American Queen Voyages - A Landmark Expedition

By American Queen Voyages™  ·  January 2022

Explore Alaska and the Pacific Coast with American Queen Voyages™. Be fully present in the innermost reaches of Southeast Alaska’s hidden wilderness. Be completely connected to the people and cultures in remote indigenous villages. Be wholly aware of the rare access you will enjoy — and the value of protecting this delicate environment for those who come after us.

Over the course of the last ten years, American Queen Voyages™ has built quite the fleet up from our Mississippi riverboat roots, launching vessel after vessel, teaming up with Victory Cruise Lines to give passionate explorers thrilling new experiences: introducing voyages throughout Canada, New England, and the Southeast and beyond — to Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula and Expedition voyages to the Alaskan wilds. Throughout our promise has been a constant — a deeper, more personal discovery of the North American continent.

The Ship

Ocean Victory

This 186-guest expedition ship represents a new generation of low-energy vessels featuring anchorless stabilizers and an innovative X-Bow® design for softer entry into the seas.

The most earth-friendly, forward-thinking vessel ever to sail Alaska, Ocean Victory™ is custom-built to explore the world’s most fragile places. Ocean Victory’s motors operate clean to keep Alaska’s air and waters pristine.

Accommodations

Our All-Inclusive Fares Include:

  • 1 -NIGHT PRE-CRUISE HOTEL STAY with FREE ground transfers between the hotel and the 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 smoothie and juice bar EVERY morning
  • ACCLAIMED CUISINE for breakfast, lunch and dinner served in multiple venues
  • GOURMET SELECTIONS featuring freshly prepared lobster and USDA Prime Beef available EVERY night
  • ALL-DAY IN-ROOM DINING
  • UNLIMITED WI-FI
  • HIKING STICKS
  • LIVE, DAILY ENTERTAINMENT & ENRICHMENT

Your Stateroom Includes:

  • Private bath with spacious shower and
  • beautiful finishes
  • Complimentary designer amenities
  • Large storage spaces for luggage, clothing, and personal items
  • Hair dryer
  • Mini refrigerator
  • Bathrobes and slippers
  • Safe
  • Onboard laundry service
  • Your personal water bottle for use at refillable stations throughout the ship
  • Panoramic view

Commodore Services:

Guests holding reservations for select suite-level accommodations will receive our exclusive Commodore Services. This elite level of services includes a bottle of wine and a fruit basket upon arrival, preferred dining arrangements, early boarding, reserved veranda seating at the nightly shows and an invitation to dine with senior officers of the boat.

Dining

FRESH. LOCAL. SUSTAINABLY HARVESTED.
THOUGHTFULLY PREPARED AND PRESENTED.
These are the hallmarks of cuisine aboard Ocean Victory. Each day presents a new array of regional specialties to tantalize your tastebuds. From your choice of breakfast options, to mouthwatering five-course dinners, you’ll eagerly anticipate every bite. Whether it’s a perfectly grilled salmon, or a freshly baked pastry to enjoy with your morning coffee, the tastes are ideally suited to the environment. The only thing that exceeds the quality of the food is the service. Your preferences are our pleasure. We’ll honor your personal likes and dislikes with special care, at every meal, in every venue. And, of course, all meals and beverages in all venues are included in your cruise. Bon appétit!

Main Restaurant 
Enjoy fine dining with a casual ambiance and informal open seating in Ocean Victory’s primary dining venue. Inviting buffet selections at breakfast and lunch are well-suited to the bright, airy surroundings. 

Panorama Specialty Restaurant 
For special occasions, celebrations, or a private getaway, make dinner reservations in this intimate setting. Enjoy à la carte specialties and distinctive tableside preparations. 

Outdoor Bistro
For casual, open dining, enjoy the lively outdoor bistro. Whether the floor-to-ceiling glass walls are open or closed, the view is always the star. 

Explorer Bar Lounge
For excellent espresso or your favorite cocktail, this centrally situated gathering place is an onboard favorite. Live music and a friendly atmosphere make a perfect combination to end your day of exploration.

Pool Bar
Whether you’re relaxing with a swim, or simply relaxing, you’ll find your favorite beverages and snacks at the Pool Bar. The perfect way to savor your wilderness environment.

Activities

Discover Alaska and the Hidden Coast of the Northern Pacific on a thrilling expedition into the wilds of nature. Explore LeConte Glacier and its dramatic ice fields by jet boat. Get within 25 feet of Alaskan brown bears at Fortress of the Bear. Join onboard expedition experts and naturalists by Zodiac or kayak to witness spectacular fjords and marine life. Eavesdrop on the mystical sounds of humpback whales as they engage in bubble-net feeding. Stand on deck and enjoy the silent nights of Alaska.

DISCOVER BY DOING
Explore coastal secrets, stunning waterfalls, ancient glaciers, and hidden villages in the company of our exclusive world-class expedition partners.

ONBOARD EXPEDITION EXPERTS
Your specially trained Expedition Team brings an impressive accumulation of experience and expertise to every day of your voyage. Days will be filled with exploration – on guided kayak groups, in expert-led Zodiac trips, in the comfort of the Expedition Lounge with engaging expert conversation.

SITKA SOUND SCIENCE CENTER
Enjoy eye-opening discovery in a behind-the-scenes visit to Sitka Sound Science Center, where you’ll share new findings in their studies and special projects. Sitka Sound Science Center is a nonprofit corporation with a mission of science education and research.

CALIFORNIA POLYTECHNIC STATE UNIVERSITY CENTER FOR COASTAL MARINE SCIENCES
Dedicated to the conservation of our planet’s marine environment, Cal Poly’s research students and faculty will travel with us to bring a unique level of understanding and passion for the waters we explore to our journey.

FIVE FINGER LIGHTHOUSE
Scientists working with the historic Five Finger Lighthouse research team will share fascinating insights from their work with Frederick Sound’s abundant population of humpback whales. You’ll eavesdrop on these giants’ communication through special hydrophones - with experts to interpret.

ACTIVITY PLATFORM 
Provides easy access to kayaks for intimate water-level exploration of exotic marine shorelines. 
 
ZODIAC LOADING DECKS
Allows a safe step into zodiac inflatable boats for exploring nature and secure transport to and from shore. 
 
ENERGY EFFICIENT 
Four diesel engines and two electro engines are electronically controlled to optimize fuel consumption. 
 
CLEAN BURNING
Low emission fuel and other environmentally sound practices keep Alaska’s air and water pristine. 
 
LIGHT TOUCH
Anchorless stabilizers allow exploration in remote places without damaging fragile sea beds. 
 
SEE CLEARLY 
Enjoy breathtaking views from your suite or stateroom, all with panoramic views and 82% with balconies. 
 
RESPECTFUL PASSAGE
Landmark Zero Emission Day capability is always used in especially sensitive locations. 
 
SURROUND YOURSELF 
Sliding observation platforms give you unique overwater viewing opportunities.

Enrichment/Entertainment

Enrich Your Travel Experience
Meet Your Expedition Team

Peter Szyszka - Expedition Director

Szyszka adds over two decades of experience to the team, leading expeditions across the globe including over 60 journeys in Antarctica. He brings a unique knowledge of our new Ocean Victory vessel, overseeing the 2019 build and fit-out of expedition areas.

Szyszka will oversee our seasoned expedition team and closely collaborate with the American Queen Voyages' award-winning shore excursions team, Ocean Victory officers and crew, and California Polytechnic State University researchers exclusively onboard.

"Alaska is the ultimate destination for adventure travelers yearning to experience an expedition cruise and get up close and personal to its breathtaking nature and cultural experiences," tells Peter Szyszka, director of expedition, American Queen Voyages. "Our expedition programming, paired with the innovation and the technology of the new Ocean Victory will showcase Alaska in a very special way."

Also, an expert divemaster and Zodiac trainer, Szyszka has overseen kayaking, snorkeling, diving, expedition landings, skiing, snowshoeing, camping, mountaineering and even photography programs throughout his career.

Put on your mud boots, grab your kayak oar and explore Alaska with Peter.

Featured Expedition Leader

Michelle Fournet - Director, the Sound Science Research Collective

Join renowned scientist Michelle Fournet, PH.D for select sailings including the Ocean VictoryTM inaugural voyage from Vancouver to Sitka. The Director of the Sound Science Research Collective (Sound Science) in Alaska, Fournet is a leader in acoustic ecology, using sound to investigate questions of ecological importance. Her work studying humpback whales non-song communication in Southeast Alaska was recently featured in the documentary “Fathom” and we are honored to have her onboard.

 


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