For passengers who are well traveled, but ever curious, sophisticated but informal, American Cruise Lines offers experiences to suit their style. Our thirteen distinct itineraries include visits to the most amazing destinations in the United States from coast to coast. Culturally enriching shore excursions allow passengers to explore the region in depth. From the most cosmopolitan cities to remote islands nestled along the shore, passengers get a unique perspective on the area as they’re guided by expert naturalists and historians.

These amazing destinations are intermingled with the pleasure of the small ship cruising experience. With no more than 120 passengers on each of our ships, the cozy intimacy of our cruises is conducive to making new and lasting friendships, retreating to the library in solitude, or relaxing on the decks and quietly enjoying the spectacular show of nature along the shoreline.

We’ve been in business for 30 years, but we boast the youngest fleet in the small ship cruising industry, with ships built in 2002-2012. We have also recently acquired the paddle wheeler – Queen of the West and have begun building a brand new paddle wheel ship for the Mississippi. Our staterooms are the most spacious in small ship cruising – all over 220 square feet in size, and each with large opening picture windows and a private bathroom. Many even have private verandas. American Cruise Lines’ passengers are accustomed to luxury and a certain level of service, both of which are in abundant supply onboard our cruises. From the sumptuous meals, to the highly personalized service, guests are assured that their individual needs and preferences are being addressed throughout the cruise.

Key Selling Points

American Cruise Lines offers unique itineraries along the magnificent East Coast, Pacific Northwest and the Mississippi River that attract affluent and very well educated individuals who seek culturally and historically enriching experiences.

Guests are joined by onboard naturalists and historians, who share their knowledge and passion for history and culture, and enhance the cruising experience.

All staterooms have large opening picture windows, satellite TV, personal climate control, and average 220 square feet in size.

Features & Amenities


  • All Ships
  • Some Ships
  • No Ships

Stateroom Amenities

  •  TV/Radio
  • CD Player
  • In-Stateroom Movies
  • iPod Docks/Stereos
  • In-Stateroom Internet Access
  • Direct Dial Telephone
  • Private Safe
  • Minibar/Refrigerator
  • Hair Dryer


  •  Traditional Assigned Seating
  •  Open Seating
  •  Formal Nights
  •  Specialty/a la carte Venues
  •  Coffeehouse/Patisserie
  •  24 Hour Food Service Available

Children and Families

  •  Family Staterooms
  •  Reduced Cruise Rates
  •  Babysitting Available
  • Cribs Available
  • Organized Age-Specific Programs
  • Games/Contests
  • Organized Parties and Events
  • Organized Parties and Events
  • Organized Sporting Activities
  • Cartoons
  • Movies
  • Educational Programs
  • Environmental Awareness Programs
  • Children-Only Pool
  • Children’s Playroom
  • Teen Center or Disco
  • Teen Counselors
  • Youth Counselors

Meetings and Conferences

  • Meeting Coordinator
  • Meeting Space
  • Conference Dining
  • Private Party/Events
  • Business Center Services
  • Audio Visual Equipment
  • Computer Equipment
  • Email Access

Special Programs/Services

  • Weddings/Honeymoon Packages
  • Guest Lecturers/Educational Programs
  • Cell Phone Service
  • iPod and/or iPhone Rental
  • Special Dietary Needs (Advance Notification Required)
  • Wheelchair Accessibility

Sports and Fitness

  • Cardio Equipment
  • Weights (free weights and/or machines)
  • Personal Trainer
  • Total Fitness Program
  • Group Fitness Classes
  • Yoga/Pilates
  • Jogging Track
  • Basketball
  • Volleyball
  • Multi-use Sports Court
  • Paddle Tennis/Ping Pong
  • Rock Climbing Wall
  • Bowling Alley
  • Miniature Golf
  • Watersports Platform
  • Snorkel Lessons
  • Discover SCUBA /Resort Course
  • SCUBA Certification
  • Golf Programs
  • Golf Driving or Simulator
  • Clinics/Lessons
  • Onboard Pro
  • Golf Packages


  • Aromatherapy
  • Body Wraps
  • Mud Therapy
  • Ionithermie Treatments
  • Reflexology
  • Thalassotherapy
  • Massage
  • Facials
  • Manicure/Pedicure
  • Full Service Beauty Salon
  • Teeth Whitening
  • Nutritionist
  • Fitness Evaluations
  • Steam Room or Sauna
  • Jacuzzi or Whirlpool

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