Hudson River Cruises

Surrounded by the Catskill Mountains on the western shore and the Taconic and Berkshire Hills to the east, the Hudson River is rich in both history and beauty. The cities and towns along the river date back to Dutch and English rule, and feature some of the most magnificent architecture in America.  Our expert guides will lead you through these grand and historic sites including the Vanderbilt Mansion, the home of Franklin D. Roosevelt, and the Clermont Estate, once home to Robert R. Livingston, negotiator of the Louisiana Purchase. At West Point Military Academy, you’ll walk on the hallowed grounds traversed by some of the nation's greatest generals, and later visit the riverside town of Sleepy Hollow made famous by the great American writer Washington Irving.

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Cruise Itinerary

Day
Ports of Call
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New York, NY
2
Troy / Albany, NY
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Kingston, NY
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Hyde Park, NY
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Catskill, NY
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West Point, NY
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Sleepy Hollow, NY
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New York, NY

Hudson River Cruises

Enjoy the historic treasures and vibrant views of fall foliage along the Hudson River during the most colorful peak season. 

Ports of Call

  • New York, NY
  • Troy / Albany, NY
  • Kingston, NY
  • Hyde Park, NY
  • Catskill, NY
  • West Point, NY
  • Sleepy Hollow, NY
  • New York, NY

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Day  1
New York, NY

After boarding your ship in New York City, enjoy a delightful afternoon cruising from the metropolitan area to the Hudson River region.

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Day  2
Troy / Albany, NY

The city of Albany was discovered by Henry Hudson in 1609 on a failed attempt to find an expedited passage to China for the Dutch East India Company. Today, the capital city of New York welcomes visitors with majestic architecture and grand views of the beautiful Hudson River Valley. Be sure to explore the New York State Museum and the newly renovated State Capitol building, originally built in the late 1800s.

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Guided Walking Tour

Enjoy a 1-hour walking tour where you will view the fabulous architecture of the area and hear how such remarkable structures are preserved over time.  See where the Age of Innocence was filmed, while learning about the history of the town.  After the tour, feel free to stop into the Visitor’s Center and view the award winning slideshow, about the history of the RiverSpark area or visit their gift shop.

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Albany City & Capital Tour

Join us on a historic tour of Albany.  Enjoy a narrated tour of the city including stops at the New York State Capital Building and the New York State Museum, learning about various areas of this state's long, intriguing story.

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Kingston, NY

When the steamboat debuted in 1807, the Hudson River became a waterway of leisurely travel. Kingston preserves the heritage of the region at the Hudson River Maritime Museum. Kingston is also located in an area of the Hudson River often referred to as "Millionaires Row" - which is replete with palatial estates and grand mansions built by wealthy New York businessmen who bought the property for summer retreats.

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Kingston City Tour

Take a narrated bus tour of Kingston and learn about the history of this charming town. You will enjoy stops at Old Dutch Church and the Senate House, where New York's first Senate met in 1777 amidst the turmoil of a British military invasion. Now a museum, the home showcases 18th and 19th century artwork by John Vanderlyn and other members of the Vanderlyn family of Kingston.

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Other Kingston Attractions

Hudson River Maritime Museum
Browse through the Hudson River Maritime Museum, which preserves the maritime history of the Hudson River, its tributaries, and the industries that developed around it. Members of the Steamship Alexander Hamilton Society, the National Maritime Historical Society, and local historians founded the museum in 1980.

Trolley Museum of New York
The Trolley Museum of New York is a non-profit educational museum founded in 1955. Through exhibits and educational programs, this museum seeks to share the rich history of rail transportation and the role it played in the Hudson Valley region.  

 

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Day  4
Hyde Park, NY

Due to Hyde Park’s natural beauty and proximity to the city, families such as the Astors and Vanderbilts built weekend homes nearby. The area is most famously known as the birthplace of U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt. His Springwood estate is now the site of the Home of Franklin D. Roosevelt National Historic Site.

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FDR Home & Museum Tour

Visit the Franklin D. Roosevelt National Historic Site, one of the great historic homes of America. Filled with memorabilia of the Roosevelt family, the neo-Georgian house, Springwood, was where the president was born in 1882. Enjoy a 1-hour guided tour of the FDR home followed by a self-guided tour of the FDR Library and Museum.

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Other Hyde Park Attractions

Vanderbilt Mansion
This site’s main feature is the Vanderbilt Mansion, which features 54 rooms built in the American Renaissance style. A number of tours and experiences are available at this 211-acre site, including self-guided audio tours available through your cell phone and MP3 player.

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Francis Loeb Art Center
Visit the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center founded in 1864 as the Vassar College Art Gallery. Vassar was the first college or university in the country to include an art museum as part of its original plan. The current 36,000 square foot facility was designed by Cesar Pelli and named in honor of the new building’s primary donor, Frances Lehman Loeb, a member of the Class of 1928.

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Catskill, NY

In Catskill, visit the Clermont State Historic Site, home to Robert Livingston Jr., the first minister of foreign affairs who negotiated the Louisiana Purchase and helped draft the Declaration of Independence. You will also have the chance to visit Olana, home of artist Frederick Church.

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Olana Guided Tour

Enjoy a special visit to the magnificent Persian-style home of one of the most influential Hudson River School painters, Frederick Church. Church designed his home and the surrounding landscape to take full advantage of the magnificent views of the Catskill Mountains. Today, you can tour the house and take a stroll of the grounds, hailed by many as the queen of the Hudson Valley estates.

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Other Catskill Attractions

Guided Tour of Clermont Estate
The oldest Hudson River estate, Clermont was the homestead of the Livingston family from 1730-1962. Chancellor Robert R. Livingston, negotiator of the Louisiana Purchase, was the most distinguished resident. The estate sets amidst historic gardens and commands a fine view of the Hudson River and the Catskill Mountains.Website

The Thomas Cole National Historic Site
Thomas Cole, founder of the Hudson River School of Art, arrived in the Catskill Mountains wilderness in 1825 and found inspiration, renewal and refuge from a changing world.Website


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West Point, NY

The United States Military Academy at West Point offers visitors the opportunity to walk on the hallowed grounds once traversed by some of the nation's greatest generals. Founded in 1802 by an act of Congress, the Academy has been of significant military importance to America. Tour the West Point Museum and Cadet Chapel, while viewing magnificent vistas of the Hudson Valley from atop the campus grounds.

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West Point Guided Tour

Take a tour of America’s most notable military academy. You will see the Cadet Chapel, Trophy Point, and other stunning areas of campus. West Point is home to one of the most breath-taking vistas in the world with magnificent sights of the Hudson Valley. Due to security regulations, all passengers must present a Photo ID when boarding the bus at West Point.

 

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Sleepy Hollow, NY

The riverside town of Sleepy Hollow is forever immortalized in the works of one of the country's first great writers, Washington Irving. The author found inspiration in the Hudson Valley, creating legendary stories like Rip Van Winkle. Today, Irving's country home, Sunnyside, is a National Historic Landmark and welcomes visitors with tales of the man himself.

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Sunnyside and Lyndhurst Tour

Washington Irving's Sunnyside is a much-loved riverside home that has been charming visitors for generations. Hear about Irving's storied past and how he came to be America's first internationally famous author, best remembered for The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and other short stories. Your guide, elegantly dressed in period clothing, will explain how Washington Irving designed Sunnyside and the grounds himself, collaborating with his neighbor, artist George Harvey. You will also visit Lyndhurst, one of America's finest Gothic Revival mansions. Join us on a guided tour of this remarkable example of the Hudson River's grand and historic estates.

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Other Sleepy Hollow Attractions

The Old Dutch Church of Sleepy Hollow
Visit this 17th century extant church, located just north of Sleepy Hollow’s downtown area. The most famous element of this excursion is its graveyard, which is prominently featured in The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. The author of Sleepy Hollow, Washington Irving, is buried here.  Website

The Historical Society Museum of Tarrytown
Join in a celebration of Tarrytown at this museum run by the not-for-profit  Historical Society, Inc. A number of collections, exhibits, educational programs and artifacts showcase Tarrytown’s contribution to early American history. Take a tour of the museum and learn more about this area.

Kykuit & Union Church Tour
Take tours of Kykuit, the home of four generations of Rockefellers, and Union Church, which stands on the same property as a memorial to John and Abby Rockefeller. Kykuit’s structure will astound you, as will the stories relayed through your tour guide. Furthermore, your visit to the Union Church is a treat for fans of stained glass art and also features the last work of Henri Matisse.

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Day  8
New York, NY

Cap off your trip with a day in the Big Apple. Once you have docked in Manhattan, enjoy all of the offerings that New York City embodies. Take in cultural events at the Metropolitan Opera House, exhibits at the Museum of Modern Art or simply go sightseeing throughout this metropolitan wonderland.

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Narrated City Tour

This is a fantastic way to experience the sights, sounds, and history of this extraordinary city. Experience New York City and learn about the history of major landmarks from your tour guide. This tour will make a special stop at Ground Zero as well.

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Other New York Attractions

Empire State Building
Get to know more about this famous building, which rises an impressive quarter-mile into the New York skyline. Trips to the 86th floor Observatory will bring you more than 1000 feet above ground. For those seeking an even more impressive view of the city, travel 200 feet higher to the 102nd floor Observatory. Website

Central Park
Arguably the most famous park in the world, Central Park is a must-see for visitors seeking a refuge from the bustling streets of Manhattan. Take a walk through this sprawling oasis, which takes up more than 840 acres in the middle of the city.  Website

Radio City Music Hall
Home to the world-famous Rockettes, Radio City Music Hall has been host to legendary performers since it opened in 1932. Take in a show or see what happens behind-the-scenes on an all-access tour. Website

NBC Studios 
Situated in Rockefeller Plaza, NBC Studios is the center of many popular television programs and news outlets, including The Today Show. On a fantastic studio tour, get backstage access on the sets of several programs and learn about the history of this iconic building.  Website

Independence

The Independence is equipped with the largest staterooms in the industry with most suites featuring private balconies. Featuring the latest in navigation and safety technology, the Independence is fully stabilized, allowing American Cruise Lines to reach even more fascinating destinations in smooth comfort. Complete with an exercise area and putting green, the Independence offers guests a relaxed and casual atmosphere.


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Owner's Suite (Private Balcony)

Deckplan

At 350 sq. ft. the Owner’s Suite is an oversized room for guests looking to enjoy complete comfort in their own private sanctuary. Featuring a large sitting area you’ll enjoy the passing scenery from your private walk-out balcony. This suite also features a full hotel-sized bathroom, generous closest space and a writing desk.

AAC (Private Balcony)

Deckplan

These staterooms are centrally located on the top deck which provides stunning panoramic views. Enjoy 283 sq. ft. of comfortable living space, comparable to fine hotel rooms. These staterooms also offer private walk-out balconies and a generously sized bathroom.

AAL (Private Balcony)

Deckplan

The AAL staterooms are designed to offer the most space and modern amenities. With 263 sq. ft. of living space, these rooms offer a private walk-out balcony to enjoy the passing scenery, writing desk and full hotel-sized bathroom.

A

Deckplan

These comfortable staterooms located on the main deck offer 258 sq. ft. of living space and are a perfect place to unwind after a day of exploration. They feature hotel size bathroom, interior entrances, and large opening picture windows for scenic views.

Single (Private Balcony)

Deckplan

Single staterooms offer the solo traveler a quiet enclave to rest and relax. Our single suites feature Twin sized beds, spacious bathrooms and your very own private balcony.

Single

Deckplan

Located on the main deck, our single staterooms offer guests 207 sq. ft. of space with premium beds, spacious bathrooms, and an opening picture window with private views.

Independence Deck Plan

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American Star

The American Star will offer guests the same style of cruising that has become the hallmark of American Cruise Lines. From charming small towns to gracious ports, the American Star will bring guests to places of historic interest and magnificent beauty. Onboard, each guest will be able to unwind in the friendly and accommodating atmosphere, which is serviced by attentive all—American staff.


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Owner's Suite (Private Balcony)

Deckplan

At 350 sq. ft., the Owner’s Suite is an oversized room offering complete comfort in a spacious private sanctuary. The room has a large sitting area and a private balcony offering expansive views from a stunning vantage point.

AAC (Private Balcony)

Deckplan

These 283 sq. ft. staterooms are located on the top deck which provides privacy and great panoramic views. The living space is comparable to that of a fine hotel room and offers a writing desk, a closet, a full-size bathroom and a private balcony.

AAL (Private Balcony)

Deckplan

AAL staterooms are a spacious retreat with all the amenities a modern traveler expects. Each room offers 263 sq. ft. of space encompassing a hotel size bathroom, a private balcony, and a large opening picture window.

AA

Deckplan

AA Category staterooms are the perfect place to unwind after a day of exploration. Each 258 sq. ft. room has a large opening picture window with views of the passing scenery. The rooms also offer hotel-size bathrooms and plenty of closet space.

A

Deckplan

A category rooms are a quiet enclave for total relaxation. They come equipped with a full assortment of modern amenities and a large opening picture window. Each room is 258 sq. ft. and is ideal for cruising the inland waterways of the East Coast.

Single (Private Balcony)

Deckplan

The intimate atmosphere of each single stateroom is ideal for the solo traveler. At 248 sq. ft. each room has a twin bed, a full bathroom, a private balcony, and plenty of room to spread out and make yourself at home.

American Star Deck Plan

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American Constellation

American Constellation is the latest cruise ship from American Cruise Lines. Uniquely designed to navigate the inland waterways of the East Coast, American Constellation brings guests to beautiful ports the larger ships can't access. In the intimate atmosphere onboard, guests will find the largest staterooms in the industry, spacious lounges and observation decks and private balconies that offer spectacular views of the passing landscapes.


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Owner's Suite (Private Balcony)

Deckplan

At over 450 sq. ft. the American Constellation Owner's Suites are both spacious and elegantly appointed. Located on a private deck, each secluded suite offers our distinguished travelers amazing views from the private walk-out balcony. The well-furnished suites come fully equipped and offer a sitting area, writer’s desk, sliding glass door and full hotel-sized bathroom.

Veranda Suite (Private Balcony)

Deckplan

With a generous 450 sq. ft. of relaxing space, each Veranda suite includes a private walk-out balcony to enjoy the panoramic views. Considered one of the finest staterooms on any cruise ship, guests will enjoy full hotel-sized bathrooms and large living area with sliding glass door.

AAM (Private Balcony)

Deckplan

Our AAM staterooms are designed to offer the privacy you desire while cruising. Located on the fourth deck, these spacious staterooms are elegantly furnished and feature floor to ceiling sliding glass doors that lead to a private walk-out balcony where the grandness of the Northeast, Hudson, and Southeast scenery can be enjoyed.

AAC (Private Balcony)

Deckplan

Featuring the most modern amenities, our spacious AAC staterooms offer the perfect retreat for travelers. With over 350 sq. ft., each stateroom offers all of the comforts of a fine hotel and is configured to maximize the interior living space. These stateroom also feature full sliding glass doors and a private walk-out balcony which provides spectacular panoramic views of the surrounding scenery.

AAL (Private Balcony)

Deckplan

Our AAL staterooms offer all the comforts of home and amazing panoramic views. At 350 sq. ft. each room includes an interior entrance, expansive private walk-out balcony, and a large sitting area. These staterooms are the perfect sanctuary to relax in after a day of exploration.

AA

Deckplan

Centrally located, these 302 sq. ft. staterooms offer amazing views and easy access to the lounge areas. You’ll enjoy the expansive views out of your own large opening picture window. Each room comes equipped with a large closet and hotel-size bathrooms.

A

Deckplan

The class A stateroom offer guests quiet and comfort during their cruise. Featuring a desk, satellite TV, large oversized picture window and a spacious living area at 260 sq. ft., these relaxing staterooms are ideal for coastal cruising.

Single (Private Balcony)

Deckplan

Solo travelers will find relaxing comfort in our single staterooms complete with a walk-out private balcony. Enjoy one of the largest single staterooms in the industry at 250 sq. ft., featuring a comfortable Twin bed, large sliding glass door, and spacious full-sized bathrooms.

Single

Deckplan

Find modern amenities and relaxing comfort in our 226 sq. ft. single staterooms. With a large picture window, Twin size beds and sizable bathrooms, these single staterooms are perfect for solo travelers.

American Constellation Deck Plan

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Eagle Society Cruise


Experience the rich reds, bright oranges and golden yellows that flood the shores of the Hudson River during the vibrant autumn season. This 8-day cruise aboard the Independence is full of captivating scenery and visits to historic locations including the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, Sleepy Hollow and the Catskill Mountains. 

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Hudson River Fall Foliage


Celebrate the fall season on exciting cruises that bring out the brilliant color of popular destinations. Choose from the Puget Sound & San Juan Islands, the Upper Mississippi River, the Hudson River and the Columbia and Snake Rivers.

Experience brilliant fall foliage with American Cruise Lines' Fall Cruises. Autumn is a beautiful time of year and we offer several opportunities to see the colorful red, orange and yellow leaves during this season of transformation.

Fall Foliage cruises are timed to coordinate with peak viewing so you experience the very best this season has to offer. Your tours along famous waterways include stops in intriguing ports-of-call with guided shore excursions that take you to prime foliage viewing locations. 

 

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