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Independence Review

Independence
Independence - Fall Foliage Independence - Stateroom Independence - Lounge Independence - Dining Room
73% of cruisers loved it
22 reviews | Write a Review
  • 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

All in all the cruise was a total delight and we were treated very well. Not only did the waitresses and crew make the trip pleasurable, we fit in well with the age group of the passengers. We were celebrating an early 36th wedding anniversary. ... Read more
04/15
We are early seventies and tried our first “small ship” cruise aboard the Independence for three reasons: One, the itinerary from Amelia Island to Charleston was of significant interest. Two, with the world in questionable turmoil, we ... Read more
Maine Lobster perryt
07/13
Lobster until you couldn’t eat any more in Rockland. This was an Eagle Society cruise with special vistas. The tour didn’t start well with a bout of seasickness as we chopped through the Atlantic. With tender care of the crew, we were ... Read more
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Independence Ratings

Member Rating
Category
Editor
Member
Dining
3.8
Public Rooms
4.1
Cabins
4.4
Entertainment
3.3
Spa & Fitness
2.7
Shore Excursions
4.1
Enrichment
3.8
Service
4.2
Value-for-Money
3.7

Explore This Ship

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

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