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3 American Cruise Lines Gourmet Food Cruise Reviews

We chose this cruise for our second one with ACL for two reasons: we are very impressed with the service and atmosphere of this cruise line and it was a lobster cruise. Yes, this ship was an older one, but that did not interfere with ... Read More
We chose this cruise for our second one with ACL for two reasons: we are very impressed with the service and atmosphere of this cruise line and it was a lobster cruise. Yes, this ship was an older one, but that did not interfere with its charm - of course we prefer the personal service the smaller ships provide rather than the glitz and glam of the huge hotels on water. You will get to know most of your fellow passengers if you like. There is no assigned seating at meals, and we chose to move around to many tables. The staff will do their best to accomodate your hunger. If there is nothing on the menu that suits you, they will cook a hamburger or sandwich. There is no huge theater, so entertainment on board is in a casual lounge setting with personal interaction. On this particular cruise the entertainment was a bit slim, but the location stops made up for it. And lobster! I never thought I would tire of eating lobster, but it actually happened. It was available almost every day in different forms from boiled, in soup, pasta, and the favorite - a lobster bake on shore. You should try the lobster grilled cheese - amazing! For those of you who enjoy cocktail hour - all alcohol is included lunch, cocktail hour, and dinner. The cabin was nothing fancy, but clean and larger than some huge ships. The balcony was smaller than some, but adequate. We did not go on premium excursions, but walked more and enjoyed each town's atmosphere. Everyone who went seemed to love the shore activities. Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
Very lovely cruise. I have been to this area several times, but was nice to see it by water and not by road. The cabin was clean and spacious. We have sailed through Europe twice, yet these cabins were much more spacious. Coffee ... Read More
Very lovely cruise. I have been to this area several times, but was nice to see it by water and not by road. The cabin was clean and spacious. We have sailed through Europe twice, yet these cabins were much more spacious. Coffee machines in each room was a nice amenity along with balconies in nearly every room. History and lectures each day was interesting. Tours were informative and the guides were knowlegable. Food was regional. The fish was local and nicely prepared. The staff was courteous. They did not know too much about the area, but they were from different areas of the country and young. Many of them were college students studying for their degree. We booked another trip to go to Alaska next year with American Cruise Lines. We enjoy that you can get up close and personal to small ports and places that the big ships cannot access, especially in Alaska Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
We wanted a small, personal cruising experience. American Cruise Lines gave us that and so much more. There is great attention to detail throughout the ship. The comfort and satisfaction of the passenger is their obvious goal. ... Read More
We wanted a small, personal cruising experience. American Cruise Lines gave us that and so much more. There is great attention to detail throughout the ship. The comfort and satisfaction of the passenger is their obvious goal. Staterooms and lounges are tastefully decorated and spacious for a cruising venue. There is a romance attached to a paddle-wheeler. Although it is a new ship your imagination can go to the past when these ships traveled the Mississippi. The food on the cruise is excellent. There are at least 3 choices at each meal, but you can also make special requests. Service in the dining room is top notch and personalized to each passenger. Since it is a small ship you can get to know other passengers as the dining room accommodates all passengers at once. Your serving staff is also the household staff, so you can easily recognize crew members. It is obvious the have excellent training and receive proper supervision. Each day there is a cocktail hour where beer, wine and top shelf drinks are included in your passage. Wine and beer are also served at lunch and dinner and this is also included. Dinner follows cocktail hour and then there is entertainment each night that is reflective of the type of cruise. We heard jazz, blues, and comedy. Excursions included plantations restored and maintained and magnificent. Most of the excursions were included in the price of the cruise, not an extra add-on. We visited the battlefield in Vicksburg and learned a lot about Civil War history and the lore of the Mississippi from an on board lecturer daily. Since this is a cruise that caters to senior citizens, there is great care taken to assure comfort and ease of mobility on board and on shore excursions. Cruise directors go to great lengths to provide for any need a passenger may have. There were children on this cruise, but I did not think there were enough activities that were of interest for them. I would definitely sail with American Cruise Lines. Their staff is superb, the places they sail are of great interest to me. You can't beat the service and attention to the needs of every passenger. Read Less
Sail Date July 2016
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