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32 American Cruise Lines Boston Cruise Reviews

The ACL Constellation is a new vessel with all the amenities of a much larger vessel that accommodates only 180 passengers. The vessel is well staffed and equipped and can accommodate wheelchair passengers very well. The single launch was ... Read More
The ACL Constellation is a new vessel with all the amenities of a much larger vessel that accommodates only 180 passengers. The vessel is well staffed and equipped and can accommodate wheelchair passengers very well. The single launch was adequate for all the excursions where we could not dock and to transport passengers in comfort. The food was excellent and the kitchen was very willing to prepare special requests. Ship supplies were refreshed often so all produce was fresh and seasonal. Fresh and prepared lobster was available daily as the Maine Red shrimp and mussels were excellent. The pastry chef was excellent with fresh bread and desserts daily. Our suite was cleaned daily with fresh linen and restock of the mini fridge. The available guest laundry was free. Shore excursions were well planned and our onboard historian did an excellent job of preparing us for each port, leading walking tours and conducting evening lectures. The shore excursions included a lot of local history from the 17th to 20th centuries. The amenities included fresh hot cookies in the lounges at 10:30 every day, high tea at 4:30 and cocktail hour wt 5:30. Dinner included two bottles of wine at each table or other beverages as requested. This is our second cruise with ACL and we plan on traveling with them again next year on the Columbia River. Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
We did use the pre-cruise package and enjoyed a little bit of Boston before embarking on our cruise. I would recommend that to everyone. We have done one other trip with this cruise line and we have found them to be outstanding in what ... Read More
We did use the pre-cruise package and enjoyed a little bit of Boston before embarking on our cruise. I would recommend that to everyone. We have done one other trip with this cruise line and we have found them to be outstanding in what they do. Service is magnificent!! You feel like you are their only priority when you are in need of something. If there is something not on the menu, for example, you can speak with the chef or dining service personnel and see if it is possible to obtain that item at the next port. We have recommended this cruise line to all our friends. Everything was run so efficiently from the time we boarded until the time we left. I was amazed as the organization that was used in getting everyone on and off the ship, for example. Our luggage was taken care of for us prior to leaving and was delivered to our stateroom promptly. Likewise, when it was time to leave, our luggage was tagged and taken to the place where we were to meeting our next mode of transpiration. We have already booked our next cruise with American Cruise Lines and look forward to spending 11 days and 10 nights with them again! Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
Choice of ports, tours on land, and time on land were all terrific, and the seamless high level of service on board this very small ship was exceptional. A small ship -- we had only 125 passengers -- allows for a much more personal ... Read More
Choice of ports, tours on land, and time on land were all terrific, and the seamless high level of service on board this very small ship was exceptional. A small ship -- we had only 125 passengers -- allows for a much more personal experience that feels much more like a vacation with friends ("Hey, come for a trip with me on my yacht") than a feeling of being on an "ocean cruise." The All-American nature of this cruise line, with most staff members college-age students from U.S. colleges rather than professional workers from other countries, not to mention a completely U.S. deck and ship crew, heightened the feeling of enjoying our own country. The cabins were the perfect size and configuration -- aside from the family-size cabins, ever cabin on the ship is the same size and every one has a generous verandah. We were as comfortable as we could have been in a hotel on land, and yet we were able to visit a different port town every day. Overall we couldn't have been more pleased, and we've already booked our next trip for a year from now. Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
We are very pleased with American Cruise Lines - service, ships, destinations, fantastic staff. The new ships (one just about every year) are well outfitted, the cabins are superior to those on other cruise lines, and we totally appreciate ... Read More
We are very pleased with American Cruise Lines - service, ships, destinations, fantastic staff. The new ships (one just about every year) are well outfitted, the cabins are superior to those on other cruise lines, and we totally appreciate the "all inclusive" pricing. On the "Grand New England" cruise, we enjoyed the ports of call, the excursions, and the size of the ship (175 passengers). Having been on larger ships (2,000 - 4,000) the ACL ships provide an exceptional opportunity to meet people, to enjoy access to smaller ports of call, and to have flexibility in dining. The quality of the food, the personal attention of the dining room staff, and the flexibility (no rigid time, no fixed table assignments, and an excellent variety and choices at each meal) made the dining experience the best of any cruise line we have taken. The guest speakers, entertainers, and on-board activities and the excursions were outstanding and tailored to the areas where we were traveling. Rachel Perkins on the Grand New England cruise was exceptional in sharing with us the geography of the area, the specifics of each place, and her fun stories were a highlight.She also offered an early morning walk in each port. We appreciated the problem-free WiFi and that it was complimentary (another benefit of "all inclusive" pricing). The Laundry facility was clean, fast and also complimentary. Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
First, very good friends recommended it - they had been on the American Cruise Lines steamboat/Mississippi River cruise in 2016 and loved it; found out about this brand new cruise while on the Mississippi trip, signed up right away and ... Read More
First, very good friends recommended it - they had been on the American Cruise Lines steamboat/Mississippi River cruise in 2016 and loved it; found out about this brand new cruise while on the Mississippi trip, signed up right away and urged us to join them. I had always wanted to see the coast of New England - and this brand-new cruise – Grand New England – in Mid June 2017 had just the itineraryI was wanted, so we didn't hesitate to sign up. This is a small ship - 175 passengers/ I believe there were about 145 of us. Perfect size, I think, easy to get everywhere! Very good value for the money. The staff is probably 90% American (can't speak for those who work below decks) - young, enthusiastic, friendly, helpful, and fun! The tour directors were excellent and able to answer all manner of questions re: shore excursions. Almost felt like some of them were family by the end of the voyage. Demographics are mostly over 55, although there was a family of with college age daughters and a Grandfather traveling with his two late-20s/30s grandsons. I will say most of the passengers were pretty lively and interesting and fun to exchange pleasantries with. Food was consistently excellent. We had the most wonderful Chief Chef (Joselito H.) on board - and he made a point of visiting a few tables each and every night to inquire about our dinners/ask if there was anything else people wanted to see on the menu, etc. all alcoholic drinks were included in the cost of the fare (as were standard gratuities for the staff). No "nickel and dining as some larger cruise ships do! Always a cocktail party at 5:30, and entertainment after dinner. Onetwo nights the entertainment was excellent, the other evenings I opted to retire early and read. Bear in mind this is coastal new england so no broadway stars on board to sing or dance for the passengers! Our lecturer, Rachel P. was so much fun - she knew so much and made her lectures (with a white board to illustrate various parts of the coast) so entertaining). She also lead early morning walks in each port - with of course, a walking commentary about the area/flora/fauna/fish/ etc. JUST GREAT!! The excursions / bus transportation ranged from good to excellent, and these small ports can allow one to just wander around on one's own, but keep in mind there are also WONDERFUL things to see and learn about which did require transportation. The scenery and sunrises and sunsets were breathtaking. I can't wait for our next ACL cruise, and we're sure to sign up for more in the future. Cheers! Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
Really love the idea of seeing AMERICA! We went on an 11 night Cruise to New England. There were about 120 guest on this new boat. It was smooth and the rooms were amazing with nice balconies. The staff is all American and made up of ... Read More
Really love the idea of seeing AMERICA! We went on an 11 night Cruise to New England. There were about 120 guest on this new boat. It was smooth and the rooms were amazing with nice balconies. The staff is all American and made up of respectable young people who really want to make your vacation relaxing and wonderful. The FOOD was 5Star and we ate lobster almost every day! We went in late May and it was cool, so if doing this again, June might be better for weather but there were no crowds and the towns were lovely. Started in Boston, MA, Went to Bar Harbor, ME; Boothbay Harbor, ME; Camden, ME (my favorite); Rockland, ME, Portland, ME; Newport, RI; Martha's Vineyard, MA; Provincetown, MA and back to Boston, MA. In Newport, RI we went on a really cool trolley tour of several mansions including the BREAKERS. Will definitely recommend this for anyone wanting to see America's East Coast. Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
This was our 5th trip with American Cruise Lines and we enjoyed it very much. We are happy that these are American owned and built ships and that they are staffed by American officers and crew. The young servers and deck hands are polite ... Read More
This was our 5th trip with American Cruise Lines and we enjoyed it very much. We are happy that these are American owned and built ships and that they are staffed by American officers and crew. The young servers and deck hands are polite and cheerful college kids for the most part. The itinerary was one that took us to small yacht harbors, avoiding big mega ship ports, and their crowds. It is much like a cruise on a large private yacht. After a week we got a little weary of the menu but almost every day it was possible to dine ashore. They are very accommodating to requests for special meals or dietary restrictions and will cook any meal to order. All meals include complimentary wine and beer. Cocktail hour features heavy snacks and complimentary bar with high end spirit brands. This is a good feature, never paying extra for drinks. Daily excursions are interesting and offer a good variety of sightseeing and cultural experiences. These are reasonably priced. The best part is that all passengers fit on one or two buses. No long lines. We like the feature that they offer substantial discounts on future cruises when booked aboard. Cabins are comfortable and clean and most have private balconies. The passengers are generally over 60 but younger folks are also comfortable and there is no reason families with kids couldn't enjoy this too. Entertainment is low key and lectures are always interesting.   Read Less
Sail Date August 2013
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