With no more than 185 passengers on board, and designed to provide smooth travel through protected waterways, sheltered harbors and magnificent rivers, American Cruise Lines’ ships offer a perspective larger ships cannot. Your U.S.-flagged ship will provide you not only with comfort and convenience, but also the utmost in safety, complying with all new safety regulations – which older ships do not – and bring you to the best of America, up close to places of natural beauty, cultural and historical interest. And, with all departure ports in the U.S., you leave your passport (and worries) at home. With a smaller amount of passengers onboard, we never overwhelm the local communities visited. A refreshingly relaxing atmosphere prevails onboard. This intimate ambiance is perfect for both congenial camaraderie and quiet relaxation. Friendly, professional all-American crew members offer an extraordinary quality of gracious hospitality and personalized attention to discerning passengers. No matter which itinerary you choose with American Cruise Lines, you’ll experience the beauty, brilliance and thrill of cruising on a small ship.
American Cruise Lines cruise specialists are available to take your call seven days a week at 1-800-460-4518:
Monday - Friday: 8:00am - 8:30pm EST
Saturday: 8:00am - 7:00pm EST
Sunday: 10:00am - 6:00pm EST
You may also contact your travel agent or make a reservation through our website by clicking here. It is recommended that reservations are made as far in advance as possible to ensure the availability of the cruise and stateroom choice.
American Cruise Lines’ per person fare includes passage, dining service, snacks, complimentary cocktail parties, and entertainment aboard the ship. Fares do not include shore tours (unless otherwise noted) or port charges and fees. Guests are not expected to leave a gratuity on board.
Casual resort attire is recommended both on the ship and ashore. For dinner, men’s clothing might include a sport shirt and slacks, with sport coat or sweater. Women might find a sweater and slacks, or dress appropriate. American Cruise Lines also recommends you bring comfortable walking shoes, a hat, light rain wear, and a jacket for cool evenings.
American Cruise Lines welcomes solo travelers and features a select number of single occupancy staterooms available on its ships. One person occupying a double stateroom will be charged 150% or 175% of the double occupancy rate depending on the type of stateroom chosen.
Yes, all American Cruise Lines’ ships have elevator service to all decks.
American Cruise Lines will work to cater any dietary needs. Please tell your cruise specialist approximately two weeks prior to your cruise so that we may plan accordingly. Refrigeration is available to store insulin or other medications requiring protection.
Cell phones can be utilized onboard but service is not always available and can be spotty depending on weather and location and can also vary depending on your service provider.
Smoking is only allowed in designated areas on the ships. Please note that smoking is strictly prohibited in staterooms and on private balconies.
American Cruise Lines’ ships are small and intimate and only carry between 100 and 185 passengers.
American Cruise Lines is proud to feature the newest fleet in the industry. The inception of our American Riverboats began in 2018, with American Symphony and American Serenade debuting in 2022. Our authentic paddlewheelers are newly refurbished for the 2022 season, and our coastal ships were all built between 2005 and 2018. All ships are equipped with the latest in technology and safety features and meet all current environmental regulations.
American Cruise Lines recommends you pack comfortable resort attire and the following:
- Comfortable walking shoes
- Light rain wear
- Jacket for cool evenings
- Photo identification
American Cruise Lines places no restrictions on luggage. However, it is recommended that you bring as few bags as necessary. Suitcases less than 10 inches high may be stowed under your bed.
American Cruise Lines works with leading hotels at all departure points and offers American Cruise Lines passengers a special discounted rate and complimentary parking for the duration of the cruise. Specific recommended hotels are listed in your pre-cruise booklet and vary depending on itinerary.
All departure ports are located near major airports. Please reference your pre-cruise booklet for a list of airports recommended for travel to your particular cruise departure point.
Transportation to/ from the airport varies based on itinerary. Post cruise transfers are provided upon disembarkation. Call for details.
Embarkation, Debarkation & Visitors
Cruises typically depart at 1:30 p.m. or earlier if all passengers have arrived. Passengers may board after 10 a.m. It is recommended that passengers arrive no later than 12:30 p.m.
At boarding, crew members will be available to transfer your luggage to your stateroom. If you have cruised with us before, please remove your old luggage tags.
Cruises sometimes return the evening before the last day of the cruise, and passengers, on most cruises, may stay onboard until 8:30 a.m. Breakfast is served on the last day of every cruise.
Guests are welcome to have visitors onboard. Please notify your Hotel Manager should you be expecting a visitor so proper accommodations can be prepared. Should you know about a visitor(s) prior to your cruise, please notify your cruise specialist.
American Cruise Lines’ staterooms, most at more than 220 square feet, are by far the largest in their class. The majority of staterooms have spacious private balconies and feature a roomy private hotel-like bath and a large, opening picture window, allowing you spectacular up-close views of landscape, ports, and sea. Each stateroom is tastefully designed with your comfort and convenience in mind and includes the following amenities:
Twin or King-sized bed
Twice-daily stateroom service
Remote-controlled satellite TV w/ DVD player
Individual climate control system
Writing desk & stationery
Spacious closet and four-drawer dresser and dual night tables
American Cruise Lines features various oversized lounges aboard each of its ships including Internet stations and a well-stocked library. An assortment of decks are available to guests including a lounge deck and observation deck. Binoculars, guides and additional reading materials are available throughout the ships.
Services such as spa, hair/beauty treatments and laundry are available in port and can be fully arranged by your hotel manager onboard. Additional services such as golfing tee-time requests and special occasion setups are available upon request.
American Cruise Lines ships have 110-Volt outlets.
American Cruise Lines offers open seating at every meal in the glass-enclosed Dining Salon on the Main Deck. The atmosphere is informal – seating is unassigned and dress is resort casual. Each table offers an incredible outside view and meals are cooked to order, making dining a great time to share your experiences with companions and build new friendships. Your masterfully skilled chef creates delectable feasts for each meal (menus announced well in advance). Carefully selected fresh seafood, meats and produce are often purchased in the regions we visit, allowing your chef to highlight the cuisine with local flavor. American Cruise Lines provides complimentary wine and beer during lunch and dinner service. A complimentary cocktail hour with full bar is hosted each evening before dinner. Glasses, ice, mixers, coffee and soft drinks are available at all times. For other liquor requests your Hotel Manager will assist you.
Yes, American Cruise Lines features new state-of-the-art fitness equipment in a designated exercise area aboard every ship. For exact details on the equipment available on your ship, please call your cruise specialist.
Your onshore experience is as important as your onboard experience, so American Cruise Lines has taken special care to research and plan excursions at each port. With American Cruise Lines you will experience what makes each destination a special place. Your pre-cruise booklet that is mailed out to you offers a comprehensive list of tours that will take you to the finest local sites at each port and give you insight into the area’s culture, heritage and history. For additional information and pricing or for alternative activities available, your Cruise Director or onboard guest speaker will be happy to help. You may sign up for shore excursions onboard with the Cruise Director. Shore excursions typically cost $20 to $70 and can be paid onboard near the end of your cruise. American Cruise Lines is dedicated to making your onshore experience a true American adventure.