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Special Theme Cruises

American Cruise Lines offers a variety of special theme cruises that really bring out the distinct flavor and unique culture of the regions we visit. Explore in detail the history of the Civil War with cruises on the Mississippi River and the Intracoastal Waterway. Experience the savory tastes of New England on a Lobster Cruise. And retrace the famous expedition of pioneers Lewis & Clark by cruising on the Columbia and Snake Rivers. Our theme cruises are meticulously planned to offer insightful and intriguing guided shore excursions so you can fully appreciate the history and culture of each port-of-call. 

Vicksburg Battlefield Museum

American Civil War Cruises

Delve deep into the history of the American Civil War while exploring the battlefields, monuments and museums of this pivotal event. Enjoy guided shore excursions of Vicksburg Military Park and the city of Beaufort. The onboard program emphasizes the personalities and strategies of both sides of The War Between the States. 


New Orleans Round trip - October 31, 2015
Memphis to New Orleans - June 6, July 11 and July 18, 2015
Historic South & Golden Isles - March 12, 2016

            Maine Coast and Harbors Cruise

Mississippi River Music Cruises

The sounds of beautiful harmonies fill the air as we cruise the Mississippi River. Pay tribute to the musicians and regions that helped influence the emergence of music in America with special onboard performances and unique tours on this special theme cruise.

New Orleans to New Orleans - March 14, 2015
New Orleans to Memphis - May 30, June 27 and August 29, 2015
Memphis to New Orleans - June 20, 2015

            Maine Coast and Harbors Cruise

Jazz Saxaphone

    Lewis & Clark Cruises

Two hundred years ago, Lewis & Clark set out on their pioneering journey into the West. Follow their path on this Columbia and Snake Rivers cruise with opportunities to walk their former campsites and see artifacts from the expedition.

Columbia and Snake Rivers April 4, April 11, April 18, May 9, May 23, June 6, June 27, August 8, October 17 and October 24, 2015

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New England Lobster Cruises

The best lobster in the world comes from New England. During the Lobster Cruise, you'll indulge in everything lobster as you enjoy specially prepared dishes that highlight this savory delight. Join us for a Lobster Cruise on one of three New England cruise itineraries.

New England Islands - June 20, July 4, July 25, and August 8, 2015
Maine Coast and Harbors - Summer 2015
Grand New England - June 13 and August 22, 2015

            Maine Coast and Harbors Cruise

  New England Islands Cruises Lobsterbake  

Wine and Cheese Platter

Food & Wine Cruises

Explore the culture, history, and exquisite cuisine of the Pacific Northwest as we sample wines from the region's finest vineyards paired with the delectable seafood of the Puget Sound.


Puget Sound & San Juan Islands - September 19, 2015
Columbia & Snake River Cruise - October 3, 2015

Mark Twain Tribute Cruise

This Mississippi River cruise focuses on the life and times of Samuel Clemens. Explore the river that served as inspiration to Mark Twain, complete with a Mark Twain impersonator and a special behind-the-scenes tour in Hannibal, MO, Twain's hometown.


St. Paul to St. Louis - August 1, August 8 and October 3, 2015

            Maine Coast and Harbors Cruise



Chesapeake Bay Crabfest Cruises

Chesapeake Bay is the Blue Crab capital of the world. During this cruise you'll learn about the fascinating lives of the watermen who have crabbed in this region for centuries while savoring local recipes prepared with the freshest Maryland crab. If you love fresh seafood, you'll love this Chesapeake Bay cruise.


Chesapeake Bay Cruise - May 9, May 30 and June 6, 2015

            Maine Coast and Harbors Cruise

Puget Sound Tulip Festival cruise

Join us aboard the American Spirit as we cruise the Puget Sound. Each April the region hosts the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival which features some of the most incredible flower displays in the world. Celebrate the glorious arrival of spring in the Pacific Northwest.

Puget Sound and San Juan islands
April 16 and April 23, 2016

            Maine Coast and Harbors Cruise




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