Independence Cruise Review by Pbksea: Grand New England
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Grand New England
This was our 5th trip with American Cruise Lines and we enjoyed it very much.
We are happy that these are American owned and built ships and that they are staffed by American officers and crew. The young servers and deck hands are polite and cheerful college kids for the most part.
The itinerary was one that took us to small yacht harbors, avoiding big mega ship ports, and their crowds. It is much like a cruise on a large private yacht.
After a week we got a little weary of the menu but almost every day it was possible to dine ashore. They are very accommodating to requests for special meals or dietary restrictions and will cook any meal to order.
All meals include complimentary wine and beer. Cocktail hour features heavy snacks and complimentary bar with high end spirit brands. This is a good feature, never paying extra for drinks.
Daily excursions are interesting and offer a good variety of sightseeing and cultural experiences. These are More reasonably priced. The best part is that all passengers fit on one or two buses. No long lines.
We like the feature that they offer substantial discounts on future cruises when booked aboard.
Cabins are comfortable and clean and most have private balconies.
The passengers are generally over 60 but younger folks are also comfortable and there is no reason families with kids couldn't enjoy this too.
Entertainment is low key and lectures are always interesting. Less
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Rooms are roomy and comfortable, balcony is wonderful. Bathrooms have safety handles in shower,Air conditioning works well