4 Charleston River Cruise Reviews

This was my first experience with American Cruise Lines. All aspects of the cruise was FUN! More training needed of the young service personnel for their sake. All personnel was courteous. Tours were interesting, food was top quality, ... Read More
This was my first experience with American Cruise Lines. All aspects of the cruise was FUN! More training needed of the young service personnel for their sake. All personnel was courteous. Tours were interesting, food was top quality, kept up to date on a daily basis for tours, activities on and off the boat. Looking forward to another trip. Best part, you get to travel, see sights' meet new acquaintances without having to pack & unpack each day. Read Less
Sail Date May 2015
We very much enjoyed the cruise, although it was VERY cold! We were disappointed not to have a pre boarding morning tour of Charleston. We loved Beaufort, Savannah, Sapelo Island, Jekyll Island, St. Simons Island and Amelia Island and ... Read More
We very much enjoyed the cruise, although it was VERY cold! We were disappointed not to have a pre boarding morning tour of Charleston. We loved Beaufort, Savannah, Sapelo Island, Jekyll Island, St. Simons Island and Amelia Island and general cruise through the low lands. We especially liked our big rooms on the first floor in the 100's(same floor as the dining room). They are bigger because there is no balcony which takes away from the square footage of the room as well as the light! It was also nice to have an elevator, as I have had three knee operations(no replacement) and I don't need to do stairs any more than I have to. I was disappointed that the staff did NOT observe the dietary restriction that I had specifically written down on your space for "dietary needs" Every morning, they give you a menu to choose from, write it down and I always noted "low sodium". No one ever sought me out to find me with the low sodium meals. We just recently returned from a cruise of the Black Sea and the very first thing they did after the emergency drill, was to ask those with dietary requirements, to come to the lounge to meet with the chef to discuss my needs. Every meal a designated waiter brought me what I had requested for BOTH lunch and dinner! On the cruise we took with you, I finally had to go out to the kitchen, find the chef, and demand that SOMEONE pay attention, not just to me, but to others who also complained. One other suggestion: the entertainment was a little thin. One of them should clearly be dropped. It's been so long that I can't remember exactly who. Otherwise, it was very enjoyable and the staff was excellent. Read Less
Sail Date March 2013
Last week my wife and I took our first cruise in the United States. It was aboard the Independence, one of the ships of American Cruise Line. It was a great experience, and we hope to sail on the same ship again next year. We did a lot of ... Read More
Last week my wife and I took our first cruise in the United States. It was aboard the Independence, one of the ships of American Cruise Line. It was a great experience, and we hope to sail on the same ship again next year. We did a lot of research before the cruise, reading reviews, searching the website and speaking with the cruise lines' sales people. In all of my queries one thing which I had not truly discovered before boarding, but which was thrilled by was that when they say AMERICAN Cruise Lines, they mean it. The ships are built in the USA (on the Atlantic coast I think), and everyone working on the boat is english speaking. It was wonderful being able to have cordial chats with the employees. The ships just feel American: simple, solid, comfortable and roomy. Our room had everything we wanted and had a king size bed. On other riverboats we have been on, the kings size beds arent really king beds, but this one was. The room also had comfortable reading chairs and a balcony which we didnt use much on account of it being rather cold. The Intra Coastal Waterway was a unique experience. The cruise sailed out of Charleston,a dn we got the a day early to do some sight seeing. We explored Middleton Plantation, a sprawling mansion that offers two views of the early days in the South - one from the view of the wealthy planter and one from the viewpoint of a slave. It appropriately deals with this blemish on American history and is worth visiting. During the cruise we stopped in Hilton Head, which was enjoyable. Wisely the cruise line only spends a few hours there, as the whole town can be seen in a few minutes - while you are there be sure to go up in the lighthouse. Savannah was our favorite. We did the trolley tour organized by the line and enjoyed it very much. Our favorite part was all of the park squares. We will be back with AMERICAN Cruise Line - they have a brand new ship on the MS River and we want to see the American heartland. We are going to go form St. Louis to Memphis. Read Less
Sail Date January 2013
Since we intentionally choose small we were not looking for Casinos or extravaganzas. We got a cruise that can be compared to cruising on a friends yacht with about 90 of her dear friends. The ship was spotless. The cleaning never ... Read More
Since we intentionally choose small we were not looking for Casinos or extravaganzas. We got a cruise that can be compared to cruising on a friends yacht with about 90 of her dear friends. The ship was spotless. The cleaning never stopped. Our room was quite comfortable. The king size bed was more comfortable than our bed at home (hate to say it) and the sheets were sooo soft. Nice closet and spacious bath for a boat. Room was also spotless and was kept that way despite us. Liz the activities manager is the most cheerful, helpful individual I have ever met. She is a treasure of the seas. I don't think she sleeps. She is always looking for ways to make the Cruise more enjoyable. Sapelo Island and the Shrimp boat were my two favorites although all were fun. Sandy our historian was the best and most fun. She could double for entertainment. She prepared us as best she could. She made the excursions and stops more enjoyable by sharing the stories and culture. More than that she also was always there to help or explain. Gerardo is a Peach of a restaurant manager. He did does everything he can to provide beverages around the clock, treats around the clock, cookie parties, cocktail parties. The Chef offered good selections of local food. The salads were special no two looked or tasted the same. The food was beautifully plated and we found the selections offered a good variety of food that should satisfy anyone. Wine selections were also surprisingly good. Staff did their best to make us happy. Enjoyed the new napkin fold each night. The evening entertainment was a welcome surprise. We enjoyed each night and in particular our favorite was Christopher Paul. We did not expect any entertainment as the boat was small and we were in port each night. The Captain met and greeted but best of all he gave a great ride. We enjoyed our trip to the bridge. Dock guy John was also helpful in making sure we didn't hit our heads and got all the help we needed. If I missed anyone I am sorry because it took all of you to make our first cruise so good that we will go on another. It will be another on this cruise line. Had a wonderful Thanksgiving/ Read Less
Sail Date November 2012

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