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Independence Review

Independence
Independence - Fall Foliage Independence - Stateroom Independence - Lounge Independence - Dining Room
70% of cruisers loved it
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  • U.S.-flagged ship cruises in Maine, Historic South
  • Large cabins, many with private balconies
  • Small ship has stabilizers for smoother ride

Independence Overview

By Jodi Thompson, Cruise Critic Contributor
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.

Independence Member Reviews

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 than ... Read more
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 problem. ... Read more
Favorite Cruise PA Traveler 5
11/14
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 professional and ... Read more
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Independence Ratings

Member Rating
3.8
4.1
4.3
3.4
2.6
Shore Excursions
4.0
Enrichment
3.8
Service
4.1
Value-for-Money
3.6
Rates
3.5

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Ship Stats
Crew:
Launched:
2010
Decks:
4
Tonnage:
Passengers:
104
Registry:
United States
CDC Score:
Not Yet Inspected

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