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American Independence (formerly Independence) Cruise Reviews

4.0 / 5.0
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118 reviews
This was another excursion to the Botanical Gardens.. Loved it!
Eagle's nest on a boey
Our wonderful Lobster Bake. They took us to a Lobster bake complete with picnic tables, a band, and lobster boiling in seaweed at the edge of the water!! Just fabulous!
so many lighthouses!
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Forever A Wonderful Memory
"Since it was around the holiday season, the ship was so festive with so many decorations which really put you in the festive mood.She was so informative and friendly...."Read More
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Forever A Wonderful Memory

Review for American Independence (formerly Independence) to North America River

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goodgolfer2
10+ Cruises • Age 80s

This was the top choice for relaxing, informative and easy life traveling. The food was the best ever and the atmosphere was exceptional. The crew was forever cleaning. Spotless!! This ship was the most helpful to everyone including the handicapped passengers. We loved the tour experiences. There was so much to learn about our country. All in all, our experience was an A+++ for ...
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Sail Date: December 2022


First-rate Experience

Review for American Independence (formerly Independence) to U.S.A.

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alyskale
10+ Cruises • Age 70s

This was our fourth cruise on American Cruise Lines. We've also sailed on Cunard, Viking, Celebrity, and Princess. The quality on ACL beats all the others in every way. The service is more personalized and caring, the food is better, and the ships are more comfortable. We were on Viking in France in May and although nice, Viking is clearly a notch lower. One great feature on ACL is the ...
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Sail Date: November 2022


Hudson River Splendor

Review for American Independence (formerly Independence) to North America River

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Alice EC
10+ Cruises • Age 70s

We had a wonderful cruise on the Hudson River in October 2022. We couldn’t believe our eyes as we enjoyed mile after mile of fantastic fall foliage color. Although we live in the northeast, we have never seen such a display of nature’s splendor. The food, crew, and the company are exceptional. Small ship sailing, easy, safe, and close to home, is for us! The crew on this ship were delightful ...
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Sail Date: October 2022


Unbelievable Trip through Maine

Review for American Independence (formerly Independence) to U.S.A.

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Diane 4 art
10+ Cruises • Age 70s

I chose this cruise because I live in Florida and felt the weather in Maine was the best weather in the US in summer. Also I love lobster and was excited that it was a big part of the cruise. I was in Maine over 40 years ago and loved it. This cruise covered Bar Harbor, my past destination and so much more. I love the intimacy of American CruiseLine. You actually get to make friends. There are no ...
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Sail Date: July 2022


Unbelievable Trip through Maine

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Diane 4 art
10+ Cruises • Age 70s

I live in Florida so the opportunity for the perfect summer weather of Maine was a perfect getaway. Lobster on this trip put the icing on the cake! We had a terrific time following our way from Bar Harbor's Cadillac Mountain through small towns of Rockland and Camden ending in Portland. The food, and entertainment were wonderful. There was a terrific speaker on board and a resident ...
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Sail Date: June 2022


Won't be sailing with American again

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Mrbobbyd
10+ Cruises • Age 70s

We had previously done the New England Island cruise several years back, and were just thrilled with our experience. The service and the food were both exceptional! Fast forward to this cruise. No comparison whatsoever. The food was mediocre at best. We ate off the ship several times. These cruises are very pricy, and to be served Smoking Loon wine was a joke. Unlike the first cruise where ...
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Sail Date: March 2022


our Florida Great Rivers experience

Review for American Independence (formerly Independence) to U.S.A.

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cedars3131
6-10 Cruises • Age 70s

We selected to cruise the Great Rivers of Florida for several reasons. We liked the time of year, the ports we were visiting, the size of the ship and our expectations with American Cruise Lines as we have sailed with them before. The embarkation process was simple. The ship was docked directly across the street from a parking garage, making it simple to get from the car to the ship. Our ...
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Sail Date: March 2022

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Amelia Island was beautiful, but the weather was not great.

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GOOFGE
10+ Cruises • Age 70s

We chose this cruise because it as over New Years & we had credits or "cruise vouchers" we had to use, we could not get a refund. The population of the ship was mostly senior citizens many with walkers, canes& wheelchairs. There was one elevator which had the capacity of 2 people & it worked slowly & poorly. In all the public areas there was only ONE restroom. The cleaning staff & the kitchen ...
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Sail Date: December 2021


Cruise from HELL

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hungrybirder
10+ Cruises • Age 70s

Where to begin. Actually at one star it is overrated and grossly overpriced for what was delivered. The ship is an old rust bucket. The saying you can't make a silk purse out of a sow's ear is a perfect description. Since the cruise up the Hudson is marketed to seniors, American thinks we are too old to use the internet. With that in mind they only provide WiFi if you can position yourself ...
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Sail Date: October 2021


Issues: Unsanitary Conditions & Not Maintained Ship

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mollylauren2
6-10 Cruises • Age 80s

People probably are thinking about booking cruises again with decreasing Covid cases and spring coming. We would like to share our experience with American Cruise Lines – specifically the unsanitary conditions and lack of maintenance on the Independence. On August 28, 2021, we departed from Portland, Maine (Stateroom 311). Positive features of the cruise include: (1) the delicious food and food ...
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Sail Date: August 2021


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