Successful inaugural season in Alaska for American Cruise Lines

American Cruise Lines says its recently concluded inaugural 2012 season in Alaska was a success. The 100-passenger American Spirit — the newest small ship in Alaska — operated numerous weekly roundtrip cruises this summer from Juneau.

Following strong guest reviews, the company says, the Alaska Inside Passage cruises will resume again in the summer of 2013 on June 1. In addition, beginning in the spring on April 13, the American Spirit will operate American Cruise Lines’ newest itinerary, Puget Sound and San Juan Islands, offering seven-night roundtrip cruises from Seattle.

A complimentary shore tour package and pre-cruise hotel stay will be offered again in 2013 on all Alaska Inside Passage cruises. Ports of call will include Glacier Bay, Icy Strait/Hoonah, Skagway, Petersburg and Tracy Arm.

The American Spirit offers a full range of onboard amenities, including an elevator to all decks, numerous glass-enclosed lounges and oversized staterooms, the majority of which have private balconies which offer unobstructed views of the Alaskan scenery.