Our Commitment to Safety

American Cruise Lines is committed to the safety of our guests, crew, and community partners. This includes enhanced cleaning procedures and close coordination with each port of call, health authorities, state and local governments, as well as a partnership with Vikand Solutions, a leading global expert in maritime medical operations and healthcare.  

American has modern small ships that sail domestic routes in the US. Through close coordination with our partners ashore, we have formulated this plan to mitigate risk and respond efficiently.

For additional information please see our Current Sailings Update or call American Cruise Lines toll-free at 1-800-460-4518. 

Testing, Vaccination, and General Health Protocols

  • Pre-travel and pre-boarding negative COVID-19 testing requirements.   
  • Pre-boarding screening of all guests and crew by a medical professional.
  • Touch-free boarding and check-in process.
  • American will participate in vaccination requirement if it becomes standard practice adopted by airlines and hospitality companies.
  • COVID-19 testing capability onboard.  
  • Guest capacity reduced by 25%. Each cruise will sail with a maximum of 75% of the allotted guest capacity.
  • Increased time between cruises to allow for full vessel enhanced cleaning and disinfecting using hypochlorous acid solution.
  • Sanitation rounds to be conducted on an hourly schedule, including sanitation of all touchpoints such as railings, doorknobs, elevator buttons, and gangways.
  • Face covering required for guests and crew while on board in public spaces such as lounges, decks, and dining rooms. Masks may be removed when guests are seated at their dining tables for meals.
  • Hand sanitizing stations placed throughout the ship and at the gangway before each boarding and unboarding.

  • Onboard medical services provided by Vikand Solutions, a certified global medical company, with long-standing experience in the maritime and cruise industries.
  • Medical Officer aboard every ship and dedicated medical consulting room.
  • Covid-19 antigen testing on board using Quidel Sofia 2 instruments.
  • An allotment of staterooms aboard each ship to be sanitized and kept unoccupied unless they become necessary for isolation purposes.
  • Outbreak Management Plan in place to respond to confirmed Covid-19 case onboard.
  • Coordinated care with shoreside medical facilities and evacuation plans in place from every port of call.

  • Our ships have approximately 350 square feet of space per guest at full capacity. This amount has been increased to approximately 450 square feet per guest through capacity reduction measures (see General Operating Protocols) and allows social distancing during all shipboard activities.
  • Every stateroom and lounge has an independent HVAC system. Our ships have no shared ducting between rooms or public spaces.
  • UV-C water filtration systems for all potable water. 

  • All excursion venues screened for social distancing and sanitation practices
  • Private coaches provide our guests with transportation directly to and from each venue
  • Coaches sanitized before every boarding 
  • Reduced coach capacity to allow for social distancing during travel
  • Excursion capacities reduced to allow social distancing at each venue. Additional excursion times will be added as needed for guest enjoyment.

  • Pre-boarding screening practices will apply to guests and crew members. Additionally, crew members will be screened at the conclusion of every cruise.
  • Reduction of crew movement in public spaces. Crew trained to engage in social distancing at all times, including when off-duty.
  • Covid-19 identification training for all crew members. This includes training on how to observe and report symptoms, as well as how to self-identify symptoms.
  • Covid-19 response training for all crew members.
  • PPE training for all crew members, including the purpose, use, and donning of PPE.

The Covid-19 Operating Protocol is subject to review and change at any time. As the situation evolves, operating practices must be adapted; this includes the potential for cruise suspension. These practices do not eliminate the risk. Rather, they are designed to reduce risk and slow the spread of illness by removing known transmission sources, increasing awareness, and speeding response time.