Mid-Atlantic Inland Passage Cruise

On this 8-day voyage, enjoy the tranquil beauty and pristine wilderness found along the Mid-Atlantic Inside Passage. This seldom traveled part of the Intracoastal Waterway offers spectacular examples of the East Coast’s unique ecosystems and some of the best birdwatching in the country, all interwoven between historic towns and cities that have played pivotal roles in our Nation’s development.

Begin your journey in the enchanting city of Charleston, rich in Revolutionary and Civil War history. Led by our engaging expert guides, take a Historic Mansions Tour in Wilmington and visit the site of the Wright Brothers first flight in Kitty Hawk.

Explore the Naval Station in Norfolk, the central hub of the US. Navy’s Atlantic fleet. Stroll along the picturesque waterfront of St. Michaels, as we dock at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, a former shipbuilding village. End your journey in Baltimore and discover its maritime heritage and beautiful harbor.

Along the way, enjoy the finest cuisine, our award-wining onboard enrichment programs, and the most personalized service available in cruising.

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Cruise Itinerary

Day
Ports of Call
1
Charleston, SC
2
Wilmington, NC
3
Beaufort, NC / Morehead City, NC
4
Kitty Hawk, NC
5
Norfolk, VA
6
St. Michaels, MD
7
Baltimore, MD
8
Baltimore, MD

Mid-Atlantic Inland Passage Cruise

From Charleston to Baltimore, explore historic cities and pristine ecosystems along the Intracoastal Waterway. Along the way, our talented onboard performers entertain you with music of the region and familiar favorites.

Ports of Call

  • Charleston, SC
  • Wilmington, NC
  • Beaufort, NC / Morehead City, NC
  • Kitty Hawk, NC
  • Norfolk, VA
  • St. Michaels, MD
  • Baltimore, MD
  • Baltimore, MD
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Day by Day

Reverse itineraries available. Please contact your Cruise Specialist for your specific Day By Day agenda.

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Day 1
Charleston, SC

The port city of Charleston is known for its cobblestone streets, gas-lit lamps, and pastel antebellum houses. The scene of Revolutionary War naval battles, legendary pirate tales, and Civil War sieges, the city is considered by many to be a living museum. Our experience in Charleston focuses on the city’s role in the Civil War, culminating in a visit to Fort Sumter National Monument, the island fortress where the first shots of the Civil War rang out. You will also have time to visit Charleston’s famous Centre Market and stroll along the Battery, a waterfront lined with antebellum homes and gardens.

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Charleston Experience

The city of Charleston is exquisitely preserved and aesthetically pleasing with its charming blend of antebellum architecture, cobblestone streets, and historic landmarks.  Travel through narrow streets lined with the townhouses of colonial planters. Witness where generations of patriots lived,  and worshiped in some of America’s oldest religious buildings. Listen to fascinating stories of the American Revolution and the War between the States. Your journey will include a stop at the Battery Waterfront and a tour of the elegant interior of a restored historic home, the Joseph Manigault House.

*Tour only offered on cruises ending in Charleston, SC

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Fort Sumter

Take a ferry ride over to historic Fort Sumter, where the Civil War began. Once aboard the ferry, experience a relaxing narrated cruise to historic Fort Sumter. Learn about the events which led to the outbreak of America’s most bloody war. When you arrive, you will be greeted by National Park Service Rangers who will provide further details on the history of Fort Sumter and its pivotal role in the American Civil War as you explore a captivating onsite museum.

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Day 2
Wilmington, NC

Founded in 1739, Wilmington prospered during its early years as a major port and ship-building center. Today, the city continues to flourish and boasts an outstanding reputation as a leader in preservation efforts. Explore Georgian, Victorian, and antebellum-style homes restored to their original grandeur. Stroll through beautiful gardens and city streets lined with shopping venues and seafood eateries.

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Historic Mansion Tour

Enjoy a narrated trolley tour of Wilmington’s historic district where you can view numerous historical sites and magnificent mansions. Following the tour, you will visit Bellamy Mansion, one of North Carolina’s most spectacular examples of antebellum architecture. After the mansion tour, there will be time to browse the many shops and attractions within walking distance from the ship.

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Day 3
Beaufort, NC / Morehead City, NC

Tour the meticulously restored town of Beaufort, NC, the third oldest town in North Carolina. Explore the 21-block historic district that includes a boardwalk lined with boats on one side and unique shops on the other. Just across the Newport River is Morehead City, a bustling port town, with a mix of fishing boats, art galleries, antiques, and a rich seafaring history.

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Historic Beaufort Exploration

From atop a 1967 English double-decker bus, local narrators weave stories about Beaufort’s past, featuring pirates, star-crossed lovers, and Confederate spies. After you finish making your way through the historic district, you will visit two of Beaufort’s most beautiful historic homes.

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Day 4
Kitty Hawk, NC

In 1900, when Orville and Wilbur Wright were looking for a site for their aviation experiments, they sought a location with winds regularly over 15 mph, gentle hills for glider launching, a sandy surface for soft landings, and a remote location to avoid public attention. A citizen of Kitty Hawk wrote a letter to the Wright Brothers assuring them that Kitty Hawk was the ideal location. The rest is history.

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Wright Brothers National Memorial

Learn about the history, legends, and lore of the Outer Banks as you travel to the Wright Brothers National Memorial in Kitty Hawk, NC. Enjoy an introduction by a park ranger and learn about the fascinating history of aviation that took place at this site. After the introduction, tour the Visitor Center where the Wright brothers' story is told through exhibits and reproductions. You may also climb Big Kill Devil Hill for a breathtaking view of the area from sound to sea.

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Day 5
Norfolk, VA

Located at the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay, Norfolk has enjoyed a dramatic history dating back to 1607, when British settlers first arrived on American shores. Today, the city embraces its colorful past while thriving as a modern metropolis. Tall schooners share the surrounding waters with naval vessels and oystermen. Enjoy tours of historic districts, museums, restored homes, and the Norfolk Naval Station.

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Naval Station & MacArthur Memorial Tour

Norfolk is home to the largest Naval Station in the world with its beginnings closely tied to the U.S. entry into World War I. Today, Naval Station Norfolk is the hub of the U.S. Navy's Atlantic Fleet, and home port to dozens of ships, submarines, aircraft, and more. Led by our expert guide, witness aircraft carriers, destroyers, amphibious assault ships, and learn about the fascinating history of the Naval Base.The tour will also stop at the MacArthur Memorial, a memorial celebrating Army General Douglas MacArthur, one of the most controversial figures in American history.

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Old Cape Henry Lighthouse & Botanical Gardens Tour

Explore Virginia Beach on a relaxing riding tour. This guided bus tour includes stops at the Old Cape Henry Lighthouse as well as the breathtaking Norfolk Botanical Gardens, which feature 155 beautiful acres intertwined by bridges, coastal waterways, and 12 miles of pedestrian trails.

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Day 6
St. Michaels, MD

Stroll along the waterfront of St. Michaels, or peruse the charming gift shops and boutiques on tree-lined Talbot Street. As we dock at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, the centerpiece of this historic shipbuilding village, you may gain a unique perspective into the design and construction of wooden boats while visiting the craftsmen who keep the tradition alive. St. Michaels is also a famous crabbing town with a proud waterman history that makes it both a beautiful town and a wonderfully unique place to visit.

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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 museum.

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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 7
Baltimore, MD

Baltimore is a great American city, bustling with excitement, Colonial history, and a rejuvenated maritime spirit. Explore its history aboard the decks of celebrated ships and on the cobbled 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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Baltimore City Excursion

See the best-known sights of Baltimore on this narrated tour. Visit the city’s most noted landmarks such as Federal Hill, Oriole Park, Fells Point, Little Italy, Mount Vernon Place, the Washington Monument, the Inner Harbor, and Fort McHenry.

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Day 8
Baltimore, MD

End your journey in Baltimore, one of America's finest cities.

American Star

American Star offers guests a friendly and accommodating atmosphere, a 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. On board, enjoy personalized service and gracious hospitality provided 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)

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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)

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AAL staterooms are a spacious retreat with all the amenities a modern traveler expects. Each room offers 263 . ft. of space encompassing a full-size bathroom, a private balcony, and a large opening picture window.

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AA Category staterooms are the perfect place to unwind after a day of exploration. Each 258 . 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.

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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 . ft. and is ideal for cruising the inland waterways of the East Coast.

Single (Private Balcony)

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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.

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Independence

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.

The ship is equipped with the largest staterooms in the industry, most featuring a private balcony. Complete with an exercise area and putting green, the Independence offers guests a relaxed and casual atmosphere.


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 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 . 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 . 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 . 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.

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Located on the main deck, our Single staterooms offer guests 207 . ft. of space with premium beds, spacious bathrooms, and an opening picture window with private views.

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