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, walk 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

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Ports of Call
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New York, NY
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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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Signature New York City Tour

Enjoy a wonderful, narrated tour of the Big Apple led by a native New Yorker who will give you a personal and in-depth account of life in NYC. This is a fantastic way to experience the sights, sounds, and history of this extraordinary city. While on tour, stop at the World Trade Center Memorial to explore the Reflective Pools honoring the lives lost and the sacrifices made by the citizens of New York City.

*This is a Signature Shore Tour. Please call (800) 460-4518 for more information.

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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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Historic Troy Walking Tour

In the mid-19th century, Troy was one of the wealthiest cities in the United States thanks to a booming textile industry. Enjoy a walking tour with a local historian as you view the Victorian architecture of the area and learn how such remarkable structures are preserved over time. Step back in time to the Age of Innocence, while discovering the history of the town.

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Troy Lock & Dam Cruise

Enjoy a day learning about the lock and dam system used on the Erie Canal which was originally built to help create a water route from New York City to the Atlantic Ocean to the Great Lakes to help increase trade and populate the region. Ground was broken on July 4, 1817 to begin construction of this canal, making 2017 the bicentennial of this historic event. While on tour, you will learn about locks, trade season, ecology, steamboats and much more.

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Albany City Experience

Visit Albany and discover what has enticed visitors for over 400 years. Albany is one of the oldest surviving settlements from the original thirteen colonies and the longest continuously chartered city in the United States. Enjoy a narrated tour of the city, including a stop at the New York State Capitol Building and the New York State Museum, which houses an impressive collection of over 12 million specimens and artifacts.

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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," replete with palatial estates and grand mansions built by wealthy New York businessmen as a summer retreat.

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Narrated Kingston Exploration

Kingston was settled in 1652, and is the third oldest settlement in the Dutch Colony, after Manhattan and Albany, and was once the capital of New York. Enjoy a stop at the Old Dutch Church, founded in 1659. During the Revolutionary War, the church and its congregation were aligned with the patriot cause. As a result, in November of 1782, General George Washington visited the church. View a hand-written letter from Washington regarding his reception at the church, which is proudly on display in the Narthex. 

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Hudson River Maritime Museum - Complimentary Excursion

Founded in 1980, the Hudson River Maritime Museum focuses on preserving, researching, and collecting artifacts directly related to the Hudson River. Exhibits include historic vessels, art, and materials from the transportation industry. Explore this museum on your own and learn about the rich maritime heritage of the region.

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Frances Loeb Art Center - Complimentary Excursion

Located on the campus of Vassar College, The Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center is a teaching museum, major art repository, and exhibition space. Enjoy a guided tour of this amazing center which displays everything from ancient Chinese and Egyptian art to contemporary pieces.

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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 and is the site of the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum, as well as his home, Springwood estate, which is designated as a 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 guided tour of the FDR home followed by a self-guided tour of the FDR Library and Museum.

*This is a Signature Shore Tour. Please call (800) 460-4518 for more information.

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Walkway Over the Hudson

Enjoy breathtaking views while taking this narrated walk over the Hudson River, beginning at the dock and continuing to the covered bridge overlooking the river. Standing at 212 feet tall and approximately 1.5 miles long, this bridge was once the railroad path for trains and has since been transformed into the longest, elevated pedestrian bridge in the world. 

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Catskill, NY

In Catskill, visit the Clermont State Historic Site, home to Robert Livingston Jr. As the first minister of foreign affairs, he 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 State Historic Site

Enjoy a special visit to the magnificent Persian-style home of one of the most influential Hudson River School painters, Frederic 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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Thomas Cole National Historic Site

A visit to the Thomas Cole National Historic Site provides entry into the world of the man who became the father of American landscape painting and founder of the Hudson River School of Art. Tour the 1815 Federal yellow-brick Main House and visit the historic rooms where the Cole family lived, including the West Parlor where Thomas Cole was married and the upstairs rooms where his children were born and where Cole died in 1848.

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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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Guided West Point Tour

Take a tour of America’s most notable military academy, considered by George Washington to be the most important military position in America. Its establishment as the United States Military Academy occurred in 1802 when Thomas Jefferson signed legislation to that effect. This guided tour of the historic grounds of West Point includes Cadet Chapel, Trophy Point, and other stunning areas of campus. Along the way, enjoy breathtaking vistas and magnificent views 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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Gothic Lyndhurst Mansion Tour

Overlooking the Hudson River in Tarrytown, NY is 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 and enjoy the spectacular scenic beauty.

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Washington Irving's Sunnyside

A visit to Sunnyside is an enchanting adventure in a romantic landscape. This much-loved riverside home has been charming visitors for generations. Hear about Washington 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.

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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, experience all that this vibrant city has to offer. Enjoy a performance at the Metropolitan Opera House, view exhibits at the Museum of Modern Art, or simply explore New York City, freestyle.

Experiences

Enjoy all that the Hudson River Valley has to offer. Breathtaking displays of peak fall foliage, iconic homes of influential artists and authors, and a visit to the birthplace of a U.S. president are all a part of this enchanting 8-day journey.

Your Cruise Includes

Independence

The Independence is equipped with the largest staterooms in the industry, most featuring a private balcony. With 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

Experience complete comfort in this spacious private sanctuary where you can feel right at home.  At 350 sq. ft. the Owner’s Suite is quite roomy and features a full-size bathroom. Enjoy a large sitting area, writing desk, closet, and a private balcony offering expansive views from a stunning vantage point.

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 a fine hotel room. All also offer private walk-out balconies and a generously sized bathroom.

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 full-size bathroom and a private balcony with scenic views.

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 full-size bathrooms, 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. At 248 sq. ft., our Single suites feature twin 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 offers 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 brings guests to places of historic interest and magnificent beauty. Onboard, guests can unwind in the friendly and accommodating atmosphere, as they enjoy personalized service by an attentive, all-American staff.


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Owner's Suite (Private Balcony)

Deckplan

Experience complete comfort in this spacious private sanctuary where you can feel right at home. At 350 sq. ft. the Owner’s Suite is quite roomy and offers a full-size bathroom. Enjoy a large sitting area, a writing desk, closet, 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 full-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 full-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-size 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 Constitution

The newly-announced American Constitution is scheduled to begin cruising the East Coast this spring. With a capacity of 175 passengers, the American Constitution will feature the latest in technology, modern design, and sophisticated décor. The American Constitution also features large well-appointed staterooms with private balconies, as well as a variety of spacious lounges.


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Owner's Suite (Private Balcony)

Deckplan

At up to 450 sq. ft., the American Constitution 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-size bathroom.

Veranda Suite (Private Balcony)

Deckplan

With a generous up to 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-size bathrooms and large living area with sliding glass door.

AAM (Private Balcony)

Deckplan

At 368 sq. ft., 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 picturesque scenery of the East Coast 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 will enjoy the expansive views out of your own large opening picture window. Each room comes equipped with a large closet and full-size bathrooms.

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 238 sq. ft., featuring a comfortable twin bed, large sliding glass door, and spacious full-size bathrooms.

Single

Deckplan

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

American Constitution Deck Plan

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Hudson River Fall Foliage


Experience brilliant fall foliage with American Cruise Lines' on our fall cruises along the Hudson River. During this season of transformation, we offer several opportunities to view the colorful red, orange, and yellow leaves. On this 8-day cruise aboard the Independence, American Star, or American Constitution during peak foliage season, enjoy the beautiful natural scenery and visit captivating sites, including the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, Sleepy Hollow, and the Catskill Mountains. 

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