Small Ship and Steamboat Cruising --
American Cruise Lines
United States Rivers and Coastal Waterways
East Coast, South, Florida, Northwest United States, Pacific Northwest, Alaska
Contact Stoney Creek  Travel
Weaverville / Asheville, NC
What Makes American Cruise Lines Fleet So Special.  Why should you cruise the Northeast United States, Southern USA, Mississippi River, Northwest, or Alaska itineraries?

  • Newest and most environmentally friendly small cruise ships and river boats.
  • Largest fleet of small ships carrying 150 or less passengers.
  • Largest staterooms with interior entrances and private balconies
  • Large public spaces -- lounges and outdoor seating
  • Exquisite cuisine with local, regional menus
  • Finest chefs in America
  • Elevators to all decks
  • Open seating dining at one sitting
  • Complimentary cocktail hour
  • Complimentary wine and beer with lunch and dinner
  • Complimentary Room Service
  • High Tea served in the afternoon
  • Top Deck Café – Beverages, snacks, pastries available throughout the day
  • Library and chart room
  • A gleaming calliope
  • Exercise area and putting green
Maine Coast & Harbors
The Maine Coast and Harbor Itinerary is perfect for small ship cruises with its magnificent coastal bays, rivers, and island passages. Guests are treated to magnificent natural sites that also feature historic forts, lighthouses, quaint fishing villages with an abundance of fishing vessels and pleasure craft. You will lhave an opportunity to see a multitude of wildlife including whale watching. Nautical history is evident in the maritime museums. The Maine coast is filled with picturesque islands which are a gorgeous sight as your ship winds through narrow passages.
Historic South and Golden Isles
American Cruise Lines New England Islands itinerary brings you the heritage of America like no other cruise line.  Visit the quaint fishing village of New Bedford and Nantucket with their historic whaling heritage. See the Victorian homes on Martha's Vineyard. Historians will enjoy the famous battleship, Massachusetts, and nature lovers will enjoy hiking the trails on Block Island.  This area is resplendant with scenic overlooks above the Atlantic ocean.  The towns boast museums with nautical keepsakes.  Fishing fleets abound along the coast and towns brim with old world architecture, cobblestone streets, and charming shops.

New England Islands
Chesapeake Bay is steeped in colonial history. Baltimore's Inner Harbor will remind you of days gone by as you gaze upon schooners, and Baltimore Clippers.  Williamsburg is America's premier living history site. See quaint fishing villages with charming homes where residents have lived off the sea for centuries.  Cambridge is a perfectly preserved slice of history.  Nature lovers will enjoy the Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge.  Like to shop?  Then you'll love the boutiques and shops in St. Michaels -- and history buffs will delight in the Chesapeake Maritime Museum with its numerous maritime exhibits.  Annapolis has been an icon of American history for over 200 years.

Hudson River Fall Foliage
Cruise along a river passageway that has remained virtually untouched since the seventeenth century.  The Hudson River flows for over 300 miles from the mountains of upstate New York to the New York City harbor.  Historians will love walking on the grounds of historic West Point and viewing the West Point Museum. Kingston was once a popular Dutch trading post and many historic homes still stand.  As you cruise along the river, you'll be amazed at Vanderbilt's magnificent estate and "Springwood," the home of Franklin D. Roosevelt, as well as many other grand, stately homes perched on towering cliffs. But, the main attraction is the beautiful fall colors of gold, crimson, and orange.

Chesapeake Bay
Mid-Atlantic Inland Passage
7 Night cruises along the Intracoastal Waterway is an enchanting experience with stops in the 400 year-old seaport of Norfolk, Morehead and Beaufort with history and homes dating back to the 1700's, the alluring shops and museums of Wilmington, the excitement of Myrtle Beach, and stately Charleston. This cruise offers something for everyone. Beaufort is the 3rd oldest town in North Carolina and boasts a 21 block historical district. This cruise is great for history buffs who will enjoy the Revolutionary and Civil War sights. The route traces Chesapeake Bay and the Inland Passage Way, stopping at small ports between Charleston, SC.and Baltimore, MD.

This cruise is great for nature enthusiasts. Cruise down the north-flowing St. John's River, which was selected as one of 14 American Heritage Rivers in the United States.  The cruise travels through the heart of the Ocala National Forest, teaming with wildlife such as bald eagles, great white herons, alligators, and the Florida panther.  Palatka was once known as "The Gem of the St. John's", and Ravine Gardens State Park is still stunning with over 100,000 azaleas and other subtropical plants.  The cruise  also visits Green Cove Springs, home to a cool mineral springs, shimmering lakes, and beautiful forests.  St. Augustine, established in 1565, is America's oldest surviving European settlement.  Finally, Amelia Island features a lovely historical center with St. Peter's Episcopal Church and 16 blocks of restored 19th century Victorian homes and shops.

East Coast Inland Passage
This American Cruise Lines majestic 14 night / 15 day cruise of the east coast takes you through the entire eastern coastal waterway system of connecting rivers, bays, and canals from Baltimore, MD to Jacksonville, FL. 

Every port on this 14-night grand coastal tour will give you a unique glimpse of America. The East Coast Inland Passage, comprised of connecting rivers, bays, estuaries, and canals, allows passengers to fully appreciate the natural unspoiled beauty of some of the most scenic preserved areas in the country. From the unique vantage point of a small ship, discover the limitless birds and wildlife that call this passage their home. Cruise through a rich past that has influenced the shape of our country since the days of early exploration. Experience the elegance of a restored southern mansion, the solemn serenity of a Civil War battlefield, and the sheer enormity of a plantation and the secrets it holds.

Onboard Experience
A personalized experience awaits you on an American Cruise Lines ship, with one crew member for each 2 passengers.  Less people also allows for more satisfying daily activities since there are less persons on shore excursions and there can be more one-on-one time with naturalists and historians.

An all American crew makes communication more simple and cruising on American rivers and waterways means no passports are required.

Corporations like to book cruises on American ships because the meetings can be deducted on their taxes.

Naturalists & Historians:  Carefully selected “enlighteners”- naturalists, historians, and other experts – to join you onboard to enhance your cruise experience. During informal lectures, open discussions and activities, they bring the local history, nature and culture alive with their knowledge and passion for American heritage. They also lead shore excursions, giving guests behind-the-scenes tours of some of America’s best-kept secrets and favorite treasures.

Onboard Activities: Evening activities and entertainment onboard are just as unique as the ports visited, and include lectures, guest musicians from the local towns, demonstrations, minor theatrical performances and games. Each activity is rich in history and culture, and is designed to highlight the areas visited. You’ll find the absence of casinos, glitzy shows and discos to be much appreciated. The library and numerous lounges found on each vessel are ideal for curling up with a good book, and the observation decks serve as perfect vista points for the passing scenery and wildlife.

Dining Experience:  The dining experience with American Cruise Lines is a very special one. Each ship has a spacious dining salon that seats all passengers at one time. Highly skilled chefs trained at the some of the most prestigious culinary Institutes prepare each meal to order with the utmost care and quality. There are a variety of choices at every meal that frequently include a specialty dish highlighting flavors from the local region. The young, all-American dining room staff is always friendly and accommodating, and eager to pamper you, making sure that your dining experience is just the way you like it. Special diets can be accommodated.

Grand New England: Northeast America with its historic architecture, landscape, museums, and culture.

Discover the majestic seafaring heritage of coastal towns and quaint island villages on the 10-night Grand New England Odyssey. Your elegant small ship will dock in the heart of each historic harbor, amidst working boats and luxurious private yachts. Steps away you'll find whaling and maritime museums, scenic bluffs and beaches, cobblestone streets and unique shops.

Your journey begins either in Providence, RI or Portland, ME and harbor hops along the historic coastline to such legendary destinations of Bar Harbor, Martha's Vineyard, Rockland, Nantucket and Camden, to name a few. You'll linger in these summer paradises, with plenty of opportunity to explore on your own or participate in shore excursions led by guides whose expertise is informed by generations of native lore and a passion for the past. As you cruise through the Cape Cod Canal and sail around the islets that skirt the coast of Maine you'll want to keep a lookout for the whales, seals and puffins that frequent New England's northern waters.

Eastern and Southern Cruises
What Is Included In An American Cruise Lines Cruise?
  • Large accommodations over 220 square feet
  • Delectable dining, including wine with lunch & dinner
  • Snacks
  • Soft drinks
  • Complimentary cocktail party each evening
  • Naturatlist and Historian
  • Low key entertainment with lecturers, guitarist, etc.

Not Included  Fares do not include shore tours,and fees or gratuities.
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American Cruise Lines offers small ship overnight cruising in the Eastern United States along the intercoastal waterway, in the South East between Charleston, SC and Jacksonville, FL, and on the waterway rivers of Florida.  The Florida river cruises emphasize nature and history.  The United States intercoastal inland passage small ship cruises stop at interesting historic towns along the USA coast.

American Cruises Lines also has United States cruises on the Mississippi River, Columbia Snake, and Alaska Inside Passage inner coastal waterway.  This web page concentrates on the Eastern & Southern cruises.   

Ships are new and fully comply with the new USA safety regulations.   Because the ships are small, with no more than 104 passengers, they are able to offer unique personalized voyages.  The ambiance is initiate, relaxing, and gracious.

The ships visit quaint and charming  towns along the east USA coast and natural Florida.  There is an emphasis on history, culture, and the natural beauty of the United States.  Lecturers, authors, historians, and wildlife experts treat guests to behind the scenes tours and provide area information during the cruise.

The intracoastal waterway cruises extend along the east coast to the Baltimore area, Hudson River, Chesapeake Bay, Maine, and New England Islands. with stops in Nantucket, Martha's Vineyard, Bar Harbor, Providence RI.

Dining is an event all guests look forward to.  In the spacious dining room, every table overlooks the water.  Meals are informal.  Don't like to dress for dinner -- you'll love the resort casual attire.  Food is purchased from ports of call so it is always fresh, and it is always cooked to order.

Tastefully designed staterooms are all ocean view, spacious (over 250 square feet), and comfortable.  Each room has 2 twin beds or a king bed, a large picture window and/or balcony, private bath, hair dryer,  remote-controlled satellite TV, individual climate control, writing desk, full-length mirror, spacious closet, dresser, and twice-daily service by an all American crew.
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Bedding Options: King or Two Twins
Standard Small Ship Features

  • Oversized staterooms – largest in industry. Most over 250 S.F.
  • Most with private balconies
  • Flat screen satellite TV and DVD players in all staterooms
  • Wireless internet access shipwide
  • Hairdryers in all staterooms
  • Individual climate control in all staterooms
  • 4 decks / elevators to all decks
  • 4 oversized lounges
  • Large, glass-enclosed single seating dining salon
  • Designed and built by Chesapeake Shipbuilding Corp., Salisbury, MD
  • United States registry
  • Variety of 6-, 7- and 14-night cruise itineraries
AAL / AAC Rooms
This  cruise is great for history bufffs and shoppers alike.  The ports of Hilton Head, Jekyll Island, St. Simons, and Amelia are some of the most beautiful areas of the United States.  The grand charming cities of Charleston and Savannah will transport you back in time to the 18th century as you visit beautiful plantation homes, old forts, and museums.

Take a city tour, ride in an open horse drawn carriage.  Visit old markets and tour a military ship.  There is something for every one in this southern USA cruise.
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