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American Independence (formerly Independence) Review

4.0 / 5.0
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Fall Cruise to Maine - with Lobster as a Side

Review for American Independence (formerly Independence) to the USA
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2-5 Cruises • Age 70s

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Sail Date: Sep 2017
It was if we had the ship to ourselves.
Wonderful Maine Buildings
Lobster for All
Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens
Flowers everywhere
Lighthouses everywhere
Beautiful Sunsets each evening

This was a 2nd cruise with American and while it was not quite as enjoyable as cruising the Chesapeake Bay on the brand new Constellation, it was still worth the cost. Our trip was a "Lobster" cruise and Lobster it was. Lobster was available on every menu and it was real Maine Lobster. If you ever want to see how much lobster you can eat in a week this is the cruise for you.While the Independence is a smaller and older ship it is in good shape, the rooms were clean and everything worked.On the Constellation our room was a Suite 502 and on the Independence we had 323 which was at the aft of the ship. Both rooms were sufficient in size and for the money I preferred 323. I would recommend that if you make this trip try and reserve a room on the starboard side because with the tide level you will be looking into a harbor wall when you are in port, especially Portland. Also avoid at all cost taking this cruise if you end up in Bar Harbor as we did on Labor day. The crowds were horrible and Arcadia Park was such that you could not see the landscape for the people standing in front of you. This is a quite tour for the older crowd. The entertainment was not Broadway performances but all had a good time and I did learn a lot about Maine and its history. We enjoyed all the small towns and the trip to the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens was a highlight. The service was excellent with the Hotel Manager and Cruise Director going up and above the call of duty to see that all were in the right place at the right time and that all were having a good time. My wife and I have already booked two American Cruise line tours for 2018 so I guess you can say I recommend American Cruise Lines

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Portland (Maine)

Enjoyed the lighthouse and seeing the older buildings of Portand


Beautiful sunny day walked to top of hill enjoying the old homes and churches was we walked. Enjoyed conversations with the locals.

Camden (Maine)

Enjoyed the town but would not recommend the Appledore II Schooner sailing cruise. Sailed out for an hour and sailed back in. Nothing to see but water!


Enjoyed the art at the museum.

Boothbay Harbor

Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens a must see

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