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  • Shore Experiences in Poulsbo, WA

    by User Not Found | Jun 13, 2013

    Located on the Kitsap Peninsula, Poulsbo, WA, is one of our passengers' favorite stops on a Puget Sound & San Juan Islands cruise. Poulsbo has a unique history and rich culture, highlighted as a destination for Norwegian loggers and fishermen in the late 19th century. Learn more about Poulsbo during one of these shore experiences:

    Tour of Poulsbo

    Take a guided walking tour through Poulsbo's vibrant downtown area, modeled with a Scandinavian theme in mind. Visit the wonderful shops and restaurants in this area and enjoy the beautiful scenery.

    Poulsbo Washington 

    Poulsbo Heritage Museum

    The walking tour of Poulsbo is led by members of this town's Historical Society, providing in-depth discussion and narrative about this region's extended history. At the tour's end, you will have the opportunity to delve deeper into Poulsbo's story at the Poulsbo Heritage Museum, featuring illuminating exhibits and more.

    Poulsbo Heritage Museum 

  • American Spirit Welcomes a New Member to its Family

    by User Not Found | May 17, 2013

    We recently received this wonderful story from our American Spirit hotel manager, Chelsea Hargis:

    The crew of the American Spirit is proud to announce its adoption of Spirit, a female Orca from the L Pod.  Although the Orca Adoption Program, supported by The Whale Museum in Friday Harbor, WA, offered many different killer whales to adopt, the unanimous final decision was Spirit.

     American Spirit Crew  

    Proud parents on the American Spirit – (From left to right) Kevin Gaiser, Nikki Baran, Captain Don Johnson, Chelsea Hargis, Mate Ian Edmonds


    “We just knew that Spirit was the one for us.  Her name represents our ship well and her story is just as telling as our own ship’s story,” Captain Johnson shared with crew and passengers.

    Born in 1971, Spirit has seen many portions of the waterways, including the western side of San Juan Island and the Straight of Juan de Fuca, where the American Spirit cruises through on its journey from Friday Harbor to Port Angeles, WA.

    Spirit, An Orca Whale

    Mate Edmonds remarked to the Hotel Manager, “I’m hoping to look out one of these days from the pilot house and see Spirit.  It would really make these Puget Sound trips even better than they already are.”

    With that being said, the American Spirit crew will be extra vigilant the remaining trips so as to not miss seeing their new family member, displaying a nick midway down her dorsal fin and a closed saddle patch on both her sides.

    Welcome aboard, Spirit!

  • In-Depth Excursions on the Upper Mississippi River

    by User Not Found | May 02, 2013

    All American Cruise Lines cruise itineraries feature shore excursions unlike anything you might have experienced before. Whether you’re enjoying the wineries of the Columbia River region or exploring the shops in Martha’s Vineyard, every cruise has something for everyone. The Upper Mississippi area is no exception to this rule, featuring a number of fascinating stops that will delight passengers. Here are just some of those hotspots:

    Mark Twain’s Hometown of Hannibal, MO

    Learn about the life and times of Mark Twain during an exclusive tour of Hannibal, MO, featuring stops at his childhood home, the Becky Thatcher house and the Museum Gallery.

    Cruises: St. Louis to St. Paul  
    Mark Twain Missississippi River Cruises 

    National Quilt Museum in Paducah, KY

    Perfect for the quilter in your travel group, Paducah, KY, is known as the quilting capital of the USA! Stop by the National Quilting Museum to learn more about the history and craftsmanship behind this popular activity.

    Cruises: Nashville to St. Louis, St. Louis to Cincinnati, Memphis to St. Louis 
    Quilt City USA on Small Ship Cruise 

    Fort Donelson National Military Park in Dover, TN

    Military buffs will be in awe of the history of Fort Donelson National Military Park, considered to be one of the most important battlegrounds during the American Civil War.

    Cruises: Memphis to Nashville

    Cannon at Fort Donelson 

  • The Small Ship Alternative

    by User Not Found | Apr 25, 2013

    The first thing that might come to mind when you think of cruising is an enormous cruise ship in a tropical setting carrying thousands of people. However, bigger does not always mean better, and this rings even truer now than ever! Small ship cruising is an alternative to the massive floating cities in the sea – a smaller, calmer, and more upscale alternative. Today, discover small ship cruising done perfectly in the United States with American Cruise Lines.

    Designed to navigate rivers and inland waterways, small ship cruises typically hold 200 passengers or less and offer an intimate and unique cruise experience with up-close and personal appeal. Not to mention, all-inclusive rates and personalized service.  Often times the small ships can dock right in the harbor of unique ports which larger ships cannot fit into.

    NY River CruisesWith American Cruise Lines, know that you have the luxury of making any small ship or river cruise, your cruise. The beauty of small ship cruising (aside from the unique destinations, distinctions and safety benefits) is the personalized service. Want a tee-time arranged for you on Hilton Head? Done. Have a specific spirit in mind that you’d like to have aboard? Done. Want friends in port to join you for dinner aboard the ship? Done. Require gluten-free, sugar-free meals? No problem. Care to enjoy breakfast on your private verandah? You’ve got it.  Bringing grand children with you and want connecting rooms and specialized configuration of furniture? Easy. Those are just some examples of the many different ways a small ship line can personalize your cruise. 

    Fine dining is a given, while an open-seating plan allows you to choose where and with whom you’d like to sit. Aboard American Cruise Lines, meals are cooked to order, and feature the finest and freshest ingredients and locally-sourced meats. Enjoy beer and wine with dinner, included, and even a complimentary cocktail hour featuring top-shelf liquor and a delicious assortment of hors d’oeuvres.

    Another fantastic element of a small ship cruise is that it lends itself to onboard camaraderie. Guests find themselves among like-minded people, sharing similar backgrounds, professions, interests and hobbies…and most of all, they seek the same type of cruise experience – one which is relaxing, elegant, and offers a mix of pure travel and a fun vacation. On a small ship cruise, people discover (and rediscover) unique destinations, explore history and cultures, and see the most beautiful sights America has to offer.  

  • TravelAge West Editors' Pick

    by User Not Found | Apr 19, 2013
    We are pleased to announce that American Cruise Lines has been chosen as an Editor's Pick by TravelAge West during its WAVE Awards season. Being honored as an Editor's Pick also puts us in the running for a WAVE Award. This year, the Queen of the Mississippi is nominated as the Best New Ship (River Cruise) Category.

    Please click the link below and vote for the Queen of the Mississippi. Don't forget - it's you, our passengers, that make us great!

    Mississippi Queen Riverboat
  • Review American Cruise Lines on Cruise Critic

    by User Not Found | Apr 08, 2013

    If you have cruised with us before, we would like to hear from you! Let us know how you felt about your cruise by logging a review at Cruise Critic. Simply choose the American Cruise Lines ship you traveled on as seen in the picture below), sign into Cruise Critic and let us know what you think. 

    Theme Cruises - Welcome Home

    Click Here to Submit a Review to Cruise Critic

  • Vote for Us in the CondĂ© Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Survey

    by User Not Found | Mar 28, 2013

    There are a number of reasons our passengers keep coming back to our small ship cruises. Whether you love the ship’s spacious staterooms or the well-planned shore excursions, we want to hear from you! Currently, American Cruise Lines is a competitor in the Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Survey, which picks only the best in travel based on readers’ votes. If you have cruised with us before, please consider making your voice heard by clicking the link below and telling Condé Nast Traveler why American Cruise Lines is your only choice for small ship cruising.

    Vote for ACL

    Just by filling out the survey, you will be entered to win one of two fabulous prizes, both provided by Condé Nast Traveler:

    Grand Prize

    Three-night stay in a beachfront luxury suite at One&Only Palmilla in Los Cabos, Mexico. 

    This includes an ESPA couple's treatment, dinners at Agua and Market, a sunset cruise, and a round of golf at a course designed by legend Jack Nicklaus. Two round-trip tickets from Virgin America are also part of this package. Estimated value of prize: $17,500 

    First Prize

    Three-night stay at Qualia on Hamilton Island in Australia 

    Daily breakfasts, water sports and a 24-hour-a-day chauffeur are all included in your stay. Estimated value of prize: $10,000

     For full rules and restrictions, please visit the link below.

    Click here to fill out the 2013 Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Survey

  • American Cruise Lines on Pinterest

    by User Not Found | Mar 22, 2013

    Our small ship cruises provide regions with an opportunity to showcase the sights and sounds of unique locales, whether on the Mississippi River, Intracoastal Waterway or the Columbia & Snake Rivers in Alaska. We have recently created a brand new Pinterest page to expand our image collection and communicate in a new social space.

    American Cruise Lines on Pinterest

    You can visit our Pinterest at the link below. Make sure you follow us, repin your favorite pins and let us know what you would like to see!

  • New American Cruise Lines Theme Cruise Pages Launched

    by User Not Found | Mar 15, 2013

    At American Cruise Lines, we like to plan and develop cruises that passengers can truly get involved in, whether it’s a deep exploration of history or a closer look at culture. These interests are closely examined during our special theme cruises. For instance, if you take a Mississippi River Jazz Cruise on the Queen of the Mississippi, you will be treated to behind-the-scenes tours and onboard performances centered around one of America’s most influential genres of music – jazz.

    Recently, we launched two new theme cruise pages on our website, one for our Chesapeake Bay Crabfest Cruise and one for our Mark Twain Tribute Cruise, both of which are particular favorites of guests. For more information about either of these theme cruises, visit the links below:

    Chesapeake Bay Crabfest Cruise

  • Paddlewheelin’ on the Mississippi Video

    by User Not Found | Feb 28, 2013

    We are proud to offer authentic paddlewheel ship cruising on the Mississippi River. Recently, we released a video to show you how our new ship – Queen of the Mississippi - helps us bring passengers up and down this mighty river to various regions like New Orleans, Memphis, St. Louis, St. Paul, Nashville and more. Watch the video below to see what a true Mississippi River cruise on the Queen of the Mississippi is like:

  • Queen of the Mississippi Virtual Tour

    by User Not Found | Feb 05, 2013

    Welcome to our brand-new American Cruise Lines blog! In this area of the site, we will share new information, special offers and exciting news directly from our ships and headquarters as it happens. 

    Queen of the Mississippi Virtual Tour

    Recently, we launched a virtual tour of our new paddlewheeler cruise ship, Queen of the Mississippi. Using your computer, you will be able to view every area of this stunning ship, from the lavish dining room to the luxurious staterooms. We will be launching new virtual tours over the coming weeks, so stay tuned to this blog see the newest virtual tours being offered.

    Queen of the Mississippi Virtual Tour