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  • American-Star-cruise-ship - The 100-passenger American Star sails the inter-coastal waterways of South Carolina and Georgia in winter and the New England coast during summer months.
  • Queen-of-the-West-at-Mt-Hood - American West guests will love looking at scenery punctuated by Mount Hood as the ship sails Oregon's waterways.
  • Bear-Mountain-Bridge.jpg - See Bear Mountain Bridge and colorful fall foliage on a cruise up the Hudson River on an American River Cruises sailing.
  • heron-southeast.jpg -  Guests aboard American Cruise Lines can look forward to seeing wildlife such as heron up close during tours.
  • Geese-Over-Water.jpg - Watch the geese rise from Chesapeake Bay early in the morning on an American Cruise Lines trip.
  • Oak-Alley-Plantation.jpg - Guests on American Heritage traveling to Louisiana will get a chance to see Oak Alley Plantation, a historic, beautiful landmark with oak trees dating from the early 1700s.
  • Bear-and-Fish-on-Waterfall.jpg - A brown bear tries some mind control over unsuspecting salmon swimming upstream in the Pacific Northwest.
  • Vicksburg-Cannons.jpg - American River Cruises takes guests on a journey to Civil War battlefields through a visit to the Vicksburg Military Park in Mississippi, known for its vintage cannons, monuments, a memorial arch and more.
  • American-Spirit-cruise-ship - Designed to cruise Alaska's waterways, American Spirit spends summer months in Alaska and winter months cruising the San Juan Islands off the coast of Washington.
  • american-melody2.jpg - The 175-passenger American Melody began Mississippi River sailings in September 2021.
  • Sunrise-Over-Farmland.jpg - Watch the sun rise over farmlands and plantations during your cruise along the Upper Mississippi River aboard American Cruise Lines.
  • Mount-Hood-fall-foliage.jpg - Enjoy breathtaking views of Mount Hood and colorful fall foliage during an American Cruise Lines river cruise.
  • Crown-Point-Oregon.jpg - Join American Cruise Lines' Puget Sound Fall Foliage tour and take in Crown Point, the 730-foot-high bluff in Oregon rising from the Columbia River.
  • Glacier-Bay-Bear-Track-Mountain.jpg - Bear Track Mountain, part of the pristine scenery of Glacier Bay National Park & Preserve in Alaska.
  • Southern-Belle-in-Garden.jpg - Guests sailing to Louisiana aboard American Heritage will get a chance to visit the antebellum estate Houmas House.

American Cruise Lines: Cruise close to home

Access America's most iconic, historic cruise destinations on the rapidly growing fleet of  small ships offered by American Cruise Lines. The modern fleet provides guests a personalized cruising experience, with large staterooms that offer a front-row seat to discovering the natural beauty, history and culture of the United States. Set sail to destinations from the Mississippi River to New England and Alaska. 

The Columbia and Snake River cruises navigate the legendary route pioneered by Lewis and Clark, traveling from Portland, Oregon to Clarkston, Washington. Guests will admire natural wonders such as the Columbia River Gorge and Mount St. Helens, as well as enjoy guided tours of historic Fort Clatsop and the iconic frontier town of Pendleton, Oregon. 

Guests can also explore the Mississippi River aboard an authentic riverboat cruise or one one of the line's purpose-built Modern Riverboat vessels. Visit the historic battlefields of the Civil War and discover the musical heritage of Memphis, St. Louis and New Orleans while cruising in relaxed comfort.

Cruising Puget Sound around Washington and Victoria, Canada is as much about the journey as it is about each destination. Guests will get to explore everything the region has to offer from the gardens of Victoria to whale watching on the sun deck. 

Head southeast to experience the unparalleled beauty, grand history and hospitable warmth of the region as you cruise between Charleston, South Carolina and Jacksonville, Florida. Immerse yourself in history and culture in Charleston, tour Beaufort via carriage and soak in the incomparable grace of Savannah and Jekyll Island. 

New England cruises are equally as spectacular. Cruise passengers will spend eight days exploring the island gems of Nantucket, Martha's Vineyard and Block island. Here, you will discover the maritime history, friendly culture and renowned seafood of New England.

Paddlewheel makeover

The cruise line gave its four paddlewheelers a major makeover in early 2022. Its two Mississippi River paddlewheelers, American Splendor and American Heritage, and two Columbia and Snake River paddlewheelers, American Pride and American West, were redesigned with new color palettes, luxurious textiles and linens, new furniture and carpets and regionally inspired artwork and flourishes.

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  • Spacious staterooms
  • Large private balconies
  • Large private balconies
  • Spacious closets and room under the bed for suitcases
  • Flat-screen TVs with satellite service and DVD players

Fast facts

19 Ships
1991 Founded
River Style
Connecticut HQ

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