Caught Unaware: American Spirit Cruise Review by independent traveler
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The cruise is quite expensive based on the amenities. American Cruise Lines attributes that to higher American salaries and higher taxes on the cruise line than boats/ships registered under foreign flag. Also, I'm not sure there's another American cruise line to drive competition.
As it states in the profile, it truly does have a niche market with an older demographic. But I mean MUCH older, probably averaging 80 years old. The excursions are tailored to that age group as are the onboard activities/entertainment More (or lack thereof). The boat is really QUIET by 10 p.m.
The crew, though really friendly and helpful, were young people for whom this is not necessarily a career. With the exception of the "managers," the remainder of the crew have a 3-month contract, so there's a lot of turn over and not much depth.
I agree with the person who described the cabins as reminding them of a hospital room. That really captures it. I had thought sort of as a relatively inexpensive motel room.
So in terms of value for $$, I won't be traveling American Cruise Lines again. Less
Cabin review: 317
Cabin 317 - single traveler cabin. Double bed. Small window. Private balcony with 2 chairs and small table. No door on closet. Good location. Window covered by venetian blind so the cabin didn't get really dark at night. Would suggest adding room darkening shades or draperies.