate roundtrip from Juneau. 11-night  Alaskan Explorer cruises venture further into the Inside Passage, Clarence Straight, Tracy Arm, and Glacier Bay. The longer 11-night voyages will also be offered roundtrip from Juneau, as well as from Ketchikan to Juneau.

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American Constellation in Alaska (Photo courtesy of American Cruise Lines)

American Cruise Lines operates small United States-built, crewed, and flagged vessels, which hold just 100 to 190 passengers and visit only domestic ports of call. The company has worked closely with local and state officials in southeast Alaska and across the country to safely bring back domestic small-ship cruising in the United States.

“We have a strong operating history in Alaska and have been glad to work with our many local partners to make this season a reality,” said Charles B. Robertson, President & CEO of American Cruise Lines. “Our COVID-19 operating protocols are tailored to each state and designed to mitigate risk while still enabling a meaningful contribution to each local economy.”

Specializing in personalized experiences, American Cruise Lines’ Alaska cruises explore the Inside Passage, Frederick Sound, Glacier Bay, and Tracy Arm. Stops include Juneau, Skagway, Haines, Petersburg, Ketchikan, and Wrangell, among others.

READ MORE: U.S.-Based River Line Begins 2021 Cruising Season

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Row of shops on Creek street in Ketchikan, Alaska (Photo courtesy of Holland America)

All eight-night and 11-night cruises include an included pre-cruise hotel night in Juneau, and the newest Alaskan Explorer itinerary also includes a hotel stay at the iconic Cape Fox Lodge for departures from Ketchikan.

In every port of call in Alaska, the cruise line has well-established relationships with local vendors, experts, and guides as well as cultural institutions, national parks, and wildlife conservationists.

Guided shore excursions are offered at every port in Alaska, and include private fishing charters, Tlingit cultural experiences, wildlife kayaking excursions, glacier flight-seeing adventures, hikes, and casual walking tours.

For this year, cruises with American Cruise Line have reduced capacity, pre-boarding testing, enhanced cleaning protocols, and medical staff onboard. Learn more about the line’s health and safety protocol here.

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