American Cruise Lines operates the newest fleet of riverboats and small cruise ships in the United States. Known as the line that revived paddlewheel river cruising, the ships of American Cruise Lines offer 35 itineraries across the country, year-round. A viable option for first-time river cruisers challenged by the thought or cost of international airfare to Europe, American offers a similar destination-focused, inclusive sailing experience. Their new Fall Cruise Collection might be a good reason to give them a try.
Highly personalized service and a relaxed atmosphere, an all-American crew, complimentary cocktails and hors d’ouevres before dinner and more promise a self-paced, casual vacation; the hallmark of sailing with American Cruise Lines. Recently releasing their Fall Cruise Collection, itineraries include the Columbia & Snake Rivers, Puget Sound & San Juan Islands, Chesapeake Bay, and the Hudson River.
“The fall season is one of the best times to experience small ship cruising with American Cruise Lines,” said Timothy Beebe, Vice President of American Cruise Lines.
Lets take a look at their Fall Cruise Collection
Columbia & Snake Rivers: In October of 1805, Lewis and Clark and the Corps of Discovery paddled down the Columbia River on the famous expedition into the West. Today, the autumn colors and migratory wildlife that Meriwether Lewis described in his famous journal are much the same aboard Queen of the West, as it follows their exact route. Autumn is the perfect time to relive the historic expedition and experience the Northwest’s rich tapestry of landscapes and fascinating human endeavors. Featured Dates: October 18 and October 25, 2014
Puget Sound & San Juan Islands- eight days in the Puget Sound and the San Juan Islands area along the colorful east coast. Featured on September 27 and October 18, 2014 sailings, between Canada’s Vancouver Island and the U.S. mainland; hundreds of islands that are home to a diverse natural wonderland.
Chesapeake Bay: Autumn time is a spectacular time to experience Chesapeake Bay where American ships will sail along the shoreline, passing battlefields, monuments, seaports, historic houses and scenic lighthouses, gliding into ports only accessible to small cruise ships. Featured villages have played crucial roles in the Revolutionary War, the War of 1812 and the Civil War on these itineraries that sail November 2 and November 8, 2014
Hudson River Fall Foliage: With the Catskill Mountains on the western shore and the Taconic and Berkshire Hills to the east, the Hudson is rich in both history and beauty. This popular cruise showcases the bright changing colors and towering mountains for which the Hudson River Valley is so well known. The cities and towns along the way feature some of the most magnificent architecture in America. Featured Dates: October 18 and October 25, 2014
See more about the American Cruise Lines experience in this video-