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  • American-Cruise-Lines-Dining-Room.jpg - Take in the passing landscapes over dinner with family or friends on your American Cruise Lines sailing.
  • ACL-Dessert-Dish.jpg - A dessert dish served on an American Cruise Lines voyage.
  • Dining-Room-Table-Setting.jpg - A table setting in the dining room on an American Cruise Lines sailing.
  • 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.
  • American-Star-in-Port-Angel.jpg - The American Star docked in Port Angeles, Wash., with a view of the Olympic Mountains in the distance.
  • American-Star-on-Hudson.jpg - The diminutive American Star docks at a town on the Hudson River featuring colonial architecture as the leaves begin to turn.
  • 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.
  • Bridge-from-Ft.-Montgomery.jpg - Bear Mountain Bridge and nearby Fort Montgomery, scene of a fierce Revolutionary War battle for control of the Hudson River.
  • Hudson-River-from-Above.jpg - Take in impressive views of the Hudson River, especially during the late summer and early fall, during an American Cruise Lines sailing.
  • alligator-southeast.jpg - See alligators and other wildlife in their natural habitats in the Southeast U.S. during an American Cruise Lines river voyage.
  • Annapolis-cadets-walking.jpg - During your cruise through Chesapeake Bay, drop by the Annapolis Naval Academy, which boasts scenic views and guided walks focused on US Naval heroes.
  • Carriage-at-Rhett-Beaufort-SC.jpg - Drop by the Rhett House Inn in Beaufort, S.C., known for its romantic style of architecture, where traditional horse carriages may still be seen.
  • Fells-Point.jpg - Fell's Point in Baltimore is known for its colonial architecture, shops and a good number of drinking spots.
  • Geese-Over-Water.jpg - Watch the geese rise from Chesapeake Bay early in the morning on an American Cruise Lines trip.
  • heron-southeast.jpg -  Guests aboard American Cruise Lines can look forward to seeing wildlife such as heron up close during tours.
  • Trees-in-swamp.jpg - Tour the Southeast U.S. on American Cruise Lines and feel closer to nature.
  • Sailboats-on-Water.jpg - Sailboats glide across the water on a clear day on Chesapeake Bay.
  • Williamsburg-colonial-building.jpg -  Williamsburg, Virginia, sports colonial architecture such as the Governor's Palace.
  • Nantucket-Harbor.jpg - Schooners and beautiful colonial houses will catch the attention of guests aboard American Cruise Lines in Nantucket Harbor.
  • Bar-Harbor-Maine.jpg - Set sail on American Cruise Lines and explore Bar Island off the coast of Maine — also a good spot to get nice views of Bar Harbor.
  • Brandt-Point.jpg - See the Brand Point Lighthouse in Nantucket, Mass., during your voyage on American Cruise Lines.
  • Camden-Aerial.jpg - Guests on American Cruise Lines' "Maine Coast and Harbors" tour will love Camden Harbor, popular for its schooners and pretty coastal views.
  • Camden-Maine-Lighthouse.jpg - Cruise to Maine on American Cruise Lines and admire Camden's Lighthouse up close.
  • Maine-Lobster-Festival.jpg - American Cruise Lines' special Lobster Cruises in Maine and other parts of New England give you access to mouthwatering lobster based dishes.
  • North-Light-Block-Island.jpg - Experience the natural beauty of Block Island, a favorite of guests aboard American Cruise Lines.
  • Portland-Head-Light.jpg - Hop on American Cruise Lines and visit Maine Harbor to see a beautiful lighthouse and impressive neo-colonial architecture.
  • Memphis--Pyramid-Arena.jpg - Explore the Pyramid Arena along Wolf River in Tennessee during an American River Cruises sailing.
  • View-of-River-with-Couple.jpg - Guests on a lodge patio with a view of Guntersville Reservoir and Lake Guntersville Resort State Park in Guntersville, Ala.

American Star: Living history along Eastern waterways

Health advisory: Vaccines may be required in specific instances when necessitated by the ports or states visited, and guests will be asked to show proof of their vaccination status.


From charming small towns to gracious southern ports, American Star from American Cruise Lines takes you to places of historic interest and magnificent beauty. On board, unwind in the friendly and accommodating atmosphere fostered by attentive staff while learning about the culture and history of the destinations you visit.

Bob Goss, a former cruise director with Carnival, sailed on American Star and wrote in Porthole magazine: "If your ideal cruise is full of energetic crowds, endless activities, glitzy shows, waterslides, and disco dancing all night long, then small-ship cruising may not be for you. However, if you just want to get away from it all and relax with friends while discovering some of the United States' most interesting and beautiful locales, then this is the perfect getaway."

From the Chesapeake Bay to the Hudson River and New England Islands to the historic South, the cruises offered will expand your notion of American history and geography. American Star sails a variety of six-, seven- and 14-night itineraries to regions along the East Coast from Maine to Florida.

Who will like sailing on American Star

Those who would like small ship cruising along the eastern coast of the United States. The number of passengers is limited, so passengers have the chance to meet everyone. The itineraries always hug the coast, there are rarely any waves or motion to speak of, so these cruises are popular with those who struggle with seasickness.

Where American Star sails

American Star sails the inter-coastal waterways of South Carolina and Georgia in winter and the New England coast during summer months.

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Dining & cuisine

American Cruise Lines has made sustainable cuisine a centerpiece of its "Cruise Local, Eat Local" initiative. American Star chefs produce fresh dishes for her guests while supporting local communities. The ship receives locally sourced ingredients, and menus are adjusted seasonally to make the best use of local fruits and vegetables. 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.

The Grand Dining Room seats all passengers at the same time with four spacious lounges, and observation decks are frequented by guests who want to mingle with friends new and old. Open seating in the dining room encourages socializing.

Spa, fitness & activities

On warm, sunny days, the top deck is a great spot for reading and chatting, with the shoreline often within view.

Exercise equipment is limited to a single exercise bike and a StairMaster. There's no pool, full gym, spa facilities or casino on American Star. Passengers get their exercise by going ashore and walking through the towns.

Public areas

Three public lounges and plenty of open deck space create a sense of spaciousness onboard. The main lounge is  the spot for the nightly cocktail hour and the evening lecture, it is the ship's social hub and a great venue for board games or chatting with shipmates. The two smaller lounges allow more intimate groups the opportunity to mingle before dinner or play card games. All three lounges are simply decorated with muted colors and comfortable, not extravagant furniture. Just forward of the main lounge is a small deck with a few chairs and tables where you can partake in libations and watch the sunset.


On this small ship cruise experience, your cabin will measure more than 200 square feet in size, and each has a large picture window and a private bathroom.

  • Spacious staterooms – largest in the industry
  • Most staterooms have private balconies
  • Large picture window that opens
  • All interior entrances means that every stateroom has a private view satellite TV and DVD player in all staterooms
  • Twice-daily stateroom service
  • Individual climate control system
  • Writing desk & stationery
  • Hair dryer

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Top highlights on this ship

  • Spacious staterooms - Largest in the industry
  • Most staterooms with private balconies
  • Grand Dining Room comfortably seats all passengers at the same time
  • There are rarely any waves, so these cruises are popular with those who struggle with seasickness.
  • Enjoy locally sourced, sustainable cuisine prepared by the cruise line's chefs

Fast facts

100 Passengers [?]
26 Crew
4 Decks
2006 Maiden voyage
1,973 Tonnage [?]
188 Length in feet
45 Width in feet (max beam)
16 speed (mph) [?]


“American Star is best suited to mature couples and single travelers sharing a cabin who want to cruise in an all-American environment where the itineraries and destinations are more important than food, service or entertainment.”

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