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Sail Date: December 2014
We traveled on the Great Rivers of Florida Cruise. We have traveled outside the US previously and wanted to see a bit of this country. We chose this cruise due to the proximity to our home and we were able to drive to the port. We stayed ... Read More
We traveled on the Great Rivers of Florida Cruise. We have traveled outside the US previously and wanted to see a bit of this country. We chose this cruise due to the proximity to our home and we were able to drive to the port. We stayed in the Hyatt where the ship was docked. Arriving at the ship we were greeted, our luggage taken to our room and instruction was given to the lounge where we were able to get drinks and snacks. The lounge had plenty of large windows so we did not miss a thing while cruising. The meals were wonderful - gourmet dining. American Cruise ships have experts on board that have lectures on the flora, fauna and history of the areas traveled through and to. These were extremely entertaining. All crew members were helpful, even when taxed with a non-cruise situation. Disembarkation, while easy, was also sad. We felt like we had made new friends we would not be seeing for a long time or again. Read Less
Sail Date: December 2013
We left Jacksonville Nov. 29 on The Great Rivers of Florida. This was a very relaxing cruise on quiet waters. The historian/naturalist Rachel Perkins was excellent in sharing her love for this area and her knowledge of the waterways and ... Read More
We left Jacksonville Nov. 29 on The Great Rivers of Florida. This was a very relaxing cruise on quiet waters. The historian/naturalist Rachel Perkins was excellent in sharing her love for this area and her knowledge of the waterways and islands as well as the birds and other wildlife. The crew was outstanding: friendly, competent, and extremely hardworking. The cabin (lowest price) was roomy, comfortable, and clean. Meals were excellent, and the chef knew how to handle meats. There was always a choice of meat or fish/vegetables, and they were very good about making substitutions. We also appreciated their choice for half-portions which were quite ample. Shore excursions were mixed with some getting great reviews like the boat tour around Amelia Island and some that could be skipped like the walking tour of Green Cove Spring. The public rooms need some attention. Dining room chairs tended to be too soft and too low for many of us, and the higher, firmer chairs were at a premium. The lounge also had low, soft seating which is not always the most comfortable for some of us. This is a small ship, and 41 was a very comfortable number to cruise with, easy to meet and talk with people. The first night's entertainment was a historical re-enactor who was very good, discussing the early development of the area. The musical entertainment on other nights tended to be very average to below average and we skipped out after the first few minutes. By and large, the other cruisers were well-educated, some but not all retired. There were no cliques and even the family groups were open to meeting and talking with all of us. Read Less
Sail Date: December 2013
My wife and I were looking for an east coast river cruise to a location we had never travelled.We have sailed with American Cruise line 4 times before and liked their personal approach. The Glory is a small ship with only 50 ... Read More
My wife and I were looking for an east coast river cruise to a location we had never travelled.We have sailed with American Cruise line 4 times before and liked their personal approach. The Glory is a small ship with only 50 passengers.This allows for a different type of experience.You get to know everyone on board. The demographic for the cruise matched us as we had just turned 70. Starting with the cabins,they are unusually large.In our experience,this is unusual, as we have done multiple Riverboat cruises in Europe. The food on Board was very good.The breakfast was fresh cooked and very substantial .Lunch and dinner were quite good,variation a plenty and included wine and soft drinks.The menu changed every day,and included many choices. The happy hour in the evening is wonderful.Complementary cocktails--well made and Nice Hor dourves The evening cocktail hour is especially nice for chatting with new friends. Passengers mill around and talk about the days stops. The ports are all interesting and very accessible as the ship docks right in town. Most of the tours were led by a local person with a few self guided tours as well. The dress is casual and the atmospherics is very congenial. There was a wonderful lecturer on board who made the entire trip interesting by talking about the various areas and locals we visited.You could soak up as much knowledge as you wanted about the area.or-as we often did just kick back. In summary .my wife and I strongly recommend this ship and cruise line.In fact,we are going on another trip in the fall to the inland passage way-east coast.This is the type of travel we enjoy.No packing and unpacking and no pressure to have to do anything if you are tired.   Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: December 2013
Our choice of this cruise was made from three criteria. First it was a small ship, allowing us to visit ports not filled with other cruises, not ruined by the presence of too many other tourists. Second, as a Florida resident, I was ... Read More
Our choice of this cruise was made from three criteria. First it was a small ship, allowing us to visit ports not filled with other cruises, not ruined by the presence of too many other tourists. Second, as a Florida resident, I was interested in learning some early history and third we did not have to travel far. From Jacksonville to Jacksonville on the small ship Glory, we visited seldom seen but historically significant ports like Palatka and Green Cove Springs and better known ones like St. Augustine. This cruise ably combined a view of early Florida with a very up-to-date environmental view. The small ship with comfortable accommodations, the small number of passengers all added up to a relaxing and friendly time on board. We boarded after a night spent in the Hyatt Regency Hotel with an exciting 16th floor room overlooking fireworks and a pre-Christmas boat parade just below us. Car in storage with the hotel, my husband and I boarded the ship. Throughout the cruise, we were offered shore cruises in each port which were varied (buses, walks, horse-drawn carriages, small boats). Our lecturer, Rachel, was informative with both historical and environmental information. She became an important part of our experience both on board as she lectured and shared meals with us and off the ship when she always knew the right questions to ask various locals who were docents on our shore excursions. Service was always there when needed.The meals were well cooked and became a great gathering place of new friends made. We particularly enjoyed the breakfast time practice of making our lunch and dinner choices though if we changed our minds, we were not held to those choices. Thanks especially for giving us a choice of half-portions. In summary it was a happy cruise, a quietly friendly time and one that we have recommended to the planning of several friends! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: April 2013
The American Cruise Line ship Independence is a very comfortable ship to cruise on. The cabin was very comfortable, water pressure good, and the shared spaces were very nice. The ship was clean and in good order. Our captain and crew ... Read More
The American Cruise Line ship Independence is a very comfortable ship to cruise on. The cabin was very comfortable, water pressure good, and the shared spaces were very nice. The ship was clean and in good order. Our captain and crew were pleasant and helpful. Food throughout the cruise was excellent. The tours we took were all very good. My only nit picky issue is that the lecturer on board was very much a generalist and did not provide enough depth. This was a wonderful relaxing cruise up the inter-coastal waterway. The small ship atmosphere gives you the chance to really meet your fellow vacationers. You get a much better feel for local culture on a small ship cruise. Our ship docked on islands a big ship just can't get into and many of our tours would not have been possible with large groups. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2012
All I can say is WOW! My husband and I took our first 7 day cruise along the southern part of the Eastern shore of the United States. We left from Jacksonville, Florida. We were greeted on the ship by a friendly, warm staff, served a ... Read More
All I can say is WOW! My husband and I took our first 7 day cruise along the southern part of the Eastern shore of the United States. We left from Jacksonville, Florida. We were greeted on the ship by a friendly, warm staff, served a delicious, meet and greet lunch, afterwards we settled into our cabins and a little later on the staff had a Tour Briefing in one of the scenic lounges, which included an introduction to the historian who would be traveling with us from port to port. During the week we visited six ports; each port had different excursions available. You had several choices at many of the ports. The excursions my husband and I took were informative and fun. We especially enjoyed Savannah, Ga. and Charleston, SC. We plan to go back to Charleston in the near future. The people on the ship were lovely, and during the week you got the opportunity to dine with almost everyone. Cocktail hour was also a great time to meet fellow travelers. Delicious appetizers and your choice of cocktails were provided each evening. This was followed by amazing dinners. Each night offered different menu choices which you selected at breakfast each day. Light lunches were also available every day if you choose to partake. Entertainment was provided each evening. The entertainment ranged from a husband and wife band, movies, lectures or demonstrations by local artists. A few minor incidents, such as non-flushing toilets, were immediately repaired. The staff was attentive and very willing to please. It is a cruise I highly recommend. It provides an opportunity to see the Eastern shore under the relaxed guidance of a beautiful ship, a great captain and staff while relaxing and taking in the sights. Thanks!!! Read Less

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