Chesapeake Bay Cruise

The Chesapeake Bay abounds in history and culture. From the vibrant harbor of Baltimore, travel to Yorktown, Williamsburg, and Jamestown, known as the "Historic Triangle."

In Yorktown, visit monumental battlefields and authentic colonial homes. Stroll through the narrow streets of a Colonial Williamsburg, nearly unchanged since the days of the first English colonists. In Jamestown, learn about this first permanent English settlement in the Americas.

Discover why Crisfield, once a small fishing village is now considered “The Crab Capital of the World,” and sail on an authentic skipjack in Cambridge. Take a trolley tour through the charming streets of Annapolis and listen to amazing stories about its 350-year history from our local expert guide.

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Cruise Itinerary

Day
Ports of Call
1
Baltimore, MD
2
Yorktown / Williamsburg, VA
3
Crisfield, MD / Tangier, VA
4
Cambridge, MD / Oxford, MD
5
St. Michaels, MD
6
Annapolis, MD
7
Baltimore, MD

Chesapeake Bay Cruise

On your 7 day-cruise along the scenic shoreline of the Chesapeake Bay, you will pass shipwrights, marinas, and lighthouses, and glide into ports accessible only to small cruise ships.

Ports of Call

  • Baltimore, MD
  • Yorktown / Williamsburg, VA
  • Crisfield, MD / Tangier, VA
  • Cambridge, MD / Oxford, MD
  • St. Michaels, MD
  • Annapolis, MD
  • Baltimore, MD
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Day  1
Baltimore, MD

Baltimore is a great maritime city, alive with excitement, colonial history, and a busy harbor scene. Explore its history aboard the decks of celebrated ships and on the cobblestone streets of the charming Inner Harbor. Visit Fort McHenry, where Francis Scott Key was inspired to pen "The Star-Spangled Banner".

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Day  2
Yorktown / Williamsburg, VA

Step back in time in a town that transformed the history of a nation. Yorktown is known for its monumental battlefields, authentic colonial homes, and storied past. Discover museum exhibits, recreated Continental Army camps and restored homes from the 1700's. Also visit Colonial Williamsburg, once the political and economic center of the Virginia Colony, today the world's premier living history site.

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Colonial Williamsburg

History comes alive at Colonial Williamsburg. As you stroll along its street witness many original 18th-century buildings, as well as those reconstructed to their 18th-century aesthetic. Interact with tradespeople who use real period tools and techniques, many of which have been around since the beginning of our civilization. These skilled men and women are true apprentices, journeymen, and masters, continuing to perfect their skills with the hammer, needle, or plow.

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Yorktown Trolley Tour - Complimentary Excursion

The River Walk Landing welcomes you to historic Yorktown. Enjoy complimentary trolley transportation throughout Yorktown with stops at the battlefields, historic buildings, and unique boutiques.Stroll the waterfront, dine at a historic restaurant, and admire the 18th-century architecture of a place known for its current charm and its storied past.

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Day  3
Crisfield, MD / Tangier, VA

Settled in 1608 by Captain John Smith, the charming island of Tangier retains many customs and much of the appearance of an earlier era. Stroll through the delightful village, crab shanties, shops, and unique homes, on a personalized guided walking tour of the "Blue Crab Capital of the World."

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Crisfield Walking Tour

Crisfield began as a small fishing village and grew to become the "Crab Capital of the World." Enjoy a guided stroll through downtown Historic Crisfield and hear stories spanning over four centuries. View the map that Captain John Smith created when he first met the natives in 1608. Listen to stories of the first settlers, and learn about the battles that took place in this town including those with pirates, the British in the Revolutionary War and the War of 1812, as well as the first naval battle of America. 

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Tangier Island Ferry & History Museum - Complimentary Excursion

Enjoy a ferry ride to the unique island of Tangier. Upon arrival, enjoy a buffet lunch at Lorraine’s Restaurant which will include Chesapeake Bay Crab Cakes, Clam Fritters, Virginia Ham, Potato Salad, Coleslaw, Green Beans, Hot Corn Pudding, Home-Made Rolls, Beverages, and more. Following lunch, explore the island at your leisure before heading back to the mainland. As you stroll through the streets, you will be transported back in time to experience the life of a true Chesapeake waterman. Stop in the charming Tangier Island History Museum for a self-guided tour and learn about the lives of the working watermen. Island locals offer narrated golf cart tours for $5/person.

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Day  4
Cambridge, MD / Oxford, MD

Cambridge is an authentic Chesapeake town known for its rich history, beautiful buildings, and vibrant arts scene. Sail on an authentic skipjack or visit the Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge and witness the diverse wildlife and shorebirds that inhabit the area. Explore Oxford, a charming coastal village and one of the oldest towns in America. Discover its rich maritime history, with houses dating back to the late 1600s, fascinating museums, and the original Oxford-Bellevue Ferry.

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Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Visitor Center

The Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Visitor Center immerses visitors in Tubman’s world through informative, evocative, and emotive exhibits. The many captivating displays illustrate how the Choptank River region shaped her early years and the importance she held for faith, family, and community. The exhibits also feature information about Tubman’s life beginning with her childhood in Maryland, her emancipation from slavery, her time as a conductor on the Underground Railroad, and her continuous advocacy for justice.

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Skipjack Nathan

Since the 1880s, skipjacks - a type of sailboat developed for oyster dredging - have sailed the Chesapeake Bay. There once were as many as 800 of these vessels, but fewer than two dozen of the original dredge boats remain today. Of these, only a handful still dredge for oysters, the last remnant of America's surviving commercial sailing fleet. Visit the skipjack Nathan for a unique opportunity to experience your own skipjack journey on Maryland's Eastern Shore. Sail on the scenic Choptank River, help raise her sails, or take a turn at the helm.

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Choptank River Lighthouse - Complimentary Excursion

Take a short walk to visit the Choptank River Lighthouse. The lighthouse keeper will greet you upon arrival and speak about the history of this lighthouse, a replica of a historic lighthouse that once guided mariners along the Choptank River. Also featured is a mini-museum for you to explore.

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Historic Oxford Walking Tour

A charming, tree-lined and water bound village with a population of less than 1,000, Oxford is one of the oldest towns in America with a long maritime history. Enjoy a walking tour led by a local guide who will narrate the history of this picturesque town from its founding in 1683 to its prominence as an international shipping center and beyond. 

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Day  5
St. Michaels, MD

Stroll along the waterfront of St. Michaels, or peruse the charming gift shops and boutiques on tree-lined Talbot Street. As you dock at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, once a famed shipbuilding village, get a glimpse into life in the 1800's.

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Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum

This 18-acre waterfront museum, which is dedicated to furthering the understanding of the maritime heritage of the Chesapeake Bay area, features 10 exhibit buildings, a historic lighthouse, and a working boatyard.  Docking right in the heart of the museum, American Cruise Lines’ passengers will enjoy a private tour of this fascinating site.

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Winnie Estelle Ecology Cruise

Enjoy this amazing cruise which focuses on Chesapeake Bay’s history, ecology, and economics. During your journey, witness critters on an oyster reef and try your hand at water quality testing. Bird watchers will enjoy the route, known for its eagle and osprey population and heron rookery.  Don’t forget your camera!  

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Day  6
Annapolis, MD

This 18th-century port pleasingly preserves its Colonial American charm. With city streets boasting thousands of historic buildings in several different architectural styles, Annapolis is often called a "museum without walls."
This vibrant city is also home to the United States Naval Academy, a National Historic Landmark. 

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Annapolis Trolley Tour

Annapolis, the state capital of Maryland, was founded in 1649 and served briefly as the nation's capital in 1783. This maritime city boasts more 18th-century brick buildings than any other in the country. Travel through its charming historic streets, dating back to the 1690s, while your guide provides engaging commentary on Annapolis' living history, architecture, and folklore. Along the way, witness and learn about three homes of the signers of the Declaration of Independence.

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U.S. Naval Academy Tour

The first U.S. Navy ships were launched in 1797 and were aptly named the United States, the Constellation, and the Constitution. In 1825, President John Quincy Adams advised Congress to establish a Naval Academy in order to adequately prepare officers for service. Twenty years later, in 1845, the Naval Academy was formed by George Bancroft, Secretary of the Navy, with a class of 50 midshipmen and seven professors. Tour the Academy's historic grounds with our expert guide and experience "life on the yard." Witness the noon meal formation and take in breathtaking views of the campus.

*Note: Passengers will need a Photo ID in order to take this tour.

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Day  7
Baltimore, MD

Spend your day visiting Baltimore, one of America's finest cities. A number of excursions are available for you and your travel group, many related to Baltimore's deep maritime history. Make sure you tour the Baltimore Aquarium and Civil War Museum as well.

Experiences

On this 8-day cruise through the Chesapeake Bay, explore charming seaport towns, visit historic cities that shaped our nation, and learn about the rich maritime heritage of the area. As you cruise through the “Crab Capital of the World,” savor the finest seafood you have ever tasted.

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

Deck

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.


Click a Category

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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