Your Southeast Alaska Cruise
Departing from and returning to Juneau, Alaska Small Ship Cruising Done Perfectlyâ„˘
Welcome ....................................................3 Ports of Call ...............................................4 Getting to Juneau and American Spirit .......6 Boarding Your Ship ....................................8
Table of Contents
What to Bring ............................................9 Meals & Cocktails ......................................10 Shore Tour General Information.................11 General Onboard Information ....................12 Concluding Your Cruise & End of Cruise Transportation Services ........13 Port by Port Shore Tour Details ..................14
Welcome Aboard hank you for choosing American Cruise Lines. From your reservation to your experience aboard the ship, American Cruise Lines is with you every step of the way. Your cruise specialist is always just a phone call away and will be happy to assist you with everything from celebrating a special occasion to ensuring that your stateroom is just the way you like it.
he following pages will answer many of your questions about the cruise and your onboard experience. Your cruise specialist is available and can be reached at (800) 894-8570. www.americancruiselines.com
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Ports of Call Juneau, AK Glacier Bay, AK
Skagway Haines Glacier Bay
Day of Cruising Haines, AK Skagway, AK
Petersburg, AK Tracy Arm, AK
Tracy Arm Sawyer Glacier Frederick Sound
he itinerary is subject to change. A passport is required for certain shore excursions.
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Getting to Juneau and the American Spirit American Spirit Is Docked At: Seadrome Marina 76 Egan Drive Juneau, AK 99801 Flying into Juneau Flying allows for the quickest and easiest access into Juneau. Juneau International Airport is the closest airport to ly into. It is serviced by many airlines and is only approximately 15 minutes from the ship. he Goldbelt Hotel provides a complimentary shuttle from the airport to the hotel. Please call the hotel at (907) 586-6900 upon landing. Taxi service is also available. Please Note: It is recommended that you arrive to Juneau the night before your cruise in order to participate in the Mendenhall Glacier and Juneau City Tour. he tour departs at 8:30 a.m. from the lobby of the Goldbelt Hotel.
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ARRIVAL LOCATION Seadrome Marina 76 Egan Drive Juneau, AK 99801
Staying in Juneau If you plan on arriving the night before your cruise, the Goldbelt Hotel is located near the Seadrome Marina. Please call American Cruise Lines to make your pre-cruise hotel night arrangements call 1-800-8948570.
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Boarding Your Ship Boarding Time
Luggage and Luggage Tags
Please plan to arrive at the ship between 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. You may not be able to access your stateroom until about 11:30 a.m. he ship will leave at 1:30 p.m. or earlier if all guests have arrived.
American Cruise Lines places no restrictions on luggage. However, it is recommended that you bring as few bags as necessary. Suitcases less than 10 inches high may be stowed under your bed. You will be receiving luggage tags with your boarding pass before your cruise. If you would like additional tags, your cruise specialist will be happy to send you more. If you have cruised with us before, please remove your old luggage tags.
On the morning of your cruise, American Cruise Lines will bring your luggage from the Goldbelt Hotel to your stateroom aboard the American Spirit. he tour of Mendenhall Glacier and the city of Juneau will meet in the lobby of the Goldbelt Hotel at 8:30 a.m. Following the tour you will be brought to the American Spirit. In either case, the Cruise Director will be awaiting your arrival at the gangway of the ship. Please present your boarding passes and photo ID at this time.
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What to Bring Casual resort attire is recommended both on the ship and ashore. For dinner, women’s attire may consist of a sweater and slacks or a dress. Men’s clothing might include a button-down shirt and slacks, with sport coat or sweater.
American Cruise Lines also recommends that you bring the following: • • • • • • • •
Comfortable resort attire Comfortable walking shoes Sunscreen Hat Rain wear Warm jacket Camera Photo identiication
Please do not hesitate to ask your Hotel Manager for any item that you may have forgotten. Mendenhall Glacier near Juneau
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Meals and Cocktails American Cruise Lines ofers open seating at every meal in the Dining Salon on the Main Deck. Dress is resort attire. At dinner, men often wear a sport coat and women often wear a dress.
Glasses, ice, mixers, and soft drinks are available at all times. For other liquor requests, your Hotel Manager will assist you.
Breakfast is prepared to order at your leisure between 7:30 a.m. and 9:00 a.m.
Special Diets and Medicines
Lunch is served at 12:30 p.m. Dinner service begins at 6:30 p.m., and you are welcome to join us at any time before 7:30 p.m. American Cruise Lines provides complimentary wine and beer during lunch and dinner service. A complimentary cocktail hour with full bar is hosted each evening at 5:30 p.m. before dinner. 10
American Cruise Lines will work to meet any dietary needs. Please tell your cruise specialist approximately two weeks prior to your cruise so that we may plan accordingly. Refrigeration is available to store insulin or other medications requiring protection.
Shore Tours Please note that all shore tours are subject to availability and change. Your onshore experience is as important as your onboard experience, so American Cruise Lines has taken special care to research and plan excursions at each port. With American Cruise Lines, you will experience what makes each destination a special place. Every tour will take you to the inest local sites at each port and give you true insight to the areaâ€™s culture, heritage and history. On each excursion, youâ€™ll be joined by local experts, historians or naturalists to further enhance your experience.
For detailed descriptions of each tour, please see pages 14-19. For additional information about the places you will visit or alternative activities available, your Cruise Director or onboard guest speaker will be happy to help.
here are two types of shore excursions on your Southeast Alaska cruise:
Featured tours are complimentary to all guests. Signature tours are limitedavailability excursions. We recommend that you reserve Signature and pay for these tours in advance with your Cruise Specialist. Featured
You may sign up for most tours onboard with the Cruise Director. American Cruise Lines is dedicated to making your onshore experience a true American Adventure.
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General Onboard Information American Cruise Lines will work to meet your onboard needs and cater to special requests. Please let your Hotel Manager or Cruise Director know if there is anything that you need or would like to see provided.
Emergency Messages Emergency messages can be directed to the main oice in Connecticut at (800) 894-8570. hey will be relayed to the ship at the irst opportunity. You are urged to provide American Cruise Lines with email addresses and cellular phone numbers, as well as an emergency contact prior to your departure date. Cell phones are generally available onboard the ship for emergency purposes.
Tipping Tipping is entirely at your personal discretion. Tips are generally given to the Hotel Manager near the end of the cruise. hey are then divided equally among the stewards and deckhands. Tips generally average about $125 per person on a 7-night cruise. Stewards and deckhands do not expect and cannot accept tips directly. Credit cards, personal or travelers checks, and cash are accepted. If you choose to pay by credit card, please contact the Hotel Manager at least one day before the end of your cruise. Subject to change.
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Concluding Your Cruise On most cruises, the ship will arrive in Juneau the evening prior to the inal day of the cruise. he ship docks at Seadrome Marina, located at 76 Egan Dr., Juneau, AK 99801. On the last day of the cruise, breakfast is served from 7:00 a.m. to 8:30 a.m., and passengers may disembark until 8:30 a.m. Your Hotel Manager and Cruise Director will be available to assist with travel arrangements.
End of Cruise Transportation Services American Cruise Lines ofers the following transportation at the end of your cruise: From the ship in Juneau to: Juneau International Airport窶電eparts the ship at 8:30 a.m. For more information, prices, or to make a reservation, please call your cruise specialist at (800) 894-8570. During the cruise, the Hotel Manager or Cruise Director will also be happy to assist with travel arrangements. Subject to change.
Port by Port Shore Tour Information A passport is required for certain shore excursions.
JUNEAU, AK MENDENHALL GLACIER & JUNEAU CITY TOUR F Note: his tour meets in the lobby of the Goldbelt Hotel at 8:30 a.m. on the irst day of your cruise. On this guided tour through the city of Juneau, your guide will share the colorful history of Juneau’s gold rush era, then take you to experience the wonders Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center
of nature with breathtaking views of Mendenhall Glacier. At its widest point, this glacier is an impressive half a mile wide, with ice about 1,000 feet deep. his tour will stop at the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor’s Center where you can discover the mystery behind this magniicent geological phenomenon from an unobstructed vantage point. he tour will return to the ship in time for lunch.
GLACIER BAY, AK NARRATED GLACIER BAY TOUR
he marine wilderness of Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve is like no place else on earth. he park includes magniicent glaciers, towering snow-capped mountains, abundant wildlife and miles of pristine coastline. Experience all of Glacier Bay’s beauty from the comfort of the American Spirit. An expert National Park Service Ranger will board the American Spirit for the day to narrate the cruise through Glacier Bay, identifying wildlife including Orcas, humpback whales, brown bears 14
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Glacier Bayâ€“NPS Photo by Jayson Boswell 15
and bald eagles along the way. Your day will include a stop at a majestic tidewater glacier where you may experience the sounds of a calving glacier. American Cruise Lines has also made special arrangements to have a Huna Tlingit Cultural Interpreter join us onboard who will share with you the fascinating history of the diverse group of people who call Glacier Bay home.
H AINES, AK NATURE & WILDLIFE EXPEDITION
Knowledgeable and experienced local naturalists will guide you through the “Valley of Eagles” to experience Alaska’s magniicent nature and wildlife in six diferent wildlife habitats: ocean, estuary, river, lake, muskeg and rainforest. Powerful spotting scopes and binoculars 16
will provide you with close-range views of wildlife such as brown and black bears, bald eagles, whales, seals and much more. Nestled between rugged glaciers and snow-capped mountains, the Chilkoot Valley will provide you with a once in a lifetime wildlife adventure.
CHILKOOT LAKE WILDLIFE KAYAK TOUR
Sea kayaking is a great way to explore the scenic wonders of Alaska. Outitted with the proper gear, you’ll soon be gliding silently along the shores of the pristine Chilkoot Lake. he tour begins with a seaside drive to Chilkoot Lake State Park. his park has it all–a salmon-illed river
lowing into the sea, a turquoise lake surrounded by snow-capped mountains and important Tlingit cultural sites. We’ll keep an eye out for wildlife; bald eagles, brown bear, and migratory birds are often seen here. Arrive at the lake, take in the scenery and board your sea kayak. his lake is uncrowded, and the scenery is spectacular. Huge waterfalls spill of of the clifs surrounding the lake, lush green forests line the shoreline, and wildlife abounds. Beginning in July, sockeye salmon spawn in one of the clear streams that feed into the lake. Bald eagles and brown bear are often attracted to this spot, and you’ll be able to view all the activity from your kayak. his is a signature tour and must be booked before your cruise. Please call (800) 894-8570 for more information.
HAINES FISHING CHARTER
Enjoy a half day of salmon ishing from the comfort of the “First Choice” ishing charter. he ishing in Haines takes place just a short distance from the cruise ship allowing you to
White Pass & Yukon narrow gauge railroad, Skagway
maximize your ishing time. You will ish with a maximum of 6 guests. All necessary equipment, rain gear, snacks, cofee and water are provided. Dress warmly and wear rubber-soled shoes or boots. his is a signature tour and must be booked before your cruise. Please call (800) 894-8570 for more information.
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SKAGWAY, AK RAIL AND HIGHWAY TOUR F Skagway, Alaska has called itself the “Gateway to the Yukon” since the Klondike Gold Rush of 1898. his tour experience gives visitors an overview of the town, a spectacular ride on the White Pass & Yukon Route narrow gauge railroad into British Columbia, a bus tour over the scenic Klondike Highway, and time to explore historic Skagway’s attractions and shops. Passengers MUST have passport for this tour as you are traveling to Canada.
THE SKAGWAY STREET CAR TOUR
PETERSBURG, AK PETERSBURG WALKING TOUR
Experience Skagway with Alaska’s original city historical tour for an informative fun-illed tour to all points 18
of interest. Aboard your beautifully restored yellow 1927 sightseeing bus, your costumed “conductor” passes on a century of history, behind-the-scenes tales, and stories of life in small town Alaska. Explore the waterfront and National Park Historic District, enjoy the panoramic views from the Scenic Overlook, and have your camera ready for the recounting of the Soapy Smith gunight at the Gold Rush Cemetery. Motor through Skagway’s residential neighborhood, famous for its lower gardens, making a stop downtown before returning to your ship.
Petersburg is a thriving ishing community with a strong Norwegian heritage. You will be able to discover the rich heritage of this small ishing town during a walking tour. While roaming the streets of Petersburg, you’ll ind artistic designs stamped into the concrete
sidewalks, and Rosemaling (Norwegian tollpaintings) adorning the front of buildings. During this walking tour, you will stop at the Clausen Museum. he museumâ€™s collections of artifacts, photographs and archives span the history and pre-history of Petersburg and the surrounding area. With over 5,000 artifacts and 45,000 photographs, this museum has become a focal point for the preservation of the unique history of this area.
TRACY A RM, AK SAILING THROUGH TRACY ARM
Cruise under Tracy Armâ€™s sheer, 1,500-foothigh vertical clifs and experience the awe and wonder of nature. Our expert naturalist will join us onboard to provide narration as we cruise through this mighty jord. Witness hundreds of waterfalls cascade down the sides of this jord, creating a majestic atmosphere. You will be inspired and impressed by the grandeur and beauty of Tracy Arm jord. Subject to change.
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