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American Independence Cruise Reviews

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108 reviews
Our cabin was sooooo dirty! No words to explain. The entire ship was dirty! Even the elevators! The food on the Buffeet was like thrown from the airplane. No touch - no care! The staf is super tired and unfriendly! I don’t want to take any cruise after this one!!!!
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"My husband and I had a wonderful time aboard the Independence, beginning in Fernadina Beach, FL, and sailing to Charleston, SC. Along the way we had great excursions to great port cities and barrier islands in..."Read More
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Ship was not sea worthy!! Broke down costing 2 days of ports.

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trogg1956
2-5 Cruises • Age 60s

The ship was dated and really not sea worthy. It appeared as a rust bucket upon boarding and it was. The room was old and dated, crappy bed, filthy shower and bathroom area. The crew was all new and was really not trained to run a cruise ship. We were ripped off for 11,000. This was the absolutely worse money grabbing experience we have ever had. TOTAL ROBBERY!!!! The redeeming factor was the ...
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Sail Date: August 2021


A most unpleasant cruise

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LLO349LLO
10+ Cruises • Age 60s

This cruise ship, Independence of the American Cruise Lines was the worst ship I have ever been on and I have been on quite a few cruises. Our room was very dirty; huge stains on the carpet; furniture that you would not even attempt to sit in; bathroom was also very dirty. Housekeeping was minimal at best. The ship broke down, one generator totally died and the other one was getting close ...
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Sail Date: August 2021


Wonderful Cruise!

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Kathiej
10+ Cruises • Age 60s

I loved this cruise. All the employees and also all the passengers were friendly and fun to be around. This is a smaller boat so we all got very close during the cruise. The crew all came to know everyone by name. Being on this boat was a refreshing change from the big ocean cruises. Everyone got to know everyone, which made for a great atmosphere. The stateroom was bright and cheerful with ...
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Sail Date: June 2021


THE APPEAL OF THE AMERICAN CRUISE LINE'S 'SMALL SHIP CRUISING'

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Iggyauthor
10+ Cruises • Age 60s

My husband and I were frequent ocean cruisers. With the large ships still not operating due to COVID, we decided to try a small ship as a vacation option. We are THRILLED that we did! I knew it was a smart option when we could just pull right up to the ship without going through embarkation with thousands of other passengers. We were shown to our stateroom and were greeted with a bottle of ...
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Sail Date: May 2021


Very relaxing felt like a personal yacht more than a cruise ship

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cruiser 4336
10+ Cruises • Age 60s

Great itinerary.I really enjoyed the ports of call and the speakers.The information they shared really enhanced the experience. The ease of getting on and off the ship and the access to the port of departure was perfect. The food was well prepared and the presentation was delightful. I was able to relax during the entire cruise ( which is very rare for my wife and I ) without feeling ...
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Sail Date: May 2021


Independence in the Chesapeake

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grandmaR
10+ Cruises • Age 80s

Background Information: I picked this cruise because I had a hip replacement and I wanted to test out whether I could travel independently. I use a mobility scooter or alternately a heavy duty walker which enables me to sit on it when I am tired, because I still cannot walk very far. There were single cabins available so I would not have to pay a supplement. I also wanted to revisit some of ...
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Sail Date: May 2021

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Golden Isles Cruise

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Maxlouie
6-10 Cruises • Age 70s

My husband and I had a wonderful time aboard the Independence, beginning in Fernadina Beach, FL, and sailing to Charleston, SC. Along the way we had great excursions to great port cities and barrier islands in the Atlantic. Stops included Amelia Island, the amazing Jekyll island, St. Simon Island with its interesting military history, spotting porpoises in the waters off of Hilton Head, ...
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Sail Date: March 2021


Responsive crew

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Rnparalegal
2-5 Cruises • Age 70s

Love American Cruise Lines and their small ships. We got to know all the passengers and most of the crew. The embarkation and disembarkation went smoothly. The activities director and the historian were excellent. The excursions were well planned and organized. So much planned, you had to choose which activity to go to. One day my husband went to one and I to another. We then shared our ...
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Sail Date: December 2019


An amazing disappointment

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RRFPresident
10+ Cruises

Being seasoned cruisers on ocean sailing lines, we were interested to try out the American Cruise Line's style of cruising the inland waterway enabling us to visit seaside towns that we'd never otherwise see on a big ship. ACL charged a much higher price but offered a lot less for the money. We already were prepared for a smaller ship with less amenities but found it even more lacking in service, ...
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Sail Date: November 2019


ACL's Maine cruise(100 passengers)is friendly, comfortable & has great cuisine

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GandSPark
2-5 Cruises • Age 70s

My wife and I love the fact the ACL ship has 100 passengers max. The ship is cozy, casual and very well run. The crew, top to bottom, are friendly, responsive and efficient. The cabins are roomy with private balconies. The food and service is excellent. We have done the big ship cruises (3000+ + passengers, and swore we will never do another big ship again!) We discovered ACL last summer ...
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Sail Date: August 2019


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