We were looking for a cruise departing near our home, and were also interested in American Cruise Line since we thought we should see some of the USA now, having cruised in the Caribbean and Europe, and we wanted to experience small ship cruising.
This cruise fit perfectly in our plans and we were fortunate that long time friends of our also joined this cruise.
Throughout the cruise the staff were very helpful, willing to stop and chat, and were friendly (smiled a lot -- obviously enjoyed their work).
They loaded and off loaded our luggage, our cabin was ready when we arrived, and had no flaws of any kind. The air conditioning worked superbly for the muggy days (very few).
Meals were varied and delicious. Lobster was served a lot -- from whole lobsters, to lobster mac and cheese, lobster salad, lobster stew; wonderful. Also served were beef, pork, lamb. Lots of excellent salads and desserts, too.
The wait staff - stewards - were college youngsters who also cleaned the rooms and made the beds. All of these young people were delightful and attentive. All had some connection to the hospitality industry and many were interns. They had been well trained and were well supervised and very pleasant and hard working.
Besides breakfast, lunch and dinner warm cookies were served mid morning, cocktails before dinner and ice cream sundaes and root beer floats in the evening. All were gratis.
Our captain was sharp, knowledgeable, informative and a terrific ship handler. We always knew ahead of time what he planned to do ship wise.
A few downsides: a wonderful lobster bake occurred ashore as part of the cruise, and the food was wonderful. However, insufficient transportation was provided to the bake so a long delay occurred. And seating was unnecessarily crowded. The music provided was excellent. As a separate matter, the man on board who conducted lectures and pointed out geographical interests was a bit glib and somewhat opinionated inappropriately. Could be better.
Nice size, spotlessly clean and comfortable. Fine balcony.