American USA Cruise Reviews

Filter reviews by:
Your selections (clear selections):
American Cruise Lines x
U.S.A. x
American Cruise Lines
American Cruise Lines
Cruise Critic Overview
  • 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
  • Read full overview >>

140 American USA Cruise Reviews

Cruiser rating
Excellent
88
Very Good
17
Average
7
Poor
10
Terrible
17
See reviews for
River Cruises
River Cruises
77
Senior Cruises
Senior Cruises
31
Group and Theme Cruises
Group and Theme Cruises
9
First-Time Cruisers
First-Time Cruisers
9
Rating Summary
Dining
Public Rooms
Cabin
Entertainment
Value for Money
Service
Minnesota Cross
Member Since 2015
1 review
5 helpful votes
This was our first experience with cruising US inland waterways. The Puget Sound area was on our bucket list and we wisely opted not to try and cover it by auto. After looking over the ACL information with all the particulars about ... Read more
Scl travels
Member Since 2015
1 review
1 helpful vote
Sailed September 2015
Stepping aboard the ACL ship at the Seattle dock, I was instantly transported back in time to the dock in Florida for the first cruise I took on ACL with my husband. The feeling of ‘coming home’ filled me with comfort and ... Read more
Ronald S Hollo
Member Since 2015
1 review
3 helpful votes
The catalog seems to be different from what we received on the cruise. We complained when the air conditioning did not work properly, toilets did not flush, could not get a bottle of water and public bath room was dirty. There were four ... Read more
jsherwig
Member Since 2015
1 review
2 helpful votes
Sailed August 2015
We followed the Lewis and Clark Trail on the Snake and Columbia Rivers. We are veteran river cruisers (Europe) but this was our first with ACL and first in the USA. The open seating for breakfast, lunch and dinner gave us an opportunity to ... Read more
crawshaw04
Member Since 2014
2 reviews
4 helpful votes
Sailed August 2015
Our first cruise with American was on the Columbia River. We were so pleased we signed up for another cruise before we left the Columbia. This most recent cruise was from Minneapolis/St Paul to St Louis in August, 2015. The food service ... Read more
Dutchactor
Member Since 2015
1 review
40 helpful votes
Sailed August 2015
NEVER, EVER AGAIN! If you book a cruise after reading my review below, all I can say is “I warned you.” We booked back-to-back Mississippi River Cruises in August, 2015. First one was from St. Paul, MN to St. Louis, MO: the ... Read more
Osage Sheri
Member Since 2015
1 review
8 helpful votes
Sailed July 2015
The Lobster Cruise was our first ACL Cruise. Overall the cruise was an outstanding experience. It was a very laid back cruise, which is exactly what we were looking for. The crew was very young and worked very hard, part of the time ... Read more
WillieW0218
Member Since 2015
1 review
5 helpful votes
Sailed July 2015
My wife and I took the Columbia/Snake River route from Portland to Clarkston. Staff very courteous and seemed anxious to please. Cabin person was new & couldn't seem to get the hang of fresh towels each day, but seemed to get it after ... Read more
judinsd
Member Since 2015
1 review
4 helpful votes
We embarked the Queen of the Mississippi in New Orleans, this was our first small boat cruise, what a wonderful experience, no lines or waiting EVER. The boat went north on the river up to Memphis, they had interesting & informative ... Read more
djmunro
Member Since 2013
2 reviews
6 helpful votes
The New England Islands cruise aboard the American Star was our second trip with American Cruise Lines. Just like the first cruise, this was such a wonderful experience and I highly recommend it to all. From the moment we got to the ... Read more
Hendri4
Member Since 2015
1 review
2 helpful votes
Sailed June 2015
Weather was great. Scenery was beautiful. Small towns were nice to walk through. The jet boat excursion and whale watching were two of the favorite extras. Food and accommodations were excellent. Quiet relaxing cruise..not a fast ... Read more
cruiselazy
Member Since 2015
1 review
4 helpful votes
First time cruising of any type. Picked a small ship since we didn't want to be over whelmed with people. Mostly had a great time. Met some great fellow cruisers, and some excellent dedicated staff. Cabin steward/wait-staff were great. ... Read more
babyboomer46
Member Since 2011
1 review
22 forum posts
4 helpful votes
This was our third cruise with ACL. The night before the cruise, we stayed in a hotel recommended by ACL that provided a shuttle to dock. Embarkation was simple and fast--drop off your bag and walk on board! The ship could accommodate ... Read more
StevieMcD
Member Since 2014
2 reviews
Sailed June 2015
This was my 5th cruise with ACL. It happened to be in my neck of the woods so didn't have to fly to get there. The scenery was spectacular. I would have been content to just sit on the boat and sail around looking at the scenery. The ... Read more
glendel2
Member Since 2015
1 review
3 helpful votes
We were used to cruising on large cruise ships, so this was a delightful change. We enjoyed the camaraderie of fewer people, great service while dining and stateroom attention. The entertainment was great. The tours were very enjoyable ... Read more
Perry Treadwell
Member Since 2015
1 review
1 helpful vote
The highlight of the trip was the resource person, Todd Webber, who took the part of Mariwether Lewis telling the history of the expedition. Richland the try cities site of the Hanford Nuclear facility. Getting to know the ... Read more
valleyite09
Member Since 2015
1 review
2 helpful votes
Since making our reservations in July 2014 for the Mississippi River Cruise aboard the Queen of the Mississippi our three generation family of six looked forward to May 5, 2015 when we would board the boat in Memphis. Although this was the ... Read more
Cruise gals
Member Since 2015
1 review
Sailed May 2015
This was a trip that we had planned for many years. We were a group of 6 and each of us were very excited. Unfortunately, we were disappointed. I wish we had seen some of the posted reviews prior to booking. This cruise is indeed pricey ... Read more
Bob-n-Chris
Member Since 2015
1 review
2 helpful votes
All in all the cruise was a total delight and we were treated very well. Not only did the waitresses and crew make the trip pleasurable, we fit in well with the age group of the passengers. We were celebrating an early 36th wedding ... Read more
nitaburke@yahoo.com
Member Since 2015
1 review
This was our first time on this cruise line and we had a most wonderful time. The staff couldn't do enough for you. We were celebrating our anniversary and were treated to a special wine and just over all great service. The rooms are ... Read more
Bill Stit
Member Since 2015
1 review
3 helpful votes
Sailed April 2015
Had a great week traveling up the lower Mississippi. The cabin was large with plenty of room around the queen size bed. Every member of the crew was great. Don't know how they do so well considering they are changed out every 3 months. ... Read more
Gliderguy888
Member Since 2012
1 review
5 helpful votes
We are early seventies and tried our first “small ship” cruise aboard the Independence for three reasons: One, the itinerary from Amelia Island to Charleston was of significant interest. Two, with the world in questionable ... Read more
wdrone
Member Since 2015
1 review
Sailed December 2014
We enjoyed our first "Christmas Away From Home", on board the "Queen of the Mississippi", along with 135 other passengers. Arriving a few days prior to the trip, we stayed at the Dauphine Orleans hotel in the French Quarter - a good choice ... Read more
djmunro
Member Since 2013
2 reviews
When we first arrived to the ship we were absolutely amazed. We had cruised on large ships in the past, but this was our first experience on a small cruise ship. Our expectations were far exceeded from the moment we walked onboard and ... Read more
eaorja
Member Since 2014
1 review
2 forum posts
8 helpful votes
We looked forward to taking a cruise on the "Queen of the Mississippi". We decided to go on the trip for our 25th wedding anniversary. The trip was from New Orleans to Memphis. What a HUGE disappointment, to say the least. First of all, ... Read more

Sponsored links

Sponsored links

Share feedback
Thank you!  Cruise Critic values your feedback.
How can we improve this page?