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Sail Date: April 2019
Entire boat was reserved for Road Scholar members for this cruise. Instead of the standard one day stay in New Orleans with tours, Road Scholar had two before boarding. The food and service was outstanding, either in the Main Dining ... Read More
Entire boat was reserved for Road Scholar members for this cruise. Instead of the standard one day stay in New Orleans with tours, Road Scholar had two before boarding. The food and service was outstanding, either in the Main Dining Room with a very good selections or in the Grill Room/Terrace buffet. Most of us chose the Main Dining Room for dinner, wine and beer is included with dinner. and the Grill Room for breakfast and lunch. Weather was good enough for enjoying the meals on the open terrace. Cabins are very comfortable and there are suites with separate sitting area, even two story suites with seating below and sleeping area up the stairs. Lectures and tours are included, with experienced and enthusiastic guides. Free Hop on/off busses are at every port. There was good entertainment with a four piece band and three singers performing every night. Music in the Lounge during the cocktail hour and after the show. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2018
Not since our first four-day cruise in 1985 on the Star Ship Royal in the wake of a hurricane have we been more disappointed. We have traveled all over the world on many different cruise lines but have never been more disappointed than in ... Read More
Not since our first four-day cruise in 1985 on the Star Ship Royal in the wake of a hurricane have we been more disappointed. We have traveled all over the world on many different cruise lines but have never been more disappointed than in American Cruise Lines. The cruise experience with American did not have the value we expected for the price we paid. This was our first experience with American and for now we will return to our favorite cruise lines where service and value is foremost. We booked one of the Owner Suites because the American advertisement stated they were up to 450SF and had a “Full-Size Bathroom.” I should have been suspect when I could not find a single picture of their Full-Size Bathroom. Now I know why no pictures. It was literally three steps by five steps (size 11 shoe) and a shower at the end with a door that could not be closed for use unless you were in the shower! My picture is attached for future buyers. I hate to think what the size of the bathrooms were in all the room categories below the owner suite. We took the pre-hotel package at the Battery Warf hotel in Boston. It was adequate and located just outside the North End areas. The transfers to the ship the next morning where well organized and fortunately arrived at the pier after a thunderstorm. Unfortunately, I can’t say the same for disembarkation. American docks on Pier 8 in Charlestown. There is no cover between the parking lot and the 100-yard walk along the pier to the ship. The morning of disembarkation we had torrential rain and got soaked making the walk to the parking lot where our luggage was under a kitchen fly tent getting wet with blowing rain. It took two days for some items to dry out! The dining experience was disappointing. The serving staff could not take and deliver an order without multiple errors. My wife has a food allergy and tried ordering meals not specified on the meal option card as available. She got totally frustrated with what was delivered for her meals. The food portions were small, and I didn’t think one could get prime rib ¼ of inch thick—but I was wrong. The way we got great meals was to eat lunch off the ship and select some of the best seafood restaurants in out port of calls. Thanks Miss Google! We never saw the captain introduced himself during any of the functions/meals. Did not see much of him about the ship (only 164 passengers on board) and after he blew the docking at Martha’s Vineyard and we had to go to an alternate port (New Bedford) we did not see him again. The day after New Bedford there was a different captain onboard the ship until we returned to Boston! The good part about the experience was the neat New England ports we visited along the way. The included shore excursions options were educational and the optional ones we bought were priced reasonably. A plus. Of the ten evenings, the entertainment was good for four or five nights. Local talent got on the ship, entertain and then departed. The other nights we departed the area after a few minutes. The resident local expert on board provided good insight into the region. There were basically no other activities. The workout area was a total loser. The low ceiling would not allow treadmills or elliptical devices. All that was there were variants of incumbent bikes. They did learn a lesson from earlier reviews and did not run out of food during the pre-diner “happy hour.” Some evenings they had nice choices. In summary, the cruise experience with American did not have the value we expected for the price we paid. This was our first experience with American and for now we will return to our favorite cruise lines where service and value is foremost. Read Less
Sail Date: June 2018
This was a wonderful trip. Captain Garth and his crew were excellent and fun to be with. They really made the trip great. The Lewis R French is a great boat and was fun to sail on. We would do it again. The perfect trip to get away from it ... Read More
This was a wonderful trip. Captain Garth and his crew were excellent and fun to be with. They really made the trip great. The Lewis R French is a great boat and was fun to sail on. We would do it again. The perfect trip to get away from it all and enjoy nature and the fun of sailing. The food was excellent, it's amazing what Jason could do on a wood burning stove. We had a wonderful Lobster bake on an island that was a lot of fun and all the lobster you can eat, really. The weather was perfect and we only had a small amount of rain as we were docking. It is best to bring a jacket and as usual, follow the advice they give you on what to pack. It was a very well run trip and all went very well. We would do it again. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: July 2017
We wanted to see the Islands of Nantucket and Martha's vineyard, and it was a lobster bake cruise. The food was amazing, with an authentic lobster bake in the sand. This was my first cruise, and I enjoyed getting to know all of ... Read More
We wanted to see the Islands of Nantucket and Martha's vineyard, and it was a lobster bake cruise. The food was amazing, with an authentic lobster bake in the sand. This was my first cruise, and I enjoyed getting to know all of the 91 passengers. The small boat cruising is the only way to go. My husband and I have booked another small boat cruise to Alaska for next August. That will be on a new ship called the American Constellation, leaving and returning from Juno Alaska, with 175 passengers. We enjoyed getting to know a lot of people and seeing great sights, as well as eating amazing food. The top deck was a great place to escape and unwind at any time of the day. Whether you like the sun or shade, it was a great place to read, nap or enjoy the sights. Try American Cruise Lines, I think you would enjoy it. 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
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2017
First, very good friends recommended it - they had been on the American Cruise Lines steamboat/Mississippi River cruise in 2016 and loved it; found out about this brand new cruise while on the Mississippi trip, signed up right away and ... Read More
First, very good friends recommended it - they had been on the American Cruise Lines steamboat/Mississippi River cruise in 2016 and loved it; found out about this brand new cruise while on the Mississippi trip, signed up right away and urged us to join them. I had always wanted to see the coast of New England - and this brand-new cruise – Grand New England – in Mid June 2017 had just the itineraryI was wanted, so we didn't hesitate to sign up. This is a small ship - 175 passengers/ I believe there were about 145 of us. Perfect size, I think, easy to get everywhere! Very good value for the money. The staff is probably 90% American (can't speak for those who work below decks) - young, enthusiastic, friendly, helpful, and fun! The tour directors were excellent and able to answer all manner of questions re: shore excursions. Almost felt like some of them were family by the end of the voyage. Demographics are mostly over 55, although there was a family of with college age daughters and a Grandfather traveling with his two late-20s/30s grandsons. I will say most of the passengers were pretty lively and interesting and fun to exchange pleasantries with. Food was consistently excellent. We had the most wonderful Chief Chef (Joselito H.) on board - and he made a point of visiting a few tables each and every night to inquire about our dinners/ask if there was anything else people wanted to see on the menu, etc. all alcoholic drinks were included in the cost of the fare (as were standard gratuities for the staff). No "nickel and dining as some larger cruise ships do! Always a cocktail party at 5:30, and entertainment after dinner. Onetwo nights the entertainment was excellent, the other evenings I opted to retire early and read. Bear in mind this is coastal new england so no broadway stars on board to sing or dance for the passengers! Our lecturer, Rachel P. was so much fun - she knew so much and made her lectures (with a white board to illustrate various parts of the coast) so entertaining). She also lead early morning walks in each port - with of course, a walking commentary about the area/flora/fauna/fish/ etc. JUST GREAT!! The excursions / bus transportation ranged from good to excellent, and these small ports can allow one to just wander around on one's own, but keep in mind there are also WONDERFUL things to see and learn about which did require transportation. The scenery and sunrises and sunsets were breathtaking. I can't wait for our next ACL cruise, and we're sure to sign up for more in the future. Cheers! Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2017
We have used American Cruise Lines before (New Orleans R/T; Columbia and Snake Rivers) and were very impressed with the size of the staterooms; the food service; the helpfulness and friendliness of the crew members; and the cleanliness of ... Read More
We have used American Cruise Lines before (New Orleans R/T; Columbia and Snake Rivers) and were very impressed with the size of the staterooms; the food service; the helpfulness and friendliness of the crew members; and the cleanliness of the ships in general. The experts they had on board to give information regarding the cruise area were just that: very knowledgeable and very approachable. The visit to the ports of call are generally well run and they make you realize how much you do not know about the USA. We were on the Chesapeake cruise and outside of Yorktown and Williamsburg, visited places that we had not known existed and enjoyed them thoroughly. We are definitely fans of American Cruise Lines and have already signed up for the Maine Coast and Harbors cruise for next year. (And no long, redeye flights to Europe needed to reach the port of embarkation!!) Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2017
I took a group for a Chesapeake Bay cruise May 13th, 2017. From start to finish, the cruise was terrific. This was the second cruise for the new vessel. The décor is wonderful. There are two elevators that you would find in the ... Read More
I took a group for a Chesapeake Bay cruise May 13th, 2017. From start to finish, the cruise was terrific. This was the second cruise for the new vessel. The décor is wonderful. There are two elevators that you would find in the finest hotels. Whoever designed the ship did a great job. The beautiful designs of the carpeting were different on each floor. My room was on main deck not far from the restaurant and easy for debarking the ship for tours. The window was large enough to enjoy the views of sights along the itinerary. I looked at a balcony room of one of my group members. The balcony has now been made larger than their previous ACL vessels. I found the room to be well-lit. Bathroom is large with an enclosed shower. Large drawers in the sink vanity. Hot water was plentiful. Telephones are in each room as well as a large "red" button on the wall for emergency situations. There is now WiFi throughout the vessel however, as expected there were areas along the itinerary that Internet was spotty. American Cruise Lines is working to correct this. The desk has plenty of drawers as well as a desk lamp. If you like a lot of storage in your stateroom, you sure will have it...along with a nice size closet. Cuisine was typical of the area...delicious seafood dishes as well as chicken, pork and beef menu items. There was also lovely salads and soups. I must say that my group members feel the way I do. We all loved our meals...breakfast, lunch and dinner. I would have liked a little more entertainment however, the lectures were very interesting. The cruise directors were very pleasant and added to the fun of the cruise, like Bingo. For card players, there are many lounges with tables. I along with friends, enjoyed playing games in the beautiful Sky Lounge. Everyone loves the peach decor with white wicker chairs and glass-topped tables. Also, I was surprised to see out on the Sky Deck, stuffed lovely blue couches to relax in. There are several areas to be comfortable outdoors plus there is a covered area to get our of the sun or rain. There is an indoor fitness area. Since I am healing from a broken leg, I needed assistance getting on and off the vessel. That was not a problem. The deckhands and mates were so helpful. There are separate housekeeping and dining staffs. Everyone greets you with a smile and a "hello". I wanted to hug each and everyone of them. Front desk staff is very friendly and truly aims to please. The tours were well-handled. Even though the cruise was only 6 nights, there were many ports. The 1/1/2 hour ferry to Tangier Island was well worth it. If you take this cruise, I would highly recommend this tour. There are no cars on the island. A delicious family-style lunch is included. My group enjoyed tours in Yorktown/Williamsburg and Annapolis as well as other ports. Embarkation and debarkation was smooth. The Constellation will be sailing to the Northwest in the future. Her sister ship, The American Constitution is under construction. I have taken groups on all of their vessels and on everyone of their itineraries including the beautiful Pearl Mist. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: May 2017
The maiden voyage of the brand new Constellation was outstanding. This was our 7th cruise with American Cruise Lines and they surpassed our expectations again. We booked our 8th cruise in Alaska for next summer. The food was very good ... Read More
The maiden voyage of the brand new Constellation was outstanding. This was our 7th cruise with American Cruise Lines and they surpassed our expectations again. We booked our 8th cruise in Alaska for next summer. The food was very good - a lot of crab since it was the Chesapeake Bay. Didn't like the beef one evening, but the rest of the time the meals were presented nicely and delicious. Good to see Chef Tom again and Jonathan. Servers in the dining room anticipated our needs. Saw Drew and Kyle, which was nice too. We love how they know our names when we arrive to the boat. The decorations were very nice. The older ships in the fleet should be renovated to look like this. The tours were nice, especially Annapolis. Cambridge was lacking, but we enjoyed the schooner tour. Oxford was lovely, St. Michael's was beautiful. Wish that they would arrange a tour to the ship yard. Great time and we are looking forward to being back soon. Read Less
Sail Date: April 2017
Excursions everyday were very informative and historical. Many stops included multiple excursions which was nice. There was very good entertainment in the evenings and historical discussions during afternoons The crew was very pleasant ... Read More
Excursions everyday were very informative and historical. Many stops included multiple excursions which was nice. There was very good entertainment in the evenings and historical discussions during afternoons The crew was very pleasant and service was excellent. Embarkment and disembarkment went very smoothly. We chose the cruise because it was the right time frame and length for us. We didn't like having to travel out to sea because the tides were too low to navigate closer to shore. Apparently the ship was made for shoreline cruising and out at sea, a number of guests got sea sick. We had two in our party of four that almost missed dinner but recovered in time to attend. This only occured once and I totally understand the situation could not be avoinded so we all made the best of it. We also enjoyed the happy hour because it allowed our party to get to know the other guests and we thoroughly enjoyed that. We would definitely go again. 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: 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
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: December 2016
It’s a relaxing and educational way to spend Christmas and touring the southeast. The change of port this year from Amelia Island to Jacksonville due to the September hurricane gave us the chance to see both Jacksonville and St. ... Read More
It’s a relaxing and educational way to spend Christmas and touring the southeast. The change of port this year from Amelia Island to Jacksonville due to the September hurricane gave us the chance to see both Jacksonville and St. Augustine in the days before we sailed. Embarkation was smooth and welcoming. Several ports of call were damaged by the hurricane but ACL found ways for us to experience everything in those areas. Nothing phases them and their “can-do” attitude. I loved the fact that we could walk right off the boat and into historic Savannah. What a plus! They even arranged for Christmas Eve transportation to church services. Wow! The prices are higher than those for an ocean cruise but the service and small ship atmosphere are completely worth it for me. Ocean cruising makes me ill and I’m thrilled I’ve found a way to still explore the U.S. on the waterways with ACL. These small ships sail smooth as glass. In addition, the chefs on American Cruise Lines are the best. They allow me to cruise with ease, even though I have serious food allergies. Each of the chefs on my cruises have met with me and tailored my meals so that I wouldn’t have an allergic reaction. This is a huge plus for me and my feeling of comfort and security on the trip. Disembarkation was easy with transportation to the airport fast and efficient. I’m looking forward to my next cruise that's already booked on ACL to the New England Islands. Can’t wait! Read Less
Sail Date: November 2016
American Cruise Lines has a slogan, "Small Ship Cruising Done Perfectly." Yep, they certainly did it. Everything was perfect. The food was scrumptious. I liked that they offered half portions, so I was less tempted to ... Read More
American Cruise Lines has a slogan, "Small Ship Cruising Done Perfectly." Yep, they certainly did it. Everything was perfect. The food was scrumptious. I liked that they offered half portions, so I was less tempted to overeat. There were only 60 on the Cruise, although the ship will carry 98. With open seating at meals, we got to meet so many interesting people. The Line caters to older passengers. They were always there to assist. The elevator for handicapped was most welcome. I have some mobility issues. Our state room was very comfortable and spacious, with a small private balcony. We could control our own temperature, or open the window for fresh air. The state room had so much drawer space that we could not fill it all, and a closet. :-) My husband was able to workout every morning on an elliptical on the top deck. The on-board lecturer was great about answering questions about the area, and gave several interesting talks. He came on some of the excursions, and added an additional dimension to local guides. Many of the excursions were accessible for the less mobile. I did not try any walking tours, although my husband did. The excursions were well planned and gave a good look at the area (Historic South). Do note that excursions are extra, and you are billed only for those that you attend. There was on-board entertainment nightly. Mostly it was some type of music or a lecture. One day, we played bingo, and I won the top prize - a big bag of souvenirs! Another day, the chef demonstrated how to make a bread cornucopia. His creations were on display for our fantastic Thanksgiving Dinner. There is no bar on the ship, but complimentary wine and beer was served at lunch and dinner. At 5:30 every evening, a very complete bar was set up in the lounge for complimentary cocktails, beers or wines. We did not lack for festive alcohol. Fabulous appetizers accompanied the cocktail hour. It is difficult to say enough about the remarkable service. The entire crew worked very hard; they were always up-beat and smiling. The captain was most accessible. He dined with the passengers when he could. Gratuities were included in your cruise price. This is not a cruise for children. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2016
There is so much history on our rivers and you can only see such beauty when cruising. American Cruise Lines is a wonderful company to cruise these rivers with. The Staff is friendly and knowledgeable. Rooms are comfortable and clean. ... Read More
There is so much history on our rivers and you can only see such beauty when cruising. American Cruise Lines is a wonderful company to cruise these rivers with. The Staff is friendly and knowledgeable. Rooms are comfortable and clean. The cuisine was exceptional. They took great care in the details of our cruise. Because it is not a LARGE ship, and the passenger list is small compared to larger ship cruise companies, you have a chance to meet and mingle with amazing passengers from all over. You get to know them and even become friends when the cruise is over. Passengers that would be most like you because they chose the same trip as you did. Its intimate, and personal, the staff learns quickly your wants and needs and will make every effort to make your trip a memorable one. They often call you by name, and take time to ask you how your day was. Its a good choice if you want a stress free cruise, without all the noise and chaos of larger ship. Starting with your info packette, to your arrival at port, and ending with your arrangements made for you to the airport, this cruise is for you. If you want your meals well planned and visually appealing, and flavorful, dine with American. We met many couples who were on their 4 or 5th cruise, and even some who are solo travelers on their 7th and 8th trip with American! You are well taken care of. This is a wonderful experience for those of us who are older than 55. We truly enjoyed our 1st and recently, our 2nd cruise with American. Read Less
Sail Date: August 2016
So I could visit the three islands off the coast of Rhoad Island is why I took the cruise. I was not notified that the ship had moved 23 miles away from its original docking site causing me to panic when I arrived at the dock and saw no ... Read More
So I could visit the three islands off the coast of Rhoad Island is why I took the cruise. I was not notified that the ship had moved 23 miles away from its original docking site causing me to panic when I arrived at the dock and saw no ship. The cruise line told me where to be at a certain time and I was there;howeever, no one from the cruise line called me, on my cell phone, before the departure day to say what had happened. Thankfully, someone was available at the American Cruise Line office on Saturday to tell me how to get to the ship. This was poor communication on the part of American Cruise Line. The food was very good other than the melted ice cream that was served. The shore excursions were good and there was ample time to see the sights. Despite my unfortunate experience in finding where the ship was docked I would sail on this ship again Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2016
We chose this cruise because we wanted to see Maine. It was very interesting to see the little towns along the Maine coast. We then left from Portland and took the CAT Ferry to Nova Scotia. If doing the Maine cruise, you can always hop on ... Read More
We chose this cruise because we wanted to see Maine. It was very interesting to see the little towns along the Maine coast. We then left from Portland and took the CAT Ferry to Nova Scotia. If doing the Maine cruise, you can always hop on the ferry then which is right next door to where the ship docks. The lobster was excellent and we had it 3 times during the cruise and also had many dishes made with lobster. The cruise offers a lobster bake. There are many good museums to visit in the cities and town tours to take. The rooms on the ship are as big as a hotel room. The entertainment was also pretty good - banjo playing, piano playing and locals that come in to speak. If you like shopping, the cities are also good for that. These cruises seem to attract the older generation, but we had a few younger people onboard also that were traveling with their parents. There were some families traveling together (9 of them). If you would get to know some of the seniors on the trip, they have had some pretty interesting lives. Don't discount them! All in all was a fun trip and a great way to see some towns in Maine. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2016
We chose this cruise for several reasons: 1. This was our 7th cruise with America Cruise Lines (ACL) so we knew we could expect the best of everything. As before, we were not disappointed. 2. ACL has wonderful speakers and tour ... Read More
We chose this cruise for several reasons: 1. This was our 7th cruise with America Cruise Lines (ACL) so we knew we could expect the best of everything. As before, we were not disappointed. 2. ACL has wonderful speakers and tour leaders and those people on this cruise were phenomenal. They book local entertainers which adds a lot to the evening fun. 3. The food and accommodations are wonderful; always to be looked forward to. 4. The shore excursions are always well planned and the bus drivers do a great job talking about that tour area's history, points of interest, people of note, etc. 5. One of our favorite parts of traveling with ACL is that we don't have to worry about anything. Passengers are politely reminded of tour departure and return times, what kind of weather to expect, alternatives to a planned tour, etc. 6. It's nice to have someone else make some of the decisions for you and to have them be right. That really jumps up the relaxation factor. 7. The boats/ships are small and maneuverable with a limited number of passengers, usually no more than 150, and rarely that many. We've been on large cruise ships and won't be going back. Large ships are crowded, impersonal, and difficult to get on and off of - too much hassle for a relaxing time. NOTE: We sailed from Portland, Oregon; it needs to be added to your list of ports. Read Less
18 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2016
for the experience of a river cruise we chose this one. The length seemed right and we wanted to see the south. Being able to do a pre & post stay was also why we selected this cruise. We have done about 10 cruises in the past- but ... Read More
for the experience of a river cruise we chose this one. The length seemed right and we wanted to see the south. Being able to do a pre & post stay was also why we selected this cruise. We have done about 10 cruises in the past- but not a river cruise until now. We knew very little about thye geography and did not do any extra research before we came down. The cruise tours hae helped us learn alot about this part of the country and the history. The beds are comfortable and the staff have been friendly and very helpful so far. the food is pretty good too. Including wine & beer with meals is nice as well. I have had soup a couple of times that thas not been hot but most things are served at the correct temperature. I also noticed flies on the food in the buffet table- but this would be very ahrd to manage considering the heat and the open air. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2016
The cruise line was recommended by a friend. The cost is a bit steep but worth every penny. Norwegian 7 day eastern Caribbean cruise for 2 is about $2200. A 6 day cruise along the coast of Maine for 2 was about $8000. The difference? ... Read More
The cruise line was recommended by a friend. The cost is a bit steep but worth every penny. Norwegian 7 day eastern Caribbean cruise for 2 is about $2200. A 6 day cruise along the coast of Maine for 2 was about $8000. The difference? Several thousand passengers versus no more than 99; cocktail hour that caters specifically to your wants (one woman wanted a specific drink they didn't have the fixings for the first night but they bought what was needed the next morning at a port so she'd have what she wanted); gourmet meals that are amazing; special order meals any time you want. In short, we were spoiled rotten the entire time. At even a hint of wanting something the crew magically made it happen. There were excursions at every port of call - museums, art centers, a national park - plus information on where to shop. I only wish we could have stayed longer - like forever. We can't want to go on another one. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2015
We took the 7 day cruise of the Great Lakes, departing from Chicago, including Georgian Bay and ending in Midland, Ontario, Canada. Our only other cruise experience was an 8-day to Alaska, departing from Seattle on a very large cruise ... Read More
We took the 7 day cruise of the Great Lakes, departing from Chicago, including Georgian Bay and ending in Midland, Ontario, Canada. Our only other cruise experience was an 8-day to Alaska, departing from Seattle on a very large cruise ship. The Pearl Mist was only a year old and we were pleasantly surprised that our cabin and its bathroom were larger than the one we had on the Alaskan cruise. (Who cares that there was no door on the closet? And we were not expecting a mini-fridge, microwave or safe in our room.) The size of the ship was just right, with only 200 passengers. This cruise was expensive, comparatively speaking, as we were surprised to learn after embarking that most of the excursions were at an extra cost. This was not explained in the information we received prior to reserving our place. Those costs should have been part of the initial information with descriptions so that budgetary considerations could be made. We did not take advantage of many on-board activities or entertainment since we took every opportunity available to be off the ship and exploring new places. Each evening, there was a review of activities and excursions for the next day, so that people could ask questions if needed. The excursions themselves were varied, enjoyable and interesting. The ship's activity director and staff did an admirable job of filling in times when we were delayed due to dangerous weather conditions ahead. The food was excellent and the dining staff was terrific. Our cabin attendant was wonderful and he kept our room and bathroom clean and tidy at all times. The bed was very comfortable and we slept well. A tip for those who might not want to experience too much movement on the water: Choose a cabin that is near the center of the ship and on the lowest level possible. A hint: There is always going to be some movement of a vessel when it is on water, even when it is docked. If you expect no movement, don't go on a cruise. A fact: Weather conditions are out of the control of the Captain and the Cruise Director, along with all other cruise personnel. Mother Nature likes to do her thing and she will with little to no warning. A suggestion: If you have questions about the cabins, ask for details before you sign up. We had all our questions answered by Pearl Seas either by email or phone call before we put down the deposit to hold our reservation. Read Less
Sail Date: August 2015
Where to begin??? This was trip number thirteen (yes, 13) for me on American Cruise Lines, so to say I am a charter member of their fan club would be an understatement!! Since I've taken every East Coast itinerary: Golden South (2x), ... Read More
Where to begin??? This was trip number thirteen (yes, 13) for me on American Cruise Lines, so to say I am a charter member of their fan club would be an understatement!! Since I've taken every East Coast itinerary: Golden South (2x), New England Islands, Hudson River, Chesapeake Bay, Mississippi River and Maine seven times, I'll offer a general review of cruising with this company and a specific one of the Maine one. To begin, American Cruise Lines builds each vessel in their own, company-owned, shipyard located in the Chesapeake Bay, so they are all-American right down to the hull. They have developed a trade-mark design that offers very large and comfortable cabins, luxury linens, balconies at almost every price-point, large and airy lounges, and much more. The majority of the ship's stewards and deck-hands are young, college students, if not professionally trained, all smiling and willing. To me, this is an added opportunity to enhance my cruise. Each of the itineraries offers an opportunity to experience the very best of the region...in sights, history and food. Most trips combine cruising and shore visits in agreeable balance so that both of your cruising goals at met. The speakers are excellent, without exception!! You have the opportunity to be informed on the attractions of every port and often the biggest problem you will have is picking which shore excursions to select. And, there are fun activities, too. No one needs to be prepared to enjoy the lobster feast in Rockland, Maine!! And "walking across the bar" in Bar Harbor, ME is great fun. The food is excellent, well served and abundant, and the complimentary evening bar and wines with lunch and dinner add to your dining pleasure. As a disclaimer, there are no night-club shows in the evening, no casinos, no shopping emporiums...so if that is your cup of tea, this is the wrong company for you. The professional members of the crew, from the Captain to the Cruise Director, Hotel and Dining Room Managers will meet and exceed your expectations, and their availability to the passengers is without precedence. I am looking forward to sailing many more times with this unique American company that is just the right size for making new friends, visiting intimate ports and feeding my body and my curiosity. Read Less
10 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2015
The Lobster Cruise was our first ACL Cruise. Overall the cruise was an outstanding experience. It was a very laid back cruise, which is exactly what we were looking for. The crew was very young and worked very hard, part of the time ... Read More
The Lobster Cruise was our first ACL Cruise. Overall the cruise was an outstanding experience. It was a very laid back cruise, which is exactly what we were looking for. The crew was very young and worked very hard, part of the time they were in the housekeeping department and part of the time they were in the dining room, excellent at multi-tasking. felt it was a little much for them. Not one of them complained!!! Our experience in the dining room was excellent. It was nice to sit with different people at mealtime and make new friends. The evening entertainment was very regional and so enjoyable. I believe that made the cruise more enjoyable since each evening we learned more about that region of the United States. The Chef prepared excellent meals, took care of our requests, and overall a very nice young man. Happy hour was very happy. The crew was so nice to each of us, catering to our needs. I guess I felt the crew multitasked too much. It seemed we would get back from one trip and the crew was finishing housekeeping and then they would be serving cocktails. I understand capacity of ship and cost, but I noticed these little things. Each port was so delightful, the excursions were very worth while. No moment was wasted. The shopping was excellent and my husband would say too often!! Every question was answered and desire was attended too. New Bedford, Rhode Island was vey informative and we enjoyed the freedom to walk and explore on our own as well. That was a plus for us. We could break off and explore on our own. That is one reason we will come back again. On this cruise a handicapped young man and his mother were guests. The crew did an outstanding job helping this family. I felt at times the ship was inadequate to meet his every need. The crew should be commended for their outstanding work and kindness to this family. I wish I could name each one. I hope you will see to it that they all receive a special recommendation for this trip. We have booked a second cruise with ACL next summer. We will be going to Alaska in July, the fireworks cruise. Looking forward to that very much. I did think the rooms looked a little tired. Could use some freshening up but overall the rooms were wonderful. Before we close I want to tell you the deck hands and maintenance people were very nice and helpful also. They smiled constantly, were easy to talk with and carry on a conversation. We noticed that during times of docking the captain would help the new men learn the procedures. The captains were kind and gentle in there teaching. We were very impressed. This is something not often seen. Life is a learning process and these young men want to learn with praise and encouragement not negativity. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2015
We sailed from New Orleans to Memphis and were very pleased with the experience. We were in suite 513 and it was clean and well furnished. I had wanted to have a private balcony, but was glad I didn't get one after I saw the boat. ... Read More
We sailed from New Orleans to Memphis and were very pleased with the experience. We were in suite 513 and it was clean and well furnished. I had wanted to have a private balcony, but was glad I didn't get one after I saw the boat. Being on the promenade deck allowed us to meet a variety of interesting people. Cleon, our cabin attendant was the best. He was always prompt in making up the room and very cordial. Cabin walls are quite thin though and you can hear your neighbors coughs and snores. Food was very good, although service in the main dining room was spotty. Wait staff was trying, but room for them to move is limited when the dining room is full. I especially enjoyed the Front Porch where service was less formal and the view was great. We were on the blues cruise and blues performers who came on at various stops were first rate. The regular entertainment staff was just so-so. We took a couple of the premium excursions, which were quite good and worth the extra money. The hop on-hop off tours are OK, but there is not a lot to do in some of the small town stops. I was very happy with the experience. The Mississippi is a river of many faces from industrial sites to rural farms. I would definitely recommend the American Queen. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2015
We are not cruising people and therefore cannot compare this with other ocean or river cruises, but this trip is surely about the special feel of the boat. the river and its culture and the theme of the particular trip. For this we give ... Read More
We are not cruising people and therefore cannot compare this with other ocean or river cruises, but this trip is surely about the special feel of the boat. the river and its culture and the theme of the particular trip. For this we give the whole experience 4.5 out of 5. The boat is by no means "new", but in a way that adds to the charm of the historic decor. We found it pleasant and easy to find the various facilities. Embarkation and disembarking was well organised with initial instructions, at The Hilton in New Orleans, clear and friendly. At the end of the voyage we chose to take the coach provided to The Westin which we used as a good base before our departure to the airport at lunchtime. (We "did" the Sun Studios - great!). Cabin. Our cabin was very nice, plenty of space, everything worked and there was room to sit inside or out and watch the river going by. Our attendant was very friendly and helpful. We had a "premium suite" and that category is well worth going for if you are paying "big money" anyway as we got several preferential perks. But remember the traditional boat has thin cabin walls so all guests need to be considerate of each other. Dining. Very good, but certainly very busy for the early dinner sitting. The quality and choice of food for main meals in the J M White dining room was excellent and the wines served at dinner were good. The Front Porch Cafe did get busy at early main meal times but during the remainder of the day and in later evening ( when we frequently sat and watched the glorious river sunsets) there was plenty of available space. Staff. Very friendly and helpful throughout. A mixture of "old hands" and new recruits who all made you feel relaxed. Trips. The Hop-on Hop-off guided tours worked well. It is no fault of American Queen if some of the riverside cities are small and have downtown areas in decline, but all have museums and historic houses that tell a particular aspect of the local history and culture. We did two extra tours - the visit to Regina Charbonne's home was very pleasant and the food delicious. At Helena, the Delta Gospel and Birthplace of the Blues tour was excellent and we were glad we did not just do the hop-on hop-off as regrettably Helena itself appears very "run down". Entertainment. This was the Delta Blues voyage and the various entertainers and groups took us through the original Blues to the Elvis era with traditional jazz added. All performers and lecturers were very good (not forgetting also the Riverlorian, Jerry). Our preference was not the nights of the onboard show team with Broadway show hits etc. and we wished there was blues or jazz available at the same time in one of the bars. Conclusion. For us the voyage was fantastic. The river (in full flow due to earlier heavy snow in the North East) is so huge and characterful, and the traditional steamboat with great staff just added to the experience. The cost is expensive, but remember what the outgoings must be to run and maintain the boat and employ the excellent American staff. Read Less

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