Small Ship Cruising Done Perfectly

Enjoy an extraordinary, family-friendly river cruising experience close-to-home while exploring the historic waterways of the United States aboard the nation’s most modern fleet of river boats, coastal cruise ships and authentic paddlewheelers.

About American Cruise Lines

Stay Close-To-Home

With dozens of easily accessible ports across the country all within driving distance, you won't need flights or passports to see the charming small towns and gracious southern ports of scenic America in luxury and comfort.

Authentic Ships

The American built fleet of modern riverboats, paddle-wheelers, and small cruise ships offer the latest amenities, luxurious comfort, state-of-the-art navigation, and safety for a safe, stylish river cruising convenience.

All-American Experience

American Cruise Lines offers unique experiences emphasizing the history, culture and cuisine of the United States. Enjoy American built, flagged, and crewed ships with 35 cruise itineraries that visit 28 states in America.

$1,870
Starting Price
3
Exclusive Specials
900+
Cruises Available

Cruise Ships

Overview

Whether it's a lazy voyage down the Mississippi on a historic paddleboat, gliding past glaciers in Alaska on an expedition ship or heading down the Hudson on a coastal yacht, you'll enjoy the most authentic, environmentally friendly ships in America.

4
Paddle-Wheelers
11
Ships In Fleet
28
States Visited
35+
U.S. Itineraries

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is included in the cruise fare?

    American Cruise Lines’ per person fare includes passage, dining service, snacks, complimentary cocktail parties, and entertainment or events aboard the ship. Fares do not include shore tours (unless otherwise noted) or port charges and fees. Guests are not expected to leave a gratuity on board.

  • What accommodations are available for solo travelers?

    American Cruise Lines welcomes solo travelers and features a select number of single occupancy staterooms available on its ships. One person occupying a double stateroom will be charged 150% or 175% of the double occupancy rate depending on the type of stateroom chosen, but speak to a CruiseInsider expert to hear about special offers for solo travelers.

  • Is there an elevator on board American Cruise Line ships?

    Yes, all American Cruise Lines’ ships have elevator service to all decks.

  • What is the visitor policy aboard the ships?

    Unlike most cruise ships, guests are welcome to have visitors onboard. In some cities, these visitors can dine with you and enjoy evening activites before disembraking. Should you know about a visitor(s) arrival prior to your cruise, please notify your CruiseInsider advisor (or your ship's Hotel Manager if you're already onboard) so proper accommodations can be prepared.

  • What shore excursions are available?

    Your onshore experience is as important as your onboard experience, and American Cruise Lines is dedicated to making your onshore experience a true American adventure. As such, they've taken special care to research and plan authentic excursions at each port highlighting the culture, heritage, cuisine, history or folklore along the rivers.

    For excursion options, additional information and tour pricing—or for alternative activities available in every port—contact your CruiseInsider advisor who will be happy to get you more info or get you signed up.

    Shore excursions typically cost $20 to $70 per person and can be paid onboard near the end of your cruise.

  • What can be expected for entertainment onboard American Cruise Line?

    Local experts, guest speakers, authors, historians and entertainers will join you aboard and onshore to further enhance your cruising experience and provide insight about the local culture, heritage, cuisine, history and folklore along America's most legendary rivers.

  • Can American Cruise Line accommodate special dietary requests or restrictions?

    Your masterfully skilled chef creates delectable feasts for each meal (menus announced well in advance) featuring carefully selected fresh seafood, meats and produce that are often purchased in the regions visited, allowing your chef to highlight the cuisine with local flavor.

    However, there are menu options offered at every meal to fit most dietary needs, but American Cruise Line will work to cater any special requesta you might have. Please tell your CruiseInsider advisor approximately two weeks prior to your cruise so that your meals may be planned accordingly. Also, refrigeration is available onboard to store insulin or other medications requiring protection.

  • When should I plan on arriving for boarding?

    Passengers may board any time after 10 a.m. though river cruises typically depart at 1:30 p.m. (earlier if all passengers have arrived). It's recommended that passengers arrive no later than 12:30 p.m. to ensure they don't miss the boat.

  • Is there a dress requirement on American Cruise Line ships?

    Casual resort attire is recommended both on the ship and ashore. For dinner, men’s clothing might include a sport shirt and slacks, with sport coat or sweater. Women might find a sweater and slacks, or dress appropriate. American Cruise Lines also recommends you bring comfortable walking shoes, a hat, light rain wear, and a jacket for cool evenings. Depending on the season or sailing, outerwear or cold weather gear may be required.

  • What is the smoking policy on board?

    Smoking is only allowed in designated areas on the ships. Please note that smoking is strictly prohibited in common areas, all staterooms and on private balconies.

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