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  • Coastal and American river itineraries
  • Eight river and small ships offer hassle-free cruising
  • Large cabins with the only balconies in the U.S. coastal industry
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226 American USA Cruise Reviews
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157
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26
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12
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Mel24
Member Since 2017
1 review
I have been on the larger ships several times. This was the first time to sail on a small ship and I will sail small from now on! The American Cruise Lines Independence carries only 100 passengers. We were able to meet and make friends ... Read more
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Poopsie2
Member Since 2011
1 review
1 helpful vote
We chose this cruise because of the number of guests. We have been on large ships before and wanted a change.This was absolutely great,so personable and the comradery worked well. We met lots of nice people and also had a celebrity ... Read more
Upthecreek
Member Since 2016
2 reviews
From the Captain to the steward who cleaned our cabin, the service was friendly and exceptional. The management team on board were always available, communicated extremely well, and could not do enough for the passengers. The 'hired ... Read more
Lewisinde
Member Since 2015
1 review
2 forum posts
I am 62 years old and went with my 89 year-old mother who is still very mobile. Parts of the cruise were interesting and others not. First of all, let me tell you that the accommodations were very nice. Unfortunately, we didn't pay for a ... Read more
Cincinnati Bob
Member Since 2017
1 review
2 helpful votes
This was my first cruise on a small ship. The cruise itself was the 7 night New England Island Cruise. The ship was fine and the food was very good but that's a given. They offer a complementary happy hour each evening and ... Read more
OllieG
Member Since 2017
1 review
Customer Service, customer service, customer service - the passenger was treated like a queen! From my first phone call to gather information to my disembarkation, everything went smoothly. Very clean, excellent food, and accommodating ... Read more
Tkelley42
Member Since 2017
1 review
Never on a cruise. Selected 4 day to "try out" a cruise. We enjoyed it throughly. The ship new, well appointed and easily accessed by elevators and stairs. Enjoyable sun decks on levels 4 and 5. Open seating dining room allowed ... Read more
roadstergramma
Member Since 2017
1 review
1 helpful vote
Sailed July 2017
After an flawless embarkation, this cruise took us to the parts of Maine we were interested in seeing, and because it was a small ship without all the amenities we never used on the big ships of past cruises (disco, swimming pool, casino, ... Read more
dkneerg
Member Since 2013
2 reviews
2 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Last minute decision to book this cruise. I had never been to Maine and it had been on our bucket list. Great ports of call starting in Bar Harbor. Love the size of the ship, met lots of interesting people during our week on board. The ... Read more
D D
Member Since 2010
1 review
3 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed July 2017
We wanted a small ship cruise experience. Constellation is ACL's newest ship and it is very beautiful. Our cabin was very roomy and the bathroom was adequate. The food was delicious and the chef came by at every meal to be sure everyone ... Read more
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johnarticolo
Member Since 2017
1 review
1 helpful vote
Thought it would be a wonderful way to celebrate the Independence Day holiday on the Independence. The trip did not disappoint. The crew and staff were thoroughly professional, friendly, engaging, courteous and always helpful and ... Read more
Loisjeanmac
Member Since 2017
1 review
I have traveled with American Cruise Line in the past and have found them to be one of the best. Their staff is very friendly and helpful. It's so delightful to travel with a small group, where you are not just another face. On this ... Read more
markbunge
Member Since 2017
1 review
Sailed June 2017
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
GenieA
Member Since 2017
1 review
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
BornToTravel1936
Member Since 2017
1 review
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
Editor Gary
Member Since 2017
1 review
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
Brownsea22
Member Since 2017
1 review
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
DONORICH
Member Since 2017
1 review
Wanted to see the New England island but because on the weather did not make it to two of the islands. The small ship allowed for personal service by the crew to all on board. we where able to meet many new friends as we where able to dine ... Read more
Lace maker
Member Since 2017
1 review
1 helpful vote
From the moment I arrived at the boarding gate, I was impressed by the service given to the passengers. And this excellent service given by all staff continued throughout the cruise. Then I enjoyed arriving to my cabin to find all the ... Read more
arimurray
Member Since 2017
1 review
1 helpful vote
Usually, there are glitches on any trip. Not this one! The food was more than 5 star, the staff were extremely accommodating, the ship clean and just the right size. Loved not sharing it with 2000 other people. If you needed anything, ... Read more
debcrosman
Member Since 2017
1 review
1 helpful vote
I have wanted to cruise the Mississippi River for several years and I liked the American Cruise Lines information I read. We left from New Orleans, after staying and touring one night in the great city, and disembarked in Memphis, TN. ... Read more
triviascribe
Member Since 2010
1 review
42 forum posts
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
Kid55
Member Since 2017
1 review
Sailed May 2017
We wanted to experience A smaller cruise ship with less people. We really enjoyed it felt more relaxed. The food was excellent also cocktail hour, hors d'oeuvres were great. Shannon, The hotel manager was very accommodating, I ... Read more
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Mercerlorrie
Member Since 2017
1 review
1 helpful vote
A fabulous cruise of select ports on the Maine coast. Excellent food - and plenty of it. This cruise focused a lot on lobster, and how great is that? However there were always several choices for appetizers, entres and deserts. Dining ... Read more
bonnierobin
Member Since 2017
1 review
Sailed 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

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