Sail Date: November 2018
We had never been to this area and this seemed like a great way to experience it...historically and culturally. This was our first cruise on American Cruise Lines. While the ship is not new, it was very clean and comfortable, and decently ... Read More
We had never been to this area and this seemed like a great way to experience it...historically and culturally. This was our first cruise on American Cruise Lines. While the ship is not new, it was very clean and comfortable, and decently decorated. Our stateroom was AAC on the third floor and it was as large as advertised as was the bathroom. The bedding was very nice and the king bed quite comfortable. The outside balcony would have been used more if the weather had been warmer. We sailed in early November and it was often quite cool and we had some rainy days. For us the trip was almost flawless and we had a wonderful time. Attire is casual but folks dressed neatly and tastefully. We were fortunate to find many congenial groups, couples, and singles to enjoy the cruise with. No young children or teenagers. The group ranged in ages 50 - 80's and was a fairly active group. The food was quite good. I am Vegan and the cruise chef was able to plan and prepare very good meals for me. My spouse enjoyed the regular cuisine. Although some crew members were quite new, the hotel (cruise) manager did a great job making sure all the parts worked really well together. She was very organized and the materials the company provides its passengers were very clear and complete. The itinery director was also organized, quite pleasant, and competent communicator. There was an onboard naturalist who gave several lectures and he was knowledgable and an entertaining presenter. The off ship excursions were enjoyable with several locals guiding us in their respective home towns. We did book another cruise while on this one as we so enjoyed it. No complaints. The crew and staff did a great job. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2018
Friends had recommended this cruise line. AmericaCruise could not be blamed for the weather which was unsaleable. However, as we were could not go to Nantucket, Martha's Vineyard, Block Island, we were 2 days in New Bedfore and 2 ... Read More
Friends had recommended this cruise line. AmericaCruise could not be blamed for the weather which was unsaleable. However, as we were could not go to Nantucket, Martha's Vineyard, Block Island, we were 2 days in New Bedfore and 2 days in NewPort. The brochure stated most excursions were complimentary, but this is UNTRUE. The only complimentary excursion were walking tours. They ranged from $25 per person to $50 per person on NewPort to the Breakers. It was unexplainable why our name was not listed on any pay tour for 4 days although we had turned in the paperwork timely and correctly. When there was an opening for the $50 per person to the Breakers, the bus. My husband at that time, had had enough and complained why the crew did not schedule enough transportation for all the cruisers, not just 50. We debarked then, never to sail again on Americruse. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: August 2018
A great cruise on a small boat - about 100 people. Smaller makes for more friendly. The chef told us at the beginning we would be eating lobster daily and that we did, at nearly every of the 3 meals a day. The lobster omelet was ... Read More
A great cruise on a small boat - about 100 people. Smaller makes for more friendly. The chef told us at the beginning we would be eating lobster daily and that we did, at nearly every of the 3 meals a day. The lobster omelet was especially tasty. The on land trips were informative and we were allowed time to go out on our own as well. The cruise director Chelsea was just full of enthusiasm and made the week go by too fast. My wife and I really enjoyed getting close enough to 19 lighthouses to take identifiable photos of them. Even got to walk up to 3 of them.The entertainment during the evenings was enjoyable, especially the group of 10 college youth signing oldies and goodies.Watching the boat dock and depart the dock was also a first event for myself. You should go; you will enjoy it for sure. Read Less
Sail Date: July 2018
We chose this cruise for our second one with ACL for two reasons: we are very impressed with the service and atmosphere of this cruise line and it was a lobster cruise. Yes, this ship was an older one, but that did not interfere with ... Read More
We chose this cruise for our second one with ACL for two reasons: we are very impressed with the service and atmosphere of this cruise line and it was a lobster cruise. Yes, this ship was an older one, but that did not interfere with its charm - of course we prefer the personal service the smaller ships provide rather than the glitz and glam of the huge hotels on water. You will get to know most of your fellow passengers if you like. There is no assigned seating at meals, and we chose to move around to many tables. The staff will do their best to accomodate your hunger. If there is nothing on the menu that suits you, they will cook a hamburger or sandwich. There is no huge theater, so entertainment on board is in a casual lounge setting with personal interaction. On this particular cruise the entertainment was a bit slim, but the location stops made up for it. And lobster! I never thought I would tire of eating lobster, but it actually happened. It was available almost every day in different forms from boiled, in soup, pasta, and the favorite - a lobster bake on shore. You should try the lobster grilled cheese - amazing! For those of you who enjoy cocktail hour - all alcohol is included lunch, cocktail hour, and dinner. The cabin was nothing fancy, but clean and larger than some huge ships. The balcony was smaller than some, but adequate. We did not go on premium excursions, but walked more and enjoyed each town's atmosphere. Everyone who went seemed to love the shore activities. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2018
Three friends and I chose this cruise for the easy access to embarkation port, Seattle, and the itinerary of daily visits to small ports in the WA area. This experience was devastating from the initial step aboard. Had it been half the ... Read More
Three friends and I chose this cruise for the easy access to embarkation port, Seattle, and the itinerary of daily visits to small ports in the WA area. This experience was devastating from the initial step aboard. Had it been half the price, we would have had the attitude, "You get what you pay for." However, one can book Oceania, Crystal, Celebrity or any high end cruise for the same amount and receive what is expected. According the the ACL, this ship was commissioned in 2005. That may be the case, but the Star's interior must have been originally furnished from recycled interiors of motels, hotels, or nursing homes which were being refurbished. The furniture and lighting fixtures were from the early 80s and not available in 2005. This ship needs to be dry docked and redone from stem to stern. It is depressingly dated and in some cases unsafe - balcony doors that cannot be properly locked and an erratic elevator with a gate! 2005? I don't think so. The "gourmet cuisine" was a 3-5 on a 1-10 scale. All seemed to be previously frozen and microwaved before serving. My traveling companion has a photo of dirt in the salad greens. We have all read about extreme health effects of dirty lettuce! The staff was ready, willing yet unable to provide basic services. Sweet kids who were untrained. Same with the housekeeping staff; dirty towels left on the bed and no fresh ones replaced, duvet dumped in a chair, etc. It goes on and on and cannot be exaggerated. The "entertainment" was so bad, mostly volunteers from local groups who were probably paid a stipend, one which American Cruise Lines could deduct as a donation. Unfortunately, there is no regulatory agency controlling cruise ships. The passenger must take the risk. American Cruise Lines' advertising is actually fraudulant. PLEASE think twice before booking on this line. It is sad to think a cruise line named American could be so disrespectful and deceiving to it's passengers. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: June 2018
About two years ago we did the Lobster Cruise out of Portland, Maine. That was so good we booked this one out of Providence, RI. We were not disappointed. I like the American Cruise Line because of its informality. You do not need ... Read More
About two years ago we did the Lobster Cruise out of Portland, Maine. That was so good we booked this one out of Providence, RI. We were not disappointed. I like the American Cruise Line because of its informality. You do not need dress up clothes like you do on the big ships. You may want to take a few extra tops to wear in the evening to gussy up a bit but just a little bit. It is very informal. The Happy Hour is unbelievable. The have all the liquors and will make any drink for you that you want. The food is upscale. The serve things like bacon wrapped scallops, cooked brea cheese, dips with crackers and veggies, and many other tidbits. They are all wonderful. Meals are served in the dining room with open seating. People sit with different people at these meals. By the end a lot of friendships have been formed and you will see the same people sitting together meal after meal. Dinner consists of an appetizer, a main dish, and dessert. If you do not like any of the offerings just ask for something else and they will do their best to please you. The best thing is the "half serving." You can pick a smaller portion of the food that is offered. This was my fifth cruise and I have another one booked for next year. I plan on using American Cruise LIne many more times. It is a super experience. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2018
This experience was a rip off! The cruise cost over $10,000 for 7 days. The ship should be mothballed and the food was terrible. The food was obviously frozen and reheated in the microwave. American Cruise Lines advertised this cruise as ... Read More
This experience was a rip off! The cruise cost over $10,000 for 7 days. The ship should be mothballed and the food was terrible. The food was obviously frozen and reheated in the microwave. American Cruise Lines advertised this cruise as serving gourmet food. The cocktail hour consisted of frozen food and the wine was solely from California. The retail cost of the wine was $4.99. When I requested another brand of wine I was told that I had to pay $30.00 for a bottle. Again this cruise was advertised as serving premium wines!!! When we contacted customer service, they will not speak to you. The noise in the room at night was unbearable. The engine and the thrusters were so loud at night that we could not get any sleep. The air conditioner shut itself off at night. The engineer tried to fix it may times. I will never use this cruse line again. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2018
For an entire day about half the passengers were expected to sit on the boat in the middle of the inner waterway outside of Fernandina Beach, FL. We were told that we will not be taken ashore due to the outboard motor on the launch boat ... Read More
For an entire day about half the passengers were expected to sit on the boat in the middle of the inner waterway outside of Fernandina Beach, FL. We were told that we will not be taken ashore due to the outboard motor on the launch boat being unreliable to keep running. Half the passengers were taken ashore earlier today so they could go on their shore excursion tour. After they were delivered ashore, we were told the launches were cancelled for the day - - however they were running them to bring the shore excursion passengers back to the boat at the end of their tour. An entire day of our six day cruise was lost and wasted because the Captain and crew did not aggressively pursued resolving the problem. Anyone with simple problem solving skills and a little motivation would know that the problem of an unreliable outboard motor can be overcome with other solutions. Instead we are expected to just sit on the boat all day and believe that because it's a Sunday NOTHING can be done. We had no other option but to remain sitting on the boat. I discussed my dissatisfaction and voiced many suggested solutions numerous times today with the Captain, Tour Director, and several other staff. All fell on deaf ears and I was told to voice my concerns with the main office of the cruise company. I called the 800 number, spoken to customer service and was then told to voice my issue in an email, send it to customer service, and it will be taken from there. After three weeks of my continuing to follow up on my complaints, ACL has now told me that if I take another cruise with them they will give me a 20% discount. Why would I choose to waste my time and money on another cruise with this company? This was an expensive cruise, the last thing I expected was for a situation such as this to have arisen and to be dealt with in such a unsatisfactory manner. In further notes, the ship is old, worn and terribly in need of updating and refurbishing. The so-called "management" on the boat are immature, very poorly trained and not at all suited for their jobs. Messages left for "management" on the boat were never answered. The Captain and "management" chose to make any announcements during the cruise at the nightly Happy Hour. I guess they assumed that everyone on board would be their drinking and would hear their announcements. Either that or they didn't care whether the announcements were heard by all the passengers or not. At the time of booking this cruise I specifically asked about signing up for shore excursions prior to the cruise. I was told that all signing up for shore excursions are handled on the boat during the cruise. Much to our surprise, when we started the cruise we learned that this was not the case and there were indeed shore excursions that had to be signed up ahead of time online. Those excursions were all filled by those passengers that happened to be lucky enough to get the correct information. I've cruised many times before with other cruise lines and have never had problems such as I have had with American Cruise Lines. Save your money, time and frustration - - book a cruise with another company! Read Less
Sail Date: March 2018
We chose this cruise , because we have been on American Cruise Lines before and enjoy the quiet , laid back atmosphere. We also enjoy seeing beautiful, scenic areas of our own country, without the hassle of international travel . The ... Read More
We chose this cruise , because we have been on American Cruise Lines before and enjoy the quiet , laid back atmosphere. We also enjoy seeing beautiful, scenic areas of our own country, without the hassle of international travel . The food was excellent on this particular cruise. With American Cruise Lines you have complimentary cocktail hour at 5:30 each day followed by dinner at 6:30. Breakfast & lunches are also very good, with several options available. The American Star only has 100 passengers at full capacity , so it is a very nice small size group and you actually get the chance to know the other passengers. The on-board historian is another plus. We also like the fact that the passengers are mostly seniors and there are not small children running around, as is often the case, on the very large cruise ships that have thousands of passengers. The nightly entertainment is usually an area musical act. All in all it was another satisfying cruise. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: July 2017
We wanted to see the Islands of Nantucket and Martha's vineyard, and it was a lobster bake cruise. The food was amazing, with an authentic lobster bake in the sand. This was my first cruise, and I enjoyed getting to know all of ... Read More
We wanted to see the Islands of Nantucket and Martha's vineyard, and it was a lobster bake cruise. The food was amazing, with an authentic lobster bake in the sand. This was my first cruise, and I enjoyed getting to know all of the 91 passengers. The small boat cruising is the only way to go. My husband and I have booked another small boat cruise to Alaska for next August. That will be on a new ship called the American Constellation, leaving and returning from Juno Alaska, with 175 passengers. We enjoyed getting to know a lot of people and seeing great sights, as well as eating amazing food. The top deck was a great place to escape and unwind at any time of the day. Whether you like the sun or shade, it was a great place to read, nap or enjoy the sights. Try American Cruise Lines, I think you would enjoy it. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2017
We chose this cruise because of the number of guests. We have been on large ships before and wanted a change.This was absolutely great,so personable and the comradery worked well. We met lots of nice people and also had a celebrity ... Read More
We chose this cruise because of the number of guests. We have been on large ships before and wanted a change.This was absolutely great,so personable and the comradery worked well. We met lots of nice people and also had a celebrity onboard(which says a lot for the cruise line). The personal service was a plus,since it was easy to get to know the crew and they were excellent.The hotel manager was especially nice and helpful.He sent us a great bottle of Champagne for our anniversary. The food was excellent, just needed extra salt&pepper on occasion. The dining room staff was nice, but could have been faster with the drinks. The ship itself was nice,but old, and would have been prettier if I than been updated. The entertainment was good,although we missed the fun night life. The places we went to were gorgeous; New England Islands were beautiful and friendly and the weather was perfect! Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2017
From the Captain to the steward who cleaned our cabin, the service was friendly and exceptional. The management team on board were always available, communicated extremely well, and could not do enough for the passengers. The 'hired ... Read More
From the Captain to the steward who cleaned our cabin, the service was friendly and exceptional. The management team on board were always available, communicated extremely well, and could not do enough for the passengers. The 'hired hands', most of whom are working for a few months to earn money for college, were well trained, friendly and courteous, and always had a smile on their face. The overall service, from the start of the trip to disembarkation, was better than I have experienced on the big luxury cruise lines. I liked the idea of knowing the menu options at the start of the day as it enabled us to plan when we might want to eat off the ship so we could experience some of many restaurant choices on the islands. We had a couple of stormy days and the itinerary was adjusted so that we could visit Nantucket via a complimentary ferry ride. Well done ACL! We enjoyed the happy hour with complimentary drinks and the evenings entertainment was fun. The ship provides a small library where you can borrow books, movies and games. Most afternoons there was a small group playing bridge in the lounge. The Wi-Fi is free but service was intermittent as you might expect when at sea. Our cabin was larger than expected, as was the bathroom. We slept well every night and appreciated the choice of pillow. Bathroom amenities were excellent. Our fellow cruisers, none of whom we knew before the cruise, were a delight to meet and there was more mingling than you will see on the big ships. The shipboard enrichment sessions by our guide were also exceptional. Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2017
This was my first cruise on a small ship. The cruise itself was the 7 night New England Island Cruise. The ship was fine and the food was very good but that's a given. They offer a complementary happy hour each evening and ... Read More
This was my first cruise on a small ship. The cruise itself was the 7 night New England Island Cruise. The ship was fine and the food was very good but that's a given. They offer a complementary happy hour each evening and complementary alcoholic beverages at lunch and dinner. This ship does not have stabilizers and one morning we spent 4 hours really rocking and rolling. Many passengers and crew got sea sick and they had no Dramamine on board. Most passengers skipped breakfast and stayed in their rooms. The room and bath were fine but the "outside veranda" was 8 feet x 3 feet - barely enough for a small table and two chairs. 3 pieces of fitness equipment were on the top deck. No laundry facilities or capability. Sheets and towels are not changed throughout the trip unless requested. Free WiFi was spotty and usually worked only in common areas, not in the staterooms. The evening entertainment was a mixed bag; some good some not so much. A New England Clambake was the hit of the trip. Some shore excursions were free but I was a bit miffed by the fact some "premium" shore excursions were $50 per person. After paying almost $5,000 per person for this cruise, I felt ALL shore excursions should have been complementary. Generally a satisfactory cruise but IMHO, very much overpriced. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2017
We decided to take a small boat cruise for our 1st cruise. There were only 70 people on board.There was open seating in the dining room. You got to talk to everybody. There was an open bar at cocktail hour and dress was casual. The food ... Read More
We decided to take a small boat cruise for our 1st cruise. There were only 70 people on board.There was open seating in the dining room. You got to talk to everybody. There was an open bar at cocktail hour and dress was casual. The food was fabulous. The cruise was more a relaxing cruise for people 50 and over even though we had 2 families with pre-teen-teenagers. It was more expensive than some of the large ocean going ships but we loved it. We sailed out of Providence RI. Went to New Bedford MA, Nantucket MA, Martha's Vineyard, Newport RI (our favorite and would like to go spend more time there), Block Island, Bristol RI (had a great clam and lobster bake on the beach) back to Providence. We would recommend this cruise for anyone wanting a relaxing cruise with fabulous food. It won't work for you if you are looking for a active cruise with plenty of activities or traveling with children. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: June 2017
From the moment I arrived at the boarding gate, I was impressed by the service given to the passengers. And this excellent service given by all staff continued throughout the cruise. Then I enjoyed arriving to my cabin to find all the ... Read More
From the moment I arrived at the boarding gate, I was impressed by the service given to the passengers. And this excellent service given by all staff continued throughout the cruise. Then I enjoyed arriving to my cabin to find all the information needed for the cruise ahead. Each day the information was updated and delivered to my cabin. I found the cabin to be really suitable for my requirements and very well appointed. The dining was very good with an excellent menu for all meals and included wines with lunch and dinner. Of course I enjoyed cocktail hour before dinner and gave me an opportunity to meet new people. The after dinner entertainment provided was enjoyable also. On this particular cruise the weather was not very kind to us and the planned itinerary had to be changed. While these changes meant we didn't call at all ports as expected, the Captain had to take the safety of passengers into account and I was very appreciative of his decision. Management certainly offered the passengers a great program of extra excursions and activities to fit with the port changes. I loved taking part in all these activities and it made up for any disappointment I may have initially felt. I certainly took up the offer to book my third cruise with American Cruise Lines while on board because I really do enjoy the type of cruising offered, the level service given and the wonderful food. As an Australian, I love visiting new places in the US and these type of cruises allow for that experience. Read Less
Sail Date: June 2017
Wanted to see the New England island but because on the weather did not make it to two of the islands. The small ship allowed for personal service by the crew to all on board. we where able to meet many new friends as we where able to dine ... Read More
Wanted to see the New England island but because on the weather did not make it to two of the islands. The small ship allowed for personal service by the crew to all on board. we where able to meet many new friends as we where able to dine together and travel on the day tours. The captain and first mate were very professional and offered additional information about the ship and tour activities. We enjoyed the shore excursions especially the duck tour in Boston, the Herrshof tour and the mansion in Bristol. The food was excellent offering a variety of dishes. All of the staff where very professional and went out of their way to make us feel at home. We have signed up for another cruise and are planning to travel to Main next July. We hope our next cruise does not experience bad weather and the ship is more up to date on its cabins. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: June 2017
This was our 7th cruise on American Cruise Lines and our first on the American Star. We selected the New England Islands in June to hope for the best weather without too many summer crowds. We started in Providence, RI and stayed at the ... Read More
This was our 7th cruise on American Cruise Lines and our first on the American Star. We selected the New England Islands in June to hope for the best weather without too many summer crowds. We started in Providence, RI and stayed at the Hampton Inn at the airport. The shuttle service not only picked us up from our flight but drove us to a nearby Starbucks the next morning. We were greeted at the docks with deck hands eager to help with luggage and enjoyed lunch onboard before setting sail. The ship was well kept and spotless throughout our cruise. The rooms with a small balcony were large with plenty of storage. The itinerary met all our expectations with exploring famous places like Newport, Nantucket and Martha's Vineyard. A delightful place that stood out was Block Island. The food and service onboard were outstanding. Everyone appeared to be well trained and cheerful despite any unusual requests- such as could I just have a turkey sandwich for lunch. The chef was amazing and the choices were very good. Our servers were prompt and kept orders straight. The officers were equally impressive including Andrew, our cruise director and Jamie, our hotel manager. The onboard lecturer was very knowledgeable and very entertaining. There are no children's activities, this is an adult cruise line. The evening entertainment, typically a duo signing or playing a piano, were appropriate for the passengers. The shore excursions were usually a bus or trolley tour overview with plenty of free time to explore the ports on your own. We made new friends and signed up for another cruise before we departed. Read Less
Sail Date: May 2017
Chose this cruise to visit Tangier Island, Williamsburg, Annapolis and other small communities along the Virginia and Maryland shores. The food is always wonderful with accommodations made for dietary needs. There is always a riverlorian ... Read More
Chose this cruise to visit Tangier Island, Williamsburg, Annapolis and other small communities along the Virginia and Maryland shores. The food is always wonderful with accommodations made for dietary needs. There is always a riverlorian or someone knowledgeable in the areas visited on board to lecture and impart wonderful histories and stories. The evening entertainment has, for the most part, been fine. On the last night of this cruise, the entertainer was a young male singer accompanied by his mother. Before too long, he had only a handful of guests staying for his whole show. There is internet available, but very spotty. From the Captain to the deck hands, all the ships' personnel are caring and pleasant. It is a pleasure to sail on ships where everything is AMERICAN MADE. Sailing on ACL ships provides a wonderful, comfortable way to see American from the beauty of American waterways from Alaska to the Mississippi and the Eastern coasts. Read Less
Sail Date: May 2017
I had never been in this area. It was a good introduction to this part of our United States. I leaned so much about the area and the American Revolution from the lectures and then seeing the areas. The Captain and crew were very ... Read More
I had never been in this area. It was a good introduction to this part of our United States. I leaned so much about the area and the American Revolution from the lectures and then seeing the areas. The Captain and crew were very friendly. They learned the names of most of their travelers and actually took time to visit when they were free to do so. The food was fantastic. Each item was beautifully presented and absolutely delicious. The chef went the extra step to create delicious special desserts for the diabetic person in my group. Each night the chef came by our table and asked if we enjoyed the meal. He was a visible presence in the dining room and received our praise and any comments we wanted to share. I enjoyed my fill of crab dishes from breakfast crab omelets to crab salads and crab cakes. Then, when I couldn't see another crab, there was steak, chicken and many other items to choose from on the menu. Three cheers for a fantastic trip, crew and cuisine! Read Less
Sail Date: May 2017
From the cruise director to the room steward, attention to detail was noticeable. As we boarded the ship our bags were taken directly to our room. The ship was small and easy to navigate. There was always a smiling crew member at hand. ... Read More
From the cruise director to the room steward, attention to detail was noticeable. As we boarded the ship our bags were taken directly to our room. The ship was small and easy to navigate. There was always a smiling crew member at hand. The spcious lounge was always equiped with soft drinks, coffee, tea and snacks beginning at 6:30 A.M. Although we were concerned about the lack of a bar, we found that complimentary wine and beer with the meals and the happy hour every evening were generous. The chef was friendly, personable, and creative with local fresh dishes. The efficient wait staff made meals enjoyable. Knowledgeble tours guides made the history of the region come alive. We had such a great trip that we have already signed up for another cruise. The morning of disembarkation began with a full breakfast and everyone was assisted off the ship at a leisurely pace. Read Less
Sail Date: April 2017
Cruise was close to home, places I had not been, tryout of river cruises and cruise company. Not disappointed. Fabulous crew, food and accommodations.Tours were great, not run of the mill. Lovely lounges to sit and read or watch the ... Read More
Cruise was close to home, places I had not been, tryout of river cruises and cruise company. Not disappointed. Fabulous crew, food and accommodations.Tours were great, not run of the mill. Lovely lounges to sit and read or watch the scenery. The top deck was fabulous. Small groupings sported white wicker furniture, covered with a canopy or open to the sun. Evening cocktail hour before dinner sometimes served on the top deck, a place you hate to leave on a nice day. The inside evening entertainment lounge accommodates all, full of comfortable chintz couches . Flexible seating set up auditorium style for entertainment and in small square conversational groupings during the day, including cocktail hour. Trip back to originating port of Charleston arranged by American was a small, deluxe bus and quite enjoyable, arriving ahead of time right in three dockside parking lot. I am looking forward to my next American Cruise trip, maybe the Snake River. Read Less
Sail Date: April 2017
Excursions everyday were very informative and historical. Many stops included multiple excursions which was nice. There was very good entertainment in the evenings and historical discussions during afternoons The crew was very pleasant ... Read More
Excursions everyday were very informative and historical. Many stops included multiple excursions which was nice. There was very good entertainment in the evenings and historical discussions during afternoons The crew was very pleasant and service was excellent. Embarkment and disembarkment went very smoothly. We chose the cruise because it was the right time frame and length for us. We didn't like having to travel out to sea because the tides were too low to navigate closer to shore. Apparently the ship was made for shoreline cruising and out at sea, a number of guests got sea sick. We had two in our party of four that almost missed dinner but recovered in time to attend. This only occured once and I totally understand the situation could not be avoinded so we all made the best of it. We also enjoyed the happy hour because it allowed our party to get to know the other guests and we thoroughly enjoyed that. We would definitely go again. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2017
My wife and I selected this cruise simply to relax in pleasant weather exploring a new part of Florida for us. We arrived the day before the start of our cruise with an overnight stay at the Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront allowing ... Read More
My wife and I selected this cruise simply to relax in pleasant weather exploring a new part of Florida for us. We arrived the day before the start of our cruise with an overnight stay at the Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront allowing us to enjoy the pleasant weather and St. Patrick Day activities at Jacksonville landing and good seafood at Benny’s Steak and Seafood Restaurant on the St Johns River. This also allowed for a short five minute walk to board our American Cruise Lines (ACL) ship, the American Star, for embarkation which was simply a matter of showing your photo ID and walk on to the ship. During the week the American Star cruise up the St Johns River (south as the river flows north) with stops in Palatka FL and Green Cove Springs FL returning down river (north) to pass thru Jacksonville and travel south on the intercostal waterway to St Augustine FL than north stopping at Fernandina Beach/Amelia FL than on to Brunswick GA before cruising back to Jacksonville FL for disembarkation. My favorite time onboard was spending time on the Sun Deck while cruising, enjoying the great weather (highs in the seventies with lows at night in the high fifties and no rain the entire week), watching the scenery go by and spending time with our pleasant travel companions while learning about the wildlife, history and key sites from our guide Charlie Petrocci and Captain Dennis Stokowski. Our cruise Director Jim Leary did an excellent job handling all of our shore excursions with my favorite of the trip and one of the best I’ve experienced being our Lady Jane Shrimp Boat Tour which took us trawling through the Marshes of Glynn, south of St Simons Sound (near Brunswick, GA) learning about the shrimping industry and our catch from our three, fifteen minute trawls consisting of shrimp, blue crabs, spider crabs, puffer fish, horseshoe crabs, skate, amberjack and various other sea creatures. Also memorable was the Alligator feeding at the Alligator Farm & Zoological Park in St. Augustine FL and the Carriage Tour in Green Cove Springs, FL. What made this cruise even more special was the food, as it was the best I've experienced in over thirty ocean cruises and fifteen river/coastal cruises. Food on my cruise experiences has always been overall good, with meals ranging from fair to excellent, but I was extremely pleased to find all of the meals on this cruise to be excellent. Each meal consisted of great selections, presentations and some of the best tasting meals I can recall . . . and that’s from someone from New Orleans, the home of great food. The main reason why my wife and I have moved from Ocean Cruising (completed 31) to river/coastal cruising (this is our 15th and 7th ACL cruise) is for the easier sea travel on the inland waterways to avoid my wife’s trouble with motion sickness. This cruise was extremely smooth with the Captain taking extra care by traveling at the right time and waterway taking into account winds, tides etc. well communicating his schedule the entire week. Another plus of river/coastal cruising is the smaller ships with fewer passengers. Our cruise had sixty-nine passengers comprised mostly of retired seniors that resulted in great conversations about travels, hometowns, jobs/careers, family, military service and other life experiences. We love ACL’s daily 5:30 PM Happy Hour and open seating dinning that enabled us to meet most of our fellow passengers developing a few new found friendships. The crew on this ship was simply great with the added bonus of having two Hotel, Assistant Hotel, and Housekeeping Managers as wells as three Executive Chefs and three Sous Chefs onboard to take care of our every needs. We selected a great week to cruise as more than enough care was being given with the added management onboard for training. Maybe having three Executive Chefs working as a great team resulted in the best meals ever experienced on my forty-six cruises. But it was not only management taking care of us as the college students hired to handle the dinning and housekeeping services were all friendly and couldn’t do more to provide a great onboard vacation experience. Service as meals was excellent as well as the attention given the care to our cabin. In summary, ACL provided the consistent great service and excellent cruising experience we’ve enjoyed and we are looking forward to our two future ACL cruises booked while onboard. Read Less
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Sail Date: March 2017
A close friend and I wanted to enjoy a relaxing week together, and this cruise turned out to be the perfect choice. From the moment we stepped aboard we were greeted by a sea of smiling faces. We followed the luggage to our cabin and ... Read More
A close friend and I wanted to enjoy a relaxing week together, and this cruise turned out to be the perfect choice. From the moment we stepped aboard we were greeted by a sea of smiling faces. We followed the luggage to our cabin and were delighted with the space, the balcony with sliding doors providing fabulous views at all times, especially on waking, and the larger than usual bathroom on a cruise ship. Lunch followed and it was indeed delicious as was every meal we had on board. The chefs managed to combine healthy and tasty food with an abundance of choice. I only put on two pounds!! We enjoyed some of the shore excursions in old Florida especially visiting the towns of St. Augustine and Fernandina Beach. The highlight was the trip on a shrimp boat where we netted a variety of sea creatures all of which were explained to us. The crew of the American Star were a close-knit group, helping each other, and always available to please the passengers. They worked very hard indeed We enjoyed the entertainment most evenings. We found it mellow and pleasing at the end of the day. Read Less
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