Explore Alaska’s Inside Passage and the Northern Pacific coast as never before.


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Ocean Victory

A purpose-built ship to ensure the perfect comfort of guests and the ultimate protection of the delicate environment in which we will explore. The unique design of this extraordinary ship announces her commitment to excellence in expedition cruising. Spacious suites and staterooms with panoramic views — most with private balconies. Expedition decks that make it easy to step into a Zodiac for up-close exploring or launching your kayak. Sliding overwater viewing platform to intimately observe nature and marine life. And after a day of exploring, you’ll find a place to relax that puts you in the center of 360-degree panoramas.


  • 1-night Pre-cruise Hotel Stay with free ground transfers between hotel and vessel
  • Unlimited Guided Tours designed with your comfort in mind aboard private, deluxe motorcoaches
  • Unlimited Beverages including an extensive wine list, choice spirits, local craft beers and specialty coffees
  • Open Bars & Lounges throughout the vessel including a juice bar EVERY morning
  • Locally Sourced & regionally Inspired Cuisine from land and sea
  • Gourmet Selections of freshly prepared choices for breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • In-room Dining Available
  • Pre-Paid Gratuities (NEW)
  • Port Taxes & Fees (NEW)
  • Unlimited WiFi
  • Live, Daily Onboard
    Entertainment & Enrichment
  • Bicycles* and Hiking Sticks
*River Cruises Only

Expedition Cruises

Our expedition cruises to Alaska’s Inside Passage and the Northern Pacific coast take you to some of the earth’s most remote and fragile places. Traveling aboard the agile Ocean Victory, you’ll discover off-the-beaten-path locations unreachable by larger cruise ships. And enjoy astounding intimate encounters with wildlife while exploring in kayaks, Zodiacs, or from your luxurious stateroom. Make lifelong memories alongside our passionate expedition team while creating meaningful connections.




What is an expedition cruise?

Expedition cruises place more focus on what each destination has to offer than traditional cruises. Expedition cruising encourages each guest to embrace their inner adventurer and participate in our included Zodiac and sea kayak excursions in beautiful wilderness areas. The small size of the Ocean Victory helps to emphasize off-the-beaten-track experiences. She traverses narrow channels and shallow waters, carrying only 186 seafarers, getting you up close and personal with nature and encouraging you to create long-lasting friendships. Rest assured that the delicate environment is protected as you explore unique wild waters and indulge in luxury onboard. Our time in these wild waters and iconic scenery of the Inside Passage is further enhanced by learning directly from our passionate team of naturalists who specialize in the flora, fauna and marine mammals of Alaska.


Where can you sail on an expedition cruise?

Expedition cruises with American Queen Voyages bring you an odyssey through the Alaskan wilderness and extraordinary British Columbia. Our itineraries are expertly crafted to emphasize hidden gem destinations so you can make the most of your bucket list adventure.


What are the best sights to see on an expedition cruise?

Alaska is one of the top bucket-list destinations of most intrepid travelers. Not only does your expedition cruise with American Queen Voyages take you to the best sights in Alaska, but you also get to experience remote parts rarely visited by humans. From Vancouver’s historic landmarks to ancient glaciers, dazzling waterfalls, indigenous cultures, and spectacular wildlife, prepare for an intimate and once-in-a-lifetime adventure. Voyage highlights include:

  • Looking for the Spirit Bear along Canada’s Princess Royal Island
  • Learn about Native Alaskan culture in Ketchikan with a visit to the Saxman Totem Village
  • Marveling at impressive cliffs and waterfalls, and wildlife sightings in Misty Fjords National Monument
  • Learning about Gold Rush history and Tlingit culture while visiting Petroglyph Beach, Shakes Island and the Nolan Center in Wrangell
  • Sailing between two wilderness islands in Chatham Strait while keeping an eye out for feeding humpback whales
  • Exploring the history of the Norwegian fishing and Tlingit culture in Petersburg
  • Navigating past luminous icebergs and spectacular waterfalls in zodiacs in Tracy Arm Fords Terror Wilderness Area
  • Visiting the world-renowned Alaska Raptor Center, the Sitka Sound Science Center or the Fortress of the Bear


What is included in an expedition cruise?

Expedition cruises with American Queen Voyages focus on getting our guests out into the wild and remote wilderness areas of Southeast Alaska. We do so by including all guests on zodiac tours and sea kayaking excursions during our expedition days. We also invite all guests to participate in our educational program and our naturalists host informative presentations and hands-on-science activities to further enhance your learning experience. Your voyage also includes bespoke amenities and luxurious and spacious staterooms to ensure you feel at home away from home. The price includes a pre-cruise welcome night at a hotel, ground transfers between hotel and the ship, expertly crafted guided tours, unlimited beverages at open bars and lounges, acclaimed cuisine in multiple onboard restaurants, in-room dining, complimentary Wi-Fi. musical entertainment and educational enrichment programs. Unless specifically offered as a promotional benefit, airfare is not included in the cruise fare.


How long is an expedition cruise?

Your expedition cruise can last 12 days with 11 incredible port visitations when traveling from Vancouver to Sitka. Alternatively, you can reverse the journey and cruise for 11 days with 10 port visitations.


Alaska and British Columbia cruises

Embarking on an Alaska and British Columbia cruise is one of the best ways to enjoy a vacation. Full of extraordinary attractions, the trip will be your most memorable experience. This adventure has activities for everyone, active travelers, wildlife lovers, and history buffs. Admire the beauty and seek out wildlife in comfort and luxury onboard your expedition vessel, kayak, or Zodiac accompanied by expert naturalists. Visit places not reachable by land and large cruise ships, capture the best views of glaciers from the water, and let all the hassle of planning such an elaborate journey be taken off your hands by our expedition team.