Mid-Atlantic Inland Passage Cruise

From Baltimore to Charleston, or Charleston to Baltimore, this unique cruise allows you to discover the fabled Intracoastal Waterway as you travel along its smooth, protected course. Between these vibrant cities and the barrier islands, you'll find living history unfolding before you. Trace the route along the Chesapeake Bay that John Smith explored in the summer of 1608, and delight in Carolina's Low Country with its antebellum charm and colonial heritage.

Your small ship is tailor-made to bring you up close to picturesque towns that are hidden treasures. With exciting ports full of history and lore, abundant wildlife, and miles of brilliant coastline, this cruise offers something for everyone.

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Cruise Itinerary

Ports of Call
Baltimore, MD
Norfolk, VA
Kitty Hawk, NC
Day of Cruising
Beaufort, NC / Morehead City, NC
Wilmington, NC
Myrtle Beach, SC
Charleston, SC

Mid-Atlantic Inland Passage Cruise

Learn more about the fascinating history of the Intracoastal Waterway while visiting ports like Norfolk, Kitty Hawk, Beaufort, and Myrtle Beach.

Ports of Call

  • Baltimore, MD
  • Norfolk, VA
  • Kitty Hawk, NC
  • Beaufort, NC / Morehead City, NC
  • Wilmington, NC
  • Myrtle Beach, SC
  • Charleston, SC

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Day  1
Baltimore, MD

Baltimore offers colonial history and a rejuvenated maritime spirit. Explore its history aboard the decks of celebrated ships and on the cobbled streets of the waterfront Inner Harbor. Visit Fort McHenry, where Francis Scott Key was inspired to pen "The Star-Spangled Banner". Journey along the Mid-Atlantic Inland Passage while enjoying the exceptional views of Chesapeake Bay.

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Narrated City Tour

This tour will bring you to places such as Federal Hill, Camden Yards, Little Italy and Mount Vernon Place, where you will find the Washington Monument. The tour will also take you to the Inner Harbor and grant you admission to Fort McHenry.

*Tour only offered on cruises ending in Baltimore, MD

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Other Baltimore Attractions

National Historic Seaport
Visit this 300-year-old seaport to tour a number of historic locations, including Fort McHenry, Federal Hill and Canton. You will also be able to step onboard a decommissioned World War II submarine and a U.S. Coast Guard Cutter.

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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 Navy Base.

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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

Discover the rich maritime history of this charming city during a tour through the historic district of Norfolk. The tour will make a stop at the Naval Base, where you will have the opportunity to explore aircraft carriers and historic homes from the 1907 Jamestown Exposition.

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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

Experience the birthplace of human flight when you visit the historic location of Kitty Hawk. In 1903, the Wright Brothers made history with the first controlled powered airplane flights. Walk on the soft sandy ground and feel the frequent breezes that made this town ideal for testing early 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 Mid-Atlantic Inland Passage. Take in breathtaking views of the shoreline and relax in one of your ship's majestic lounges.

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Day  5
Beaufort, NC / Morehead City, NC

Tour the meticulously restored town of Beaufort, NC. 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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City and House Tour

See Beaufort’s historic district from atop a 1967 English double-decker bus. Local narrators will tell tales of Beaufort’s rich past of pirates, star-crossed lovers, and Confederate spies. Following the tour, you will visit two historical homes of Beaufort, NC.

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Other Beaufort / Morehead 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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Day  6
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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Wilmington City Tour & Bellamy Mansion

Enjoy a narrated trolley tour of Wilmington’s historic district and 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 unique 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 theatres 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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Day  8
Charleston, SC

The scene of Revolutionary War naval battles, legendary pirate tales, and Civil War sieges, Charleston abounds 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 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 with its 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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Other Charleston Attractions

Magnolia Plantation
In existence since 1676, the Magnolia Plantation has stood witness to the history of our nation from the American Revolution through the Civil War and beyond. Tour the estate, which includes a plantation house, several slave cabins, and magnificent gardens. The latter have been open to the public since the 1870s, making them the oldest public gardens in America.

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)


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)


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)


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)


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)


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.



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.



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)


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.



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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