American Cruise Lines Reviews

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Awards and Accolades

Proud To Be America’s #1 Small Ship Cruise Line - Year after year, American Cruise Lines is proud to be the most awarded U.S. River cruise line. Sailing only along U.S. rivers and coastlines, American is the largest and most celebrated cruise line in the country. We are regularly recognized throughout the industry for our new riverboats and small ships, exclusive U.S. itineraries, enrichment programs, and personalized service.

Condé Nast Traveler Magazine: Readers’ Choice Awards
2023
Best Small Ships & Best River Cruise Lines
2022
Best Small Ships & Best River Ships
2021
Best Small Ship Cruise Lines
2020
Best Small Ship Cruise Lines
2018
Best Small Ships
2017
Best Small Ships
2016
Best Small Ships
2015
Best Small Ships
2014
Best Small Ships
Travel + Leisure Magazine: World’s Best Awards
2022
10 Best River Cruise Lines
Cruise Critic Awards:
2023
Editors’ Picks Award, Best New River Ship of the Year, American Serenade
2018
Cruisers’ Choice Award, Best River Line in the U.S. & Canada
2018
Editors’ Picks Award, Best for Solo Travelers (River Cruise)
2017
Editors’ Picks Award, Best for Solo Travelers (River Cruise)
2016
Editors’ Picks Award, Best Enrichment (River Cruise)
USA Today’s 10Best: Readers’ Choice Awards
2023
Best River Cruise Line, Best River Cruise Ship, Best Small Ship, and Best Boutique Cruise Line
2022
Best River Cruise Line, Best River Cruise Ship, and Best Boutique Cruise Line
2021
Best River Cruise Line, Best River Cruise Ship, and Best Boutique Cruise Line
2020
Best River Cruise Line, Best River Cruise Ship, and Best Boutique Cruise Line
2019
Best River Cruise Line, Best River Cruise Ship, and Best Boutique Cruise Line
2018
Best River Cruise Line, Best River Cruise Ship, and Best Boutique Cruise Line
2017
Best River Cruise Line and Best Boutique Cruise Line
2016
Best River Cruise Line
World Travel Awards:
2023
North America’s Leading River Cruise Company, World’s Leading River Cruise Company, and World’s Leading Small Ships Cruise Line
2022
North America’s Leading River Cruise Company, World’s Leading River Cruise Company, and World’s Leading Small Ships Cruise Line
2021
North America’s Leading River Cruise Company, World’s Leading River Cruise Company, and World’s Leading Small Ships Cruise Line
2020
North America’s Leading River Cruise Company, World’s Leading River Cruise Company, and World’s Leading Small Ships Cruise Line
2019
North America’s Leading River Cruise Company, World’s Leading River Cruise Company, and World’s Leading Small Ships Cruise Line
2018
North America’s Leading River Cruise Company, World’s Leading River Cruise Company, and World’s Leading Small Ships Cruise Line
2017
North America’s Leading River Cruise Company, World’s Leading River Cruise Company, and World’s Leading Small Ships Cruise Line
2016
North America’s Leading River Cruise Company, World’s Leading River Cruise Company, and World’s Leading Small Ships Cruise Line
2015
North America’s Leading River Cruise Company, World’s Leading River Cruise Company, and World’s Leading Small Ships Cruise Line
2014
North America’s Leading River Cruise Company, World’s Leading River Cruise Company, and World’s Leading Small Ships Cruise Line
2013
North America’s Leading River Cruise Company, World’s Leading River Cruise Company, and World’s Leading Small Ships Cruise Line
Travel Weekly: Magellan Awards
2023
Gold for Best River Cruise Ship - American Serenade
2022
Gold for River Cruise Ship/Line, Silver for Small Ship under 500 - American Constitution
2021
1 Gold & 1 Silver
2020
1 Gold & 1 Silver
2019
2 Gold & 1 Silver
2018
2 Gold & 3 Silver
2017
1 Gold & 1 Silver
2016
1 Gold & 1 Silver
2015
Gold Magellan
2014
Gold Magellan
Agent@Home Magazine & Travelpulse.com: Travvy Awards
2023
Best River Cruise Line - U.S. Waterways (Silver); and Best Cruise Line - U.S. Waterways (Silver)
2022
Best River Cruise Line - U.S. Waterways (Silver); and Best Cruise Line - U.S. Waterways (Silver)
2021
Gold & Silver Travvy - 4 total awards, including Best River Cruise Line - U.S. Waterways (Silver); and Best Cruise Line - U.S. Waterways (Silver)
2020
Silver Travvy Award, Best River Cruise Line
2019
Silver Travvy Award
2018
Silver Travvy Award
Recommend Magazine: Readers' Choice Awards
2023
Readers’ Choice Award
2022
Readers’ Choice Award
2021
Readers’ Choice Award
2020
Readers’ Choice Award
2019
Readers’ Choice Award
2017
Readers’ Choice Award
Global Traveler Magazine: Leisure Lifestyle Awards
2023
Global Traveler’s Leisure Lifestyle Awards: Top 10 River Cruise Lines
2020
Global Traveler’s Leisure Lifestyle Awards: Best River Cruise Lines
2019
Global Traveler’s Leisure Lifestyle Awards: Best River Cruise Lines
2018
Global Traveler’s Leisure Lifestyle Awards: Best River Cruise Lines
TravelAge West: Wave Awards Editors' Picks
2023
Editors Picks
2022
Editors Picks
2021
Editors Picks
2020
Editors Picks
2019
Editors Picks
2018
Editors Picks
U.S. News & World Report Magazine:
2024
World’s Top River Cruise Lines – The 10 Best Mississippi River Cruises
2023
World’s Top River Cruise Lines – The 10 Best Mississippi River Cruises
2022
World’s Top River Cruise Lines – The 10 Best Mississippi River Cruises
Time Magazine: The World’s 100 Greatest Places 2019
2019
1st Modern Riverboat in the U.S.A. - American Song
Cruiseline.com: Member Choice Awards
2023
#1 Best River Cruise Line, Best Staterooms, Best Service & Staff, Best Food & Dining, Best Onboard Activities & Entertainment
Travel Awaits: Best of Travel Awards
2023
7 Best River Cruise Lines from Around the World
2022
6 Best River Cruise Lines from Around the World
2019
7 Best River Cruise Lines from Around the World