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36 American Cruise Lines Baltimore Cruise Reviews

We wanted to cruise over the holidays. and didn't want to fly. We live within a two-hour drive of Baltimore, and read good reviews of American Cruise Lines and its 2018-built ship Constitution. We had been to every port on the ... Read More
We wanted to cruise over the holidays. and didn't want to fly. We live within a two-hour drive of Baltimore, and read good reviews of American Cruise Lines and its 2018-built ship Constitution. We had been to every port on the itinerary, some multiple times, so thought it would be relaxing. Food ranged from fair to very good. Some of the best entrees were the lobster mac and cheese for lunch, and pot roast at dinner. Steaks were pretty good. Christmas buffet, the only buffet, thankfully, was mediocre. Lots of choices, but the roast turkey was a processed salty turkey roll, and the roast prime rib was tough. The side dishes and desserts were excellent. The young staff went out of its way to please. The wait staff was friendly and efficient. We got to know them all. Complimentary cocktails were served every evening at 5:30, along with hors d'oeuvre. Brand names were used - Makers Mark, Tanqueray, Beefeater, etc. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
We had cruised once before with American Cruise Lines and enjoyed it very much. This cruise was even better. The Constitution was only a year in services as opposed to the Queen of the West and it was all clean and sparkly. The food was ... Read More
We had cruised once before with American Cruise Lines and enjoyed it very much. This cruise was even better. The Constitution was only a year in services as opposed to the Queen of the West and it was all clean and sparkly. The food was delicious and varied with emphasis on seafood available fresh from the Bay, it seemed. The wait staff in the dining room were warm, welcoming, and efficient. The excursions were very informative though one was overlong. Our historians gave informative talks along the way. I learned so much about our American history. My one complaint was that sometimes the talks over lapped the excursions and I had to miss talks I would have appreciated seeing. Perhaps they could have recorded the talks and made them available via our TV's to watch as we were able to. The room was lovely and I didn't feel cramped. It was definitely a cruise experience with primarily older folks but older folks with a lot of travel experience who are very loyal to American Cruise Lines. Read Less
Sail Date November 2019
This was our second American Cruise Line experience, after loving our first cruise. But this time was definitely not as good. The ship was lovely and our cabin very comfortable. It was the uniformed officers, or managers, on the ship that ... Read More
This was our second American Cruise Line experience, after loving our first cruise. But this time was definitely not as good. The ship was lovely and our cabin very comfortable. It was the uniformed officers, or managers, on the ship that were the issue. They did not know the itinerary very well and did not properly answer questions. They alway had their heads in their phones. There were many issues with the kitchen from very slow service that caused us to be late for excursions to running out of many things. How do you forget to chill the wine then think it's OK to serve it on ice? Really? The wait staff and housekeeping were excellent - they really worked hard to try to make everything right to the best of their ability. In one port the tide was so low that it was extremely difficult to exit the tender and this company cater to an older crowd. They should have known to bring an extra set of steps to make this better. They have offered us a 20% discount if we book our next cruise by March, but after spending $15,000 on this past experience, I'm not sure I'm willing to try again. These are NOT budget cruises, therefore expectations are high and were definitely not met. There were many repeat travelers on this cruise and they were equally disappointed. It got to the point where at every meal the conversation was about what went wrong that day. That gets old real fast. This is a new relatively new ship. The sounds system for the entertainment was frustrating the speakers/entertainers as well as the audience. Aside from the Kenny and Kat, the entertainment was poor, especially compared to our first cruise where the entertainment was excellent! The dining room wait staff was great. Even with the many kitchen problems (slow, wrong order) they remained cheerful and accommodating. We had a very nice trip - it just was not "Small Ship Cruising Done Perfectly" as advertised and as the price would suggest. It was just "done OK". I will be shopping around before we book another cruise. Read Less
Sail Date November 2019
Being seasoned cruisers on ocean sailing lines, we were interested to try out the American Cruise Line's style of cruising the inland waterway enabling us to visit seaside towns that we'd never otherwise see on a big ship. ACL ... Read More
Being seasoned cruisers on ocean sailing lines, we were interested to try out the American Cruise Line's style of cruising the inland waterway enabling us to visit seaside towns that we'd never otherwise see on a big ship. ACL charged a much higher price but offered a lot less for the money. We already were prepared for a smaller ship with less amenities but found it even more lacking in service, activities on board, and shore tours. Yes, we're used to crew from all over the world, many from countries where they rely on tips from good service to feed their families but it was downright disappointing in how lacking this all American crew was. There were a few exceptions like deckhand Sean and waiter Kevin but for the most part it was seriously lacking. There were several meals where I'd get something other than what I ordered and/or something as routine as chocolate ice cream or bagels was out of stock. Routinely we'd have slow dining service to the point that ice cream ordered for dessert sat on a tray melting into soup while our waitress chatted. I was on this cruise with someone who'd previously sailed on ACL but when he tried to request the referral credit for use on this sailing, they couldn't figure out how to apply it. Their first solution was to give it as a credit toward another sailing but that was unacceptable since there was no way of guaranteeing we'd want to come back for another sailing. It took reaching out to a supervisor who learned that their first offer was because the computer had closed out our reservation having paid in full and no one knew how to get back in to apply the credit. We happily accepted the supervisor's offer of comping the referrer's tours for this voyage instead. First leg of the cruise, we get a bill for not only both of our tours but also for ones we never took! The hotel director cleared the charges once we showed the supervisor's confirmation. Second leg of the cruise, we get a bill for both our tours again and joined a line half the ship long only to show the hotel director the same confirmation. She cleared the new charges after that as well. Several activities on board were either scheduled and never happened or scheduled for times when passengers were off on tours. Other days, the tours were the only thing scheduled for the bulk of the day. Yes, this was the cruise director's first time handling this itinerary but she was majorly misinformed about the ports we were visiting. Rather than tell a passenger that she'd look into the answer to their question, she'd tell them an answer only to say the opposite later on. There were days we'd be told there's no shuttle for those just wanting to head into town on our own. Then hours later she's announcing that the shuttle will be departing in 20 minutes. Upon arrival at one port, the local tour guides and our cruise director were telling us about all these places to check out on our tour. Come to find out during our tour that half of the places promised to visit are closed because they are always closed on Mondays. It'd be one thing if it was simply bad timing because the places were closed due to construction or repair but to be suggesting something every other local we talked to knew was closed on the day we'd be in port? Yorktown - visited Williamsburg on a ship tour. Nice tour with guided building visits and then free time to explore on our own. Norfolk - Naval Station & MacArthur Memorial. Was a group of 10 but our local guide was used to a group of 40 so every step we were rushed only to have a ton of time left at the end with nothing to do but return early to the ship. MacArthur Memorial was closed because it was Monday so a church was substituted. We listened to a local parishioner talk about the church's history and our guide made him talk even longer than he'd planned because we had extra time to fill. The Nautilus Center the cruise director and the local guides hyped up visiting when we returned to the ship was also closed on Mondays. People from the area I talked to later said right off the bat "oh too bad you were in Norfolk today. The Nautilus Center is a great place but it's always closed on Mondays." Hey ACL, you should have known that and not offered such a tour on ships that dock there on Mondays. Kitty Hawk - Interesting visit to the Wright Brothers Museum/Memorial. A little mix up in that our guide walked us around and gave a brief history before letting us explore on our own until the ranger talk that was to give more history. Time for ranger talk kept getting pushed back until we were told by our guide that we'd have to leave right after the ranger's talk. Ranger came out and talked about staying on the marked path in the grassy areas to avoid bugs and a lecture on staying safe in riptides and that was it. Heard from other passengers who'd visited here before that there's normally a lot more to the ranger's talk. Our guide reacted well and gathered us up for a bus ride up to the plane memorial on the hill since we'd already walked around the outdoor exhibits the ranger led everyone else to after her talk. Beaufort, N.C. - Had booked a city tour on a double decker bus for the afternoon but after taking a shuttle into town in the morning (the one that wasn't going to be supposedly) and riding that shuttle back with a full van of passengers who'd bailed on the morning city tour complaining about the lack of things to see, we cancelled. Wilmington - Booked what we misunderstood to be a hop on/hop off trolley but it turned out to just be a shuttle into the center of town. Tried to board a true HOHO trolley we saw advertised while in town after looking up their times to stop at this intersection finding that it was about 15 minutes from our arrival. Their posted arrival time came and went so after 45 minutes of waiting after that to see if they'd show, we tried walking around the shops in town. Returned to the meeting spot to pick up the shuttle trolley and his promised return every 15 minutes was another 45 minutes of waiting. Charleston, SC - Overnight stay and also the port where those only doing the second leg boarded. First day we took the ship excursion to visit Fort Sumter. Lucky to have ended up with the nice shuttle driver because dinner mates in the next shuttle told us they feared for their safety given how he peeled off despite being told to wait and follow our driver. Then proceeded to drive erratically and dangerously to the Fort. Our guide at the Fort told us that she was going to get the ferry tickets and to wait for her by the stairs. We got worried when the ferry started boarding and she hadn't returned to the stairs so we got in line expecting to have to explain our lack of tickets. Once we reached the front of the line, we spotted our guide who'd instead come down from the ticket office and went straight to the ferry ramp. When we asked about being told to wait for her by the stairs (not in sight of the ramp until we were at the front of the line), she said "well I told people they could follow me if they needed a restroom." When I continued to question it, she said "Well, you're here now so you didn't miss anything." Charleston, SC - 2nd day in port - took advantage of the shuttle into town in hopes of finding a local tour to pick up on the spot. Turns out it was the same drivers as yesterday and we ended up with the rude driver who insisted we had to be back within 2 hours because he was stopping the runs at 11:30AM even though they were contracted until noon. We asked for directions to the nearest drugstore/grocery store and he insisted there was nothing nearby. We toured the shops over several blocks including the famed City Market. We passed an opportunity to book a carriage ride but opted against it since we had one planned through the ship later. Back waiting for the shuttle and this time it was the nicer driver who told us "What do you mean there's nothing? There's a grocery store 5 minutes away!" He went out of his way to detour and drop us at the grocery store after we promised to be able to get what we needed (eye drops) and be back out in the 15 minutes it would take for him to drop everyone else back at port. When he came back (later than planned because a parade redirected traffic), we were the only ones left to shuttle so he took us on an impromptu tour of the city when we mentioned being unable to see anything with the short time frame given by the other driver despite not having to be back onboard until 3PM. Beaufort, SC - Tours offered by the ship that required multiple sessions like today's carriage ride were arranged in shift groups by the cruise director. We were assigned to the last ride of the day and it was actually a blessing in disguise. Toured the shops in town during the morning and enjoyed lunch in a local restaurant that had service above and beyond our ship experience. The last carriage ride of the day was so nice and peaceful with the setting sun and a great guide named Charlotte. Hilton Head, SC - our one tender port though if you asked our cruise director a few others were to be tender ports but then weren't. We booked a dolphin tour and again had to be given shifts. It was delightful to see such dolphin activity even from the ship and it only continued during the tour itself. After the tour I climbed the Hilton Head lighthouse, a passion of mine whenever there's a lighthouse in a port. Savannah, GA - Took the morning trolley tour which was a full city tour and visit to the Massey School. Having formerly worked with children in the classroom, seeing the first public school in the area was very informative. Taking this tour also gave me a free pass to ride the HOHO trolley system the rest of the day so after lunch on the ship I used the trolley to move all over the city checking out the local charm and famous landmarks. Brunswick, GA - Sea Turtle Rehab Center and Jekyll Island ship tour. Jekyll Island felt like touring a ghost town or abandoned movie set but the Sea Turtle Center was fascinating for an animal lover like myself. Fernandina Beach FL - missed due to storm and being unable to anchor so we sailed into Jacksonville early. The first half of the trip there was an art teacher on board who ran a class every day. I only got to attend the first two classes because of the tour scheduling and was berated by both the teacher (for my lack of art skills) and her husband (to anyone who chose to watch from their seat when she demonstrated or left their brush sitting in the water cup). Second half of the trip, the cruise director ran one art class and organized a couple bingo sessions for the entire 7 days. The first bingo session no one showed because it was during tours. I would have happily offered to run a class or teach a craft if I knew ahead of time and could have gotten materials. Highlight of the trip was visiting the pilothouse (or bridge on the big ships) as this was a much more common thing to offer on the smaller ships. First time we missed because it was scheduled same time as tour. Second time we got the guide to rush us back early to make it only for it to get cancelled due to unfinished maintenance. Third time we finally got to see it. Our cabin steward Emma started out great and we were glad to see our room being tended to so quickly each morning. Especially since there wasn't much else to do after breakfast but return to the room. As the cruise went on, we started noticing how our room was suddenly not getting done until the early afternoon. A much more pressing annoyance when your cabin is the only available bathroom! When we asked Emma about the delay, she said that passengers on deck 2 complained that their cabins weren't getting done first so she has to do their cabins first now. There's no priority in cabins on this ship. Why is deck 2 getting special service? Read Less
Sail Date November 2019
While I was born and raised in New York City, my wife had not traveled in this area. She chose this cruise. I found this cruise to be informative and interesting. I liked the personal attention given by the crew and staff to meeting ... Read More
While I was born and raised in New York City, my wife had not traveled in this area. She chose this cruise. I found this cruise to be informative and interesting. I liked the personal attention given by the crew and staff to meeting my needs. I traveled alone with my wife's blessing while my wife remained home and had her gall bladder removed. My role in doing this unexpected solo travel was to "scout out" where my wife and I should go. While I lingered at Mt. Vernon one their shore tour, the boat left without me. I had scanned my card when I left the boat for the Mt. Vernon tour. I called the boat. Traci, the cruise director, arranged to have a limo pick me up and take me to the next stop, Cambridge. Since I arrived in Cambridge before the boat, Traci also arranged for my stay overnight in a hotel. The following morning I rejoined the cruise. On any other cruise I am positive I would have been told to figure out on my own how to rejoin the cruise. This company is outstanding! Basically the folks at American Cruise got all the things to see and do just right and really knows how to take care of its passengers! Read Less
Sail Date May 2019
We chose this cruise because of the new ship and the destinations. This was our fifth cruise with ACL. This one was good but not up to ACL standards as we experienced them before. The ship was nice, clean, and user friendly, with elevator ... Read More
We chose this cruise because of the new ship and the destinations. This was our fifth cruise with ACL. This one was good but not up to ACL standards as we experienced them before. The ship was nice, clean, and user friendly, with elevator service (a big plus for seniors). The staff was polite and personable, although some needed more training or experience. E.g., we had to ask for fresh towels on two occasions, and on one the towels did not arrive until 5:30 pm. Our main issue was that we were not allotted enough time to fully take advantage of the excursions. For example, the stay in Yorktown was not long enough to accommodate a full visit to the American Revolution Museum and the Jamestown Settlement. The Jamestown excursion involved a lot of walking in crowded conditions and too much info from the guide. Could have been shorter. The excursion to Mt. Vernon was too short to accommodate a full visit to the GW Museum and the mansion. The Military Aviation Museum was so-so. Washington DC excursion was good. The food was inconsistent and there did not seem to be as many choices as before and too many repeats on the menu. We did not like the new overlapping HH/Dinner, because we were with a group of seven (which formed on board), and it was often difficult to find a table after HH, because earlier diners did not clear out as fast as they should have. Special kudos to server Olivia Wilbur, who could not have been more friendly and efficient, and to historian Bertram Hayes-Davis for informative presentations re Revolutionary War history. The above said, we still have faith in ACL and have signed up for another cruise in fall 2020 (Hudson River Fall Foliage). Read Less
Sail Date May 2019
The high point was the personable & prompt staff, the shore excursions & on board entertainment were disappointing. As I'm typing I can hear "Little Deuce Coupe" out my window on Clearwater Beach, don't expect ... Read More
The high point was the personable & prompt staff, the shore excursions & on board entertainment were disappointing. As I'm typing I can hear "Little Deuce Coupe" out my window on Clearwater Beach, don't expect anything like that, lol. It was our 1st time w/this cruise line & we didn't realize they evidentially target an older audience. No Beach Boys or Eagles, just Sinatra & Sammy. No Jeopardy or Trivial Pursuit, just cards. The tours needed more prior overviews or direction/explanation, then the final at Annapolis was too rushed, yikes. The rooms were lovely, great decor, verrry small showers tho. Food was fine too & since alcohol was included lounges often crowded. Since we don't drink, but went for the history, the over 7k per person for cheapest balcony room was a first. Internet was included but no reception to speak of, had to borrow the phone of great hotel mgr Mike, to get reception. So in the dining room Logan, Ali, Anna were tops. On deck Josh & Tess always smiled & waved. On tender Kevin, Manolo & Willie, & Shay in housekeeping helped. Crew, u were the keepers! Read Less
Sail Date April 2019
From my first contact by phone with the cruise agent through the debarkation, everyone and everything was a most pleasant experience. I have been on several cruises and this ranks near the top of the list. First and foremost was the ... Read More
From my first contact by phone with the cruise agent through the debarkation, everyone and everything was a most pleasant experience. I have been on several cruises and this ranks near the top of the list. First and foremost was the attentiveness and attitude of the entire crew which was directed t making our trip pleasant and enjoyable. The fact that passenger count was small (at capacity) allowed for interaction between everyone which made for a most comfortable time and conversation with all. The ship provided ready access to every public area and was clean and well manned. Our cabin was large by cruise ship standards and dining was excellent. The entertainment was good and their was always something to do. All personnel were dedicated to providing first class service to all passengers. The ports were well chosen and provided good shore experiences. I would most assuredly use American Cruise Lines again. Read Less
Sail Date October 2018
We chose this cruise because my husband is a history buff and the theme was the Revolutionary War; also we wanted a small ship experience staying in protected waters where I would never lose sight of land! The ports we visited were ... Read More
We chose this cruise because my husband is a history buff and the theme was the Revolutionary War; also we wanted a small ship experience staying in protected waters where I would never lose sight of land! The ports we visited were significant during the Revolutionary War but we had a bonus on this cruise. Dr. Harold Cones, Jr. was our lecturer who is also a biologist. We learned some things about marine life in the Chesapeake Bay as well as being entertained by his wit and sense of humor. Logistically everything flowed smoothly;our cabin was large and comfortable, the private balcony was spacious as was the bathroom. Attention to detail was evident at all times. I would not hesitate to recommend to anyone looking for this type of on board experience. The staff is young and they are very polite, helpful and patient while dealing with a older clientele. Only complaint: Better wine should be available to accompany the excellent food Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
We have been on many large boat cruises over the years. We have decided to vacation in the USA for a number of reasons safety as one. Someone mentioned American Cruise Lines. We reviewed their cruise options and selected the American ... Read More
We have been on many large boat cruises over the years. We have decided to vacation in the USA for a number of reasons safety as one. Someone mentioned American Cruise Lines. We reviewed their cruise options and selected the American Revolution. The ports of call and tours were excellent . I was not alive in 1607. What our forefathers went through is amazing . If you want a little American History this cruise is for you. Jamestown, Yorktown, Williamsburg , Norfolk Naval yard, Naval Academy in Annapolis and more. We even visited Mt Vernon. Walked thru George Washington's house . The topper Washington DC. We had made prior arrangements through our Congressman and did a tour of the White House. This small boat experience exceeded our expectations. Very intimate , Great food , Great service ,Great tours, Large cabins, On board entertainment and Hosted Happy Hour every night. We will be sailing with American again. Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
This was the first cruise of the Constitution and lasted for 10 nights as we cruised around the Chesapeake Bay. I think the highlight for most people on board was getting to visit Washington D.C., even though I really loved Yorktown. We ... Read More
This was the first cruise of the Constitution and lasted for 10 nights as we cruised around the Chesapeake Bay. I think the highlight for most people on board was getting to visit Washington D.C., even though I really loved Yorktown. We saw the Yorktown battlefield and shopped in the pretty area right around the ship's dock. The Constitution was built in Maryland (surprise!!) and it felt like a perfect way to have the first cruise be in Maryland. The ship is pretty and we had a nice room with large doors and a private porch. All meals are in the dining room on the first floor, where everyone sits together. Some people form little groups and all sit together, but we chose new table mates each night and met some wonderful people, even one with mutual friends from long ago. The chef focuses on the local specialty and I think I had crab 7 of the 10 days I was onboard, it was indulgent but excellent. We plan to cruise again next year and may try the Mississippi for more history. I would love to see Vicksburg. Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
I had never been in this area. It was a good introduction to this part of our United States. I leaned so much about the area and the American Revolution from the lectures and then seeing the areas. The Captain and crew were very ... Read More
I had never been in this area. It was a good introduction to this part of our United States. I leaned so much about the area and the American Revolution from the lectures and then seeing the areas. The Captain and crew were very friendly. They learned the names of most of their travelers and actually took time to visit when they were free to do so. The food was fantastic. Each item was beautifully presented and absolutely delicious. The chef went the extra step to create delicious special desserts for the diabetic person in my group. Each night the chef came by our table and asked if we enjoyed the meal. He was a visible presence in the dining room and received our praise and any comments we wanted to share. I enjoyed my fill of crab dishes from breakfast crab omelets to crab salads and crab cakes. Then, when I couldn't see another crab, there was steak, chicken and many other items to choose from on the menu. Three cheers for a fantastic trip, crew and cuisine! Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
Chose this cruise to visit Tangier Island, Williamsburg, Annapolis and other small communities along the Virginia and Maryland shores. The food is always wonderful with accommodations made for dietary needs. There is always a riverlorian ... Read More
Chose this cruise to visit Tangier Island, Williamsburg, Annapolis and other small communities along the Virginia and Maryland shores. The food is always wonderful with accommodations made for dietary needs. There is always a riverlorian or someone knowledgeable in the areas visited on board to lecture and impart wonderful histories and stories. The evening entertainment has, for the most part, been fine. On the last night of this cruise, the entertainer was a young male singer accompanied by his mother. Before too long, he had only a handful of guests staying for his whole show. There is internet available, but very spotty. From the Captain to the deck hands, all the ships' personnel are caring and pleasant. It is a pleasure to sail on ships where everything is AMERICAN MADE. Sailing on ACL ships provides a wonderful, comfortable way to see American from the beauty of American waterways from Alaska to the Mississippi and the Eastern coasts. Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
We have used American Cruise Lines before (New Orleans R/T; Columbia and Snake Rivers) and were very impressed with the size of the staterooms; the food service; the helpfulness and friendliness of the crew members; and the cleanliness of ... Read More
We have used American Cruise Lines before (New Orleans R/T; Columbia and Snake Rivers) and were very impressed with the size of the staterooms; the food service; the helpfulness and friendliness of the crew members; and the cleanliness of the ships in general. The experts they had on board to give information regarding the cruise area were just that: very knowledgeable and very approachable. The visit to the ports of call are generally well run and they make you realize how much you do not know about the USA. We were on the Chesapeake cruise and outside of Yorktown and Williamsburg, visited places that we had not known existed and enjoyed them thoroughly. We are definitely fans of American Cruise Lines and have already signed up for the Maine Coast and Harbors cruise for next year. (And no long, redeye flights to Europe needed to reach the port of embarkation!!) Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
7th cruise with American Cruise Lines and each getting better. Looking forward to #8 in August.. This was a brand new ship and only on it's second cruise. Some problems with the free wi-fi and on board printers but again the ... Read More
7th cruise with American Cruise Lines and each getting better. Looking forward to #8 in August.. This was a brand new ship and only on it's second cruise. Some problems with the free wi-fi and on board printers but again the staff printed our airline boarding passes for us. As usual the food and the happy hour with an open bar and great snacks was enjoyed by all. One of the best things about American Cruise Lines is that they employ (but only for 16 weeks) American college students and to meet with them on a daily basis and hear their hopes and dreams for the future is refreshing. On a previous cruise high water prevented the ship from completing the trip. So the company changed the destination and provided all shore trips at no cost and rearranged everyone's air at no cost to the passenger. I have done many big ship cruises and a number lf over seas (Europe, Russia, Egypt) river cruise but none can compare with the experience on American cruise Lines,. Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
Near to places where family lives. Wanted to go to Williamsburg. Didn't like paying for other people to drink as much as they wanted as I barely drink. Don't think I will chose a cruise with unlimited alcohol included. WiFI was ... Read More
Near to places where family lives. Wanted to go to Williamsburg. Didn't like paying for other people to drink as much as they wanted as I barely drink. Don't think I will chose a cruise with unlimited alcohol included. WiFI was awful. We did sign up for another cruise, lots of pressure to do so. Felt like a pyramid scheme. Entertainment was just average, especially compared to other cruises we have been on. Not sure we will do another one after the next one. Seemed to make excursions out of places that were not all that interesting. The 1 1/2 hr ride for the crab feed and back again was not comfortable and the lunch was not worth it. Norm on board was very funny and informative. Let's hope the person on the Lewis and Clark trip is just as informative and funny. I will be disappointed if he is not. Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
We chose this cruise to be with friends that we had cruised with previously. Also, it was an area that we had not yet explored. We looked forward to being on a brand new ship, its second cruise! It was everything that they had ... Read More
We chose this cruise to be with friends that we had cruised with previously. Also, it was an area that we had not yet explored. We looked forward to being on a brand new ship, its second cruise! It was everything that they had advertised. We loved the different color schemes on each deck, especially the use of orange on the fourth deck lounge. It makes it very bright and inviting. There is also a lounge on the second deck that is larger. That is where lectures and evening entertainment is held. Both lounges have early bird breakfast items available. The ship had personnel out by the curb to handle our luggage and put it in our rooms. As we signed in, we were given name tags and a card for keyless room entry. It was also used for leaving and returning to the ship. Our room was very spacious. We loved the balcony with its medium sized table and two comfortable chairs. It was deep enough to get around on. The bathroom has aa shower with a closing door and plenty of grab bars. This is especially important if the seas get a bit rough. However, this ship seemed very stable in our five foot waves one day. Our meals were very good. We always had several choices. We could get half orders, change veggies, order something off the menu as long as we told them ahead of time. They also ask about any dietary restrictions. I ate too many desserts as they all sounded so good! Harold Cones, our lecturer, historian, was very well informed about the region, its shellfish, and anything else that you wanted to know about the area. He gave several talks that we could attend or listen to and watch in our staterooms. He went on our shore excursions with us so that he could answer any questions. There were several options for shore trips at each port. We signed up at the beginning of the cruise, but could change our plans if necessary. The trolley tour of Annapolis and guided tour of the Naval Academy was one of the highlights of our trip. We had docked out, so we took the launch over to the town. It was handled very well. I liked having two washers and dryers on board for our use. The ship provided the detergent and dryer sheets. Debarkation was well handled. We received tags for our luggage the day before and put our bags outside our rooms before we went to bed. By morning, all of the luggage was grouped outside ready to go with us to our destination. We enjoy ACL because it is small ship cruising at its best! Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
This cruise was our first but will not be our last. Having heard many cruise stories my wife and I were prepared for the worst but surprise - no worries just great service and six days of enjoyment. We found Baltimore to be a little dated ... Read More
This cruise was our first but will not be our last. Having heard many cruise stories my wife and I were prepared for the worst but surprise - no worries just great service and six days of enjoyment. We found Baltimore to be a little dated but what the heck the city has been around several hundred years. The ship on the other hand was only a week old and our trip was it's second voyage. The staff was very helpful and in no time at all we were sailing veterans. Our cabin was 502 top deck and top price. I did not see much difference when I compared the cabin to other cabins on the lower decks. This was definitely a seniors cruise with the majority of the passengers already on the Social Security rolls. Entertainment was limited but had I wanted entertainment I would have gone to Broadway. I was looking for peace and quite with a little sighting seeing and I found it on this cruise. We did enjoy Dr. Harold Cones who gave several lectures on the Chesapeake Bay environment. We are now experts in the life of a crab! The food was superb and served in ample quantities and if the first serving as not sufficient many ordered a second serving. Same with the drinks. I drink non alcohol beer which was not available the first evening. but when requested I was told it would be added to stock which it was at the next port. Every request was meet with a smile and a can do attitude. I really enjoyed the decks where I spent the early morning watching the sun rise while drinking coffee and eating fresh pastries and fruit. I guess you could call me a satisfied customer as I have already booked another cruise for this Fall. Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
I took a group for a Chesapeake Bay cruise May 13th, 2017. From start to finish, the cruise was terrific. This was the second cruise for the new vessel. The décor is wonderful. There are two elevators that you would find in the ... Read More
I took a group for a Chesapeake Bay cruise May 13th, 2017. From start to finish, the cruise was terrific. This was the second cruise for the new vessel. The décor is wonderful. There are two elevators that you would find in the finest hotels. Whoever designed the ship did a great job. The beautiful designs of the carpeting were different on each floor. My room was on main deck not far from the restaurant and easy for debarking the ship for tours. The window was large enough to enjoy the views of sights along the itinerary. I looked at a balcony room of one of my group members. The balcony has now been made larger than their previous ACL vessels. I found the room to be well-lit. Bathroom is large with an enclosed shower. Large drawers in the sink vanity. Hot water was plentiful. Telephones are in each room as well as a large "red" button on the wall for emergency situations. There is now WiFi throughout the vessel however, as expected there were areas along the itinerary that Internet was spotty. American Cruise Lines is working to correct this. The desk has plenty of drawers as well as a desk lamp. If you like a lot of storage in your stateroom, you sure will have it...along with a nice size closet. Cuisine was typical of the area...delicious seafood dishes as well as chicken, pork and beef menu items. There was also lovely salads and soups. I must say that my group members feel the way I do. We all loved our meals...breakfast, lunch and dinner. I would have liked a little more entertainment however, the lectures were very interesting. The cruise directors were very pleasant and added to the fun of the cruise, like Bingo. For card players, there are many lounges with tables. I along with friends, enjoyed playing games in the beautiful Sky Lounge. Everyone loves the peach decor with white wicker chairs and glass-topped tables. Also, I was surprised to see out on the Sky Deck, stuffed lovely blue couches to relax in. There are several areas to be comfortable outdoors plus there is a covered area to get our of the sun or rain. There is an indoor fitness area. Since I am healing from a broken leg, I needed assistance getting on and off the vessel. That was not a problem. The deckhands and mates were so helpful. There are separate housekeeping and dining staffs. Everyone greets you with a smile and a "hello". I wanted to hug each and everyone of them. Front desk staff is very friendly and truly aims to please. The tours were well-handled. Even though the cruise was only 6 nights, there were many ports. The 1/1/2 hour ferry to Tangier Island was well worth it. If you take this cruise, I would highly recommend this tour. There are no cars on the island. A delicious family-style lunch is included. My group enjoyed tours in Yorktown/Williamsburg and Annapolis as well as other ports. Embarkation and debarkation was smooth. The Constellation will be sailing to the Northwest in the future. Her sister ship, The American Constitution is under construction. I have taken groups on all of their vessels and on everyone of their itineraries including the beautiful Pearl Mist. Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
We chose this cruise because we have sailed with American Cruise Lines before and had a fabulous experience. We try to alternate between theEast Coast and West Coast... last year we did the Snake and Columbia Rivers. This year we chose ... Read More
We chose this cruise because we have sailed with American Cruise Lines before and had a fabulous experience. We try to alternate between theEast Coast and West Coast... last year we did the Snake and Columbia Rivers. This year we chose the Chesapeake Bay because we have never been there and we wanted to experience this wonderful new ship. We were on the second cruise of this ship ! Everything was wonderful. Food is top notch, fresh and well prepared. The staff is very professional and go out of their way for the passengers and lovely rooms... amenities and off ship tours are exceptional. We enjoyed the Constellation so much we booked next years trip to Puget Sound and the San Juan Islands. We are looking forward to our next Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
We have wanted to cruise the Chesapeake for sometime. This trip was very informative as we learned much about the history of colonial America & also much about the history of the seafood industry that is there. The brand new ... Read More
We have wanted to cruise the Chesapeake for sometime. This trip was very informative as we learned much about the history of colonial America & also much about the history of the seafood industry that is there. The brand new Constellation is a beautiful ship and the crew & staff could not have been better. Maximum capacity is 160 passengers, which is nice & you get to know your fellow cruisers. The cabin was roomy and we never felt cramped or crowed when in our stateroom. The meals were excellent too. Shore excursions were enjoyable, as we had the opportunity to go to some smaller places like Crisfield, Tangier Island, St. Michael, etc.. We like American Cruise lines because it is for a more mature, discerning cruiser. There are NO families with lots of small children running all over the place playing & yelling. We will be traveling with this cruise line again. Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
The maiden voyage of the brand new Constellation was outstanding. This was our 7th cruise with American Cruise Lines and they surpassed our expectations again. We booked our 8th cruise in Alaska for next summer. The food was very good ... Read More
The maiden voyage of the brand new Constellation was outstanding. This was our 7th cruise with American Cruise Lines and they surpassed our expectations again. We booked our 8th cruise in Alaska for next summer. The food was very good - a lot of crab since it was the Chesapeake Bay. Didn't like the beef one evening, but the rest of the time the meals were presented nicely and delicious. Good to see Chef Tom again and Jonathan. Servers in the dining room anticipated our needs. Saw Drew and Kyle, which was nice too. We love how they know our names when we arrive to the boat. The decorations were very nice. The older ships in the fleet should be renovated to look like this. The tours were nice, especially Annapolis. Cambridge was lacking, but we enjoyed the schooner tour. Oxford was lovely, St. Michael's was beautiful. Wish that they would arrange a tour to the ship yard. Great time and we are looking forward to being back soon. Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
Our inaugural cruise on the American Constellation was a real standout experience , which is why we have continued to book repeatedly with American Cruise Lines. Smaller cruises afford a better opportunity to engage and meet new friends ... Read More
Our inaugural cruise on the American Constellation was a real standout experience , which is why we have continued to book repeatedly with American Cruise Lines. Smaller cruises afford a better opportunity to engage and meet new friends easily. Them meals are top notch and staff are always friendly and conscientious to all your needs. Having a historian/environmentalist on board adds to the whole adventure and overall educational experience of the various ports. Our Hotel/Cruise Manager " Kyle " was outstanding & always willing to help out and answer any questions. " Kevin " our Tour/Excursion Director (2nd time with him ) did such a great job of being friendly but firm and stern with our safety and timelines. " Drew " Director of Hotel Operations , whom we have cruised with before was such a delight to know. Only one comment regarding evening entertainment== wish it could be enhanced a bit but overall and exceptional cruise. We are currently booked for the Columbia/Snake River cruise in September and for the inaugural Spring cruise of the American Constitution to Grand Historic South in 2018. Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
This was the inaugural cruise for the American Cruise Lines ship, American Constilattion. As with the previousv14 cruises, the ship, personnel, and the onshore sites, were outstanding. The sites included Colonial Williamsburg, Crisfield ... Read More
This was the inaugural cruise for the American Cruise Lines ship, American Constilattion. As with the previousv14 cruises, the ship, personnel, and the onshore sites, were outstanding. The sites included Colonial Williamsburg, Crisfield Maryland (Bluecrab capital), and included the naval academy at Annapolis. The dining staff was very friendly and accommodating when requests for a change in meals. We later decided to extend our cruise with an additional week, and while not originally booked, the American Cruise Lines was able to extend our cruise. We originally met, married on American Cruise Lines ship American Independence. We were traveling as separate individuals, but stated, through the help of the personnel, we were married as the first couple to be married on an American Cruise Lines ship. We always consider American Cruise Lines as our cruise line. We have taken cruise in Maine, Alaska, the Mississippi, and costal southeast. While pricey in regards to the BIG ships, the difference is worth the cost. SMALL BOAT CRUISING DONE RIGHT. Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
Traveled in style on this brand new ship in American Cruise Lines inventory, great tour of the Chesapeake Bay. This was my eleventh cruise with ACL, and it was fantastic!!!!!! The crew was well trained, and ready to assist in any way ... Read More
Traveled in style on this brand new ship in American Cruise Lines inventory, great tour of the Chesapeake Bay. This was my eleventh cruise with ACL, and it was fantastic!!!!!! The crew was well trained, and ready to assist in any way possible. Shore tours were well planned and very organized, which is a hallmark of American Cruise Lines. The Captain kept us up to date on landmarks and points of interest along the way. On board area specialist extremely knowledgeable about the history of the Bay, its geological background, and how evolution has made it as it is today, still a great source of seafood, crabbing specially. The cruise was well worth the money!!!! Well done, once again, American Cruise Lines. I will be back for two more cruises this year, Columbia and Snake rivers and Alaska, and am planning already for 2018, so you have a customer for "life"!!!!!! Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
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