American Cruise Lines

American Cruise Line Queen of the West

In 2000, the founder of the 1980’s American Cruise Lines decided to reinvent and relaunch the original company with the 49-guest American Eagle (which has since left the line).  Since then, American Cruise Lines has steadily grown, with a fleet of four small yacht-like cruise ships and four Victorian-style paddle wheelers.  Their ships now cruise rivers and waterways in 28 states with 35 unique itineraries.

Ships: 8

How Many Passengers: From 120 – 185 passengers.

Personality: Modern and spacious. Muted colors throughout and lots of windows.  All American, English-speaking crew that are friendly and welcoming.

Fellow Passengers:  American Cruise Lines is an American owned and operated line with all American crew. Most guests are from the US and Canada.  There is a high number of repeat guests on any given voyage, and children are few and far between.

Cabins: Range from 220 sq. ft. to 350 sq. ft., not including Owner’s Suites which are quite a bit larger.  A large percentage of cabins include balconies with sliding glass doors.

Dining Experience: American Cruise Lines is committed to sourcing meat, fish, and produce from local vendors and farmers’ markets as close to the cruise as possible.

Amenities: Ships feature a putting green, fitness center, free wifi, afternoon tea service, evening entertainment, and onboard historians and naturalists for enrichment presentations.

Best For: Older couples, English-speaking guests.

Included Alcohol: Beer and wine are provided during lunch and dinner, as well as during the evening cocktail hour.

Gratuities: Additional, but average $125 per person for a 7-night cruise.

Where They Go: Mississippi River, New England, the Southeast, and the Pacific Northwest & Alaska.

Sarah Bretz, Contributor

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