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Sustainable Cuisine Initiative


Sustainable cuisine allows American Cruise Lines chefs an unprecedented opportunity to create the freshest dishes for our guests while supporting local communities and ensuring a positive impact on the ecosystems we cruise.

American Cruise Lines' chefs explore the nation searching for exceptional, locally grown menu items. Each ship receives local seafood reports and our menus are adjusted seasonally to best utilize local fruits and vegetables at their peak of freshness. Meals are adjusted seasonally, prepared to order and served in the Main Dining Room where every seat offers a panoramic view of the passing scenery.

Sunrise Over Farmland on Upper Mississippi River Cruise Fine Dining Aboard American Cruise Lines Queen of the Mississippi Dining Room

The Cruise Local Eat Local Mission 
  • Provide a masterful culinary experience using sustainable ingredients
  • Fresh produce, seafood and meats sourced as near as possible to the cruise
  • Support farmers' markets and small American businesses
  • Communicate with local vendors and Seafood Watch when selecting fresh seafood
  • Limit waste by offering half-portions and carefully customized
    menu options

Sustainable Cuisine Menu Highlights

  Columbia and Snake Rivers cruises


Freshly caught Northwest salmon and sturgeon brought directly to Queen of the West

Walla Walla onions, Astoria honey, Rainier cherries, and plump heirloom tomatoes
gathered at local farmers’ markets

Local wines from vineyards on the banks of the Columbia River

Unique ice creams produced nearby featuring mint, huckleberries, and cherries



 Mississippi River cruises

 Steak Certified Berkshire pork from Berkwood Farms, a local vendor in Des Moines, Iowa

Artisan cheeses made from cow, sheep, and goats’ milk, are sourced from nearby dairy farms and creameries in Wisconsin

Famous Memphis barbeque sauce

Mississippi Beer—Abita—the most famous locally-brewed beer in New Orleans

Freshly-made pralines, a New Orleans specialty


 Southeast United States cruises

   Maryland blue crabs are served in a variety of ways
 including seared, deep-fried, and roasted

Apalachicola Bay oysters, hand harvested in Florida
and served with mango pico de gallo and horseradish jelly

Fresh wild-caught Georgian Shrimp completes shrimp cocktails,
seafood salads, and various entrées

Locally-grown Georgia peaches, Georgia pecans,Vidalia onions,
berries, cabbage, watermelon, and Silver Queen corn

  Northeast United States cruises
Curtis Island Lobsterbake   Fresh Maine lobster is offered in 28 different preparation styles

Maine Root Blueberry soda is a local specialty served onboard,
made with Fair Trade organic cane juice and Maine blueberries

Craft beers such as Lobster Ale and Allagash Beer from local breweries

  • Great variety and selection at each meal. Never had a meal that wasn’t delicious and well prepared.
    Paul C. & Lorin W., Clifton Forge, VA, Historic South & Golden Isles Cruise
  • The food quality, portions and presentation were first class! Everything was delicious!
    Anthony & Lynne H., Loissiemouth, Moray, Columbia and Snake Rivers Cruise
  • The servers were outstanding - courteous, thoughtful, considerate and friendly.
    Edward & Josephine S., Malibu, CA, Mid-Atlantic Inland Passage Cruise
  • The food was fabulous! All the meals were superb!
    Arnold & Irene C., K., NJ, New England Islands Cruise

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