About New England Islands Cruise

Explore the maritime heritage of New England's seaport villages and quaint island towns on our 8-day New England Islands Cruise. American Cruise Lines will be your guide as you'll visit majestic destinations such as; Mohegan Bluffs on Block Island, opulent mansions in Newport, gingerbread cottages on Martha's Vineyard, and more.

Each day is filled with personalized shore excursions narrated by local island guides, knowledgeable onboard experts, and locally inspired seafood dishes prepared by internationally trained chefs.

Come with American Cruise Lines as we discover the New England Islands.

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Cruise Itinerary

Day
Ports of Call
1
Providence, RI
2
New Bedford, MA
3
Nantucket Island, MA
4
Martha's Vineyard, MA
5
Block Island, RI
6
Newport, RI
7
Bristol, RI
8
Providence, RI

New England Islands Cruise

A cruise through the New England Islands will take you to beautiful villages and stunning locales like Martha's Vineyard and Newport.

Ports of Call

  • Providence, RI
  • New Bedford, MA
  • Nantucket Island, MA
  • Martha's Vineyard, MA
  • Block Island, RI
  • Newport, RI
  • Bristol, RI
  • Providence, RI

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Day  1
Providence, RI

The state capitol of Rhode Island is known as the “Renaissance City," with a host of attractions for visitors to enjoy including acclaimed theaters, fine arts and Philharmonic performances. Over three centuries of fascinating history are preserved in Providence from Benefit Street’s “Mile of History” to the immaculate examples of Colonial and Victorian architecture.

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Day  2
New Bedford, MA

In the mid-19th century, New Bedford was the whaling capital of the world, and became the inspiration behind Herman Melville's classic American novel, Moby Dick, in 1841. Today, New Bedford is still known as "The Whaling City," with an authentic seaport village, large fishing fleet and working waterfront.

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Whaling Museum

Once anchored in the port of New Bedford, the ships will host an evening event with a local Port representative who will tell of the city’s rich marine history, specifically its deep roots in the once lucrative whaling industry. His tales and local knowledge helps set the tone for the morning’s festivities. After breakfast, you will be greeted by the local Park Ranger - Lucy, who will provide commentary on whaling as she escorts you on a brief walk from the ship to the Whaling Museum. Your tour will feature a short film about whaling, and a variety of interactive exhibits that highlight the whaling industry that once crowned New Bedford as “the wealthiest city” in the world.

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Acushnet Harbor Cruise

After a hearty East Coast-inspired breakfast, the harbor cruise captain will greet you at the ship and take you on an intimate historical New Bedford / Fairhaven harbor cruise. You’ll explore the popular Palmer’s Island Lighthouse, Fort Phoenix, a working fishing fleet, and the largest hurricane barrier on the East Coast. Your captain will also share insights into the local fishing industry and their focus on scallops. After you arrive back to the ship, you’ll enjoy a seafood dinner made from the locally sourced scallops and fish.

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Day  3
Nantucket Island, MA

Be transported back to the 18th century as you step off your ship onto the timeworn cobblestone streets of Nantucket. Discover how this delightful island evolved from a small farming community to be the center of the American whaling industry and then to a popular resort community.  Nantucket is a world unto itself, with towering church steeples and old-world architecture.

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Nantucket Island Tour

As we approach the tranquil shores of Nantucket, the captain will set anchor in the calm sound for a breathtaking view of Nantucket. In the morning, we’ll tender into shore where we’ll be greeted by our native Nantucket guide who will serve as our island escort.  During our private charter, our engaging guide will share stories of the island’s early history, the popular rose-covered cottage style homes, and intriguing art community. We’ll stop to explore the cranberry bogs and local lighthouses before allowing free time in the popular downtown to shop or dine at your leisure. In the afternoon, our onboard guest lecturer will enhance your visit, by leading you on a guided walking tour to explore Brant Point Lighthouse.

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Day  4
Martha's Vineyard, MA

Martha's Vineyard was once a hub for whaling fleets and merchant ships, with exotic cargo from far corners of the world arriving on her shores. Today, the island is one of the most popular vacation spots in New England, comprised of six distinct towns, including Chilmark and Vineyard Haven. The most genteel town on the island is historic Edgartown, prim and proper with its freshly painted colonial homes and manicured gardens.

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Island Tour

As we dock in Vineyard Haven, you’ll be immediately surprised by the charm of the quaint seaside village. Our local island guide will greet us at the harbor and take us on a personalized tour of Martha’s Vineyard. You’ll visit the many historic towns, including, Edgartown, Oak Bluffs, Vineyard Haven, and West Tisbury. You’ll enjoy ample free time to explore the local shops and village in Edgartown. Once back at the ship, you’ll meet up with our onboard lecturer who will take the group to Oak Bluffs for a narrated tour of the gingerbread cottages. Your tour will conclude with a visit to Bill Ewen’s gingerbread home for freshly made lemonade and cookies. In the evening, musical great, Mark Alan Lovewell will entertain everyone onboard with popular sea chantey sing-a-long songs.

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Day  5
Block Island, RI

Stroll along Mohegan Bluffs and admire the Southeast Lighthouse, located along the southern shore of the island. The bluffs rise 200 feet above the ocean and stretch 3 miles along the shoreline. This small island off the coast of Rhode Island has become a popular summertime destination, adored for its easy-going attitude, splendid nature trails and breathtaking bluffs.

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Island Tour

As you ride along the scenic Mohegan Bluffs gazing upon the colorful sails which illuminate its harbors, it will come as no surprise why this area serves as inspiration for many artists.  Known simply on the island as “Howie”, your private guide for the day is nothing short of a local legend.  Along with Howie, we will visit all the main attractions of the island, while also showing you its treasured nooks, of which only the most experienced locals are aware. As your tour winds along the scenic bluffs on the way to Old Harbor, you will make a stop at the famous Southeast Lighthouse before having time to peruse the quaint boutiques of the harbor.  While in Old Harbor, sip on a glass of refreshing Del’s Lemonade, a local Rhode Island summer treat for over 70 years, before rejoining the ship for cocktails and a seafood-inspired feast.

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Day  6
Newport, RI

Nestled within Narragansett Bay is Newport, the yachting capital of the world. As you stroll along the beautiful beaches, historic neighborhoods, bustling wharves and scenic waterfront, you'll find Newport offers something for everyone. Visit the Herreshoff Marine Museum and America's Cup Hall of Fame. Explore Newport's fabled past with glimpses of opulent seaside estates along the "Avenue of the Mansions".

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Avenue of the Mansions

Travel back in time to the epicenter of 19th century opulence as a knowledgeable guide takes you down one of the most architecturally impressive avenues in the world.  Learn about the owners of the homes and their monetary successes as you travel along the spectacular Ocean View Drive and Bellevue Avenue, before concluding at the “grand dame” of them all, The Breakers Mansion.  A portrayal of the social and financial prominence of the Vanderbilt family at the turn of the century, the architecture of this seventy-room Italian renaissance-style palazzo is remarkable. Take a leisurely audio tour of the home and learn about the Vanderbilt family and their inspiration behind building this impressive summer “cottage.” At the conclusion of the tour, you will have time to explore the bustling Newport waterfront at your own pace. 

 

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Guided Tour of Fort Adams

Newport, RI boasts one of the finest natural harbors in the world. The night before your arrival, engage in an enlightening lecture of how Newport’s earliest settlers protected the harbor from intruders and also used it to achieve monetary successes. The intimate size of our vessel allows us to dock right at Fort Adams, the well-known fort used to protect the harbor, and puts us just a short ride away from Newport’s bustling riverfront. Our onboard lecturer will walk you over to the fort and answer any questions you may have before handing you off to a knowledgeable Park Ranger who will delve deeper into the history of the fort and the military and naval strategies implemented there.

 

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Day  7
Bristol, RI

Visit Battleship Cove, a unique "floating" museum recognized as the world's largest collection of 20th century U.S. naval fighting ships. Relive childhood memories on the magnificent, fully-restored carousel at Battleship Cove, the oldest functioning carousel in America. Explore the collection of intricate model ships and other nautical keepsakes at Fall River's Marine Museum.

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Herreshoff Marine Museum / America's Cup Hall of Fame

As the ship pulls into port, the Herreshoff Marine Museum can be seen from the comfort of your private balcony.  A guide will greet you at the ship and walk with you across the street to the museum which features some of the finest yachts built during “The Golden Age of Yachting.” The museum also features the America’s Cup Hall of Fame, which honors those who have competed in the most renowned international yachting event in the world. In the afternoon, you’ll take a trolley to the Blithewold Mansion for a private tour of the mansion and grounds. With magnificent views of Narragansett Bay, the 33-acre summer estate also features a collection of exquisite gardens. Finally, you’ll have plenty of free time for an afternoon of exploration. You can take a brief stroll or ride our shuttle into Bristol to visit the many local shops.

 

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Day  8
Providence, RI

Providence offers a number of shore excursions that will delight any member of your travel group. Simply take a walk through Waterplace Park to the River Walk, or admire the architecture of the Cathedral of Saints Paul and Peter. No matter what type of activity you are looking for, Providence has it all.

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Other Providence Attractions

Holocaust Memorial Museum
The mission of Rhode Island's Holocaust Memorial Museum is to honor the memory of the victims and to pay tribute to the survivors, rescuers, liberators, and witnesses of the Holocaust. The Museum teaches the painful lessons learned from racism, bigotry, and genocide to the next generation in order to promote tolerance, mutual understanding, and respect. Website

John Brown House Museum
Considered to be “magnificent and elegant” by John Quincy Adams, this house-turned-museum was the first mansion built in Providence. After being donated by the Brown family in the early 1940s, the home was restored and preserved by the Rhode Island Historical Society. Tour the Brown House to learn about Rhode Island’s cultural and social climate in the 18th century.

State House
Featuring the fourth-largest self-supported marble dome in the world, the Rhode Island State House is the workplace of many state and local government officials. The State House features a number of interesting items, including a replica of the Liberty Bell and a portrait of George Washington painted by Gilbert Stuart. Website

Governor Henry Lippitt House
Take a tour of this well-preserved home, built for textile merchant Henry Lippitt in the late 19th century. Guided tours will illuminate the history of this building, showcasing the elaborate woodwork and Victorian-era furnishings.

Cathedral of Saints Paul and Peter
This Romanesque cathedral was designed in the late 19th century by Patrick Keely. On a tour, you will see a number of amazing features, including a 36-foot-tall organ, a tabernacle created by hand and a bell weighing 3000 pounds.

The Roger Williams Park & Botanical Center
This center, which is the largest public indoor display garden in New England, features two greenhouses and 150 species and cultivars of plants. This is the perfect excursion for anyone who loves escaping into natural settings within urban areas. Website

Waterplace Park and River Walk
Romantic Venetian-style footbridges, cobblestone walkways, and an amphitheater encircling a tidal pond set the tone at this 4-acre tract, which has won national and international design awards. The Riverwalk passes the junction of three rivers -- the Woonasquatucket, Providence, and Moshassuck -- a nexus of the shipping trade during Providence's early years. However, the area had been covered over by highways and parking lots in the middle of the 20th century. An urban-renewal project uncovered the buried rivers, rerouted them, and surrounded them with amenities for pedestrians rather than cars. Waterplace Park is now a gathering for the city. Website

Roger Williams Park Zoo
Featuring a host of interactive exhibits, this zoo’s mission is focused on the conservation of wildlife and providing a wide range of education to its visitors. See more than 100 species of wide-ranging animals, including harbor seals, red pandas and carpet pythons. Website

Independence

The Independence is equipped with the largest staterooms in the industry with most suites featuring private balconies. Featuring the latest in navigation and safety technology, the Independence is fully stabilized, allowing American Cruise Lines to reach even more fascinating destinations in smooth comfort. Complete with an exercise area and putting green, the Independence offers guests a relaxed and casual atmosphere.


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Owner's Suite (Private Balcony)

Deckplan

At 350 sq. ft. the Owner’s Suite is an oversized room for guests looking to enjoy complete comfort in their own private sanctuary. Featuring a large sitting area you’ll enjoy the passing scenery from your private walk-out balcony. This suite also features a full hotel-sized bathroom, generous closest space and a writing desk.

AAC (Private Balcony)

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These staterooms are centrally located on the top deck which provides stunning panoramic views. Enjoy 283 sq. ft. of comfortable living space, comparable to fine hotel rooms. These staterooms also offer private walk-out balconies and a generously sized bathroom.

AAL (Private Balcony)

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The AAL staterooms are designed to offer the most space and modern amenities. With 263 sq. ft. of living space, these rooms offer a private walk-out balcony to enjoy the passing scenery, writing desk and full hotel-sized bathroom.

A

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These comfortable staterooms located on the main deck offer 258 sq. ft. of living space and are a perfect place to unwind after a day of exploration. They feature hotel size bathroom, interior entrances, and large opening picture windows for scenic views.

Single (Private Balcony)

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Single staterooms offer the solo traveler a quiet enclave to rest and relax. Our single suites feature Twin sized beds, spacious bathrooms and your very own private balcony.

Single

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Located on the main deck, our single staterooms offer guests 207 sq. ft. of space with premium beds, spacious bathrooms, and an opening picture window with private views.

Independence Deck Plan

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American Star

The American Star will offer guests the same style of cruising that has become the hallmark of American Cruise Lines. From charming small towns to gracious ports, the American Star will bring guests to places of historic interest and magnificent beauty. Onboard, each guest will be able to unwind in the friendly and accommodating atmosphere, which is serviced by attentive all—American staff.


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Owner's Suite (Private Balcony)

Deckplan

At 350 sq. ft., the Owner’s Suite is an oversized room offering complete comfort in a spacious private sanctuary. The room has a large sitting area and a private balcony offering expansive views from a stunning vantage point.

AAC (Private Balcony)

Deckplan

These 283 sq. ft. staterooms are located on the top deck which provides privacy and great panoramic views. The living space is comparable to that of a fine hotel room and offers a writing desk, a closet, a full-size bathroom and a private balcony.

AAL (Private Balcony)

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AAL staterooms are a spacious retreat with all the amenities a modern traveler expects. Each room offers 263 sq. ft. of space encompassing a hotel size bathroom, a private balcony, and a large opening picture window.

AA

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AA Category staterooms are the perfect place to unwind after a day of exploration. Each 258 sq. ft. room has a large opening picture window with views of the passing scenery. The rooms also offer hotel-size bathrooms and plenty of closet space.

A

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A category rooms are a quiet enclave for total relaxation. They come equipped with a full assortment of modern amenities and a large opening picture window. Each room is 258 sq. ft. and is ideal for cruising the inland waterways of the East Coast.

Single (Private Balcony)

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The intimate atmosphere of each single stateroom is ideal for the solo traveler. At 248 sq. ft. each room has a twin bed, a full bathroom, a private balcony, and plenty of room to spread out and make yourself at home.

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American Constellation

American Constellation is the latest cruise ship from American Cruise Lines. Uniquely designed to navigate the inland waterways of the East Coast, American Constellation brings guests to beautiful ports the larger ships can't access. In the intimate atmosphere onboard, guests will find the largest staterooms in the industry, spacious lounges and observation decks and private balconies that offer spectacular views of the passing landscapes.


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Owner's Suite (Private Balcony)

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At over 450 sq. ft. the American Constellation Owner's Suites are both spacious and elegantly appointed. Located on a private deck, each secluded suite offers our distinguished travelers amazing views from the private walk-out balcony. The well-furnished suites come fully equipped and offer a sitting area, writer’s desk, sliding glass door and full hotel-sized bathroom.

Veranda Suite (Private Balcony)

Deckplan

With a generous 450 sq. ft. of relaxing space, each Veranda suite includes a private walk-out balcony to enjoy the panoramic views. Considered one of the finest staterooms on any cruise ship, guests will enjoy full hotel-sized bathrooms and large living area with sliding glass door.

AAM (Private Balcony)

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Our AAM staterooms are designed to offer the privacy you desire while cruising. Located on the fourth deck, these spacious staterooms are elegantly furnished and feature floor to ceiling sliding glass doors that lead to a private walk-out balcony where the grandness of the Northeast, Hudson, and Southeast scenery can be enjoyed.

AAC (Private Balcony)

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Featuring the most modern amenities, our spacious AAC staterooms offer the perfect retreat for travelers. With over 350 sq. ft., each stateroom offers all of the comforts of a fine hotel and is configured to maximize the interior living space. These stateroom also feature full sliding glass doors and a private walk-out balcony which provides spectacular panoramic views of the surrounding scenery.

AAL (Private Balcony)

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Our AAL staterooms offer all the comforts of home and amazing panoramic views. At 350 sq. ft. each room includes an interior entrance, expansive private walk-out balcony, and a large sitting area. These staterooms are the perfect sanctuary to relax in after a day of exploration.

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Centrally located, these 302 sq. ft. staterooms offer amazing views and easy access to the lounge areas. You’ll enjoy the expansive views out of your own large opening picture window. Each room comes equipped with a large closet and hotel-size bathrooms.

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The class A stateroom offer guests quiet and comfort during their cruise. Featuring a desk, satellite TV, large oversized picture window and a spacious living area at 260 sq. ft., these relaxing staterooms are ideal for coastal cruising.

Single (Private Balcony)

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Solo travelers will find relaxing comfort in our single staterooms complete with a walk-out private balcony. Enjoy one of the largest single staterooms in the industry at 250 sq. ft., featuring a comfortable Twin bed, large sliding glass door, and spacious full-sized bathrooms.

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Find modern amenities and relaxing comfort in our 226 sq. ft. single staterooms. With a large picture window, Twin size beds and sizable bathrooms, these single staterooms are perfect for solo travelers.

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New England Lobsterbake Cruise


Mention New England and one of the first things that comes to mind is lobster. Long known for having the tastiest lobsters in the world, the waters around the Maine Coast and New England Islands are full of amazing seafood that highlights these cruises.

We offer two intriguing cruises that feature traditional lobsterbakes; the Maine Coast and Harbors cruise and the New England Islands cruise. Both feature guided shore excursions to some of New England's more famous destinations and American Cruise Lines' acclaimed personalized service.

On this cruise, indulge in many flavorful lobster dishes including tenderloin and stuffed lobster tail, Cape Cod lobster pot pie, and whole steamed lobsters. 


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