About East Coast Inland Passage Cruise

Every port on this 14-night, grand coastal tour will give you a unique glimpse of America. The East Coast Inland Passage, comprised of connecting rivers, bays, estuaries, and canals, will allow guests to fully appreciate the unspoiled beauty of some of the most preserved areas in the country. From the unique vantage point of a small ship, discover the soaring birds and wildlife that call this passage their home.

Cruise the East Coast Inland Passage and through a rich past that has influenced the shape of our country since the days of early exploration. Experience the elegance of a restored southern mansion, the solemn serenity of a Civil War battlefield, and the sheer enormity of a plantation and the secrets it holds.

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Cruise Itinerary

Day
Ports of Call
1
Baltimore, MD
2
Norfolk, VA
3
Kitty Hawk, NC
4
Day of Cruising
5
Beaufort, NC / Morehead City, NC
6
Wilmington, NC
7
Myrtle Beach, SC
8
Charleston, SC
9
Beaufort, SC
10
Hilton Head, SC
11
Savannah, GA
12
Sapelo Island, GA
13
St. Simon's Island, GA
14
Jekyll Island, GA
15
Jacksonville, FL area (Amelia Island)

East Coast Inland Passage Cruise

This 15-day cruise explores the scenic Intracoastal Waterway and includes stops in intriguing ports-of-call including Kitty Hawk, Wilmington, and Hilton Head.

Ports of Call

  • Baltimore, MD
  • Norfolk, VA
  • Kitty Hawk, NC
  • Beaufort, NC / Morehead City, NC
  • Wilmington, NC
  • Myrtle Beach, SC
  • Charleston, SC
  • Beaufort, SC
  • Hilton Head, SC
  • Savannah, GA
  • Sapelo Island, GA
  • St. Simon's Island, GA
  • Jekyll Island, GA
  • Jacksonville, FL area (Amelia Island)

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Day  1
Baltimore, MD

Baltimore is a great American city, bustling with excitement, colonial history and a rejuvenated maritime spirit. Explore its history aboard the decks of celebrated ships and on the cobbled streets of the charming waterfront Inner Harbor, or visit Fort McHenry, where Francis Scott Key was inspired to pen "The Star-Spangled Banner".

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Day  2
Norfolk, VA

Located at the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay, Norfolk has enjoyed a dramatic history dating back to 1607, when British settlers first arrived to America's shores. Today, the city embraces its colorful past while thriving as a modern metropolis. Tall schooners share the surrounding waters with naval vessels and oystermen. Enjoy tours of historic districts, museums, restored homes and the Norfolk Naval Station.

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Narrated Beach Tour

Explore Virginia Beach on a relaxing riding tour. This guided bus tour includes stops at the Old Cape Henry Lighthouse as well as the breathtaking Norfolk Botanical Gardens, which are made up of 155 beautiful acres intertwined by bridges, coastal waterways, and 12 miles of pedestrian trails.

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Narrated Bus Tour

Enjoy a historic, narrated bus tour of the city including the Norfolk Navy Base, the largest naval installation in the world. Take a ride through the 320 years of Norfolk's lovely historic district and restored areas. The tour will also stop at the MacArthur Memorial, a memorial celebrating Army General Douglas MacArthur, one of the most controversial figures in American history.

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Other Norfolk Attractions

Battleship Wisconsin
Take a self-guided audio tour of the 5-star-rated Battleship Wisconsin, one of the last battleships ever commissioned by the U.S. Navy.  Learn about its illustrious history as a battleship during WWII. Website

Chrysler Museum of Art
Discover and admire a large collection of exhibits at this museum, which also features two historic houses – The Moses Meyers House and The Norfolk History Museum at the Willoughby-Baylor House.  The permanent collection housed at this site includes art on various media, including photography and sculpture. Website

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Day  3
Kitty Hawk, NC

Learn about the birth of flight in Kitty Hawk, where the Wright Brothers successfully piloted sustained powered flights in the first incarnations of modern airplanes.

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Wright Brothers Memorial

Learn about the history, legends and lore of the Outer Banks as you travel to the Wright Brothers National Memorial in Kitty Hawk, NC. Enjoy an introduction by a park ranger and learn about the fascinating history of aviation that took place at this site. After the introduction, tour the Visitor Center, where the Wright brothers' story is told through exhibits and reproductions. You may also climb Big Kill Devil Hill for a breathtaking view of the area from sound to sea.

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Day  4
Day of Cruising

Enjoy a leisurely day of cruising as you continue on your journey through the East Coast Inland Passage. Take in breathtaking views of the shoreline and relax in one of your ship's comfortable lounges.

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Day  5
Beaufort, NC / Morehead City, NC

Morehead City is always bustling with boat activity. There are plenty of boutique shops to browse or you can tour the meticulously restored town of Beaufort, just across the Newport River. Beaufort is the third oldest town in North Carolina and has a 21-block historic district that includes a boardwalk lined with boats on one side and unique shops perfect for browsing on the other.

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Beaufort City and House Tour

From atop a 1967 English double-decker bus, local narrators weave stories about Beaufort’s past, featuring pirates, star-crossed lovers, and Confederate spies. After you finish making your way through the historic district, you will visit two of Beaufort’s most beautiful historic homes.

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Other Morehead City Attractions

N.C. Maritime Museum
This museum is dedicated to the coastline of North Carolina, displayed through exhibits and various education programs. Take a tour and see many artifacts from the ocean, including an exhibit featuring the travels of infamous pirate Blackbeard. Website

National Park Service Cape Lookout
A trip to this lookout is well-worth the three-mile boat ride. Discover North Carolina’s coastline from off-shore on this island, home to many fishermen and whalers since its establishment in 1966. Website

Rachel Carson Coastal Estuarine Reserve
A visit to the Rachel Carson Coastal Estuarine Reserve will expose you to beautifully-preserved habitats for tidal flats, sand dunes and shrub thicket. This reserve is perfect for the bird-lovers in your travel group – there are more than 200 species throughout the area. Website

The Carteret County Historical Society
Dig deeper into the history of Morehead City at this historical society, which features exhibits about a variety of local interests and customs. Website

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Wilmington, NC

Founded in 1739, Wilmington prospered during its early years as a major port and ship-building center. Today, the city continues to flourish and boasts an outstanding reputation as a leader in preservation efforts. Explore Georgian, Victorian and antebellum-style homes, buildings and houses restored to their original grandeur. Stroll through beautiful gardens and city streets lined with shopping venues and seafood eateries.

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City Tour & Bellamy Mansion

Enjoy a narrated trolley tour of Wilmington’s historic district and where you can view numerous historical sites and magnificent mansions. Following the tour, you will visit Bellamy Mansion, one of North Carolina’s most spectacular examples of antebellum architecture. Make sure you take the time to browse the many shops and sites within walking distance from the ship.

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Other Wilmington Attractions

Airlie Gardens
Changing from season to season, Airlie Gardens is a massive compound featuring lush gardens, historical sculptures, freshwater lakes and a whole host of other astonishing elements. Visit the 462-year-old Airlie Oak and stroll through the gardens’ massive collection of azaleas, which number in the hundreds of thousands. Website

Cape Fear Serpentarium
Explore one of the world’s most distinguished reptile collections at this Serpentarium, which is a staple on TV channels like Animal Planet and Discovery. Website

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Wilmington Blackwater Adventure

Remaining largely unpopulated since its inception in the late 17th century, Cape Fear has become an intriguing region to visit during a stop in Wilmington. As you travel from the Rose Hill Plantation to the mysterious Black River on this boat tour, you will hear stories of early explorers that illuminate the history of this enigmatic region.

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Day  7
Myrtle Beach, SC

Recognized as one of America's most spectacular beaches, Myrtle Beach is an exciting city with dazzling theaters and unique shops located on Broadway on the Beach. Its fascinating lakeside entertainment includes the Grand Strand with over 100 specialty shops, the Palace Theatre and Ripley's Aquarium.

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St. Simons Tour

St. Simons Island is the largest of the Golden Isles and has a deep -rooted history spanning over four centuries.   Nowhere is the island’s rich history better told or preserved than the Bloody Marsh Battle Site or Christ Church.  Our lively private tour guide, Bunny, will take you through the battlegrounds and explain the military strategies employed by both sides.  Afterwards, visit Christ Church, one of St. Simons most treasured landmarks. The magnificent stain glass art is sure to leave you in awe. 

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Day  8
Charleston, SC

The scene of Revolutionary War naval battles, legendary pirate tales, and Civil War sieges, Charleston is built on history. Visit the historic Fort Sumter National Monument, experience the African-American influences of the area while strolling through parks and gardens. Warm southern breezes, gas-lit lamps and cobblestone streets welcome you to the city that is best known as the site where the Civil War began.

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Charleston City Tour

The city of Charleston is as exquisitely preserved and aesthetically pleasing as any city in the United States. The blend of antebellum architecture, cobblestone streets, flickering lanterns, and historic landmarks are a treat for the eye to behold. Tour the city with a knowledgeable guide who will take you to explore sights such as the colorful Rainbow Row, Catfish Row, the famous Battery, and more. Should you want to experience more of what Charleston has to offer, American Cruise Lines also offers a “hop on, hop off” shuttle which can bring you to any of your favorite attractions. 

*Tour only offered on cruises ending in Charleston, SC
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Day  9
Beaufort, SC

Beaufort’s history includes European explorers, Native American inhabitants, British settlements and Civil War battles. Today, horse-drawn carriages bring you through the narrow streets of this district, past 18th and 19th century homes, famous for unique Beaufort-style architecture. View historic forts, elegant homes and majestic plantations and discover why Beaufort was once heralded as the “Newport of the South”.

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Low-Country Heritage Tour

Take a step back in time as we visit scenic Beaufort, and explore what life was like living on a Southern plantation. The experience begins the moment we dock when you’ll be introduced to our resident expert, Evelyn. She’ll greet you warmly in her period-specific hoop-skirt and with a welcoming smile. Evelyn will remain with as your guide as we depart for Lady’s Island, St. Helena where you’ll walk the grounds of a former plantation. You’ll explore the main plantation house, manicured grounds, and as a special treat, you’ll receive a live performance that highlights some of the soulful plantation-life songs. In the evening, Evelyn will return to the ship to perform a memorable private onboard concert for everyone to enjoy.

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Carriage Tour

After a Southern inspired luncheon, you’ll embark on a tour of Beaufort’s popular Bay St. from the comfort of a horse-drawn carriage. This narrated experience follows the historic tree-lined streets of Beaufort as you make your way to visit the area’s antebellum homes, parks, and shops. Many of the local buildings remain untouched and are preserved as they were originally constructed after being used as hospitals, offices, and commander’s quarters during the Civil War.  At the conclusion of the tour, you’ll have free time to experience Beaufort and its Southern charm on your own.

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Other Beaufort Attractions

The Parris Island Museum
This free museum is perfect for the military buffs in your travel group. A large collection of artifacts and exhibits help you learn about the history of the United States Marine Corps. Website

Hunting Island State Park
See why Hunting Island is South Carolina’s most popular state park by visiting its beaches, forests, marshes and other natural elements. Plan on taking a long walk around this park’s 5000 acres.Website

Port Royal
At the center of this city is a beautiful boardwalk, a favorite among visitors to the area. Even a short trip to Port Royal will illuminate its wonderfully bold and eccentric atmosphere. Website

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Day  10
Hilton Head, SC

Hilton Head is a first class resort known for its championship golf courses and miles of pristine beaches. A boat tour of The Sea Pines Forest Preserve gives you a close-up view of Hilton Head's indigenous plant and animal life, including the native American Alligator.

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Wildlife Tour

We will anchor in Hilton Head and tender into shore, where we will be greeted by our local guide for one of our most popular shore excursions in the area.  You’ll embark on a private boat tour of the Sea Pines Resort Forest Preserve. This 600-acre preserve features some of Hilton Head’s many indigenous plants and animal species, including the native American alligator. Your guide will provide an engaging and educational tour while you enjoy the breathtaking views of the freshwater lake. In the afternoon, you’ll have ample time to explore Hilton Head’s popular shopping district or relax back on board before the evening’s entertainment.

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Day  11
Savannah, GA

Recognized as the country’s first planned city, Savannah is a bustling seaport with renowned historic districts that preserve its 19th century opulence. Join a narrated tour of Savannah’s “Historic and Victorian Districts”, brave an evening Ghost Walk, or explore the area's exotic shops. Discover Savannah’s proud history and festive energy.

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Mighty Eighth Air Force Museum

The Mighty Eighth Air Force Museum houses an impressive collection of WWII aviation memorabilia. Upon entering the museum, you’ll immediately be awed by the breathtaking collection of fully restored aircraft that helped serve our brave troops during the war. You’ll be welcomed by a tour guide who will provide the group with an overview of the museum and a brief history lesson regarding the famed Eighth Air Force Division. After introductions, you are welcome to either experience the museum on a self-guided tour or stay with your guide to be personally escorted around the museum grounds. Your visit includes an educational film, engaging World War II exhibits, airman memorials, and the rare collection of planes that served the Mighty Eighth men and women.

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Trolley Tour of Savannah

Our ship will dock directly in the famous River St. area, which is full of open-air shopping, world-class restaurants, and Southern hospitality. On the dock, you’ll meet directly with your guide, who will provide you with a personalized city tour. This highly acclaimed experience visits many of the important city attractions including Factor’s Walk, the Cotton Exchange, along with the various squares that make up the city. After the tour, you can retreat back to the boat or continue to explore the city on your own. As part of the trolley tour experience, you can continue to use the trolley system throughout the remainder of the day. Trolleys run all day and meet at designated spots within the city limits.

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Guided Walking Tour

Amid the bustling River St. section of Savannah, you will meet with our local guide who will lead the group on a narrated walking tour of historic Savannah. Here, you’ll visit key attractions which include Savannah’s oldest neighborhood, Colonial Park Cemetery, Savannah’s squares, and a visit to the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist. Your guide will highlight the various gardens, architecture, city history, and tailor the tour based on your interests.

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Day  12
Sapelo Island, GA

Experience the forested uplands, salt marshes, and beach dune systems as you spend the day in Sapelo Island. Take a narrated island tour to visit the top attractions of Sapelo's Hog Hammock Community, the local lighthouse, and the mansion of the last millionaire to own the island, R.J. Reynolds.

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Narrated Island Tour

As you tender in from just offshore, you will have a grand view of the Sapelo Island Lighthouse while on your way to meet up with J.R., your private local guide for the day. Once you arrive, J.R. will take you on a tour of the island, including a stop at the famous R.J. Reynolds mansion.  After your tour of the 29 bedroom estate, partake in a delicious oyster roast before tendering back to the ship. 

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Day  13
St. Simon's Island, GA

From shady lanes lined with moss-draped oaks to a diverse range of wildlife, St. Simons Island offers passengers an enthralling past of momentous 18th century battles and sprawling, antebellum plantations. Make sure to visit St. Simons Lighthouse, which houses a fantastic museum devoted to the history of the Georgia Coast.

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St. Simons Tour

St. Simons Island is the largest of the Golden Isles and has a deep -rooted history spanning over four centuries.   Nowhere is the island’s rich history better told or preserved than the Bloody Marsh Battle Site or Christ Church.  Our lively private tour guide, Bunny, will take you through the battlegrounds and explain the military strategies employed by both sides.  Afterwards, visit Christ Church, one of St. Simons most treasured landmarks. The magnificent stain glass art is sure to leave you in awe. 

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Lady Jane Shrimp Boat Tour

After a hearty breakfast, meet your skipper for the day at the gangway of the ship before making your way to the Lady Jane. Relax while the refreshing scent of salt water fills the air as you sail to your captain’s favorite shrimping grounds.  As the retired shrimping vessel makes its way through the scenic Marshes of Glynn south of St. Simons Sound, be sure to be on the lookout for wildlife such as dolphins and pelicans.  Once you arrive at your captain’s favorite spot, you will have the opportunity to pull in your very own catch!

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Day  14
Jekyll Island, GA

Discover the fascinating history of Jekyll Island. At the end of the 19th century, wealthy men in America, including J.P. Morgan, William Rockefeller and Cornelius Vanderbilt, purchased the entire island as a hunting resort prized for its “splendid isolation." Today, Jekyll Island is part of Georgia’s Sea Isles and boasts “Millionaire’s Village” - 240 acres of extravagant homes and winter cottages recognized as a National Historic Landmark.

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Jekyll Island Tram Tour & Sea Turtle Center

Aside from its renowned history of wealth and opulence, the geography of Jekyll Island has made it an ideal nesting ground for sea turtles. Your daily adventure will begin with a self-guided tour of the Georgia Sea Turtle Center, where you see firsthand the hardships of a young sea turtle as it grows from an egg to adulthood. Afterward, take a tram tour of the Jekyll Island Historic District and learn all about the Jekyll Island Club, once named “the richest, most inaccessible club in the world,” and even tour one of the famed mansions on the island.

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Day  15
Jacksonville, FL area (Amelia Island)

Take in the beautiful weather of northern Florida as you disembark from your tour of the South. Jacksonville offers a number of wonderful activities, including a tour of Cummer Art Museum, which house an exclusive collection of art, including rare porcelain.

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)

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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