10 American Cruise Lines America Cruises for the Disabled Cruise Reviews

My husband wants to see all 50 states, so we added on LA and MS. The history was fascinating, great historian on board and on tours. Most beautiful plantation of all was Houmas House. Being a gardener, I was quite enchanted with all the ... Read More
My husband wants to see all 50 states, so we added on LA and MS. The history was fascinating, great historian on board and on tours. Most beautiful plantation of all was Houmas House. Being a gardener, I was quite enchanted with all the flowers, trees, statuary (and very unusual and quirky statues) swan pond, fountains, and the house was gorgeous as well. Oak Alley Plantation was beautiful as well, and on our swamp tour we saw some gators, one up close, and even had one of the flying fish land on our boat, a most unusual happening we are told! New Orleans was delightful. Loved the Cathedral and French Quarter, Cafe Monde has great beignets and chicory coffee. The food onboard was top drawer, amazing chef. I particularly loved the soups. I would highly recommend this tour. Also, my husband uses a cane and walks slowly, and he never felt like he had to hurry on this cruise to catch up. Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
Terrific cruise of “COMPLETE MISSISSIPPI” – August 4th thru 26th From New Orleans to Saint Paul MN (8 states in 22 days; 21 nights) on the paddle wheeler (fake) “America” operated by American Cruise Lines (ACL); launched in ... Read More
Terrific cruise of “COMPLETE MISSISSIPPI” – August 4th thru 26th From New Orleans to Saint Paul MN (8 states in 22 days; 21 nights) on the paddle wheeler (fake) “America” operated by American Cruise Lines (ACL); launched in 2016; has 185 passenger capacity but we had only 137 passengers on board. The Cruise Critic's professional review (https://www.cruisecritic.com/reviews/review.cfm?ShipID=1182 ) was spot on but I would add my observations and opinions: • The itinerary was FANTASTIC for us (a photographer and an American history buff). DW shot about 300 photos on her phone and more on her professional camera (numerous eagles, herons, pelicans, cormorants, and others plus wonderful antebellum houses). Every port had interesting aspects; some were stunning! I loved the discussions (lectures) and the ports. The excursions were well done with very good local tour guides and with a Cruise Director or an Asst. CD accompanying on the buses (with restrooms). • Clientele is “older”! We had maybe 2 under 60 and several over 90. Many with mobility issues; the staff handled the situations well. Clientele was also “well-heeled”, well-traveled and congenial. • The formal entertainment was very enjoyable. The on-board “Riverorians” were terrific (better than Smithsonian’s lecturers on Regent Seven Seas Cruises) – discussions were about the Louisiana Purchase, cotton/slavery, Civil War, steam boats, immigration to the West, and controlling the Mississippi River water via dam/locks and dredging. Discussions were held in a spacious, comfortable, family room-like venue. The after dinner entertainment (about an hour) was music (jazz, Dixieland, blues, country, and “oldies”- that had some fantastic performers). • Cabin was best that we had on a river cruise – spacious, quiet, bright, with lots of storage drawers and a small but adequate closet. Bathroom is “cozy” but well-lit and well-ventilated with adequate storage and a nice shower with instant hot water. • Food (of course subjective) for us was good; baked goods were SUPERB, per my wife the baker and me the taster. Breakfast was better for me than what I had on "Luxury" cruises. Lots of complimentary wine (mostly California) and beer (some local) during lunch, “Happy-hour”, and dinner service. • Downsides? Yes! -The staff is American college “kids” for which service is surely not going to be a career. We came to expect at least one gliché per day in either dining or house-keeping. -The cruise is “pricey” as it is an American- registered boat that must meet all U.S. maritime regulations. - There is no Doctor or Nurse aboard. Read Less
Sail Date August 2017
Never on a cruise. Selected 4 day to "try out" a cruise. We enjoyed it throughly. The ship new, well appointed and easily accessed by elevators and stairs. Enjoyable sun decks on levels 4 and 5. Open seating dining room allowed ... Read More
Never on a cruise. Selected 4 day to "try out" a cruise. We enjoyed it throughly. The ship new, well appointed and easily accessed by elevators and stairs. Enjoyable sun decks on levels 4 and 5. Open seating dining room allowed chance to meet other travelers. The excursions to. several plantations was a positive experience, especially the Houmas Hosee were the tour guides were especially engaging to help understand the story of the time. Meals aboard the ship were plated, well presented and of moderate quantity which was helpful. Throughout the day the breakfast, lunch and dinner meals were augmented with warm cookies at 10 am, tea and sweets at 3 pm, cocktail hour and heavy h'odouvres at 5:30 followed by dinner at 6:30. If that wasn't enough, during entertainment, ice cream sundaes and popcirn were offered. No one went hungry. It was a great ship experience and this cruise line paid attention to all the small details to give us a great experience. Thanks. Read Less
Sail Date July 2017
We chose this cruise line because it offered the most bang for your buck! And it did not disappoint. We have been on river cruses before, and this cruise surpassed the European river cruses we took. From the large, comfortable cabins to ... Read More
We chose this cruise line because it offered the most bang for your buck! And it did not disappoint. We have been on river cruses before, and this cruise surpassed the European river cruses we took. From the large, comfortable cabins to the food and excursions offered, we were quite happy. The before night stay in New Orleans was at a top notch hotel. The crew was most attentive and made us feel very "special." The on-board activities were informative and the shore excursions were not only easy to participate in, but had a lot to offer. We had free time, which is nice as although we like the escorted tours, it is nice to explore on your own on occasion. If you are looking for a LARGE ship with fancy productions for entertainment, river cruising is not for you. With less than 200 passengers, the venue for entertainment is limited. But the few nights we did attend, we thoroughly enjoyed the selections, which were themed for the region we were visiting. I would recommend this trip and the cruise line. As a matter of fact, we have already booked another trip with American Cruse Line! Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
We wanted a vacation with easy access on board and on the daily outings. This ship is designed for that. Starting with the ramp with rails on both side to get on and off, the bars in the bathroom and shower for stability, and the ... Read More
We wanted a vacation with easy access on board and on the daily outings. This ship is designed for that. Starting with the ramp with rails on both side to get on and off, the bars in the bathroom and shower for stability, and the elevators to take you from floor to floor as necessary. The staff was amazingly accommodating to any and all of your requests. They were eager to do whatever was necessary to make your stay enjoyable and effortless. They even had golf carts with staff driving them to help you up and down the levees where necessary. When we went on a daily outing, they didn't just drop us onto the bus, but had a staff person along with the tour person. They seemed to have thought of everything! The food was great and portioned correctly and not high in salt. The nightly entertainment was friendly,(southern hospitality I guess) well planned to give you a variety of the music and stories of the area as we moved up the mighty Mississippi. The complimentary daily tours went to places that were well worth your time and added to your education of the south in former days. Open seating in the dining room for all meals at small tables, allowed us to get to hear many different people's stories and get a family feel. There was plenty of wait staff and even the officers helped in the dining room at dinner to be sure you got what you wanted quickly. It was a trip well worth the cost and we can't stop talking about it to others. Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
It was a great opportunity to experience the Mighty Mississippi and tour antebellum plantations and Civil War history. The America is a very comfortable boat (on the river, it's a boat!). The staterooms are generous and the balconies ... Read More
It was a great opportunity to experience the Mighty Mississippi and tour antebellum plantations and Civil War history. The America is a very comfortable boat (on the river, it's a boat!). The staterooms are generous and the balconies are perfect for taking in all the river scenery. The stewards keep the rooms immaculate. The food was excellent and the drinks were free. While there were a few extra-cost excursions, there was at least one complementary tour at every stop. My favorites were: Graceland, Vicksburg battlefield, the WWII Navy destroyer USS Kidd and the Oak Alley plantation. American Cruise Lines service from booking to departure was excellent and everything happened very smoothly with no problems. While I wouldn't recommend this for small children, teenagers and up would benefit from the historical experience. This was our second cruise with American Cruise Lines (went on "Historic South" through the Inland Waterway) and we are looking forward to several of their other itineraries. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
I always wanted to visit the birthplace of Rock 'n Roll, Memphis, and this seemed the ideal way to get there from another of our favourite spots, New Orleans. From the time we checked out of our pre cruise hotel we were very well ... Read More
I always wanted to visit the birthplace of Rock 'n Roll, Memphis, and this seemed the ideal way to get there from another of our favourite spots, New Orleans. From the time we checked out of our pre cruise hotel we were very well taken care of by one one the American Cruise Lines hostesses who escorted us onto our transfer bus and from there we were welcomed aboard with a glass of "Bucks Fizz" and music from a small jazz combo. From there on it was all fun, good food, drink and entertainment. Every member of the staff was warm and friendly, the stops and tours were most interesting, backed up by Bill, an interesting "Riverlorian" who told tales of that river and the history of the civil war. He really was a first class entertainer. The highlight if each day was the cocktail hour at 5.30 every day where one could drink any kind of beverage for an hour and nibble away at delicious hot and cold snacks. Indeed, so good were the snacks it sometimes made it difficult to do justice to the excellent fare on offer for the evening meal at 6.30. As Europeans we found cocktails and dinner were served a little earlier than we were normally used to, but as they say "When in Rome do as the Romans do!" It wasn't that much of a hardship, in fact all the meals were excellent, good sized portions, well prepared food and drinks included in the package. It really was an all inclusive trip. The only small criticism we had was that it was sold to us in the UK as "Jazz Themed Cruise" and although there was some jazz it somehow got changed to a "Music Cruise" which was a little disappointing, though a comedienne/singer called Judy Davis was the outstanding star of the week. It was my 80th birthday during the week and again all the waiting staff went out of their way to ensure that I had a truly memorable dinner. In summary we would rank it as one of the best holidays we have taken. Thank you American Cruise Lines. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
This is a fantastic cruise company for seniors or people who like a slower pace, (perfect for me, as I love taking photos). They accommodate physical disabilities as much as possible throughout the trip. Children were rare, but the crew ... Read More
This is a fantastic cruise company for seniors or people who like a slower pace, (perfect for me, as I love taking photos). They accommodate physical disabilities as much as possible throughout the trip. Children were rare, but the crew made a special effort to find activities and food they would enjoy. Special diets can be accommodated. The locations they stop include plantations, museums and national parks. There is time to go to the local towns, with shuttle service. You will never be hungry on this trip: breakfast, warm cookies at 10:00, lunch, Tea Time, Cocktails and hors d'oeuvres and dinner. Open seating in the dining room. Balcony for every stateroom. On board they have bingo, lectures, and evening entertainment. It was a Christmas trip to remember: carolers greeted us as we boarded, decorations, food, the opportunity to attend Christmas Eve service and even gifts! The crew was the most cheerful and attentive I have experienced with any cruise line. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
The staff on the ship were the most friendly and helpful and they were concerned with our comfort. My husband has physical difficulties and we were not sure if he could enjoy all the excursions.The staff provided the necessary assistance ... Read More
The staff on the ship were the most friendly and helpful and they were concerned with our comfort. My husband has physical difficulties and we were not sure if he could enjoy all the excursions.The staff provided the necessary assistance so that he did not miss one port. The room was large and had a full bathroom that was big enough for two people to be in at the same time.The ship was spotless and clean. The food was wonderful and had a lot of variety. The chef was very considerate of special dietary needs. We booked another cruise will we still on the ship that is how much we liked the cruise. The entertainers were fantastic and they mixed with the guests and make you feel at home.The ship was just the right size and you didn't have to wait in long lines for anything . We would recommend traveling with American cruises to anyone who is looking for a quality experience. Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
My 58 year old sister and I (54 year old) wanted to treat my older sister to a cruise for her 70th birthday. She did not want to leave the country so we chose a Mississippi River Cruise not knowing it is geared to the over 80 crowd. The ... Read More
My 58 year old sister and I (54 year old) wanted to treat my older sister to a cruise for her 70th birthday. She did not want to leave the country so we chose a Mississippi River Cruise not knowing it is geared to the over 80 crowd. The boat was nice but only has sitting areas and a small workout area outdoors(1 elliptical machine and 2 seated bikes) besides the dining room and cabins. Our husbands were with us so we were a group of 5. I felt as though this was frowned upon It was a lovely week for the 70 year old but somewhat uncomfortable for us 50 something girls. Meals are first come first serve at tAbles of 8 so we were constantly fighting to get 5 seats together. When I asked the hotel manager about this he suggested we make new friends. We were only in port approximately 3 hours per day with mainly bus tours as excursions and the only daytime entertainment on the boat was a lecturer. All in all it was a nice week due to the beauty of the Mississippi and some truly outstanding meals. However, I feel the cruises should be advertised as more geared to the mobility impaired to prevent travelers such as ourselves from signing up with unrealistic expectations. Read Less
Sail Date August 2016
America Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 5.0 4.4
Dining 4.0 4.3
Entertainment 4.0 4.0
Public Rooms 4.0 4.4
Fitness Recreation 1.0 3.2
Family 1.0 3.2
Shore Excursion 4.0 4.1
Enrichment 5.0 4.1
Service 4.0 4.4
Value For Money 4.0 3.8

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