36 American Cruise Lines American Spirit Cruise Reviews

Great service and accommodations. Relatively smooth ride except for one day when seas were running 3-4 feet but that was fun also. Ports of call were interesting especially Victoria, BC, Canada and Butchart Gardens. Food was very good ... Read More
Great service and accommodations. Relatively smooth ride except for one day when seas were running 3-4 feet but that was fun also. Ports of call were interesting especially Victoria, BC, Canada and Butchart Gardens. Food was very good also. We enjoy small ship cursing as this was our 10 one including China, Russia, Danube, Rein & Seine, Mississippi, Ohio, Columbia rivers and Alaska. Read Less
Sail Date May 2015
American Cruise Lines never disappoints! The entire crew was great and our ports of call were awesome, whether taking a walking tour or exploring all the small towns on our own. In Anacortes don't miss the rope making factory and ... Read More
American Cruise Lines never disappoints! The entire crew was great and our ports of call were awesome, whether taking a walking tour or exploring all the small towns on our own. In Anacortes don't miss the rope making factory and all the unique art on the buildings. Friday Harbor was beautiful and relaxing, as was Port Townsend. The whale watching excursion was very eventful as we circled all of San Juan Island. American Cruise Lines isn't like a 3000 passenger cruise ship, so don't look for all the frills and entertainment. This is more like a floating boutique hotel that is quaint and relaxing, and stopping at ports that offer the real America. We've been up the Mississippi, along the Golden Southeastern Coast from Florida to Charleston, SC (2X) and The Puget Sound & San Juan Islands. We loved them all! Read Less
Sail Date May 2015
That was my FIRST cruise with American Cruise Lines. Loved every minute of it, to the extent that I have become a "regular" cruiser with them. As a matter of fact, I will repeat this cruise this September, and that will be my ... Read More
That was my FIRST cruise with American Cruise Lines. Loved every minute of it, to the extent that I have become a "regular" cruiser with them. As a matter of fact, I will repeat this cruise this September, and that will be my TENTH one. Need I say more. The crews have all been excellent, courteous, true professionals. And the people you meet ........ that to me is the best experience. Small ship cruising is the BEST!!!!!! Ships have all been wonderful, and I have had no complaints about any of the cabins I have stayed in. And the food has always been plenty, and EXCELLENT in every respect. The Puget Sound area is truly a sight to behold, interesting excursions, like whale watching trips, and visits to quaint towns. Some of the onboard activities are fun, be it kite flying of the top deck, or having a hot chocolate party there. All my trips have been wonderful!! High recommended cruise line!!!!!! Read Less
Sail Date June 2014
This was our seventh cruise with ACL. As always, they didn't disappoint us. The highlight was taking a shore tour to Olympic National Park and the scenery from Hurricane Ridge. It was 46 degrees in June but the view was well worth it, ... Read More
This was our seventh cruise with ACL. As always, they didn't disappoint us. The highlight was taking a shore tour to Olympic National Park and the scenery from Hurricane Ridge. It was 46 degrees in June but the view was well worth it, along with the deer grazing on the hillside. The American Spirit is one of the older boats but the staff kept it clean and neat throughout the trip. Plenty of room in our cabin with lots of places to hang clothes and drawers for other things. Stewards kept rooms clean and neat. Some of the entertainment was better than others. They have local talent from the port we are in come on board to entertain. Food was plentiful and if you didn't like what they had the menu you could ask for something else and if they didn't have something they suggested a similar dish. Being on a small boat (93 passengers) is a plus. Even though some of the people were a little older than us we were able to learn many things from their vast experiences. This is not a cruise for children or young adults. There isn't a lot for them to do. For people who just want to sit and enjoy the scenery while traveling along Puget Sound and seeing a few orcas along the way, and a seal in one of the ports, this would be a trip for you. Read Less
Sail Date June 2014
The ship was clean, the dining room was well lit, the crew was marvelous and the cruise was very interesting. The food was well above average, however the way the last dinner was served was not so good. The lobster tail was split but it ... Read More
The ship was clean, the dining room was well lit, the crew was marvelous and the cruise was very interesting. The food was well above average, however the way the last dinner was served was not so good. The lobster tail was split but it was a chore to dig out the meat...A knife slid under the meat of the tail should have happened in the galley. The clothes hangers are a disgrace and hooks on the door of the head and wall of the cabin would ease the crush of clothes in the closet. More FREE excursions would be nice. All in all we had a wonderful time and look forward to our cruise of the Hudson River next year. Namaste', Tom and Phylis Abate Read Less
Sail Date June 2014
This cruise was the return trip to Seattle for the American Spirit after a summer season of seven day round trip cruises from Juneau. While we visited the usual cruise ship ports of Juneau and Ketchikan, the real attraction was the small ... Read More
This cruise was the return trip to Seattle for the American Spirit after a summer season of seven day round trip cruises from Juneau. While we visited the usual cruise ship ports of Juneau and Ketchikan, the real attraction was the small "real" Alaskan ports where the big cruise ships cannot go. Petersburg, AK is a working commercial fishing port in the heart of southeast Alaska. The included tour was a one hour guided tour through the fishing docs led by a retired commercial fisherman. He explained the different types of fishing and pointed out how the equipment on each boat was specifically developed for one type of fishing. The wonderful Clausen Museum tells the story of those who lived and worked in Petersburg. Our next port of call was Wrangell, AK. We visited the Chief Shakes Tribal House of the Tlingit (pronounced Clingit) settlers. Visited the Petroglyph Beach where rock carvings have been dated 8,000 years before the Tlingit settlement. All tours were included in the cost of the cruise. Another plus for the small ship: we were able to traverse the innermost and most scenic of the routes down the Inland Passage. Saw numerous Humpback Whales and Orcas. Re-entering U.S. waters we also visited three small ports in the San Juan Islands: Friday Harbor, WA, Anacortes, WA and Port Townsend, WA. Port Townsend has a Historical District which is a treasure of Victorian Architecture; buildings from when the town aspired to be the "New York of the West." Nice roomy king stateroom on the second deck. All the basics but not luxury. Good bed though. Just aft of the forward lounge, I spend little time in my cabin anyhow. it was convenient and not noisy. American Spirit is not a noisy boat.   Read Less
Sail Date September 2013
This was our first cruise. We traveled from Juneau, Alaska to Seattle, Washington. Group included myself, daughter, son-in-law and 19 yr old grand daughter. Majority of the travelers were between ages of 40 to 80+ but grand daughter was ok ... Read More
This was our first cruise. We traveled from Juneau, Alaska to Seattle, Washington. Group included myself, daughter, son-in-law and 19 yr old grand daughter. Majority of the travelers were between ages of 40 to 80+ but grand daughter was ok with that. Both staterooms were very nice although small but we were not in there for long periods of time. The entire ship was very nice and clean. Crew members were very friendly and helpful. Our on board naturalist Todd Weber was amazing! He has been doing tours for about 20 years and is very knowledgable about the area. If you are a history buff this is a good cruise for you. All of our shore excursions for town tours, museums etc were included in cruise price. At each port there were locals who came on board to perform music or give short talks about local history. We also had free time at the ports to shop or wander around the town. The meals on board were excellent! Each evening the cocktail hour was interesting with different appetizers and all drinks were complimentary. Breakfast consisted of fruits, cereals, etc as well as ordered hot foods. Each morning you had a menu for lunch and dinner so you could select what you wanted. Because of the region we were in there was a lot of seafood. We became tired of seafood 2 times a day but were able to order hamburgers, spaghetti etc. Before we arrived in Seattle we completed forms indicating times for transportation to airports or hotels. The crew members were very efficient in getting every one where they needed to go at the proper time. One traveler had to leave for airport at 4:00 am! We have already reserved out next cruises although we will not be traveling as the same group. We have decided we do not want to be on one of the large cruise ships unless we have to cross the ocean! Read Less
Sail Date August 2013
The cruise entailed two one-week back- to- back cruises of the San Juan Islands and the Alaskan Inside Passage. We chose the San Juan Island cruise as it took us to a very scenic area of the US which is difficult to arrange by car and ... Read More
The cruise entailed two one-week back- to- back cruises of the San Juan Islands and the Alaskan Inside Passage. We chose the San Juan Island cruise as it took us to a very scenic area of the US which is difficult to arrange by car and ferry transport independently. As long as we were in this area, it seemed logical to add on the Alaskan cruise which followed on up the northwestern coast of the US. We thoroughly enjoyed the scenic areas as we traveled up close to the islands in this group, stopping at the various small towns along the way. At times on the cruise, we saw one of the larger cruise ships way off in the distance not being able to come in close to the islands nor the coastline. How much the passengers missed!! Wildlife sighting of dolphins and whales occurred along the way, The shore excusrions offered provided a very well-rounded look at the area: history, the economy, Native American Indian lore, life on the islands and along the coast, sea life and the natural habitat, and the scenery, both on water and land. All of this was supplemented by a historian who accompanied the excursions and who presented lectures on board about the area and the things that we were going to see so that we had an excellent orientation to make the most of the time ashore. In addition, there was always time for a recap of the activities at the conclusion of the day. On many evenings, local entertainment was brought on board which included music, dance, story-telling, etc. Sailing on a small ship provided the opportunity to dock and be very close to the center of town affording us many opportunities to explore on our own. It was also very enjoyable to have some local seafood served for lunches and dinners as we traveled in the area. Everyday, the ship's crew endeavored to make each aspect of the cruise most enjoyable. We thoroughly enjoyed both cruises and feel we really explored in depth this area of the Pacific Northwest. Read Less
Sail Date June 2013
My wife and I are retired teachers. We took several cruises on large ships and enjoyed them, but always felt as if we were just another number. We especially did not like the stress of boarding and departing and the large crowds that ... Read More
My wife and I are retired teachers. We took several cruises on large ships and enjoyed them, but always felt as if we were just another number. We especially did not like the stress of boarding and departing and the large crowds that always seemed to be present when going to or returning from shore excursions. Then we read about small ship cruising. Our first small ship cruise was with American Cruise Lines. We took what was then called the Antebellum South cruise, now called the Historic South and Golden Isles cruise. We enjoyed meeting everyone on our ship and liked the food. The small groups for shore excursions and the interesting lectures and informative presentations made this a new and unique experience. Since then, we’ve taken three more cruises with American Cruise Lines, including New England Islands, Hudson River Fall Foliage and most recently, the Philadelphia-Potomac cruise. We again enjoyed the ports, the other passengers and the attention to detail that we had come to expect with American Cruise Lines. Several of the people we ate dinner with mentioned that they would like to have a tour of Washington, D.C., which was where the cruise ended. Such a tour was not listed as a possibility for a shore excursion, but when the cruise director found that there was interest in such an excursion, she arranged a tour for us. Besides the wonderful ports and excellent meals we were impressed with the young people who served our meals, took care of our cabin and were so pleasant and thoughtful. The casual dress and non-assigned seating at meals made it easy to meet every other person on the ship. It was relaxing to spend each evening moored rather than at sea. When I speak to friends about small ship cruising, I tell them that while the per day expense is usually higher than large ship cruising, the interesting lectures and small group excursions are much more informative and less stressful. Boarding and leaving the ship is also much easier and more relaxed. The cabin size is generally larger than cabins on large cruise ships and the individual attention given to each passenger makes each cruise a truly wonderful experience. American Cruise Lines does things right. They listen to suggestions and do all they can to make cruising with them a special treat. Without hesitation, I can recommend American Cruise Lines. Read Less
Sail Date June 2012
My wife and I (ages 65, 67) just returned from a fantastic New England cruise aboard the American Spirit. The food and snacks were fabulous as was the ports Our Nantucket stop was heavenly as was all of our stops. The crew is so personal ... Read More
My wife and I (ages 65, 67) just returned from a fantastic New England cruise aboard the American Spirit. The food and snacks were fabulous as was the ports Our Nantucket stop was heavenly as was all of our stops. The crew is so personal and great they make sure everyone is happy. I've never seen passengers smiling so much, it Was wonderful. You travel so close to the ports, you really get a feel for the local histories. In New Bedford (a tiny port, right?) NO WAY! We visited their WhalingMuseum (great) A couple local bars (really great), then they had a local jazz duo come aboard and Play during cocktails. My wife made requests and we even bought their CD. If you've never cruise a smaller ship I cannot recommend this enough. It was fun Romantic and very relaxing. You could choose to be active or just lay back. Cruise director Jackie was so accommodating I swear she never sleeps We are booking another cruise next year with American Cruise Lines!! Read Less
Sail Date September 2007
Atlantic Coastal Cruise Reviews: American Star Maine Coast and Harbors - July 28, 2007 We are small ship cruise addicts. We love the sea air and visiting new places. This cruise wasn't a thrill a minute as some of our exotic ... Read More
Atlantic Coastal Cruise Reviews: American Star Maine Coast and Harbors - July 28, 2007 We are small ship cruise addicts. We love the sea air and visiting new places. This cruise wasn't a thrill a minute as some of our exotic experiences have been, but this was very enjoyable and relaxing. We were on the brand new American Star, only a few months old and she gleamed from head to toe. This was our first time on American Cruise Line. We arrived in Bangor a day early and stayed in a hotel. We were on the ship before lunch and sailed out as soon as everyone was on board. Our fellow passengers ranged from about 50 - to a lady celebrating her 85th birthday. Everyone was well traveled and interesting. A few had traveled with the cruise line before and wanted to check out the new ship. We arrived in each port pretty much on time and everything went smoothly with shore excursions. My favorite was a place I had never heard of, Belfast with its 17th century mansions and long time history of a wealthy town supported by shipbuilding. Our cabin was large compared to other ships we have been on, as well was our bathroom. There were nice lounges and the whole Observation Deck is for relaxing in the sun or shade. I enjoyed the little library and caught up on some reading when I awoke in the early morning while most of the ship was still asleep. We thought the cost of this cruise a little high going into it. But as day by day went along we felt it well worth it. We were generous with our tips as we thought the crew went out of their way the whole trip to make us happy. The name says it all. American Cruise Line, with an all American crew, sailing the waters of America's east Coast. Color this red, white and blue and a winner!!! Linda Androlia Read Less
Sail Date July 2007
American Spirit Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 4.0 4.0
Dining 3.0 4.2
Entertainment 3.0 3.6
Public Rooms 3.0 4.0
Fitness Recreation 2.0 2.8
Family 2.0 2.8
Shore Excursion 3.0 4.0
Enrichment 4.0 4.1
Service 3.0 4.4
Value For Money 3.0 3.7
Rates 5.0 2.6

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