American Cruise Lines provides one of the most in-depth comprehensive shore tour and onboard enrichment programs in Alaska.
Follow John Muir’s route into Glacier Bay on board the newest ship in Alaska, American Constellation. Enjoy unique small-group excursions, such as their Chilkoot Lake Kayak tour in Haines. Explore the path that brought eager prospectors to the Klondike region in search of gold on their Yukon Gateway Journey. Learn about the rich history of America’s Last Frontier with their team of carefully selected on board experts. From ship to shore American Cruise Lines offers you one of the best cruise experiences in Alaska.
Complementary pre-cruise package
Each Southeast Alaska itinerary comes complete with a Complimentary Pre-Cruise Package, providing you with a seamless way to board the ship and explore the local area. Arrive the day before your scheduled cruise date and American Cruise Lines will handle the rest. The package includes a premium hotel stay a guided tour of Juneau and transportation to the ship.
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1861 – Gold on the Stikine River
Trader Buck Coquette of the Hudson Bay Company found gold in the river and name the claim “Buck’s Bar” after himself. News of the fine spreads and by 1862, Captain William Moore began bringing miners up river on The Flying Dutchman,” the first steamboat on the Stikine River.
Congressional opponents of the 1867 Alaska Purchase criticised Secretary Seward, believing the land to be a largely useless ice box and the move was dubbed “Seward’s Folly.” The decision ultimately proved worthwhile when gold was discovered in the Yukon Territory in 1896.
John Muir, Explorer
Naturalist and Explorer John Muir made his first two lengthy voyages to Alaska in 1879 and in 1880, seeking glaciers, adventures, and spiritual enrichment.
October 1879 – John Muir Discovers Glacier Bay
In canoes, Muir and his Tlingit guides paddled toward a bay of ice that had not been shown on George Vancouver’s maps from nearly a century earlier. They were the first explorers to gaze upon Glacier Bay, a site which prompted Muir to write “the treasures we had gained in the glorious morning would enriched our lives forever.“
To the lover of pure wilderness, Alaska is one of the most wonderful countries in the world. — John Muir, Travels in Alaska
Guided by First Nations Explorer Skookum Jim, William Moore Traverse the White Pass route that became a critical passage during the Klondike Gold Rush 9 years later.
The route to the Klondike gold fields was originally only accessible on foot. As people descended on the region, the Northwest Mounted Police would not permit anyone through the Chilkoot or White Pass without a year’s worth of supplies, which typically weighed about 1,000 lbs.
1898 – The Railroad Rush
The White Pass & Yukon Route were constructed to transport prospectors and their gear through these often treacherous areas.
Captain William Moore
In addition to the Flying Dutchman, Captain Moore built the JW Moore to shuttle prospectors along the Stikine River during the Gold Rush. With these two steamboats, Moore enjoyed a monopoly on the river in charged $100 a ton for freight, $20 per man, and 5 cents per pound for baggage.
Over the last 30 years, tourism has breathed new life into the White Pass & Yukon Route, transporting thousands of people through the picturesque landscapes of the Klondike region.
Contact Sunstone Tours & Cruises
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The Ship – American Constellation
American Constellation is the latest cruise ship from American Cruise Lines. She brings guests to beautiful ports the larger ships can’t access. In the intimate atmosphere onboard, guests will find the largest staterooms in the industry, spacious lounges, as well as observation decks and private balconies that offer spectacular views of the passing landscapes.
American Constellation Deck Plan
Savings per stateroom. Please call for details. Certain restrictions apply. Ship and schedules subject to change. Valid on new bookings made before January 18, 2018.