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The three key seasons to cruise the Southeast with American Cruise Lines are fall, spring, and winter. As the Southeast heat takes over, you can follow our fleet as it retreats to New England for the summer. Our small ships can go where most cruise ships can’t, allowing you to see unique ports in the region like Washington, D.C.; Key West, Florida; and Charleston, SC. Escape the cooler temperatures and rainy spring, and join us in the Southeast for an outstanding journey!

Spring

Spring is the perfect time to step back into American history on our American Revolution itinerary. You’ll have the exclusive privilege of docking in our nation’s capital and watching as the famous cherry blossoms turn the city pink. Watch as spring unfolds along the shores of the Chesapeake Bay when you arrive in St. Michaels, where you can disembark right in the center of the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum. This round-trip itinerary offers an excellent glimpse into the history that shaped America and the newly budding landscapes.

Fall

If you’re looking to sail the Southeast in the fall, try the Historic South & Golden Isles Cruise. With stunning landscapes, you’ll stop at ports that represent American history and innovation while avoiding the cold, rainy days of fall in other regions. The cooler weather, ranging from the 60s to 70s, makes exploring outdoor destinations like Charleston and Savannah a pleasure. Picture strolling through Charleston's historic streets, adorned with vibrant fall foliage. The Golden Isles, including Jekyll Island and St. Simons Island, offer serene coastal views, with marshlands and golden beaches framed by autumn colors. These beautiful landscapes create a perfect backdrop for your fall cruise.

Winter

Cruising the Southeast coast in the winter on the Holidays in the Southeast cruise offers a warm and festive escape. Enjoy mild temperatures, perfect for exploring charming coastal towns without the summer crowds. Spend your holiday season with festive onboard activities and meals complete with all the traditional favorites. The cruise highlights holiday events, such as Charleston's Festival of Lights and Savannah's Holiday Tour of Homes. Escape the cold and see how the South pulls out all the stops for the holiday season. This cruise combines the beauty of the Southeast with the joy of holiday celebrations, making it a perfect winter getaway.

If you’re looking for sandy beaches and bright blue waters, join us on our Florida Gulf Coast & Keys Cruise. Spend two days exploring Key West, FL, where you can watch the nightly eclectic performers that cover Mallory Square as the sun lights up the boardwalk. Then, walk the trails of the Peace River Botanical & Sculpture Gardens in Marco Island to see how five diverse ecosystems coexist.

No matter when you set sail, cruising the Southeast with American Cruise Lines promises an unforgettable experience. Springtime entices with mild weather, blooming flowers, and lighter crowds. Fall is the perfect time to see the magnificent leaves turn without the cold. Winter cruises offer a warm escape, festive holiday cheer, and serene coastal landscapes. Each season brings its own unique magic, ensuring a spectacular journey year-round.