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American Independence (formerly Independence) Review

4.0 / 5.0
119 reviews

Cruise from HELL

Review for North America River Cruise on American Independence (formerly Independence)
10+ Cruises • Age 70s

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Sail Date: Oct 2021

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 within 5 feet of the router. When we arrived at Newburgh, N.Y we learned we would not be allowed off the ship unless we took the tour to West Point. Been there, done that. Wanted to be tendered the 100 feet to the Newburgh dock. Nope, couldn't do it. Simply outrageous!

We've never been held prisoner on any ship on which we have sailed. The following day the tours visited a site that was closed; obvious to anyone visiting the Historic Site's webpage. A visit to a viewing platform to see waterfalls was limited to what could be seen from the seat on the bus. Then we arrived in Troy which turned out to be the last stop on this particular cruise. After passengers returned from their tour of Albany we learned we would spend another day in Troy because a significant storm made travel on the river precarious. The scheduled stop in Sleepy Hollow was eliminated. We had a lovely walking tour of Troy that 2nd day although many people were unable to enjoy it as they were unable to stand that long. I suspect that with just a little bit of planning, the tours scheduled for the stop in Kingston could have taken place. Kingston is only an hour away from Troy. Then we could have made the stop at Sleepy Hollow instead of Kingston. It didn't matter as we never left Troy.

As it was, we were still in Troy yet another day. While the river had already crested and appeared navigable, the propeller was blocked with debris which took most of the day to remove. Several passengers, unsure of when we would return to Manhattan decided to take the train back. I would NEVER take a river cruise with a company run by the equivalent of the 3 stooges.

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Small! See comment about a silk purse above

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