Independence Review

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Independence Overview

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 more space to the interior areas, including the cabins and balconies. Unlike Star and Sprit, Independence is also fully stabilized, with Rolls Royce stabilizers, allowing for smoother sailing.

The ship spends the summer sailing roundtrip from Portland, Maine, trawling Maine's coast and harbors. In the fall, it offers a handful of leaf-peeping cruises on the Hudson River before heading south for a series of "Historic South & Golden Isles" cruises from Jacksonville and Charleston.

Activities onboard are tied into the destination, and may include a visit with a local lobsterman in Maine. Or, while on southern sailings, costumed antebellum characters may entertain cruisers.

The casual atmosphere is intended to foster camaraderie between fellow passengers, and all meals, which feature fresh meats and seafood, and in-season fruits and veggies, are taken open seating. Open decks and glass-in observation lounges allow for views of the passing scenery.

Some 75 percent of Independence's cabins have balconies, and all have flat-screen satellite TV's and DVD players. The ship has seven cabins for solo travelers.

Passengers tend to be senior Americans, with few, if any, families or children.

63 Independence Reviews from our Cruise Critic Community

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Bill Stit
Member Since 2015
2 reviews
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Sailed four weeks ago
This was our 3rd cruise with American Cruise Lines and we have booked our 4th. doing the upper Mississippi. Have never dealt with a company that is so completely customer oriented. All cruise people have your best interests at heart ... Read more
angler al
Member Since 2013
1 review
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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
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0 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

63 Independence Reviews from our Cruise Critic Community

Start your review of Independence
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Bill Stit
Member Since 2015
2 reviews
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed four weeks ago
This was our 3rd cruise with American Cruise Lines and we have booked our 4th. doing the upper Mississippi. Have never dealt with a company that is so completely customer oriented. All cruise people have your best interests at heart ... Read more
angler al
Member Since 2013
1 review
0 forum posts
0 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
0 forum posts
0 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
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