American Cruise Lines
Cruising year-round from all across the United States of America, American Cruise Lines is the expert on American cruising. Having a seven ship fleet, their itineraries span from coast to coast, and even cover most of the waterways in between. With ships built in America and having crews comprised solely of Americans, American Cruise Lines surely lives up to their name. With hundreds of itineraries that explore just as many ports, there will be something for everyone when traveling with them.
Guests aboard American Cruise Line ships will get a truly personal experience, as the largest of their small ships carries just 150 guests. Traveling between ports only in the early mornings and late nights, guests are able to enjoy a true full day in port. This allows for exploration to a level not found on many other cruise lines. Small ship sizes allow captains to navigate to ports of call that are traditionally skipped over by larger cruise ships.
As an addition to the wonderful shore excursions and romantic locales, the menu served aboard American Cruise Lines' ships helps to further immerse travelers into ports of call. From delicate lobster in New England to raging Cajun Gumbo in the South, American Cruise Lines' chefs are experts in bringing the history and style of local cultures onboard every one of their voyages.
One feature that makes American Cruise Lines stand out from amongst other river cruise companies is stateroom size. Their ships feature some of the largest staterooms for river cruising ships. In addition to this, a majority of these ships feature balconies that allow guests to enjoy the views of the river in private. Booked into one of the few staterooms without a balcony? No problem, all oceanview staterooms have windows that can open! Fall asleep to the fresh river air, and to the calming sound of water flowing along the hull. There are even staterooms designed specifically for solo cruisers.
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Why Choose American Cruise Lines?
American Cruise Lines has three main areas for itineraries: the American East Coast, the Mississippi River, and the Pacific Northwest.
Guest have a wide variety of choices in voyage. In the New England area, guests can enjoy traditional lobster bakes and even meet the fishermen who caught the lobster they are eating that day. A ways down the coast is the Chesapeake Bay area, the very area where American Cruise Lines' ships are built. Voyages continue down the east coast, visiting areas of Georgia and Florida. In the heartland of the country, American Cruise Lines offers itineraries up and down the Mississippi River. Finally, there is the Pacific Northwest and exciting Alaska cruises for guest to discover the wonders of nature.
American Cruise Lines offers many theme cruises for guests who want to take part in all the thrill of a particular aspect of American culture. Theme cruises span across the entire country and the entire calendar year. Some examples of theme cruises offered by American Cruise Lines are Gold Rush cruises, New England Lobster cruises, Mississippi River Jazz cruises, Mississippi River Civil War cruises, Savories of the South, Lewis & Clark cruises, Columbia River Wine cruises, Mark Twain Tribute cruises, Chesapeake Bay Crabfest cruises, and Civil War Eastern Theater cruises. The choices seem to be endless!
At almost every port along an itinerary, American Cruise Lines will bring aboard a local expert to speak to passengers. They call these experts "Riverlorians." These guest speakers span many areas of culture and history, from Naturalists and Geologists, all the way to food, wine, and art experts. In addition to onboard discussions, question and answer sessions, and activities some "Riverlorians" will even lead shore excursions. This will truly give guests the best grasp of local culture and history.
What's New for American Cruise Lines?
American Cruise Lines recently launch American Song, the first in a brand-new series of contemporary river boats. The 190-passenger American Song is environmentally-friendly and features state-of-the-art design throughout its five decks. One of the ship’s main highlights is the largest staterooms in the industry, each with a satellite TV and DVD player, hotel-sized bathrooms with full amenities and a private balcony with a sliding glass door. Other features include a majestic, four-story atrium, free wi-fi, evening entertainment, personalized service, a putting green on the top deck and complimentary cocktail hour. A sister ship, American Harmony, will debut in Spring 2019.
In May 2016, America made her maiden voyage, sailing along the Columbia River. Slightly larger than the other riverboats in this fleet (with a 175 guest capacity), America is designed with traditional Victorian-style accents, elegantly blending a traditional appearance with modern features and amenities.
Queen of the Mississippi launched in May 2015, and sails on the Mississippi River, with accommodations up to 150 guests. The sister ship to American Pride, this paddle-wheeler features special itineraries to cover longer stretches of the Mississippi on voyages. All staterooms onboard feature private balconies and panoramic views, including floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors.
American Pride debuted on August 11, 2012 and marked the first new-build designed specifically for the Mississippi River, one of America's most famous rivers, in nearly 15 years. American Pride is also the largest of American Cruise Lines' ships, carrying 150 passengers. Designed as a traditional paddle wheel ship, all the romance of old-world river cruising is combined with the luxuries of modern service in perfect harmony.