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Independence Review

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69% of cruisers loved it
Why Go?
  • U.S.-flagged ship cruises in Maine, Historic South
  • Large cabins, many with private balconies
  • Small ship has stabilizers for smoother ride
  • Casual atmosphere fosters camaraderie
  • Meals comprised of fresh meat and seafood
  • Watch the passing scenery in observation lounge
  • Leaf peep on the Hudson River in the fall


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.


Independence Member Reviews 13 Reviews

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 friendly and ...continue


   Disappointing Cruise, Not Worth What We Spent
September 2013

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 positives of ...continue


   Grand New England
August 2013

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 ...continue


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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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