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4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2012
We've made a small habit of seeing the sights during the shoulder and off season. Cruising Alaska and Europe in winter were rewarding for both the lack of crowds, the easy to see sights and most interestingly a good mix of other ... Read More
We've made a small habit of seeing the sights during the shoulder and off season. Cruising Alaska and Europe in winter were rewarding for both the lack of crowds, the easy to see sights and most interestingly a good mix of other adventuresome passengers. Our 2 week sojourn on the American Star was a prime example of small ship cruising at its best. We long ago learned to pack for any weather so no matter the climate, it's never an inconvenience to travel. Our November trip came right on the heels of Hurricane Sandy and we wondered what we'd get - that goes beyond control of what we could pack. Our worries were for nought. Though we hit a little rain and some cool weather, the majority of days had enough sunshine that our sunglasses got more of a workout than our rainwear. The ship was as advertised with a spacious, modern and well appointed cabin. We joked with the hotel manager Adriano, that he could reduce the size of the rooms. We told him that our travel in other parts of the year is in a travel trailer with less square footage than our cabin. Food was excellent and you get any sized portion (or more of anything). We met other passengers with a variety of dietary needs and all we heard was praise (even for the Vegans among us). The small ship atmosphere allow passengers to get to know each other quicker and it your spouse didn't want to do any shore excursions, then usually it was easy to pal around with another passenger.Yes, we enjoyed the ship and meeting new friends but we came to see the coastal cities of the south. So much variety between our destinations. Small town Oriental, NC was as alluring as the charming old city of Charleston. Once exclusive Jeckyll Island fascinated us almost as much as Wilmington, NC or Beaufort, SC. Without a doubt, the star for us was Savannah. Though we have now seen it, it's on our bucket list for an early return. Crew at all levels were very professional and personable. We had two different on-board speakers/naturalists and it was great to hear them flesh out the cultural, natural history and environmental stories of the destinations and the land along the way. We had an excellent time and hope to cruise again with American. Missing ports not listed in "Port Reviews": Coinjock, NC (don't miss nearby Kittyhawk) Oriental, NC - the local tour guide hired by ACL was full of stories and humor - so is the town Wilmington, NC - self guided walk. 15 years ago this town didn't have much to offer tourists - they surely do now? Beaufort, SC - who knew a little town had so much to offer the casual stroller - one of the few untouched by bombardment during the Civil War. Hilton Head, SC. Maybe if we were into golf or resort living we'd have been more impressed. Not much history but tidal shore excursion by naturalist was very interesting. Savannah, GA: hard to believe CruiseCritic doesn't have this notable city on its destination list. Best or near best stop on the trip. We had friends take us around but heard from other passengers that trolley tour and walk tour were both excellent. Brunswick, GA: a so-so city for its downtown but what a great jump off point to see fabulous Jeckyll Island. Personal hit for me was a cruise-arranged couple hours on a working shrimp boat. Fantastic outing complete with all the fresh caught shrimp you could eat and a marine biologist who told us about all the other creatures we caught. Amalie Island, FL: small riverfront town loaded with history and well guided by cruise arranged historian. Read Less
Sail Date: June 2013
I arrived in Baltimore two days prior to the cruise since I had never visited the city and had heard great things about the waterfront, all true. The streets at the inner harbor are as busy as Time Square so I was glad I had booked a hotel ... Read More
I arrived in Baltimore two days prior to the cruise since I had never visited the city and had heard great things about the waterfront, all true. The streets at the inner harbor are as busy as Time Square so I was glad I had booked a hotel at Fells Point, a quaint older section of the port with cobbled streets and great old buildings including some good restaurants. I had an enormous room at the Inn at Henderson’s Wharf, with huge corner windows facing the wharf. It was a five-minute walk to the water taxi, a delightful way to transit the bay and just a ten minute ride to the Inner Harbor. Rides are just 7 dollars, 12 dollars for a day pass. I must say after seeing sensational aquariums in other cities, Baltimore’s was a huge disappointment. The setup is confusing, the windows are small and the tanks are not stocked with particularly attractive fish. I quit after half an hour, not waiting to watch the dolphins jump through hoops. Phillip’s Seafood has a huge restaurant right near the USS Constellation adjacent to the aquarium so I enjoyed their famous but pricey crab cakes for lunch. For dinner I chose Riptide in Fells Point, where I watched the waitress demonstrate to nearby diners how to attack the blue crabs. So much work for so little crab! I opted for the lobster tails. Passengers boarded the American Spirit the morning of June 1. I had booked a single cabin on the American Glory the previous week but it was cancelled and I was upgraded to a double cabin on the Spirit with a nice discount. The cabin was spacious and cheerful with a picture window, and located right next to the comfortable Chesapeake Lounge where activities took place including happy hour, plus round-the-clock refreshments and an ice machine. Unlike many cruise ships that gouge for web access, internet is free but not available in the cabins, and the signal was weak many days We departed Baltimore after lunch and enjoyed a spectacular view of the harbor including Fort McHenry, the siege of which in the War of 1812 inspired the U.S. National Anthem. We awoke on Sunday morning at the dock at Yorktown, near the battlefield that ended the Revolutionary War. It was a short bus ride to nearby colonial Williamsburg where we had a good walking tour of the historical buildings but no pass nor sufficient time to do all the interiors, and the shopping time was far too much longer than the guided tour. After lunch on board I took the free tourist trolley around Yorktown, but skipped the battlefield and the optional tour to nearby Plymouth, too much for one day. I enjoyed the excellent film on Plymouth archaeology that evening. I’d rather we had spent two nights here. Monday took us past Tangier Island where I looked forward to watching the watermen harvest crabs and oysters but a rainstorm made it too difficult for the ship to provide launch service to the island. So we went on to Cambridge MD earlier than expected. It’s an attractive city with lots of old homes, but nothing special other than a chance to take a ride on a skipjack (oyster dredging vessel). We had two overnights in Cambridge with other options like a Georgian-home museum or a walking tour of nearby Oxford Md which I took. I would not have chosen two nights here preferring to spend more time at Yorktown and Annapolis. I felt the same about our next two nights at St. Michaels MD, where we were docked at a superb 18-acre maritime museum. The museum curator led us through various buildings like a small-craft repair shop, an ancient crab processing plant, and an exhibit hall with an excellent commemoration of the War of 1812. We enjoyed a special reception in the crab-packing plant with crab cakes, crab dip, and desserts. The walking tour of historic homes around the harbor was pleasant but I skipped the eco-tour on a tributary. Weather reports of the first hurricane of the season were not optimistic for our Friday arrival in Annapolis, the city I had most looked forward to visiting. Rain was expected and we did go ashore in our uncovered launch with a light rain making the seats wet. From the dock it was a five-minute walk to the U.S. Naval Academy where a retired captain gave a good walking tour of the main buildings. The rain was not too bad, we had umbrellas, and we did spend time inside some buildings like Bancroft Hall and the chapel and crypt where the first U.S naval hero John Paul Jones is buried. The tour started and ended at the visitor’s center, where a chartered tourist trolley took small groups on a tour of the attractive city. Returning to the ship for lunch, the motor stalled on our uncovered launch and the weather had worsened with heavy rain and blowing winds giving us a good soak before the mate got the motor restarted after about ten minutes. Given the weather conditions the captain opted to return to Baltimore that afternoon rather than the following morning. The ship tied up at the Inner Harbor if anyone wanted to debark to shop or check out the nightlife. But with lobster tails and prime rib scheduled for dinner most people stayed aboard. I had to share this bounty with 90 other passengers, but the servings were always generous. Wine and cocktails are free with lunch and dinner and the complimentary happy hour included delicious hot appetizers daily. My favorites were the lamb chops, mini-crab cakes, and bacon-wrapped scallops. The variety of beverages available was excellent for such a small ship. I hate lines like that which result because almost everyone arrives at the start of the hour. That might be avoided if the hour were stretched to 90 minutes so passengers might not be in a rush to arrive. The additional cost to the ship would be minimal. We enjoyed several excellent lectures during the week, by a husband/wife team, he a journalist discussing historical events of the Chesapeake area, she a naturalist who explained the nature and challenges of the bay. I learned more than I expected to. And evening entertainment was pleasant with a pianist, a duo of dulcimer and guitar, and a semi-Sinatra impersonator who will not win the up-coming competition for Sinatra impersonators. One of the main reasons I booked this sailing was the “Crabfest” theme. We were treated to two kinds of crab cakes, crab salad, crab bisque, crab and corn chowder, crab-claw appetizers, soft shell crabs, crab omelette, crab quesadillas, crab quiche, open-face crab sandwiches, Caesar salad with crab, and crab-stuffed lobster tails, although there was always a meat or vegetarian choice if one preferred. I especially liked the dining setup with open-seating tables for eight which allowed single passengers like me to mingle with different groups each meal. I can appreciate why there were so many passengers with multiple repeat sailings. If you book another cruise while aboard there is a savings of 400 dollars per person. After the third trip, all excursions are free. The eleventh trip is completely free. There are no activities for young children which is fine since there are cruises that specialize in that. Most passengers are quite elderly and the ship’s crew members are extremely helpful and patient with them and quick to provide a wheel-chair when needed. I suspect the demographic is due to the infirm being reluctant to suffer the challenges of a long flight abroad. The destinations are easily reached with relatively short flights by U.S. airlines. My review with photos can be found on my blog at jimhornnews.wordpress.com. This was my second voyage with American Cruise Lines and it won’t be the last. There are numerous other interesting destinations you can find on their website. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: June 2014
American Cruise Lines always does a great job: interesting ports, great food, good lecturers, caring staff and large cabins. They do everything to cater to their passengers including paying postage on letters and complimentary cocktail ... Read More
American Cruise Lines always does a great job: interesting ports, great food, good lecturers, caring staff and large cabins. They do everything to cater to their passengers including paying postage on letters and complimentary cocktail hour with fabulous hors d'oevres. We stopped at various ports on the Chespeake Bay and had very interesting shore excursions. In Chrisfield we took the ferry to Tangiers Island and went to a wonderful restaurant which served lots of food family style: crab cakes, shrimp fritters, ham, potatoes, vegetables, fresh bread right out of the oven. Afterwards we took tours of the island in golf carts for $5.00. There were lecturers each evening to tell us about what we would see the next day. Very informative. The service on board is extraordinary. I needed batteries for my camera and they gave them to me. Dining room service is excellent as is the food. Several choices at each meal which is great considering the size of the ship. Read Less
Sail Date: June 2014
With beautiful weather we left Baltimore's Inner Harbor and sailed down the Bay under two bridges the second being the double spans of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge. The ship had only 54 passengers so over the cruise we met many of them. ... Read More
With beautiful weather we left Baltimore's Inner Harbor and sailed down the Bay under two bridges the second being the double spans of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge. The ship had only 54 passengers so over the cruise we met many of them. They were a very nice group of people. We had one teenager on board and she enjoyed all the history that was presented at lectures in the lounge. The meals were relatively good. However the chef was never able to get either sorbet or frozen yogurt which I would have appreciated since I am allergic to milk and sherbet and ice cream are no no's. He told me when he ordered sorbet he got sherbet instead. In past cruises a crew hand picked one or the other at a local store when we were docked. We picked a handicap cabin. At my age the shower with several grab bars is great. Also wasn't sure if I would have my rollator with me and there is space in the cabin for this. The balcony was large enough for us to sit and watch the shore line go by. The only adverse thing that occurred on the cruise was news that your sister cruise line Pearl Seas was not going to have the same amenities as the American Cruise Line; i e credit for cruise and complimentary shore excursions. The hotel manager talked with my niece (Judy Wiggin,, she travels with me) but he left a lot to be desired. Perhaps he was new and did not know procedures relative to cancellations etc. Maybe in time he will improve but on other ships hotel managers were much more competent as well as personable. The cruise itself was a delight - this was my third on the Bay.. . Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: November 2014
My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed ourselves on this cruise. The ship is small enough so that you feel you are on your own private yacht with many of your friends. It was easy to meet our fellow passengers during the nightly ... Read More
My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed ourselves on this cruise. The ship is small enough so that you feel you are on your own private yacht with many of your friends. It was easy to meet our fellow passengers during the nightly cocktail/social hour and quickly found some couples with whom we 'clicked'. The lounge is spacious with many different seating areas for visiting. Dining experience was delightful, also, with a good and varied menu. Loved that they tried to serve the regional food.....in this case, crab! The crew was great.....young, enthusiastic and eager to please. We have been on the Golden Odyssey and Sea Goddess as well as America Cruise West, and although the first two ships are superb in every way and perhaps more seasoned and professional, we couldn't find fault with the young people who served us. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: May 2016
We wanted to check out this Cruise Line from a close enough place that there was no long drive or a flight, before we booked a cruise from this company where we had to add airfare to the cost. We had done two National Geographic/Lindbladt ... Read More
We wanted to check out this Cruise Line from a close enough place that there was no long drive or a flight, before we booked a cruise from this company where we had to add airfare to the cost. We had done two National Geographic/Lindbladt small ship cruises before and loved them, but both involved long flights. Since the Nat. Geo. Cruises were ecco cruises, there were no frills, but lots of nature, walking, etc. American Cruise Line also has small ships, but with much more luxurious staterooms and a wonderful lounge area. We stopped at several ports beginning at Yorktown, VA/ Williamsburg area. Form there we cruised to several places, including Tangier Island, St. Michaels, MD, Chrisfield, MD, Cambridge and Oxford, MD and finally Annapolis, MD, then back to Baltimore to disembark. This was also a"crab" cruise, so we had Chesapeake Bay crab included in every meal. The food was wonderful and there was free wine and beer available at every lunch and dinner and an open bar for happy hour the hour before dinner. Lots of appetizers were offered during happy hour too. There were less than 100 people on board, so it was easy to meet friendly folks that you could socialize with on board. All the ships employees were friendly, courteous and helpful and the captain and crew were available if you ever needed them for any reason. Because we enjoyed our time with American Cruise Line so much, we signed up for another cruises which we will be doing this fall, cruising the back bays around Maine. We are guessing this will be a lobster Cruise, but we will enjoy it whether we get lobster with every meal or not. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: November 2016
This was my first time to be a single traveler and my first time on a small ship. I was apprehensive at first, but quickly made friends and really enjoyed the trip. I was surprised about the amenities on the ship as my previous sailing ... Read More
This was my first time to be a single traveler and my first time on a small ship. I was apprehensive at first, but quickly made friends and really enjoyed the trip. I was surprised about the amenities on the ship as my previous sailing had been on medium size and large size ships. I found the single cabin to be very cozy and really enjoyed the balcony. Having fresh air available was great. The crew were very quick to respond to any request. The shore trips were well planed and adequately scheduled. I was disappointed that we were late arriving at one location and had a very "quick" shore trip. Of course, like most others, I gained weight with the excellent dining. The only problem was making decisions at breakfast for lunch and dinner. In fact, I enjoyed the trip so much I have scheduled another trip for 2017. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: November 2016
We wanted to stay in the states. Had never heard of American Cruise line but we booked the Baltimore to Jacksonville trip. Even with some hurricane damage the great was great. Cabins very large in comparison to the European river cruise ... Read More
We wanted to stay in the states. Had never heard of American Cruise line but we booked the Baltimore to Jacksonville trip. Even with some hurricane damage the great was great. Cabins very large in comparison to the European river cruise rooms. Beds didn't pull down from wall. Staff was absolutely amazing. Polite, always ready to do anything to make your trip better. Food was excellent. Even though I was Vegan and needed other choices, the food was very good. I would suggest that if they have vegan passengers they provide more protein available. Did have a veggie burger one day, and tofu one day, but mosty beans in things and not a lot of beans in recipe. Also we were on a 2 weeks trip and the menu pretty much repeated itself. for the 2nd week. Would suggest they have a 2 week menu on a trip that is both a week and 2 week choice. other than those few remarks which didn't affect many the trip was wonderful. We have already booked another trip with them for April 2017. Read Less
Sail Date: April 2017
Excellent service: everyone is easily accessible including the captain and they go out of their way to please. For example: We decided to leave the ship after dinner the last night to stay in a local hotel. One of the deck hands ... Read More
Excellent service: everyone is easily accessible including the captain and they go out of their way to please. For example: We decided to leave the ship after dinner the last night to stay in a local hotel. One of the deck hands insisted on walking us over to our hotel with our luggage. When we got there he waited for us to check in and took us to our room to make sure we were settled and safe. It was different than the river cruises we have taken in Europe but that is what we were looking for. We took the cruise because we wanted to see more of the USA and it fulfilled our expectations and then some. The food was wonderful. If the dinner wasn't something I liked I could request some broiled chicken and he would make it for me. There was always food around. I am still losing the weight I gained. I can't think of anything we didn't like. Read Less
Sail Date: May 2017
We wanted to visit some of the historical ports this cruise offered. It was the maiden voyage of American Cruise Lines new ship Constellation, which was all we expected and more. River cruising is so relaxing and on a small ship, ... Read More
We wanted to visit some of the historical ports this cruise offered. It was the maiden voyage of American Cruise Lines new ship Constellation, which was all we expected and more. River cruising is so relaxing and on a small ship, intimate without being crowded. The food was exceptional and the wait staff were friendly, helpful and good, despite for some this being their first job serving while moving. There were a few blips, but everyone pitched in and got the job done. We were very impressed with all the "suits" on board, pitching in and doing whatever was called for. You don't see many upper management personnel waiting tables, cleaning up and all the other every day jobs just to make sure all the guests were taken care of. This being the maiden voyage, they were there to make sure all went smoothly. The guest lecturer, Harold, was very informative concerning the Chesapeake Bay area. He was witty as well as being able to make the culture come alive for us. The only negative comment I have is the getting to the ship & back to transportation. It is always a long walk for those of us who don't have the ability to walk long distances. Over all, I would say if you haven't been on one of American Cruise Lines cruises, you have missed a great experience. This was our third, but hopefully, not our last. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2017
We have been cruising with American Cruise Lines for the past six cruises. We love so much about them. The ships are beautiful, the staff is wonderful, the excursions are terrific. I am vegetarian. The chefs have always done an amazing ... Read More
We have been cruising with American Cruise Lines for the past six cruises. We love so much about them. The ships are beautiful, the staff is wonderful, the excursions are terrific. I am vegetarian. The chefs have always done an amazing job preparing my meals. The food is amazing. The wait staff are so well trained. We always have one or two that we'd like to bring home with us. Our rooms are kept quiet clean. On most of the cruises, they been big and roomy. We always get a balcony too, which is a nice plus. Meeting the captain is always a pleasure. This trip, I took the tour of the pilot house. I am glad I did. It was quite informative. The captain entertained all types of questions. He was great. We have already booked two more cruises with American Cruise Line. We look forward to these adventures. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
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
1 Helpful Vote
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
3 Helpful Votes
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
1 Helpful Vote
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
1 Helpful Vote
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
1 Helpful Vote
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
1 Helpful Vote
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
2 Helpful Votes
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
6 Helpful Votes
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
5 Helpful Votes
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
3 Helpful Votes
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
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
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