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Special Theme Cruises

American Cruise Lines offers a variety of special theme cruises that 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 Lobsterbake 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 shore excursions with personal guides well-versed in the history of the region, so you can fully appreciate the significance of each port-of-call. 

American Civil War Cruises

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


New Orleans Round Trip - October 22 and 29, 2016
Memphis to New Orleans - May 27, 2017
Historic South & Golden Isles - March 4 and April 8, 2017

            Maine Coast and Harbors Cruise

Mississippi River Music Cruises

The sounds of jazz and blues 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 Round Trip - March 18, 2017
New Orleans to Memphis - April 1, 2017

Nashville Country and Blues - September 10 and 17, 2016

            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 - March 22, 2017

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Mark Twain Tribute Cruise

This Mississippi River cruise focuses on the life and times of Samuel Clemens, arguably America's greatest author. Explore the river that served as inspiration for 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 -  July 22, 2017

       Maine Coast and Harbors Cruise


Wine and Cheese Platter

Food & Wine Cruises

Explore the culture, history, and exquisite wine varietals 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 Vineyard Cruise - April 29, 2017
Columbia River Wine Cruise - September 30, 2016


New England Lobster Cruises

The best lobster in the world comes from the pristine waters of 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 - August 13, 2016
Grand New England - May 21, 2017
Maine Coast and Harbors - Summer 2016

            Maine Coast and Harbors Cruise

  Curtis Island Lobsterbake


Chesapeake Bay Cruises


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 Cruise - October 30, 2016

   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 15 and April 22, 2017

         Maine Coast and Harbors Cruise



Thanksgiving Cruises


Thanksgiving Cruises

Spend Thanksgiving with American Cruise Lines one of three festive cruises: Historic South & Golden Isles, Great Rivers of Florida and Lower Mississippi. These cruises feature traditional Thanksgiving dinners, ships adorned with creative seasonal decor and exciting shore excursions to add something special to your Thanksgiving holiday.

Historic South & Golden Isles November 19, 2016
Great Rivers of Florida November 19, 2016
Lower Mississippi River November 19, 2016 

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Fall Foliage Cruises

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 and the Columbia & Snake Rivers. 

Puget Sound & San Juan Islands
October 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29 and November 5, 2016
Upper Mississippi River October 1 and 8, 2016
Columbia & Snake Rivers November 5, 2016

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Mt. Hood in the Fall

Holiday Cruises

Holiday Cruises

Holiday Cruises

Enjoy the festive season with American Cruise Lines as we celebrate Christmas and New Years. Choose either the Historic South & Golden Isles cruise or a New Orleans round trip cruise and enjoy a fun-filled cruise during the most wonderful time of the year. Features include traditional meals with all the trimmings, special holiday shore excursions and ships adorned in festive decor. 

Christmas Cruises
New Orleans Round Trip December 21, 2016
Historic South & Golden Isles December 21, 2016

New Years Cruises
New Orleans Round Trip December 29, 2016
Historic South & Golden Isles December 29, 2016

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