This was our 8th cruise with American Cruise Lines - we choose this line for its small ships, American crew, and interesting destinations. To enjoy the American Experience, you have to understand what you are NOT buying - no casino, stage show, spa, salon, specialty dining, etc. What you ARE buying is local entertainment in small ports, friendly and responsive young staff, and mature passengers with lots of travel experience and rich life stories.
Cabins are more than adequate in size (although I always pack extra hangers). Dining is one seating for lunch and dinner. Dress code is casual.
Although we did not get as lucky with the wildlife as I was hoping (no bears for me) the scenery was beautiful, the weather acceptable, and the long journey south from Juneau to Seattle relaxing. The small ports we visited were unique and charming.
Cabins are as spacious as they need to be. Bathrooms are small but adequate.
Bring extra wire hangers if you like a lots of things hung up.
An experienced fisherman told us tons about the Alaskan fishing industry. Petersburg is a darling little town. Our evening entertainment was the amazing Leikarring Dancers - middle school children doing traditional Norwegian folk dances. They even brought special Norwegian baked goods. It was a great event.