2 American Cruise Lines Independence First-Time Cruisers Cruise Reviews

Had only been to Portland, Maine before and wanted to see more of Maine. Had book a cabin on the lower deck, but when I arrived because of the lesser number of passsengers I was upgraded to the third deck with a private balcony. Everything ... Read More
Had only been to Portland, Maine before and wanted to see more of Maine. Had book a cabin on the lower deck, but when I arrived because of the lesser number of passsengers I was upgraded to the third deck with a private balcony. Everything was great. A great chef who came out and visited every table at every meal to see how people like the food and if they had any complaints. Was willing to fix something special for you if they had the capability. All of the staff were friendly and extremely helpful. Interesting shore excursions were offered at each port. The cruise included an old fashion lobster bake on shore. The cabin was just the right size and was cleaned each day. The ship was easy to get around. A great cocktail hour each day before dinner was served. Wine and beer always available for each meal. Had some type of entertainment each night. This was my first cruise every and I selected it because of its small passenger size. Have already booked another one for 2017. Read Less
Sail Date May 2016
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
Independence Ratings
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