1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: April 2019
We were interested in the Charleston-Savannah area--Its history etc. After the we disembarked in Jacksonville we rented a car and went back to Charleston and stayed there for four days. Also we liked the small ship! The staff was very ... Read More
We were interested in the Charleston-Savannah area--Its history etc. After the we disembarked in Jacksonville we rented a car and went back to Charleston and stayed there for four days. Also we liked the small ship! The staff was very good in every way. The entertainment was very well done and varied. Chris Paul was especially outstanding. I would very much like to attend another one of his shows. The food was very good and tasty. The servers went out of their way to do everything they could to make up happy. The cabin was very comfortable and the staff cleaned it daily and more often if requested. The only complaint we would have was the non existent WiFi. I had to increase my data for my phone. Except for the WiFi the cruise was very well done. We must been very satisfied as we signed up for an Alaskan Cruise in 2020. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2018
From my first contact by phone with the cruise agent through the debarkation, everyone and everything was a most pleasant experience. I have been on several cruises and this ranks near the top of the list. First and foremost was the ... Read More
From my first contact by phone with the cruise agent through the debarkation, everyone and everything was a most pleasant experience. I have been on several cruises and this ranks near the top of the list. First and foremost was the attentiveness and attitude of the entire crew which was directed t making our trip pleasant and enjoyable. The fact that passenger count was small (at capacity) allowed for interaction between everyone which made for a most comfortable time and conversation with all. The ship provided ready access to every public area and was clean and well manned. Our cabin was large by cruise ship standards and dining was excellent. The entertainment was good and their was always something to do. All personnel were dedicated to providing first class service to all passengers. The ports were well chosen and provided good shore experiences. I would most assuredly use American Cruise Lines again. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2018
Every minute on this cruise was wonderful. I have traveled by car and RV on the Maine coast, but never from a cruise ship. It was just magical. Breathtaking scenery, wonderful meals, deliciously cooked, presented perfectly, and served ... Read More
Every minute on this cruise was wonderful. I have traveled by car and RV on the Maine coast, but never from a cruise ship. It was just magical. Breathtaking scenery, wonderful meals, deliciously cooked, presented perfectly, and served expertly. So many choices every day for every meal. Lots of excursion options, great speakers on board, all was outstanding. The staff were all helpful, friendly, knowledgable and professional. The staff doesn't know how to say "no" to any request. For example, during our daily happy hour I asked for a specific brand of liquor which they did not have on board ... but the Hotel Manager got it for me at the next port! How thoughtful is that!? I was traveling with 3 girlfriends, and I loved it so much (and knew that my husband would also), that I booked this same exact cruise next year for my husband and I to enjoy together. What more can I say? Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2018
This was truly Small ship crushing at its finest. We had been on the coast of Maine when we lived in New England and decided seeing it from the water side would be fun and it was great. The dining was all we wanted and more than we ... Read More
This was truly Small ship crushing at its finest. We had been on the coast of Maine when we lived in New England and decided seeing it from the water side would be fun and it was great. The dining was all we wanted and more than we expected. The chefs were incredable. The Fourth of July “lobstah” and clam bake by the ocean in Rockland was “all you could eat” goodness. The entertainment was real New England. The whole process from reservations to disembarking was informative, professional and easy. We enjoyed this cruise so much that we have booked another one in nine months, joining the non cost Eagle Society so that we can enjoy a few extra events and chances for pre cruise accommodations and tours included with the cruises. We have enjoyed large ship cruises with family, however, we are having a ball planning cruises by ourselves. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2017
We were looking for a small ship experience and we found it. We travelled with friends who we have cruised with previously on one of the large cruise lines. We had made our own travel arrangements to and from New York City in advance. ... Read More
We were looking for a small ship experience and we found it. We travelled with friends who we have cruised with previously on one of the large cruise lines. We had made our own travel arrangements to and from New York City in advance. Embarkation and disembarkation were well organized and went smoothly. The cruise was well run, the ship is well maintained and extremely clean. Our cabin was more than adequate with space for all our gear. The food service was pure gourmet. Menu choices were provided each morning at breakfast for the day but you were not held to your choices if there was a change of mind. Entertainment and on board activities were adequate with Happy Hour being a delight. There was an on board lecturer who made a few historic blunders but to my knowledge no one called her on them. She came off as an absent minded professor type. We selected a few of the provided excursions but elected to go out on our own at a few ports. All in all it was a great trip. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2017
In my opinion it all begins with the Captain of the ship and this Captain was on top of everything. His presence was constant and he put an emphasis on the passenger’s well-being. This attitude flowed downward to his directors and ... Read More
In my opinion it all begins with the Captain of the ship and this Captain was on top of everything. His presence was constant and he put an emphasis on the passenger’s well-being. This attitude flowed downward to his directors and crew…and, more importantly us. His mate when he wasn’t the Captain’s shadow, he insured the security of the ship and did a great job of handling the deck crew. His hotel managers, cruise director, and housekeeping took their cue from the Captain and provided outstanding service. They always went with the flow, remaining extremely flexible as we ran into several bouts of inclement weather. They and the stewards even make a lobster boil in the middle of a torrential rainstorm fun! It was a “lobster” cruise and every meal their executive chef found some way to bring lobster into the menu and it always was fantastic. He ran a very close second to the regional chef that we had on our New Orleans to New Orleans cruise over last New Year’s. I didn’t realize that having lobster three times a day wouldn’t get old. Having said that, I had several beef dishes, also great! The chef took personal pride in his position and visited the tables every evening. It was evident that the deckhands and stewards bought into the Captain’s professionalism; they were super. All in all, a fun cruise with old friends that came all the way from New Zealand and the opportunity to make new ones. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2017
The food, the service, the attention to detail were awesome from the Captain down to every staff person on deck. The rooms were very spacious! All the ports of call gave a different view of Maine and displayed the current life plus the ... Read More
The food, the service, the attention to detail were awesome from the Captain down to every staff person on deck. The rooms were very spacious! All the ports of call gave a different view of Maine and displayed the current life plus the history.r Things that we enjoyed were the maritime museum, transportation museum, lobster boat expedition, and lobster bake. The cruising time was balanced between both night to get us to the next port and also daytime to allow us to see the scenery via our great balcony view. The exercise equipment was positioned at the back of the boat top outside deck to allow us a have a great view. The equipment was covered out of the sun and wind, Very enjoyable. The captain gave us a very detailed tour of the bridge which included maritime maps, radar review, docking procedures, lobster avoidance, and the many rules of the water. We enjoyed all aspects of this trip. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2017
We love the small ships and had never seen this part of the country. The embarkation & disembarkation went very smoothly. The bed in the cabin was very comfortable & the shower was great - full size, unlike some small ships. The ... Read More
We love the small ships and had never seen this part of the country. The embarkation & disembarkation went very smoothly. The bed in the cabin was very comfortable & the shower was great - full size, unlike some small ships. The food was amazing, particularly if you like lobster & all manner of seafood. The wait staff as well as the stewards were very friendly. It is informal so don't expect to have to dress up for dinner. The entertainment was from the locals in the ports we stopped, so no spectacular entertainers. I would not take children or even teenagers on this trip. Anyone under 50 would be considered young. They do their best to cater to people with handicaps. So if you are mobility impaired do not hesitate to go. We have signed up for another cruise - that will be our 4th with this cruise line. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2017
American Cruise Line definitely knows how to service small ship cruising. The service, food, land tours, and overall benefits of small ship cruising are obvious after a few days on board. The selection of lobster every day was excellent. ... Read More
American Cruise Line definitely knows how to service small ship cruising. The service, food, land tours, and overall benefits of small ship cruising are obvious after a few days on board. The selection of lobster every day was excellent. This was our third cruise with American Cruise Line and it was so much better than the large cruise ships that are so impersonal and 'cattle car' typical. Embarkation. disembarkation were designed to make it fast and comfortable. The ship was immaculate, comfortable quarters, excellent food, Shore excursions - usually one per day but sometimes two per day were excellent, varied and not exorbitant in cost but reasonable. Many were free. American Cruise Line definitely know how to treat their passengers, staff, and ships. We will definitely travel with them again and not on the larger (2000+ passengers) since 100 to 200 passengers allows for more interaction with passengers. We hope they will continue their service. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2017
I have been on the larger ships several times. This was the first time to sail on a small ship and I will sail small from now on! The American Cruise Lines Independence carries only 100 passengers. We were able to meet and make friends ... Read More
I have been on the larger ships several times. This was the first time to sail on a small ship and I will sail small from now on! The American Cruise Lines Independence carries only 100 passengers. We were able to meet and make friends with ALL of the passengers, something you can't do on the larger ones. A lot of us exchanged emails, phones numbers and became friends on Facebook. The crew was professional yet personable. Everyone was VERY helpful and always asked if they could assist even if it wasn't their "job". The crew takes very good care of the Independence and you can see the pride in their work. The ship was always spotless! The food was impeccable! Not only was it great tasting, it was beautiful! The ports and tours offered many options. We sailed on a schooner, took a museum tour and took a tour on a lobster boat. We visited Acadia National Park and learned the history of the area along the way with the help of the onboard art professor and geologist. The crew also prepared a lobster bake lunch while onshore in Rockland, ME. I have already booked another cruise with American Cruise Lines next year! I highly recommend this company. Job well done ACL! Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2017
After an flawless embarkation, this cruise took us to the parts of Maine we were interested in seeing, and because it was a small ship without all the amenities we never used on the big ships of past cruises (disco, swimming pool, casino, ... Read More
After an flawless embarkation, this cruise took us to the parts of Maine we were interested in seeing, and because it was a small ship without all the amenities we never used on the big ships of past cruises (disco, swimming pool, casino, etc.) This was our first trip to Maine. The entire crew was friendly and made sure we had everything we needed, the excursions were well planned, and the food was delicious! The variety of cocktail hour d'oeuvres and drinks were very good. Our stateroom was clean and comfortable and we spent a lot of time on the balcony seeing the scenery. Our dining experiences were first class! We met some wonderful friends and had a relaxing, enjoyable time everyday. The friendly crew was always helpful and visible, the variety of entertainment was fun, and the pleasant staff made this a truly memorable experience. In fact, we booked a trip to Alaska while on our Maine trip just because we had such an amazing trip, and are telling all our friends to book a cruise on American Cruise Lines also. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2017
Thought it would be a wonderful way to celebrate the Independence Day holiday on the Independence. The trip did not disappoint. The crew and staff were thoroughly professional, friendly, engaging, courteous and always helpful and ... Read More
Thought it would be a wonderful way to celebrate the Independence Day holiday on the Independence. The trip did not disappoint. The crew and staff were thoroughly professional, friendly, engaging, courteous and always helpful and attentive to our needs.Both the initial boarding process and the disembarkation were handled smoothly and efficiently. We were able to get into a cruise routine, something relatively new for us, pretty easily and quickly. Meals were tasty and nutritious, social hours were convivial with plenty of refreshments and food options. The daily excursions were appropriate for the environment with plenty of background information by staff to make decisions on what to do. The ship itself was very comfortable and clean.Staff seemed to work hard to keep everything shipshape. The onboard nightly entertainment was not the greatest. Think they could jazz that up a bit.Nothing to really entice us to spend much time in the lounge after dinner. The bingo nite and guest lecturer on Maine history were the highpoints. Musical performances were borderline.Not much in the way of recreational/exercise options but it wasn't an issue with us since we kept moving with shore excursions. Overall the cruise was a pleasant and enjoyable experience with lots of memorable times and photos. WE really couldn't have asked for much more. Would do it again with American River Cruise line on one of their other trips around the country. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: June 2017
I have traveled with American Cruise Line in the past and have found them to be one of the best. Their staff is very friendly and helpful. It's so delightful to travel with a small group, where you are not just another face. On ... Read More
I have traveled with American Cruise Line in the past and have found them to be one of the best. Their staff is very friendly and helpful. It's so delightful to travel with a small group, where you are not just another face. On this cruise we got to know the staff from the Captain down to our servers and had such a nice time talking with them all. The food was great and being in Maine we had lobster galore. This was one of ACL's special cruises where we had a lobster bake on shore and lobster was offered at all meals. Yes, even breakfast. It was prepared so many interesting and delicious ways. Another great time was had when we went up on the top deck to fly kites. Hadn't done that in a very long time. ACL offers a complimentary cocktail hour every evening with great hors d'oeuvres. Also on board we had a speaker who gives you a bit of the flavor and history of the area. Lot of fun, not at like sitting in history class when we were kids! The embarkation and disembarkation is very easy. Your luggage is handled for you and there were only appropriately 100 passengers. Can't wait for next year to join them on a west coast cruise. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2017
Usually, there are glitches on any trip. Not this one! The food was more than 5 star, the staff were extremely accommodating, the ship clean and just the right size. Loved not sharing it with 2000 other people. If you needed anything, ... Read More
Usually, there are glitches on any trip. Not this one! The food was more than 5 star, the staff were extremely accommodating, the ship clean and just the right size. Loved not sharing it with 2000 other people. If you needed anything, they would help you get it...even for meals. Had a birthday and the pastry chef made me a special cake...it was wonderful! You will never starve on this trip as you could eat as much or as little as you wanted...you have a choice of half or whole portions. As a foodie, I give the food rave reviews! Saw great harbors on the Maine coast and had just the right amount of time at each port. I keep sharing my great memories with every friend I see. If you want to disco or gamble all night long, this isn't for you but if you want a classy, highly memorable trip, we had it on the Independence on American Cruise Lines. Highly recommend this cruise line!! Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2017
We have sailed on larger ships with, of course, more passengers and enjoyed those cruises. But there is something really special about a small ship and American Cruise Lines stands out in every way. We have just completed our fourth trip ... Read More
We have sailed on larger ships with, of course, more passengers and enjoyed those cruises. But there is something really special about a small ship and American Cruise Lines stands out in every way. We have just completed our fourth trip with ACL and every trip has been fun, relaxing, and unique. This trip was to Maine and if you love lighthouses, don't miss this itinerary. While you cannot get to all the lighthouses because of their locations, you will pass many and while seeing a beautiful part of our country. The staff is exceptional, the food absolutely wonderful (with a chef who truly caters to the passenger), accommodations clean and comfortable. Every evening begins with gathering in the lounge-a spacious, warm, comfortable area, with appetizers and cocktails and lots of fun people. (We seem to always add new friends from each cruise) From there you dine together, free to sit with guests of your choosing or meeting new ones, for a delightful dinner, great wine, and wonderful food. There is entertainment in the evening-again in the lounge. The staff is knowledgeable and helpful about the ports and activities and the crew is extremely professional in all aspects of sailing, disembarking, and embarking. We will be doing a fifth cruise next year for sure. If you are very active the cruise is for you and if you have limited mobility the cruise is for you, as well! A very well-run cruise company-thank you to all who work hard to make it the best! Read Less
Sail Date: May 2017
We starting looking at cruises after we both retired last year. Europe was appealing but with all the trouble there we started looking at domestic cruises. Since neither of us had spent any time in Maine we opt'd for this one. From ... Read More
We starting looking at cruises after we both retired last year. Europe was appealing but with all the trouble there we started looking at domestic cruises. Since neither of us had spent any time in Maine we opt'd for this one. From the beggining it was apparent that the everyoen at American Cruise Lines was focused on making this special for us. One week prior to departure i got a email from corporate asking if there was anything they could do for us. I addicted to Diet Dr Pepper, so I asked if they had any one the ship. I was told they did not but they would get me some. We flew into Portland the day before the cruise and had a great evening together. When we boarded Saturday morning, found our cabin and settled in for the journey. This is a small ship, maximum 100 pasangers. We have been on big ships and really did not enjoy it. It was likevacationing in Houston with 5,000 people you don't know. The small size was very appealing. The first evening I asked the hotel manager about the Diet Dr. Pepper. She had some for me (SURPRISE). I knw then this would be a great experience, The ports we visited were beautiful, Maineis are friendly and we were ahead of the summer rush. Food onboard was very nicely done (I never thought I would get tired of eating Lobster). Cooked to order, nice presentation and attentive wait staff. The week flew by and before we knew it we were back in Portalnd. Based on this experience we have already booked another American Cruise, Columbia/Snake River in the fall. If you are looking for something other than the big boat thing, this is where you need to be! Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2017
This cruise was chosen so we could see the beautiful coast of Maine and the pretty little towns tucked in the bays. It didn't disappoint-such charming villages and friendly people! The staff on the independence is extraordinary! ... Read More
This cruise was chosen so we could see the beautiful coast of Maine and the pretty little towns tucked in the bays. It didn't disappoint-such charming villages and friendly people! The staff on the independence is extraordinary! They are competent, friendly, fun and thoughtful. First Mate Andrew Harrison is skilled, knowledgeable and willing to share information about sea life as we spotted minke whales and seals. His deckhands are friendly and helpful as well as skillful; Haley Halstead is a definite asset to the crew. Our cruise dining highlighted lobsters and the kitchen served them many different, delicious ways. The dining room servers were competent and entertaining. Jonathan Freelin and Mellicent Costarella in particular deserve attention for their competence and pleasant manner. The ship is very comfortable and the public rooms nicely appointed and well kept. Our cabin was much larger than expected and had very comfortable beds. While onboard, we signed up for another cruise, this was so enjoyable. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: May 2017
A fabulous cruise of select ports on the Maine coast. Excellent food - and plenty of it. This cruise focused a lot on lobster, and how great is that? However there were always several choices for appetizers, entres and deserts. Dining ... Read More
A fabulous cruise of select ports on the Maine coast. Excellent food - and plenty of it. This cruise focused a lot on lobster, and how great is that? However there were always several choices for appetizers, entres and deserts. Dining was open seating - you could arrive at your choice and sit where you wanted. This gave you an opportunity to meet lots of people. Service was incredible! Staff were friendly and the small ship experience enables you to get to know the other passengers. The excursions were fun, although most had a cost associated with them, but there was adequate time ashore to do a sled- guided tour if desired. In addition, there were generally 2-4 choices for excursions that gave people choices. The accommodations were very nice. Single rooms are available, if desired, for passengers traveling alone. All cabins face the water and balconies are availed to enjoy. Read Less
Sail Date: May 2017
We wanted to experience A smaller cruise ship with less people. We really enjoyed it felt more relaxed. The food was excellent also cocktail hour, hors d'oeuvres were great. Shannon, The hotel manager was very accommodating, I ... Read More
We wanted to experience A smaller cruise ship with less people. We really enjoyed it felt more relaxed. The food was excellent also cocktail hour, hors d'oeuvres were great. Shannon, The hotel manager was very accommodating, I wanted to have my clothes cleaned and she did that for me even though it wasn't one of the options that you can do. I think every crew ship should have that accommodations for their customers to have their clothes clean, when you're paying top dollar especially. We were also disappointed with the age group we didn't know that it geared towards elderly. ( that should have been stated in the brochure ). You should be able to get a cocktail after 9:00PM. Also, in the dining room you shouldn't be charged five dollars if you get a cocktail. I thought that was very tacky. Overall we enjoyed the cruise and probably would do the small ship again with "American cruise lines" Maine Harbors Rosemarie Lancha Read Less
Sail Date: April 2017
Excellent service: everyone is easily accessible including the captain and they go out of their way to please. For example: We decided to leave the ship after dinner the last night to stay in a local hotel. One of the deck hands ... Read More
Excellent service: everyone is easily accessible including the captain and they go out of their way to please. For example: We decided to leave the ship after dinner the last night to stay in a local hotel. One of the deck hands insisted on walking us over to our hotel with our luggage. When we got there he waited for us to check in and took us to our room to make sure we were settled and safe. It was different than the river cruises we have taken in Europe but that is what we were looking for. We took the cruise because we wanted to see more of the USA and it fulfilled our expectations and then some. The food was wonderful. If the dinner wasn't something I liked I could request some broiled chicken and he would make it for me. There was always food around. I am still losing the weight I gained. I can't think of anything we didn't like. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2017
This was our 3rd cruise with American Cruise Lines and we have booked our 4th. doing the upper Mississippi. Have never dealt with a company that is so completely customer oriented. All cruise people have your best interests at heart ... Read More
This was our 3rd cruise with American Cruise Lines and we have booked our 4th. doing the upper Mississippi. Have never dealt with a company that is so completely customer oriented. All cruise people have your best interests at heart "ALL" the time. They do anything possible to have you enjoy the experience. Would and do recommend to anyone. Ship and crew were great. Capton friendly and knowledgeable. The food was outstanding. Being from Maryland we pride ourselves with crab cakes. Had the best crab cake ever on the boat. All plated meals and much more then we could eat. Requested 1/2 portions. Extra snacks available 24 hours, and popcorn and ice cream sundaes served during entertainment if you have any room. Shore tours very interesting and well conducted. Our cabin was plenty large enough including the king bed. Always kept clean and the bed turned down for you in the evening. Plenty of room for a card game or dominos in the evening. Do yourself a favor and try American Cruise Lines. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2017
We first said with American Cruise Line on the STAR doing the New England Islands cruise. It was an excellent cruise and got us into small Island like Nantucket that can't be reached on a large ship. So, we decided to take a risk and ... Read More
We first said with American Cruise Line on the STAR doing the New England Islands cruise. It was an excellent cruise and got us into small Island like Nantucket that can't be reached on a large ship. So, we decided to take a risk and explore a part of the country that we didn't know much about and took the Golden Isles Cruise from Charleston SC to Jacksonville FL. The ports of call are: Charleston, Beaufort, Hilton Head Island, Savannah, Sapelo Island, St Simons Island, Jekyll Island, Amelia Island, and Jacksonville. This is a part of our country that most of us ave not seen, or know much about. The Georgia coast is rich with history, excellent food, and wonderful people. The trips made even more special by the onboard naturalist/historian, and the excellent tour guides in every port. The crew was super and the onboard food was special as we tried local dishes along they way. The cabins are comfortable with an outdoor porch with 2 chairs. Each floor of the ship has a livening room, and the bow has a large gathering room for entertainment and evening happy hour. The dining room is in the stern with excellent service. You quickly make friend with other travelers and find friends o dine with. We loved the trip, and surprised by how much we earned about the Georgia coast. Avery and Robin Willis, Thousand Oaks California Read Less
Sail Date: March 2017
We chose this cruise because we wanted to visit Charleston, Savannah, Hilton Head and other southern islands on a small ship. There were only 89 passengers! A bonus was that we learned a lot about US history related to the Civil War that ... Read More
We chose this cruise because we wanted to visit Charleston, Savannah, Hilton Head and other southern islands on a small ship. There were only 89 passengers! A bonus was that we learned a lot about US history related to the Civil War that we never learned in school! We started in Charleston and I recommend spending an additional night there to explore this beautiful, historic city before the cruise. Beaufort, South Carolina was really charming as well ( the location for the filming of Forest Gump). Other shore excursions included tours of civil war plantations, a slave praise house, historic homes and city landmarks. The local tour guides were great. Along the intra coastal waterways (which I never knew existed) we saw many bird species, Atlantic bottle nose dolphins, wild horses, and a few alligators too. I wish we had a bit more time in Hilton Head so we could have played a round of golf at Harbour Town Golf Links. Our cabin was nice, the staff was consistently good and we especially enjoyed the open seating at all the meals. The nightly cocktail reception and dining was casual. Afterwards there was evening entertainment in the lounge. We loved our first time on a small cruise ship and now we're hooked. Our next American Cruise Lines trip will be to Alaska! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: March 2017
This cruise was our fifth ACL cruise and our second on the Independence. All have been fantastic. You won't go away hungry on American Cruise Lines. You order breakfast from a menu with numerous choices. There is also an ... Read More
This cruise was our fifth ACL cruise and our second on the Independence. All have been fantastic. You won't go away hungry on American Cruise Lines. You order breakfast from a menu with numerous choices. There is also an early-riser quick-breakfast with muffins and fruit. At breakfast you choose your lunch and dinner preferences. Most menu items feature food from the local area and is always fresh. There are three main-course choices for each meal, all of them outstanding. If the menu doesn't appeal, you can ask for almost anything, and it will be prepared for you. Warm cookies are served in the lounge at 10 a.m. Cocktail hour is from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. with your choice of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks as well as delicious hors-d'oeuvres. During evening entertainment more refreshments are available. The lounge area is attractively furnished with comfortable sofas and chairs. It is well used for on-board presentations, cocktail hours, and entertainment. On-board speakers are excellent, with experts on the local areas. Evening entertainment is varied and enjoyable, often from the local area. Shore excursions are excellent with many options available. Accommodations are made for guests with mobility issues. We especially enjoyed Evelene's tour of the Low Country at Beaufort, the historic area of Savannah, the alligator and wildlife tour on Hilton Head, the shrimp boat tour from St. Simons, and the walking tour of the seaport town of Fernandina Beach. The entire staff works hard to give guests a good experience. They are friendly, attentive, and helpful when needed. We look forward to our next cruise to the San Juan Islands. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: December 2016
We had never cruised before until last May, 2016, when we boarded the America's Inaugural Cruise round trip from New Orleans to Vicksburg. It didn't take long for us to be hooked on the delicious food, atmosphere, and ... Read More
We had never cruised before until last May, 2016, when we boarded the America's Inaugural Cruise round trip from New Orleans to Vicksburg. It didn't take long for us to be hooked on the delicious food, atmosphere, and well-planned tours. Since May of 2016, we've done 4 cruises with American Cruise Lines, and also enjoyed bringing our adult nieces and husband on 2 of the cruises. We have 2 more scheduled for this year, and one for 2018. Since we are Eagle Society Members, we were allowed to bring a fraternity brother and his wife aboard for lunch while docked in Beaufort. They have never cruised and certainly enjoyed the tour and the delicious lunch. What a wonderful memory! Oops, almost forgot the many gifts...vests, bathrobes, hats, coasters, monogrammed tote bags, umbrellas, windbreakers, and lots of other things I can't remember! We adore American Cruise Lines and do not plan to ever cruise with anyone else !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Read Less
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