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American Cruise Lines introduced the 104-passenger Independence in 2010. While the passenger capacity is roughly the same as the 100-passenger American Star and American Spirit, Independence is larger, giving ...
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37 American Independence Cruise Reviews

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Sschoppe
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
0 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
0 forum posts
2 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
0 forum posts
2 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
0 forum posts
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
1 helpful vote
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
otterbabi1962
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
2 helpful votes
We chose American Cruise Lines because we wanted to be on a small ship, we loved the itinerary, our friends who'd been on before said everyone seems like family, and the reviews were great. We were looking for a great experience ... Read more
GeneralGrant
Member Since 2013
2 reviews
1 forum post
2 helpful votes
From the time that we were greeted on-board at Charleston, to the moment we dropped off our bags at the Jacksonville, we had a 5-star experience! Sure there were bumps in the road along the way, but even those minor complaints paled as we ... Read more
bhopal21
Member Since 2004
1 review
9,827 forum posts
8 helpful votes
American Cruise Lines- Historic South and Golden Isles Cruise March 19-26, 2016 We arrived in Charleston two days prior to the cruise departure and stayed at the Hyatt Place historic district on King St. The hotel is only 5 months ... Read more
LizLibrarian
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
7 helpful votes
Sailed October 2015
When we first got on the ship, I thought, "This must be an old ship that they retrofitted". There were duct tape repairs in the dining room. The cabin looked like something out of the 1970s. Then the captain told us it had been ... Read more
drwhitte
Member Since 2014
1 review
0 forum posts
4 helpful votes
Sailed October 2015
This was the fourth cruise I have taken with ACL and I have enjoyed all of them. I prefer the smaller ships to the larger ones that I have sailed with before. I also appreciate the All American approach by the cruise line. It is so much ... Read more
Cheeriogal
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Sailed September 2015
This was our first cruise with ACL. We found the crew to be very enthusiastic and friendly. The cruise was to the ports in Maine (think pub craw of ports). It was nice to get into ports that the "Big Ships" can't reach. The ... Read more
kelleriii@comcast.net
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
3 helpful votes
This was our fourth cruise with American Cruise Lines and our second time on the Maine Cruise. The first was just delightful, and we enjoyed it so much we had to doing it again. It beautiful area and you can not find any better seafood ... Read more
TabZee
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Saturday to Saturday continuous shall ship cruises during the summer along the villages and yacht harbors along Maine coast north of Portland. Good food and service, free wine at dinner and free cocktails in the lounge before dinner. ... Read more
babyboomer46
Member Since 2011
1 review
21 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
Bob-n-Chris
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
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
Gliderguy888
Member Since 2012
1 review
0 forum posts
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
Zoomom1
Member Since 2014
1 review
0 forum posts
2 helpful votes
We had a wonderful time on the Independence, all meals were excellent with several choices at each meal, made for lots of decisions, everything cooked to perfection. Even if you didn't like your choice you could get something else with no ... Read more
gsw36@bajabb.com
Member Since 2014
1 review
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed November 2014
My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed ourselves on this cruise. The ship is small enough so that you feel you are on your own private yacht with many of your friends. It was easy to meet our fellow passengers during the nightly ... Read more
PA Traveler 5
Member Since 2014
1 review
0 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Sailed November 2014
We have cruised on the "megaships" and really appreciated the smaller, more intimate and friendly cruise. From my first phone call for a reservation to disembarking, everything was in order. Minor problems were handled in a very ... Read more
seamominsb
Member Since 2014
3 reviews
0 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Sailed November 2014
The interior of the Independence, which was put into service in 2010, looks like the 60s. I assume the interior was designed to look like Americana, but it just looks tired with soiled and worn upholstery, and tacky carpets and ... Read more
Cloverel
Member Since 2014
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed November 2014
First, we were told when we booked that the average age is 65. The actual average age is 80-82+. On board the cruise director told us she couldn't understand why we were told that? She said the cruise we were on is actually a bit younger ... Read more
SDTracy
Member Since 2014
1 review
0 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Sailed October 2014
We had been on the Independence two years before going up the Maine coast. We enjoyed it so much that we signed up for the Hudson River cruise (and also have another planned for 2015 down the Mississippi). Before our trip up the Hudson we ... Read more
jackmoss
Member Since 2014
1 review
0 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Sailed October 2014
Marvelous cruise overall. Weather was perfect. Crew was exemplary. Ports were well chosen and of great interest for the most part. Highlights were West Point, Albany and Hyde Park. The Independence is beautifully designed, with ample ... Read more
RandyM22
Member Since 2014
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
First off let me say that I really like this cruise line. So much so, that we are taking them in Alaska this summer. The crew was very friendly and helpful. The food service and staff were excellent. The other passengers were quite ... Read more
cruise**77
Member Since 2009
6 reviews
1 forum post
2 helpful votes
We had cruised three times previously on American Cruise Lines (ACL), and generally had good to very good experiences, although the cruises are expensive. So, we looked forward to this cruise along the coast of Maine. One of the big ... Read more

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