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American Cruise Lines Announces Pre and Post Cruise Extension Packages in 2015


GUILFORD, CT – April 16, 2015 American Cruise Lines ( has announced pre and post cruise extension packages beginning in the summer of 2015, highlighting the rich culture, history and entertainment in U.S. ports such as New Orleans, Memphis, Charleston and Seattle. Read More

       Oak Alley Plantation  tour during Missippi River cruise

First Lady of New Orleans, Cheryl Landrieu, to Christen American Cruise Lines’ American Eagle

GUILFORD, CT – April 8, 2015 American Cruise Lines ( has announced the christening of their second Mississippi River paddlewheeler, the American Eagle, on April 25th, 2015 in New Orleans.  Mayor Mitch Landrieu will be the guest of honor and his wife, Cheryl Landrieu will christen the new riverboat. Read More

      American Eagle

American Cruise Lines Announces Independence Day Celebrations in 5 States

GUILFORD, CT – March 9, 2015 - American Cruise Lines (, operator of the newest small cruise ships in the United States, announced today the special events of its 2015 Independence Day cruises. Each of the cruises sailing over the July 4th holiday will offer festive activities that showcase the beautiful regions cruised around the U.S. Read More

     Fireworks in the Historic South

American Cruise Lines Introduces Brand New 15-Day Mississippi River Itinerary

GUILFORD, CT – February 24, 2015 American Cruise Lines announced today the introduction of its Heartland Celebration Cruise. The 14-day cruise is being offered on one of the line’s newest riverboats, the 150-passenger Queen of the Mississippi. Read More


American Cruise Lines Unveils Plans for American Eagle’s Maiden Voyage

GUILFORD, CT – January 21, 2015 – American Cruise Lines announced today that it has a special celebration planned for American Eagle’s Maiden Voyage, which departs on April 11th from New Orleans. To celebrate this exciting cruising event, the line has planned a variety of special events for guests, including  Read more

American Eagle cruises on the Mississippi River

American Cruise Lines to Celebrate Five Years on the Columbia River

GUILFORD, CT – January 6, 2014 American Cruise Lines announced today that this year will mark its fifth season on the Columbia and Snake Rivers with Queen of the West. To kick-off the anniversary the company has a special celebration planned on the first cruise of the year, which departs on March 28th. This includes a complimentary pre-cruise package, which features a bonus night onboard the riverboat with added events and tours  Read more

Queen of the West in front of Mount Hood

American Cruise Lines Launches New Travel Agent Web Portal

GUILFORD, CT – December 3, 2014 American Cruise Lines announced today the launch of its new travel agent portal, which offers a secure platform for agents to obtain information and marketing materials for educational and promotional needs. The new portal was created in response to the line’s growing network of valued travel partners and features  Read more

Construction of American Cruise Lines’ New Mississippi Riverboat Nears Completion

GUILFORD, CT – November 3, 2014 – American Cruise Lines announced today the latest development in the construction of its newest paddlewheeler, the American Eagle, as it nears completion at Chesapeake Shipbuilding in Maryland. At six weeks ahead of schedule, construction of the new riverboat is moving into its final stages. Read more

Mississippi River Paddlewheel cruises on the Queen of the Mississippi

American Cruise Lines Introduces the Complete Mississippi River Cruise

GUILFORD, CT – October 6, 2014 – American Cruise Lines announces its Complete Mississippi Cruise. The 22-day cruise is being offered on the line’s newest riverboat, the American Eagle, which is currently being completed and is slated to enter service in the spring. This ultimate American river adventure begins in New Orleans and ends in St. Paul, MN, stopping in 16 of the American Heartland’s most unique towns and cities along the way.  Read more

American Cruise Lines Introduces New Referral Program

GUILFORD, CT – September 24, 2014 – American Cruise Lines, operator of the newest riverboats and small cruise ships in the United States, announced today its new referral program, a feature of its loyalty program, the Eagle Society. Rolled out over the last few months, the referral program has been well-received by guests, many of which have already taken advantage of the benefits. Read more

The Eagle Society of American Cruise Lines

2015 Spring Cruise Collection

GUILFORD, CT – August 25, 2014 – American Cruise Lines, operator of the newest riverboats and small cruise ships in the United States, announced today its Spring Cruise Collection, a various selection of cruises handpicked to showcase the beautiful 2015 spring season. Cruise itineraries include Puget Sound & San Juan Islands, the Lower Mississippi River, Historic South & Golden Isles, Columbia & Snake Rivers and Great Rivers of Florida. Read More

2014 Holiday Cruises


GUILFORD, CT – August 7, 2014 American Cruise Lines announced today the details and events of its 2014 holiday cruises. Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Eve cruises will offer festive activities that showcase the beautiful regions cruised, as well as the spirit of the holidays.
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American Cruise Lines Launches New Mississippi River Boat


GUILFORD, CT July 1, 2014 American Cruise Lines announced today the successful launching of the new paddlewheeler being built for the Mississippi River at Chesapeake Shipbuilding in Salisbury, Maryland. The launching, which occurred on Sunday, went picture perfect. Immediately after being launched into the Wicomico River, tugboats skillfully nudged the new riverboat into Chesapeake Shipbuilding’s East Outfitting Basin where the upper decks and outfitting will be completed.
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American Cruise Lines Announces 2015 Theme Cruises

GUILFORD, CT - June 25, 2014 - American Cruise Lines announced today its theme cruises for 2015, including a Savories of the South cruise, a Civil War Eastern Theater theme cruise to complement the Western Theater Civil War cruises offered on the Mississippi River, and a Puget Sound Food & Wine cruise, that celebrates the regional cuisines and wine of the Pacific Northwest. Read more...

2014 Fall Cruise Collection

GUILFORD, CT June 16, 2014 American Cruise Lines, operator of the newest riverboats and small cruise ships in the United States, announced today its Fall Cruise Collectiona selection of cruises handpicked to showcase the beautiful 2014 fall season. Cruise itineraries include the Columbia & Snake Rivers, Puget Sound & San Juan Islands, Chesapeake Bay, and the Hudson River.
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Cruise on Hudson

Cruise Local, Eat Local. Sustainable Cuisine Program

GUILFORD, CT – April 4, 2014 American Cruise Lines today announced the introduction of Cruise Local. Eat Local, a new dining initiative for locally-sourced produce, meats and ingredients to provide the most delicious regionalized menus onboard. Sustainable cuisine supports the many small towns American Cruise Lines visits, and ensures the least impact on the ecosystem of the regions cruised. Read more

2014 Guest Speakers

GUILFORD, CT – March 26, 2014 American Cruise Lines today announced its lineup of 2014 guest speakers. In order to enhance the passenger cruise experience, American Cruise Lines invites carefully selected experts to join them onboard, each offering expertise and unique insight on a range of topics, passing scenery and ports of call, and often accompanying guests on shore tours. Read more

Lobster Theme on All Maine Coast Cruises

Popular theme now available on all 2014 sailings

GUILFORD, CT – February 11, 2014American Cruise Lines today announced it will be offering its popular lobster theme on all 2014 Maine Coast cruises. The eight-day theme cruise features lobster cuisine, a lobster boat excursion, a traditional lobsterbake in Rockland, and more. Offered on the 49-passenger American Glory and 104-passenger Independence, cruises begin in early June and sail through September...READ MORE


Curtis Island Lobsterbake

Newbuilds for Mississippi & Columbia Rivers

New riverboats will offer the newest and finest accommodations on American rivers 

GUILFORD, CT – February 4, 2014 – American Cruise Lines today confirmed it will be placing the first of four upcoming newbuilds on the Mississippi River, where it currently operates its newest riverboat, Queen of the Mississippi. The second newbuild will operate in the Pacific Northwest on the Columbia and Snake Rivers, where the line is operating the 120-passenger Queen of the West. Construction of both new riverboats is well underway at Chesapeake Shipbuilding in Salisbury, MD...READ MORE


Mississippi Queen River Boat Cruises

Complimentary Shore Tours and Hotel on Paddlewheel River Cruises

Available on all 2014 Mississippi and Columbia River cruises 

GUILFORD, CT – January 16, 2014 – American Cruise Lines the largest U.S. cruise company, announced today that complimentary shore excursions will be offered on all Mississippi and Columbia River cruises aboard its two authentic paddlewheelers, Queen of the Mississippi and Queen of the West. The line will offer complimentary shore excursions in each port, valued at more than $300 per person. Additionally, for a limited time, a complimentary pre-night hotel stay will also be offered on bookings made throughout Wave Season. Complimentary tours on Mississippi River cruises include...READ MORE

Explore the Upper Mississippi River on a Cruise

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