107 American Cruise Lines America Cruise Reviews

Had been on previous trip with American Cruise Line and had a wonderful time, appreciated the intimacy and friendliness of small ships. The staff were all exceptionally cheerful and friendly. There was an on-board historian who provided ... Read More
Had been on previous trip with American Cruise Line and had a wonderful time, appreciated the intimacy and friendliness of small ships. The staff were all exceptionally cheerful and friendly. There was an on-board historian who provided illustrated history themed talks about the Mississippi River, its importance during the Civil War, its contemporary commerce, and its natural history, that were hugely informative and entertaining. The shore excursions were fun and fascinating. Learned a lot on this trip. The food was amazing, varied and sophisticated and delicious. Most of shipmates were retirees, generally seemed to be people in their 60's through perhaps 80's. Most were well educated and had interesting career histories, all were gracious, most were good conversationalists. But plenty of privacy was available also if one happened to be in the mood. There were plenty of choices, one could do activities with groups, or go ashore and do one's own thing. Lots of fun. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
I had a Caribbean Christmas cruise booked with another cruise line but cancelled and booked with American Cruise Lines because of their reputation. I was NOT disappointed! Service was impeccable. I was told that the staff was gathered ... Read More
I had a Caribbean Christmas cruise booked with another cruise line but cancelled and booked with American Cruise Lines because of their reputation. I was NOT disappointed! Service was impeccable. I was told that the staff was gathered by invitation from other boats in the fleet. Food was classic New Orleans, Louisiana, and Southern - typical foods of the region we were cruising. The menu, always excellent, was different every day. Broad choices for breakfast. Two or three choices for lunch. And two or three (different) choices for supper. But the best was happy hour every afternoon in the forward lounge. The table was loaded with familiar foods and also with items most had never tasted such as alligator, crawfish etouffee, and gumbo. Plus the staff was circulating with trays of hot, just out of the oven bites. The cabins were of adequate size, larger than on my last Caribbean cruise. Each had a balcony. The coffee maker worked and was always supplied with coffee. Cabin attendants were brisk, efficient, and unobtrusive. Off-boat excursions were well designed and well conducted. I think the best was at Oak Alley. We boarded the day before sailing. The boat was out hotel for that night. We went as a group to Antoine's for dinner. Entertainment always after dinner, some times during happy hour, always topical, always excellent. Plus we had a Mississippi River expert who gave daily commentary, lectures, and advice. Recommended! Ready to go again! Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
This is a fantastic cruise company for seniors or people who like a slower pace, (perfect for me, as I love taking photos). They accommodate physical disabilities as much as possible throughout the trip. Children were rare, but the crew ... Read More
This is a fantastic cruise company for seniors or people who like a slower pace, (perfect for me, as I love taking photos). They accommodate physical disabilities as much as possible throughout the trip. Children were rare, but the crew made a special effort to find activities and food they would enjoy. Special diets can be accommodated. The locations they stop include plantations, museums and national parks. There is time to go to the local towns, with shuttle service. You will never be hungry on this trip: breakfast, warm cookies at 10:00, lunch, Tea Time, Cocktails and hors d'oeuvres and dinner. Open seating in the dining room. Balcony for every stateroom. On board they have bingo, lectures, and evening entertainment. It was a Christmas trip to remember: carolers greeted us as we boarded, decorations, food, the opportunity to attend Christmas Eve service and even gifts! The crew was the most cheerful and attentive I have experienced with any cruise line. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
We did not want to stay at home over the Christmas holiday. The kids are grown and have Christmas traditions of their own. This was a short cruise with some interesting stops along the lower Mississippi, the highlights being Vicksburg ... Read More
We did not want to stay at home over the Christmas holiday. The kids are grown and have Christmas traditions of their own. This was a short cruise with some interesting stops along the lower Mississippi, the highlights being Vicksburg and the two plantations. Sailing was extremely smooth, most of the ports and shore excursions were interesting, the food was excellent and the entertainment enjoyable and quite varied. The crew were very well trained and helpful -- in particular, the stewards and dining servers. All requests were satisfied in a timely manner. The most enjoyable shore excursion was the Vicksburg battlefield and the least enjoyable and most disappointing shore excursion was the "swamp tour" in Baton Rouge which wasn't a swamp tour at all but merely a lake tour with very little to observe. The entertainment highlight of the tour was Judy Davis. The "Riverlorian" was also very good/interesting but the information she provided during meals could have been more concise, to keep table conversation interruptions to a minimum. Prior to departure, the recommended hotel in New Orleans -- the Dauphine -- was a disappointment, however -- too much money for a very mediocre facility. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
We are a retired Canadian couple who winter in south Florida to play golf, meet new people and generally enjoy ourselves. Wanting to do something different over the Xmas period we decided to try a winter cruise and as we had never been to ... Read More
We are a retired Canadian couple who winter in south Florida to play golf, meet new people and generally enjoy ourselves. Wanting to do something different over the Xmas period we decided to try a winter cruise and as we had never been to the southern States west of Florida we chose the America Cruise Lines Mississippi cruise. This cruise line has figured out who their customers are and what they want; an all inclusive cruise with others who want the same things. All the cabins are about the same size, including balconies and reasonable sized bathrooms. The "America" is a 2016 built ship so very shiny and clean. We opted for breakfast in our cabin for all but the last two days. The food always arrived on time and was hot and cooked as requested. Lunches and dinners were very good and the option of having half plates meant we didn't have to leave uneaten food on our plates or stuff ourselves. We found the entertainment appropriate for the age group and varied enough to keep everyone happy. We were especially pleased with the "Riverlorian" lectures and commentary that made the trip more interesting than we could have imagined. Subject matter varied but was always informative without being dry. The excursions were varied with options at each port and, not being familiar with plantation living, we enjoyed the learning experience. They did an excellent job especially given that the cruise was during a holiday season when many locations are closed. All staff members were very attentive, pleasant and helpful. There was also a large number of guests who had been on previous American Cruise Line voyages, some as many as a dozen or more. If they keep coming back you are definitely providing a valued service! As Canadians we are limited as to the amount of time we can stay in the USA so this trip was great for us as we were already here. We definitely plan to take another American Cruise Lines voyage in the future. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
We wanted to see America in a pleasant, relaxed atmosphere. We wanted no long flight. We wanted good food, good company (The passengers were interesting, active, and well educated.), and interesting sights. (The plantations were quite ... Read More
We wanted to see America in a pleasant, relaxed atmosphere. We wanted no long flight. We wanted good food, good company (The passengers were interesting, active, and well educated.), and interesting sights. (The plantations were quite interesting and the grounds were impressive. The guides were excellent.) We got all of those. It is a lovely, new boat, which is very easy to get around,with a great historian that had excellent presentations about the Mississippi, good entertainment and well seasoned and beautifully presented food. (The dining area is noisy.) The cruise needed some polish to details, like specific details for embark and debarked and the wait staff was under trained. We suggest you ask lots of questions especially if you are a first timer cruiser. We enjoyed seeing The Mississippi River and its small towns. I plan to sit down and do a cost comparison to other cruises so I can decide if extra cost one sees equals hidden cost of other cruises. We got what I wanted. Some might be disappointed because of cost. Each traveler should know what they want. Relaxed, small verses lots of choice, big. I like both. We are going on NCL Escape for New Year. Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
The cruise was interesting with the different ports. We were celebrating our 56th anniversary. Most of the meals were good, some bad dinners. There was one dinner with an entre of prime rib. The meat was not of prime quality. Overall the ... Read More
The cruise was interesting with the different ports. We were celebrating our 56th anniversary. Most of the meals were good, some bad dinners. There was one dinner with an entre of prime rib. The meat was not of prime quality. Overall the fish entries were unappetizing. Rice was as excessive with all servings. The crew and staff were excellent, especially Marie. We did not like the continuous promotion for future cruises offering free tours and/or free cruises. Our perception is that we are subsidizing these tour promotions with the price we paid for this cruise. Many of the people we met were enjoying free tours and cruises. We enjoyed their company but felt that our spending over $13,000, we were annoyed by the fact were paying for some of these "freebees". Perhaps my annoyance is based on my experience as a CFO of a 70,000 plus employee company. We appreciate the opportunity to voice our opinion. Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
We liked our first river cruise so much that we reserved another tour for next year while we were still on board. The food was excellent, with several delicious options each meal. Portions were sized nicely and the quality and taste was ... Read More
We liked our first river cruise so much that we reserved another tour for next year while we were still on board. The food was excellent, with several delicious options each meal. Portions were sized nicely and the quality and taste was excellent. Wine, beer, and other beverages were provided. The water tasted of chemical treatment, and we would have preferred bottled water available at all times. The river historian brought the history and river culture to life in a very interesting and animated manner. He was so good that we did not want to miss a single lecture! The variety of nightly entertainment, including music and comedy, was also excellent. The small size of the ship (175 passengers) made it easier to get to know other passengers. It's a positive that all eat together in open seating in the dining room, but the downside is that the noise of the table conversations made it difficult to hear people at one's own table. We enjoyed the variety of shore excursions, from plantations to city tours, from civil war sites to swamps and a working cotton gin. Golf carts were provided to assist those who had difficulty walking. The staff were pleasant and hard-working, and did all they could to ensure the guests' enjoyment of the cruise. We highly recommend this cruise. Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
Booked while on another American Cruise. The history of the river (excellent Riverlorian on board) and it's importance in the civil war and commerce and western expansion was so interesting. Most shore excursions were free. The food ... Read More
Booked while on another American Cruise. The history of the river (excellent Riverlorian on board) and it's importance in the civil war and commerce and western expansion was so interesting. Most shore excursions were free. The food was excellent and the small capacity of the ship (150 passengers) is what we love. We booked another cruise for July on the Columbia and Snake rivers. The staff is all americans and young. Very professional and friendly. Fair includes a pre-cruise hotel stay and transport to the airport at the completion of the cruise. On both American cruises we have sailed the clientel is older than the average of cruises we have been on. I would say many of the passengers are older than 75 years of age. There are a number of canes and a few walkers but everybody seemed to be able to get on and off the boat and the busses without much difficulty. All wine and beer at meal times are included in the price as is the one hour cocktail hour before dinner. Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
We always wanted to go to New Orleans and to cruise the Mississippi. So, the cruise on the paddle wheel America from New Orleans to Memphis was a dream come true that surpassed all expectations!! The young staff was absolutely ... Read More
We always wanted to go to New Orleans and to cruise the Mississippi. So, the cruise on the paddle wheel America from New Orleans to Memphis was a dream come true that surpassed all expectations!! The young staff was absolutely delightful. It was most encouraging seeing young people begin their careers. This staff was ALWAYS pleasant and ready to meet any request. Yes, they did make a few minor mistakes, but were always apologetic (and as a retired teacher I firmly believe that you learn best from your mistakes.) Cruising on a small ship with Bill our educator (can't remember his title) made history come alive. The entertainment was remarkable!! The Victory Belles from the WWII Museum brought back the "old" songs. Weldon and Bill Jazz duo were amazing. I usually am not a big fan of comedians, but the singing comedian Judy was well loved by all the audience. Vicksburg stands out as a destination. We had never heard much about this Civil War site, but it beats Gettysburg by a mile. Natchez was another standout as was Memphis. The Plantation tours gave us good insights into King Cotton. Relaxing, Seeing, Eating, Learning and being Entertained what more could you ask for. It was so good we booked a cruise on the Columbia and Snake Rivers for the fall of 2017. Hint: We had perfect weather in early November Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
My husband and I are seniors as were most of the other passengers on this cruise. We had a wonderful time visiting the grand plantation homes along the Mississippi and the Vicksburg Civil War Battleground. The service on the riverboat ... Read More
My husband and I are seniors as were most of the other passengers on this cruise. We had a wonderful time visiting the grand plantation homes along the Mississippi and the Vicksburg Civil War Battleground. The service on the riverboat was excellent as was the food and the entertainment. The cruise staff made it very easy for people with mobility issues to enjoy the ports of call. They had a golf cart and several wheel chairs available to assist in getting passengers to and from the buses and other destinations. The husband and wife entertainment team (Bill and Laura) on board was extremely talented and knowledgeable. Laura is a talented singer and entertainer while Bill's knowledge of the Mississippi River is exceptional. He is a River Historian, storyteller, singer, piano player, magician, and Riverboat Gambler all rolled into one. When not sightseeing or eating, there were many comfortable lounge areas to relax and read, play cards or just watch the river flow by. Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
The staff on the ship were the most friendly and helpful and they were concerned with our comfort. My husband has physical difficulties and we were not sure if he could enjoy all the excursions.The staff provided the necessary assistance ... Read More
The staff on the ship were the most friendly and helpful and they were concerned with our comfort. My husband has physical difficulties and we were not sure if he could enjoy all the excursions.The staff provided the necessary assistance so that he did not miss one port. The room was large and had a full bathroom that was big enough for two people to be in at the same time.The ship was spotless and clean. The food was wonderful and had a lot of variety. The chef was very considerate of special dietary needs. We booked another cruise will we still on the ship that is how much we liked the cruise. The entertainers were fantastic and they mixed with the guests and make you feel at home.The ship was just the right size and you didn't have to wait in long lines for anything . We would recommend traveling with American cruises to anyone who is looking for a quality experience. Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
We wanted to stay in the states. Had never heard of American Cruise line but we booked the Baltimore to Jacksonville trip. Even with some hurricane damage the great was great. Cabins very large in comparison to the European river cruise ... Read More
We wanted to stay in the states. Had never heard of American Cruise line but we booked the Baltimore to Jacksonville trip. Even with some hurricane damage the great was great. Cabins very large in comparison to the European river cruise rooms. Beds didn't pull down from wall. Staff was absolutely amazing. Polite, always ready to do anything to make your trip better. Food was excellent. Even though I was Vegan and needed other choices, the food was very good. I would suggest that if they have vegan passengers they provide more protein available. Did have a veggie burger one day, and tofu one day, but mosty beans in things and not a lot of beans in recipe. Also we were on a 2 weeks trip and the menu pretty much repeated itself. for the 2nd week. Would suggest they have a 2 week menu on a trip that is both a week and 2 week choice. other than those few remarks which didn't affect many the trip was wonderful. We have already booked another trip with them for April 2017. Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
We loved this cruise on American Cruise Line's (ACL) newest ship the America.This was our second cruise with ACL. ACL has great (not-too-big) boats, wonderful & attentive crews, delicious meals, and well planned itineraries for ... Read More
We loved this cruise on American Cruise Line's (ACL) newest ship the America.This was our second cruise with ACL. ACL has great (not-too-big) boats, wonderful & attentive crews, delicious meals, and well planned itineraries for each stop. The guest lectures on board were once-again very informative and made the trip that much more enjoyable and made the story of the Mississippi River "come alive". I have three recommendations to improve future ACL cruises: (1) Provide a free one night pre-cruise hotel stay on every ACL cruise (currently only provided on select cruises); (2) ACL arrange for free (or reduced price) parking at the pre-night cruise hotel (Sheraton Metairie, LA told us parking was $40/day). Other ACL cruisers on same cruise got free parking at Sheraton Metairie. That's not fair! We ended up parking at the airport (cheaper but not as convenient). (3) ACL arrange with pre-cruise hotels to provide free transportation from airport to the hotel. Before we left home we were told the Sheraton Metairie, LA provided a free airport to hotel shuttle. Once we got to New Orleans, we called the Sheraton Metairie, LA and got told there was no shuttle and were told to take a taxi. Other ACL cruisers on the same cruise got a free shuttle airport to hotel. Again not fair! Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
Hubby's bucket list item was to sail up Mississippi River on a paddlewheel boat, so we chose American Cruise Lines. This company and brand new boat, the America far exceeded our expectations!!! Their friendly, professional crew ... Read More
Hubby's bucket list item was to sail up Mississippi River on a paddlewheel boat, so we chose American Cruise Lines. This company and brand new boat, the America far exceeded our expectations!!! Their friendly, professional crew genuinely cared about each passenger and every detail of trip was meticulously tended. This was an amazing staff who worked together flawlessly in relaxed, yet efficient manner. Each person took the time to greet and make guests feel welcomed. Staterooms are huge with state of the art details, even night lights, Keurig, extra amenities, and very comfortable beds. Ample storage and drawer space, large private balcony. Lectures, narratives, tours and entertainment kept passengers occupied and informed. Nightly entertainment was top notch and varied. The food was fabulous!!! American Cruise Lines prides itself on "Farm to Table" and it surely shows. Each meal was fresh, delicious, beautifully plated, and elegantly served. The variety of farm fresh fruits, vegetables and entrée items made for culinary delight. We enjoyed trying new wines as well as interesting mixed drinks during our cruise. Alcohol, tours and tips were included with cruise price. Totally relaxed and easy embarkation and debarkation--no lines, waiting or contrived photos. This line certainly knows their customer base and how to cater to an older, sophisticated well-traveled guest. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
Mississippi River cruise from New Orleans to Vicksburg and return. The America was new this year but our cabin showed signs of abuse. Most notably heavily stained carpet. Also the internet was slow and apparently had bandwith problems ... Read More
Mississippi River cruise from New Orleans to Vicksburg and return. The America was new this year but our cabin showed signs of abuse. Most notably heavily stained carpet. Also the internet was slow and apparently had bandwith problems as I could not load photos into Facebook after the second day. Now for the positives: Cabin temperature was easy to maintain. Crew was very friendly. Staff was very friendly and efficient. Special shout out to our favorite waitress, Emma A. for the great job she did with our table! The menu was varied but a bit heavy on lamb for my taste. Portion sizes were on the small side which was good and you could always order extra. Word of caution---they had a very hard time cooking hamburgers past rare. All other food I had was cooked perfectly. In my opinion most of the entertainment was just fair but that's not unusual for this size ship. One exception was Judy the comedian. We all thought she was outstanding! The included excursions were all interesting and informative and there were a few extra cost excursions but we didn't take any of them. The highlight for me was the tour of the Vicksburg Battlefield which we thoroughly enjoyed. The guide was excellent. We also enjoyed plantation tours at Oak Alley, and Houmas House. There were no children on this cruise. We have booked another cruise with American Cruise Lines. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
This is our third cruise with ACL and continue to be impressed with their commitment to excellence from beginning to end. We appreciate that this is American owned, American manufactured, American staff and American waters. They can't ... Read More
This is our third cruise with ACL and continue to be impressed with their commitment to excellence from beginning to end. We appreciate that this is American owned, American manufactured, American staff and American waters. They can't do enough to ensure you have the best vacation ever. They get to know you by name and you do not feel like you are part of a herd of cattle as with the big ships. Besides the staff, including the people on the phone, we are impressed with the information provided, cabin, food, excursions, and on-board local experts. The staff is ever-present, including the Captain. Rooms are spacious, balcony is great for watching the scenery. Food is made to order, with local ingredients, meals are perfect size but you can order more if you are still hungry. Happy Hour is always a favorite. Public rooms are welcoming if you just want to relax. Computers are available if needed. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
This was our third American Cruise in less than 2 years. This spring we cruised Puget Sound, and the year before the Florida Rivers. The only disappointment this time was the lack of sound proofing between our room, 511, and a crew ... Read More
This was our third American Cruise in less than 2 years. This spring we cruised Puget Sound, and the year before the Florida Rivers. The only disappointment this time was the lack of sound proofing between our room, 511, and a crew member. We were awakened each morning by his alarm clock, 527am, 447am, etc. We could almost hear what was being said on his TV. On the other side of us we could hear the neighbors voices and their TV. We hadn't experienced that on the other ships. America is a brand new ship, and didn't expect that, especially in a premium room. Very disappointing. I had gotten the idea from other passengers that they didn't hear anyone. Also, I thought the ship was full or I would have mentioned it to the Colin, the Hotel Manager. When I did tell him at the end of the cruise, he was sorry I hadn't come to him sooner, because he could have moved us. I was sorry too. The other disappointment was the din in the dining room. At a table for six I was unable to hear the person across from me without leaning way into the table, and I don't have a hearing problem. It was constant, and during the cruise there were others complaining about it. We are taking the Chesapeake Cruise on the maiden voyage of the Constellation next May and hope this problem will not occur again. We love your crews, food, itineraries. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
Sounds idyllic. A seven day cruise up the Mississippi on a brand-new paddle wheeler. It isn't...save your money and do something (anything) else. The few good things I can say are that the crew and most passengers (average age ... Read More
Sounds idyllic. A seven day cruise up the Mississippi on a brand-new paddle wheeler. It isn't...save your money and do something (anything) else. The few good things I can say are that the crew and most passengers (average age 75!) were very nice. The common areas are well appointed. The rooms are nice.But... This is expensive! A standard cabin is about $1,000 a day. We had one of the few owner's suites...$2,000 a day! Tiny bathroom, tiny shower, tiny closet. It was directly above the main venue for nightly entertainment and there is no sound insulation. The noise from below the suite was unrelenting until they finally quit...thankfully early at about 10. Only redeeming value was that it had a lot of floor space and a forward-looking view. Other than that, it is the same as all the other cabins. The restaurant is open seating, most are 6 to a table. At dinner time it is so noisy that you must SCREAM to be heard by the person across the table. Food is mediocre...3 choices of appetizer and entre at dinner. Mediocre wines and mediocre service. Mediocre speakers for their programs.. From N.O. to Baton Rouge all you see is refineries and chemical plants and barges. After that, up to Memphis, all you see is barges and shrubs along the river edge. You see NO towns, villages, houses, etc. There is nothing to see...no "there" there. Boring! On our last night, the ship allowed some passengers to bring guests aboard for dinner. When we got to the dining room at 6:35, there was no place for the 4 in our party to sit! They scrambled around and set up a table in the lounge above and we ate alone, instead of with any of the new friends we had met on the trip. It took an hour before we got fed. What a lousy ending to a cruise that had been less-than-expected to begin with! Save your money. Don't do this. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
I've wanted to sail on the Mississippi River for years. Having been on 22 ocean cruises, I was anxiously looking forward to this trip. We boarded the America in New Orleans and sailed up to Memphis with 4 stops in between. ... Read More
I've wanted to sail on the Mississippi River for years. Having been on 22 ocean cruises, I was anxiously looking forward to this trip. We boarded the America in New Orleans and sailed up to Memphis with 4 stops in between. I've been in the transportation field my entire working career, and found all of the shipping and industry on the Lower Mississippi fascinating. Our first stop was Oak Alley Plantation. Beautiful place with the largest Oak trees I've ever seen. Second stop Baton Rouge. Third stop Natchez, MS. Beautiful historical city. Last stop before Memphis was Vicksburg, Ms. Lots of history there as well ... great battlefield tour also. I went to Graceland and Sun Studios in Memphis, but the ship had tours to Graceland and around Memphis. There were "included" tours in each of the stops. Side note: DON'T MISS the National WWII Museum in New Orleans. It is absolutely terrific. Spent and entire day there and could have done more (this before our river cruise). The America is new this year and a very pretty ship. There are beautiful lounges well stocked with non alcoholic drinks and snacks. They have a daily newspaper for passengers that I really enjoyed. The acoustics engineer must have been on vacation when they designed the ship. The dining room is the loudest dining room I remember pretty much anywhere. It is hard to hear folks talk when it is full or nearly full. The meal hours are somewhat restrictive (unlike ocean cruises). Breakfast usually 7:30 to 9:00 although there is early coffee and muffins in a lounge at 6:30 AM. Lunch 12:30 to 1:30 and dinner 6:30 to 7:30. There is a happy hour with drinks and hors d'oeuvres from 5:30 to 6:30 before dinner ... really enjoyed that! I would rate the food as comparable to ocean cruises although not as much selection. The alcohol on board (included) was fine FOR ME ... I'm a glass of wine guy. One could have wine or beer with lunch or dinner or at the show Mixed drinks at happy hour. Some folks mentioned that high end alcohol was not to be found. The young folks working the dining room also clean the rooms. It works pretty well, but having dedicated staff for each (may not be possible with small ships) as on an ocean cruise might add to the experience. As I stated, they do a nice job overall. All of the crew were VERY nice and helpful ... all service was very good. Definitely added to the experience. There is a riverlorian who talks about the history, stops and takes passengers (who want to go) on walks in the various ports. I really enjoyed his perspective. Entertainment is on a small scale, but I really enjoyed it. The first night they had the Victory Belles (from the National WWII Museum). Other nights they had small group entertainment that I really enjoyed. This usually ended around 9:30 PM. If you're looking to drink and carry on at a bar into the wee hours, this is not the trip for you. The crowd is mostly 70's and 80's but everyone seemed nice. I'm fit and 67 but had no issues ... wanted to do the trip and didn't care who the other passengers were. For anyone concerned with getting motion sick, I couldn't tell we were on water. It is a very smooth sail on the Mississippi. My wife echoed the same (she is prone to motion sickness on ocean cruises). Our cabin #320 had a king size bed (quite comfortable) and was larger than most ocean cruise rooms. The bathroom was adequate also. I totally enjoyed going out on the room balcony and watching the river, day and night. The small ship is really easy to navigate. One can be most anywhere very quickly. There is an elevator and stairs to get around. There is some exercise equipment and a sun deck for those who want it. Our price per person per day was $830. VERY expensive compared to ANY ocean cruise we've been on. This ship only has about 185 passengers, however versus LOTS more on an ocean cruise (that we've been on). It was a 'bargain' for me as I absolutely loved it! It was a bucket list trip that did not disappoint ... really glad I went!! Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
In early October, 2016 we cruised on the America, which is part of the American Cruise Line from New Orleans, LA to Memphis, TN. We also thought it would be relaxing and a nice way to learn more about the history in this part of our ... Read More
In early October, 2016 we cruised on the America, which is part of the American Cruise Line from New Orleans, LA to Memphis, TN. We also thought it would be relaxing and a nice way to learn more about the history in this part of our country. We noticed in the brochure that the Cruise Line was giving a Pre-cruise hotel stay and transportation to the boat. When I called to arrange this, they told me we booked too early and were not eligible to get the hotel stay or the transportation. I was told on the boat that it was good we stayed elsewhere because the hotel was nowhere they would normally stay....bad start. Since we were in New Orleans a couple days early, we took a walk on Friday to see the boat. We called the American Cruise Line office to make sure it would be there Friday and they told us it was already there....NO BOAT....it was not coming in until 5 PM that day. Anticipating first class food and service on the boat, we were disappointed. All 185 people ate at the same time in one very acoustically challenged room. It was so loud that it was impossible to have a conversation and so full, with everyone arriving at the same time, that service was poor...they need to either split the crowd at different times or have more servers available. Most of the food was okay (really liked the half-portion option) but some nights there was nothing I would/could eat so asked for a lunch option for dinner. - they served a room-temperature hamburger left over from lunch - didn't even bother to heat it to attempt to make one fresh. For $830. per person/per day, they could have heated the burger. Most of the tours are well done and historically significant. The Vicksburg tour, very memorable. Cruising the river was wonderful and relaxing with no need for motion sickness pills. The entertainment was mostly very good (even though poorly attended) -- I really enjoyed the Victory Belles, Judy, the Comedienne and the Men in Black Band and Singer. At the end of the cruise, I asked a fellow cruiser what his favorite part was so far and he said "The Cocktail Hour" -- Kind of sums it up! Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
This trip was all that we expected and we enjoyed it very much. The America is a beautiful river boat. We found the boats tours very good--they gave us a good overview of life in the South along the River in the in the 1800's and ... Read More
This trip was all that we expected and we enjoyed it very much. The America is a beautiful river boat. We found the boats tours very good--they gave us a good overview of life in the South along the River in the in the 1800's and now. We stayed at the Roosevelt in New Orleans for a couple of nights pre-cruise and The Peabody in Memphis post-cruise which also added a lot to our trip. Don't miss the World War II museum in New Orleans and Graceland in Memphis. Some have written about the quality of service in the dining room--these are mostly college age young people and what they lack in experience they make up for with enthusiasm. We found the food very good and to American tastes. We are experienced ocean cruisers and found river cruising very enjoyable. If you reserve another cruise while on board they give you a 15% discount. We enjoyed this enough that we signed up for a 14 day East coast inland waterway cruise this Spring. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
The pace on the river was perfect. The mix of day light and night time cruising was very good. Lots to watch along the shore including a variety of birds. Staff was very friendly and available. Cabins were comfortable and there were ... Read More
The pace on the river was perfect. The mix of day light and night time cruising was very good. Lots to watch along the shore including a variety of birds. Staff was very friendly and available. Cabins were comfortable and there were lounges and deck chairs if we wanted more space. Boat was new and very clean. Given the newness of the boat I was surprised the beds were sunken toward the middle. Food was very plentiful and always very tasty. Several options were provided for each meal, including half portions. Presentation was excellent. They were very open to special requests and accommodating to passengers with handicaps. There was always snack food and drinks available between meals. Selection of evening musical entertainers could have been better. Educational presentations were interesting, but not necessarily a match for the area we were cruising, nor were they entirely accurate. Excursions left promptly. Shore time was limited to 4-5 hours and could have been extended a bit. Some tours seemed rushed. Overall, I enjoyed the cruise very much and would recommend them to others looking for a relaxing trip. Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
My 58 year old sister and I (54 year old) wanted to treat my older sister to a cruise for her 70th birthday. She did not want to leave the country so we chose a Mississippi River Cruise not knowing it is geared to the over 80 crowd. The ... Read More
My 58 year old sister and I (54 year old) wanted to treat my older sister to a cruise for her 70th birthday. She did not want to leave the country so we chose a Mississippi River Cruise not knowing it is geared to the over 80 crowd. The boat was nice but only has sitting areas and a small workout area outdoors(1 elliptical machine and 2 seated bikes) besides the dining room and cabins. Our husbands were with us so we were a group of 5. I felt as though this was frowned upon It was a lovely week for the 70 year old but somewhat uncomfortable for us 50 something girls. Meals are first come first serve at tAbles of 8 so we were constantly fighting to get 5 seats together. When I asked the hotel manager about this he suggested we make new friends. We were only in port approximately 3 hours per day with mainly bus tours as excursions and the only daytime entertainment on the boat was a lecturer. All in all it was a nice week due to the beauty of the Mississippi and some truly outstanding meals. However, I feel the cruises should be advertised as more geared to the mobility impaired to prevent travelers such as ourselves from signing up with unrealistic expectations. Read Less
Sail Date August 2016
If you want to know what it's like to be treated like royalty then take an American Cruise Lines trip! The service was spectacular. Great food selection, excellent meals - themed to the area you are traveling and very fresh. Portions ... Read More
If you want to know what it's like to be treated like royalty then take an American Cruise Lines trip! The service was spectacular. Great food selection, excellent meals - themed to the area you are traveling and very fresh. Portions weren't overwhelming however there were so many opportunities to dine that you never went hungry. Happy hour was a hit, everything you might be in the mood for plus good appetizers. The lectures, entertainment, and tours were fun and informative. We had so much to do that we didn't have time to read. However it might be a little boring for younger children as it's designed to appeal to adults. The ship itself was appointed beautifully as were the rooms and the bathrooms were large. . It was easy to book the trip. We are planning on taking future cruises with them. I would chose this over other vacations! Read Less
Sail Date July 2016
America Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 5.0 4.4
Dining 4.0 4.3
Entertainment 4.0 4.0
Public Rooms 4.0 4.4
Fitness Recreation 1.0 3.2
Family 1.0 3.2
Shore Excursion 4.0 4.1
Enrichment 5.0 4.1
Service 4.0 4.4
Value For Money 4.0 3.8

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