My husband hates to travel and hates crowds. Having been on a large cruise with thousands of passengers and lots of "extras" tacked onto the original price of the cruise I wanted something different for our cruise together. American Cruiselines provides a different experience. We sailed with several individuals who have sailed with American Cruiselines repeatedly. The population on the cruise was generally older. It's not a cruise for children. There were two teenagers and two young adults who seemed to enjoy the cruise. The cruise is slower paced and staff worked to make adaptations necessary for anyone with mobility issues.
The ship is small but cabins are spacious.The total passengers on our cruise was 172. Our staff commented that there were less than 130 passengers on in the previous week. The atmosphere is intimate. We probably talked with at least 60% of the passengers and the majority of the "front of the house" staff including the various departmental managers, first mate and pilot. There's at least 1-2 excursions that are "complimentary" in each port. We found each of those to be worthwhile. We paid extra for two additional excursions--the raft ride and fishing expedition. Both were interesting and fun. The raft ride was calm and no one got wet. The complimentary excursions were generally informational and related to the history or industry in the port.
A naturalist traveled on the boat and gave daily presentations and was available throughout the cruise to take questions or provide additional information related to each port. When in Glacier Bay a park ranger and two Tligit native Alaskans joined the cruise for two days and a night. Both presented additional information and were available for questions and interacted with the passengers.
The views were stupendous. We saw seals, sea lions, eagles puffins, whales and bears either along the shoreline or as we walked along various paths. The food was plentiful and well prepared. Service was a little slow probably due to the fact that most of the 172 passengers tended to descend into the dining room at the same time. We would definitely do this again.
Clean, spacious, well appointed. Fantastic views. Perfect location as it was just off the sundeck, exercise room, near washer and dryer area and stairway.
This is a complimentary tour provided for those who arrive the night before the cruise. It was worthwhile. The glacier can be viewed from a distance at several viewing points. There are some short hikes possible in the time provided for the tour. We were able to see a bear as we walked along one of the trails.View All 971 Mendenhall Glacier Reviews
We were fortunate it that it was a clear day. We were told that generally the top of the mountain is enveloped in clouds. We had a clear view of the town and harbor. I don't like heights but felt perfectly safe while going up and down in the tram and while walking around the trails on the mountain.View All 263 Mount Roberts Tramway Reviews
It's an amazing ride up the mountain with interesting information related to how miners followed the trail as they traveled by foot or lead horses to the Yukon in the search of gold.View All 1212 White Pass Scenic Railway Reviews
Interesting walk through Fort Seward and into town. It's a beautiful town though rustic and remote.View All 1 Fort Seward Reviews
This day is spent on the boat traveling through Glacier Bay. This is the only cruiseline that will spend the night in Glacier Bay. While in the bay we saw a variety of wildlife. The ship has a variety of good viewing points including the sun deck and even from our balcony.
We only caught two small keeper halibut and 3 small that we released. However the experience was fun. Be aware that costs to ship the fish back to the mainland are high. It's also based on the box size so it's wise to purchase extra items from the fishery if there's extra space in the box. We shipped back cod and shrimp along with the halibut.View All undefined undefined Reviews