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  • Coastal and American river itineraries
  • Eight river and small ships offer hassle-free cruising
  • Large cabins with the only balconies in the U.S. coastal industry
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174 American USA Cruise Reviews
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113
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21
Average
9
Poor
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Bill Stit
Member Since 2015
2 reviews
Sailed four weeks ago
This was our 3rd cruise with American Cruise Lines and we have booked our 4th. doing the upper Mississippi. Have never dealt with a company that is so completely customer oriented. All cruise people have your best interests at heart ... Read more
Ray in NH
Member Since 2003
5 reviews
9,485 forum posts
6 helpful votes
After over 100 ocean cruises (and two European River Cruises), we wanted to see more of the United States, via our preferred mode of travel (cruising). We originally booked with a different river cruise company, before doing due diligence ... Read more
angler al
Member Since 2013
1 review
6 helpful votes
Sailed December 2016
New Years Eve docked at Savannah with thousands watching fireworks while sipping bubbly.. it does not get better than that! This was our 7th trip with American Cruise Lines. This ship(Not a Boat) is comfortable for those who do not like ... Read more
dickpathome
Member Since 2016
1 review
4 helpful votes
Sailed December 2016
My wife and I are at the point that we can get away over New Years. We decided to celebrate the New Year on a cruise. We enjoy small ship so we selected American Cruise Lines Independence. The passengers on this cruise totaled about ... Read more
Sailor-Bob
Member Since 2016
2 reviews
2 helpful votes
This was a Christmas week cruise, from Jacksonville, FL to Charleston, SC. We had about 100 passengers which made it easy to get to make friends. The ship was decorated for Christmas, the entertainment Christmas themed and we had a gift ... Read more
lkuehn1
Member Since 2017
1 review
1 helpful vote
It’s a relaxing and educational way to spend Christmas and touring the southeast. The change of port this year from Amelia Island to Jacksonville due to the September hurricane gave us the chance to see both Jacksonville and St. ... Read more
Colleen Diltz
Member Since 2016
2 reviews
5 helpful votes
Sailed December 2016
This is a fantastic cruise company for seniors or people who like a slower pace, (perfect for me, as I love taking photos). They accommodate physical disabilities as much as possible throughout the trip. Children were rare, but the crew ... Read more
Jackmack
Member Since 2016
1 review
2 helpful votes
Sailed November 2016
Small ship, American waters, American crew, American flagship. These were my hopes when I first researched ACL. They promised much but I thought they were a little pricey. I signed anyway, but was late in doing so, and cabins were limited. ... Read more
djmunro
Member Since 2013
3 reviews
I highly enjoy small ship cruising with American Cruise Lines! This was our 3rd cruise with ACL and most certainly will not be our last. With only 100 passengers onboard, we were able to mingle with all the other guests, every staff member ... Read more
Cowgirl10
Member Since 2010
3 reviews
1 forum post
American Cruise Lines has a slogan, "Small Ship Cruising Done Perfectly." Yep, they certainly did it. Everything was perfect. The food was scrumptious. I liked that they offered half portions, so I was less tempted to ... Read more
darwinfair
Member Since 2016
1 review
2 helpful votes
Sailed November 2016
We chose this cruise for a smaller ship, on board lecturer, fewer passengers. We had to miss our first port due to hurricane damage and that was understandable. We missed another port due to engine problems but nothing was said until we ... Read more
Nancy Bowling
Member Since 2016
1 review
11 helpful votes
Sailed November 2016
It was an Anniversary cruise that was supposed to be aboard a luxury cruise ship with a wheelchair accessible accommodations. My husband was assured that he would be able to use his motorized scooter for excursions ( he used it twice) the ... Read more
bijoux123
Member Since 2016
1 review
5 helpful votes
have been cruising the mississippi with american queen steamboat company and had a great time , I figured that American cruiseline would be as nice with same type of food and a beautiful ship as well. The food was like cafeteria ... Read more
mhanson
Member Since 2016
1 review
5 helpful votes
We chose this cruise to view the fall foliage and to tour the historic sites along the Hudson River Valley. We were not disappointed on either counts. I'm glad we packed heavy raincoats for this time of the year, as the weather was always ... Read more
Inahuri
Member Since 2013
2 reviews
2 helpful votes
There is so much history on our rivers and you can only see such beauty when cruising. American Cruise Lines is a wonderful company to cruise these rivers with. The Staff is friendly and knowledgeable. Rooms are comfortable and clean. ... Read more
grammIc
Member Since 2016
1 review
4 helpful votes
We chose this cruise because we wanted to see the Puget Sound and wanted to take my husband's sis and bro in law on their first ever cruise. Plus it is an American ship with an American crew and a small ship. There were 86 passengers ... Read more
beverlyhiller
Member Since 2016
1 review
8 helpful votes
I chose this cruise because I went with a group of 20 people. The Columbia River Gorge is beaufiful and in a part of the country not visited by my husband and me before. Other members of the group has previously cruised with American ... Read more
wavewoman
Member Since 2017
1 review
I traveled with my elderly Mother. She used her own portable wheel chair to get around the ship. The crew was wonderful. They helped her to get ashore and were always ready to lend a hand on the ship too.The ship was spotless. The ... Read more
regtir
Member Since 2016
3 reviews
8 helpful votes
We chose this cruise because of the unique itinerary, stopping at Block Island, Martha's Vineyard, Nantucket, etc. Embarkation and disembarkation went very smoothly. We are very experienced cruisers. That being said, In a nutshell, for ... Read more
sq1430
Member Since 2016
1 review
1 helpful vote
We had always wanted to see the Maine coast from the water side. This one is listed as a special lobster cruise out of Portland Maine, returning there, which made it easier to plan transportation to the ship. We decided to drive over ... Read more
DUKE FANS
Member Since 2016
1 review
Sailed August 2016
Our theme cruise to Maine was areal standout experience, which is why we have continued to book repeatedly with American Cruise Clines. Smaller cruises afford a better opportunity to engage & meet new friends easily. The meals are ... Read more
everyone12345
Member Since 2016
1 review
17 helpful votes
Never take this cruise. They talk about some great tours and cancel many of them along the way. The food is not good, the service is mostly done by interns that are learning and it is super over priced for receiving close to nothing. ... Read more
Sharon Strain
Member Since 2016
1 review
Sailed August 2016
I went on this cruise with my sister who is from FL. I am from Portland, OR so it was close to home for me to board the ship. While I was close to home, I had never been on the Columbia/Snake River. The scenery was beautiful and it was ... Read more
givemeabreakregarding
Member Since 2016
1 review
1 helpful vote
We chose this cruise for several reasons: 1. This was our 7th cruise with America Cruise Lines (ACL) so we knew we could expect the best of everything. As before, we were not disappointed. 2. ACL has wonderful speakers and tour ... Read more
pepperspray
Member Since 2016
1 review
4 helpful votes
Sailed August 2016
We chose this cruise because we wanted to see Maine. It was very interesting to see the little towns along the Maine coast. We then left from Portland and took the CAT Ferry to Nova Scotia. If doing the Maine cruise, you can always hop on ... Read more

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