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angler al
Member Since 2013
1 review
4 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
2 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
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
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
Jpaduch
Member Since 2016
1 review
1 helpful vote
My husband and I love American Cruise Lines, top to bottom. The entire staff is top-notched, providing excellent service while always being pleasant and attentive. This includes not only the captain, first mate, hotel manager, and ... 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
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
Parkcruisers
Member Since 2016
1 review
1 helpful vote
Sailed August 2016
This is small ship cruising. About 100 passengers. More mature passengers, kids/teens would be bored. Great size for getting into interesting places. Second cruise on this line. Super attentive, available, informal, active crew. Goes out ... Read more
Selevel
Member Since 2016
1 review
1 helpful vote
The food was fairly well done. We have been on a lot of European river cruises and the food was, I think a little better. Not too easy to get ice tea. I don't drink any more so no wine for me. The wine was the same low end brand all need ... 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
Patri0t
Member Since 2016
1 review
4 helpful votes
Small ship allowed for interaction with more of the passengers and staff. Passengers represented folks from around the United States and some from abroad. It was interesting to get their reactions to this part of the country. I am an ... Read more
NJMarco
Member Since 2016
1 review
2 helpful votes
Sailed July 2016
Friends had travelled on river cruises in Europe and wanted to try US cruises. We knew that they were more money than larges cruise ships but American Cruise Lines advertised that we would get professional and top rated service. This was ... Read more
Marcolady
Member Since 2016
1 review
8 helpful votes
Sailed July 2016
Embarkation in Portland, Maine went smoothly but upon entering the ship and cabin we were very disappointed. Upon the suggestion of another couple with us, we were led to believe that small ship cruising would have "highly ... Read more
JimVM
Member Since 2016
1 review
6 helpful votes
We were looking for a cruise departing near our home, and were also interested in American Cruise Line since we thought we should see some of the USA now, having cruised in the Caribbean and Europe, and we wanted to experience small ship ... Read more
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Naheda
Member Since 2016
1 review
5 helpful votes
Independence is a small cruise ship which made Embarkation & Disembarkation so easy. Ship has all the necessary amenities. If you're looking for swimming pool & movie theater try the other bigger cruise lines. Crew are all ... Read more
Sschoppe
Member Since 2016
1 review
2 helpful votes
I chose this cruise line because my husband and I like small cruise ships. Our ship had only 77 passengers and we got to know several of them very well. Boarding and disembarking went very smoothly. The staff were very attentive to our ... Read more
dtraylor
Member Since 2016
1 review
4 helpful votes
Sailed May 2016
Had only been to Portland, Maine before and wanted to see more of Maine. Had book a cabin on the lower deck, but when I arrived because of the lesser number of passsengers I was upgraded to the third deck with a private balcony. Everything ... Read more
bayspees
Member Since 2016
1 review
4 helpful votes
The cruise line was recommended by a friend. The cost is a bit steep but worth every penny. Norwegian 7 day eastern Caribbean cruise for 2 is about $2200. A 6 day cruise along the coast of Maine for 2 was about $8000. The difference? ... Read more
fuzzyWIG
Member Since 2016
1 review
1 helpful vote
This is my seventh cruise on American Cruise Lines, and I have just booked my eighth! I never thought I would want to take a cruise, but ACL has made me a believer that this is a great way to travel. This time I was on a 6-night cruise, ... Read more
wrestlingterp
Member Since 2011
1 review
14 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Returned from a 6 night New England Island cruise that departed from Providence, RI to celebrate my 60th birthday. We went on a Star Clipper cruise a couple of years ago and realized we really like smaller ships. The Independence has a ... Read more

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