Small ship specialist American Cruise Lines has announced nine new sailings for 2024, including itineraries visiting some of the best-known National Parks in the US. The line is also continuing to expand with two more ships, which will bring the fleet of river and coastal ships to 19.
The new programme will see American cruise in 35 states on more than 50 itineraries visiting 125 ports of call, including new ports such as Sag Harbor in New York, Washington DC and Florida’s St Petersburg and Key West.
All-new National Parks cruises include the 18-day Grand Alaska Parks itinerary, from Fairbanks to Juneau, taking in Denali and Kenai Fjords National Parks and cruising in Glacier Bay National Park. There’s also an 11-Day Great Smoky Mountains National Park sailing on the Tennessee and Cumberland Rivers, between Knoxville and Nashville in Tennessee, with two days guided explorations of the park.
In addition to these new National Parks itineraries, American will also offer an array of other cruises that visit parks, including the eight-day Florida Gulf Coast & Keys cruise with excursions in Dry Tortugas National Park and Everglades National Park; Puget Sound cruises with excursions in Olympic National Park and Hurricane Ridge; and three different New England cruises with excursions in Acadia National Park.
Elsewhere, there are new sailings in New England such as the eight-day Downeast Maine round-trip sailing from Bangor. On the ever-popular Mississippi, American has a total of 11 itineraries to choose from, such as the toe-tapping eight-day Music Cities cruises between Memphis and Nashville where passengers can explore the rich musical heritage of Elvis Presley, jazz and country music.
For passengers with time to spare, 2024 will also see the introduction of American’s longest-ever river cruise itineraries; a 35-Day Civil War Battlefields cruise in May and an epic 60-Day Great United States sailing in August.
On the ship front, American is introducing two more of its 100-passenger modern catamarans, or ‘Coastal Cats’. American Liberty and American Legend begin cruising in June and October respectively and they are the third and fourth vessels in a 12-ship series designed to cruise on rivers and waterways throughout the US.
All ships in the American fleet cater for just 90 to 180 passengers and sailings are geared to immerse guests in the culture and history of the regions being visited through more than 400 shore excursions across the country. All-inclusive fares cover onboard enrichment, all meals with wine and lunch and dinner, daily cocktail hour and tips. All ships and riverboats have outward-facing cabins, and most have balconies. Many itineraries also include a pre-cruise hotel night.
Known as the ‘River Cruise Queen’, Jeannine Williamson is an award-winning travel writer, cruise expert and our cruise correspondent, who has clocked up thousands of nautical miles.
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