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  • American-Cruise-Lines-Dining-Room.jpg - Take in the passing landscapes over dinner with family or friends on your American Cruise Lines sailing.
  • ACL-Dessert-Dish.jpg - A dessert dish served on an American Cruise Lines voyage.
  • Dining-Room-Table-Setting.jpg - A table setting in the dining room on an American Cruise Lines sailing.
  • American-Spirit-Whale-Alaska.jpg - Let the American Spirit take you to Alaska, where you take in the majestic scenery while whale watching.
  • American-Spirit-cruise-ship - Designed to cruise Alaska's waterways, American Spirit spends summer months in Alaska and winter months cruising the San Juan Islands off the coast of Washington.
  • Butchart-Gardens-flowers.jpg - See the 55-acre Butchart Gardens in Victoria, B.C., filled with beautiful flowers and winding lanes, on an American Cruise Lines vacation.
  • Bald-Eagle-Forest-BG.jpg - See bald eagles in their natural habitat on a cruise through Alaska's Inside Passage.
  • Bald-Eagle-Over-Water.jpg - Half of all bald eagles in the world live in Alaska.
  • Glacier-Set-Between-Mountains.jpg - See Sawyer Glacier, at the end of the Tracy Arm fjord, on an American Cruise Lines sailing of Alaska's Inside Passage.
  • Hugh-Miller-Inlet-Aerial.jpg - See the Hugh Miller Inlet, part of Alaska's Glacier Bay National Park, during a voyage on American Cruise Lines.
  • Icy-Strait-Coastline-with-Mountains.jpg -  See pristine Icy Strait Point and enjoy woodland walks or water activities during an American Cruise Lines voyage.
  • kayaker-on-water.jpg - Kayak at Icy Point Strait or other scenic spots along Alaska's Inside Passage on an American Cruise Lines vacation.
  • Ketchikan-Shoreline-Marina.jpg - See the marina of Ketchikan, Alaska, and its scenic surroundings on an American Cruise Lines sailing.
  • Mendenhall-Glacier-with-Whale.jpg - Watch whales breach the waters of Mendenhall Glacier in Alaska during a sailing on American Cruise Lines.
  • Moose-in-Forest.jpg - Explore Alaska's Inside Passage on American Spirit and get close-up views of moose and other wildlife.
  • Mount-Hood-fall-foliage.jpg - Enjoy breathtaking views of Mount Hood and colorful fall foliage during an American Cruise Lines river cruise.
  • Glacier-Bay-Bear-Track-Mountain.jpg - Bear Track Mountain, part of the pristine scenery of Glacier Bay National Park & Preserve in Alaska.
  • Mt-St-Helens-from-distance.jpg - See majestic Mount St. Helens when traveling through Washington state on an American Cruise Lines voyage.
  • San-Juan-Islands-Overhead.jpg - See the San Juan Islands on a cruise through Puget Sound on an American Spirit sailing.
  • Seattle-Skyline.jpg - See Seattle, with Mt. Rainier looming in the distance, on a vacation to the Pacific Northwest with American Cruise Lines.
  • Skagway-White-Pass-Train.jpg - Guests on American Cruise Lines can ride the White Pass train and enjoy a closer look at Alaska's landscapes.
  • Skagway-White-Yukon-Railroad.jpg -  Reach the Yukon Railroad through American Cruise Lines and ride the White Pass to enjoy panoramic views of Alaska.
  • Stikine-Jet-Boat.jpg - Explore the Stikine River in southeast Alaska on a jet boat ride, offering beautiful views of snow-capped mountains and lush riverbanks, during an American Cruise Lines voyage.
  • Tlingit-Totem-Pole.jpg - See the Tlingit Totem Pole and learn about Native culture in Pioneer Square, Seattle, on an American Spirit cruise.
  • Tracy-Arm-Hot-Chocolate-Bar.jpg - The full-service hot chocolate bar on the sun deck of the American Spirit in Tracy Arm, Alaska, is a warm treat in this cool climate.
  • Tracy-Arm-Ice-Waterfall.jpg - Take in majestic waterfalls in Tracy Arm Fjord during your cruise through Alaska's Inside Passage on American Cruise Lines.
  • Whale-Tail-in-Alaska.jpg - Whale watching is one of the many activities guests can enjoy on an American Cruise Lines sailing in Alaska and the Pacific Northwest.
  • Whales-Duo-Wide.jpg - Catch a glimpse of orcas, humpback whales and other marine life during your American Cruise Lines vacation.
  • Glacier-Bay-Orca - Orcas in Glacier Bay National Park, Alaska.
  • Red-Onion-Skagway-Alaska - The Red Onion Saloon in Skagway, Alaska.
  • Haines-hills-Alaska - The picturesque town of Haines, Alaska.
  • glaciers-Glacier-Bay-Alaska - Glaciers flank the bays of Glacier Bay National Park in Alaska.
  • lake-washingon-Seattle - Lake Washington hosts boating and water fun during the summer months in Seattle, Washington. 
  • skyline-needle-Seattle - A clear view of the Seattle skyline from Kerry Park. 
  • Above-Juneau - A view from high above Juneau. See? It's not all snow.
  • Kayak-near-Juneau - A kayak near Juneau, Alaska.

American Spirit: Exploring the inland waterways of Alaska

Health advisory: Vaccines may be required in specific instances when necessitated by the ports or states visited, and guests will be asked to show proof of their vaccination status.


Uniquely designed to navigate the inland waterways of Alaska, American Spirit from American Cruise Lines takes you on a unique journey. Built in 2005, the ship holds up to 100 passengers. You can expect an intimate atmosphere on board, and plenty of space to take in the majestic places and lectures about the destinations visited. Decked out in red , white and blue, the American Spirit epitomizes just that.

Who will like sailing on American Spirit?

Those who love the idea of small ship cruising the Inside Passage of Alaska and Pacific Northwest will enjoy American Spirit. American Cruise Lines attracts an older demographic, and often the elevator on board is a big draw.  

Where American Spirit sails

American Spirit spends winter months cruising the San Juan Islands off the coast of Washington state and summer months in Alaska.

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Dining & cuisine

American Cruise Lines has made sustainable cuisine a centerpiece of its "Cruise Local, Eat Local" initiative. American Glory chefs produce fresh dishes for her guests while supporting local communities. The ship receives locally sourced ingredients, and menus are adjusted seasonally to make the best use of local fruits and vegetables. Meals are adjusted seasonally, prepared to order and served in the main dining room where every seat offers a panoramic view of the passing scenery.

The Grand Dining Room seats all passengers at the same time with four spacious lounges, and observation decks are frequented by guests who want to mingle with friends new and old. Open seating in the dining room encourages socializing.


On this small ship cruise experience, your cabin will measure over 200 square feet in size, and each room has a large picture window and a private bathroom.

  • Spacious staterooms – largest in the industry
  • Most staterooms have private balconies
  • Large picture window that opens
  • All interior entrances means that every stateroom has a private view satellite TV and DVD player in all staterooms
  • Twice-daily stateroom service
  • Individual climate control system
  • Writing desk & stationery
  • Hair dryer

Amenities on this ship

Note: There's no pool, fitness center, spa facilities or casino on American Spirit. Passengers get their exercise by going ashore and walking around the port towns.

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Top highlights on this ship

  • Onboard naturalists and historians share their knowledge and passion for history and culture
  • All staterooms have large opening picture windows, satellite TV, personal climate control, and average 220 square feet in size.
  • Most staterooms with private balconies
  • Grand Dining Room comfortably seats all passengers at the same time
  • Built to nestle into the smallest ports, this ship will explore the authentic Alaska

Fast facts

92 Passengers [?]
26 Crew
4 Decks
2004 Maiden voyage
2,000 Tonnage [?]
220 Length in feet
46 Width in feet (max beam)
16 speed (mph) [?]


“American Spirit, which was built specifically for coastal cruising, is best suited to mature couples and single travelers sharing a cabin who want to cruise where the itineraries and destinations are more important than food, service or entertainment.”

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