Historic South and Golden Isles Cruise

Eight-Day / Seven-Night Southeast Cruise
Departing from Charleston, SC or Jacksonville, FL

The Intracoastal Waterway is a protected network of bays, rivers, and canals which is home to the most beautiful historic cities in America, including Savannah, Charleston, Jekyll Island, and Beaufort. Your cruise will take you to the heart of each unique place.

As you cruise between ports, expansive wildlife refuges and remote islands stretch out before you, offering an extraordinary view into the wilderness and wildlife of the South. This is a region of history, legend, grace, and beauty that will leave you inspired.

Watch the Savannah Georgia Video.

Early Bird Discount: Book early and Save $400 or more per stateroom on this cruise.

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Historic South & Golden Isles Cruise Map A truly historic cruise, this itinerary includes stops along some of the East Coast's best locales. Learn about the incredible pasts of Beaufort, Hilton Head, and much more. 

To learn more about the Historic South & Golden Isles cruise, click the blue Day by Day tab above. 

Day 1
Charleston to Beaufort, SC

Charleston South Carolina Cruise

The scene of Revolutionary War naval battles, legendary pirate tales, and Civil War sieges, Charleston is alive with history. Visit historic Fort Sumter National Monument, experience the African-American influences of the area and stroll through magnificent 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.


Day 2
Beaufort, SC

South Carolina Cruise

Beaufort’s history features European explorers, Native American cultural influences, British settlements and Civil War battles. Today, horse-drawn carriages clatter along the narrow streets of this historic district, past 18th and 19th century homes famous for unique Beaufort-style architecture. View historic forts and elegant homes to discover why Beaufort was once heralded as the “Newport of the South".


Day 3
Hilton Head Island, SC

Hilton Head, SC Cruise

Hilton Head is a first class resort known for its championship golf courses and miles of scenic 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 American Alligator.


Day 4
Savannah, GA

Georgia Coast Cruise

Recognized as the country’s first planned city, Savannah is still a bustling seaport with renowned historic districts that preserve its phenomenal 19th century wealth and opulence. Join a narrated tour of Savannah’s “Historic and Victorian Districts," brave an evening Ghost Walk, or explore the area's magnificent shops. To watch a brief video on Savannah, click here.


Day 5
Sapelo Island, GA

Sapelo Island Oyster Roast

Experience the forested uplands, salt marshes, and beach dune systems that make up 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 islands' last millionaire owner, R.J. Reynolds.


Day 6
St. Simons Island / Jekyll Island, GA

Jekyll Island Cruise

Discover the compelling history of Jekyll Island and St. Simons Island. Today, Jekyll Island is part of Georgia’s Sea Isles and boasts “Millionaire’s Village”, 240-acres of extravagant homes and winter cottages, now recognized as a National Historic Landmark. St. Simons Island offers guests a vivid past of momentous 18th century battlefields and sprawling, antebellum plantations.


Day 7
Cruising to Amelia Island, FL

Downtown Fernandina Beach Florida

Discover the natural beauty of Amelia Island, with its miles of quartz beaches and rolling sand dunes. Fernandina Beach, the island's only city, now harbors a treasure trove of history, antiques, and collectibles. Join a walking tour of Centre Street's Historic District, with 50 blocks of restored 19th century Victorian homes and shops.


Day 8
Jacksonville, FL Area (Amelia Island)

Jacksonville Florida Cruise

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 houses an exclusive collection of art, including rare porcelain.



Historic South and Golden Isles cruise video

Enjoy this compelling video capturing the beauty of a Historic South and Golden Isles cruise with American Cruise Lines. Cruise the Intracoastal Waterway on an 8-day passage from Charleston, SC to Jacksonville, FL with visits to Savannah, Beaufort, Sapelo Island and Hilton Head. Click the image above to play.

Date # of Nights Departure Location Ship
Nov 19, 2016 7 Jacksonville, FL Independence reserve now
Nov 26, 2016 7 Charleston, SC Independence reserve now
Dec 3, 2016 7 Jacksonville, FL Independence reserve now
Dec 21, 2016 7 Jacksonville, FL Independence reserve now
Dec 29, 2016 7 Charleston, SC Independence reserve now
Feb 25, 2017 7 Jacksonville, FL Independence reserve now
Mar 4, 2017 7 Charleston, SC Independence reserve now
Mar 11, 2017 7 Jacksonville, FL Independence reserve now
Mar 18, 2017 7 Charleston, SC Independence reserve now
Mar 25, 2017 7 Jacksonville, FL Independence reserve now
Apr 1, 2017 7 Charleston, SC Independence reserve now
Apr 1, 2017 7 Jacksonville, FL American Star reserve now
Apr 8, 2017 7 Jacksonville, FL Independence reserve now
Apr 8, 2017 7 Charleston, SC American Star reserve now
Apr 15, 2017 7 Charleston, SC Independence reserve now
Apr 15, 2017 7 Jacksonville, FL American Star reserve now
Apr 22, 2017 7 Charleston, SC American Star reserve now
Apr 29, 2017 7 Jacksonville, FL American Star reserve now
May 6, 2017 7 Charleston, SC American Star reserve now
Nov 5, 2017 10 Charleston, SC American Constellation reserve now
Nov 15, 2017 10 Charleston, SC American Constellation reserve now
Nov 18, 2017 7 Jacksonville, FL Independence reserve now
Nov 25, 2017 7 Charleston, SC Independence reserve now
Nov 25, 2017 7 Charleston, SC American Constellation reserve now
Dec 2, 2017 7 Jacksonville, FL Independence reserve now
Dec 2, 2017 7 Jacksonville, FL American Constellation reserve now
Dec 9, 2017 7 Charleston, SC Independence reserve now
Dec 9, 2017 7 Charleston, SC American Constellation reserve now
Dec 16, 2017 7 Jacksonville, FL Independence reserve now
Dec 23, 2017 7 Charleston, SC Independence reserve now
Dec 23, 2017 7 Jacksonville, FL American Constellation reserve now
Dec 30, 2017 7 Jacksonville, FL Independence reserve now
Dec 30, 2017 7 Charleston, SC American Constellation reserve now

Independence

The Independence was built in 2010. The ship is similar to the American Star and American Spirit, the size of the ship is larger, enabling the interior areas, including the staterooms and balconies to be even more spacious and deluxe. The Independence is also fully stabilized, with Rolls Royce stabilizers, allowing American Cruise Lines to reach even more fascinating destinations in smooth comfort.

  • Rate Schedule Per Person:  7 Nights: 
  • Owner's Suite w/ Balcony $7,075
  • AAC w/ Balcony $5,490
  • AAL w/ Balcony $4,950
  • A $4,100
  • Single w/ Balcony $5,525
  • Single $5,030

Rates subject to change


American Star

The American Star entered service in June 2007. Similar to the American Spirit, it will offer guests the same unique style of cruising that has become the hallmark of American Cruise Lines. From charming small towns to gracious southern 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 created by our staff.

  • Rate Schedule Per Person:  7 Nights: 
  • Owner's Suite w/ Balcony $7,075
  • AAC w/ Balcony $5,490
  • AAL w/ Balcony $4,950
  • AA $4,635
  • A $4,100
  • Single w/ Balcony $5,525

Rates subject to change


American Glory

The American Glory offers discerning travelers the most unique and modern style of small ship cruising. Each unique and off-the-beaten path port visited, gives guests a glimpse into the cultural heritage that is the fabric of our great nation. The country-club atmosphere onboard allows guests to relax, and enjoy the company of fellow travelers who share their interests in American history and culture. The spacious public lounges and observation decks are frequented by guests who wish to mingle with friends new and old.

  • Rate Schedule Per Person:  7 Nights: 
  • AAC w/ Balcony $5,490
  • AAL w/ Balcony $4,950
  • AA $4,635
  • A $4,100
  • Single w/ Balcony $5,525
  • Single $5,030

Rates subject to change


American Constellation

The American Constellation is the latest small coastal cruise ship from American Cruise Lines. Uniquely designed to navigate the inland waterways of the East Coast and Intracoastal Waterway, the American Constellation brings passengers to some of the most beautiful locations in America. 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 viewing of the passing landscapes. 

  • Rate Schedule Per Person:  10 Nights:  7 Nights: 
  • Owner's Suite w/ Balcony $10,105 $7,075
  • AAM w/ Balcony $8,520 $5,960
  • AAC w/ Balcony $7,705 $5,490
  • AAL w/ Balcony $6,960 $4,950
  • AA $6,450 $4,635
  • A $5,690 $4,100
  • Single w/ Balcony $7,815 $5,525
  • Single $7,175 $5,030

Rates subject to change


Civil War Theme Cruise

Experience the history of the Civil War on this special theme cruise that explores the impact the War Between the States had on this region. South Carolina and Florida were important sites during the conflict and guided shore excursions will give you fascinating insight into the battles, strategies and outcomes that pitted brother against brother. 

Civil War Theme Cruises
April 9, 2016

 
 



Holiday Cruises

Historic South Holiday Cruises 
 

Spend this holiday season with American Cruise Lines. Join us as we traverse the Intracoastal Waterway for Christmas and New Years cruises that feature festive ship decor, special holiday shore excursions and outstanding regional cuisine with all the trimmings.


Thanksgiving Cruise
November 21, 2016

Christmas Cruise
December 21, 2016

New Years Cruise
December 29, 2016

  


Historic South Cruises

Mid Atlantic Inland Passage Cruise
Enjoy an eight day cruise from Baltimore, MD to Charleston, SC with featured stops in Norfolk, VA, Kitty Hawk, NC and Myrtle Beach, SC.
  Chesapeake Bay Cruise
Spend eight days cruising the legendary battlefields and maritime history of the Chesapeake Bay including stops in Yorktown, St. Michaels and the US Naval Academy at Annapolis.
     
East Coast Inland Passage Cruise
Cruise the length of the East Coast Intracoastal Waterway on this two week cruise from Baltimore, MD to Jacksonville, FL with dozens of stops along the way.
  Great Rivers of Florida Cruise
Enjoy eight days cruising the Tolomato River, St. John's River and Ocala National Forest from Jacksonville, FL with stops in St. Augustine and Amelia Island.