United States | American Cruise Lines - American Constitution
November - November, ask for details.
Baltimore, Maryland; Norfolk, Virginia; Williamsburg, Virginia; Yorktown, Virginia; Washington, D.C.; Mount Vernon, Virginia; Potomac River; Cambridge, Maryland; Saint Michaels, Maryland; Annapolis, Maryland; Baltimore, Maryland
Travel back to the dawn of America, on the brand new 11-day American Revolution cruise. Explore the quaint towns and historic cities that have shaped our nation, including Colonial Williamsburg, a living history museum with period-specific tradespeople, shopkeepers, and political figures.
Step onto the last battlefield of the Revolutionary War in Yorktown and travel to Jamestown, the site of the first English settlement in the New World. Explore our Nation's capital, the Smithsonian exhibitions, and the area's many historic monuments, before visiting Mount Vernon, George Washington's iconic 18th-century home.
In Annapolis, take a guided city excursion and visit the homes of the Founding Fathers who signed the Declaration of Independence. On board and on shore, Revolutionary War experts, authors, and re-enactors join you to bring our nation's history to life.
American Cruise Lines is proud to announce the newest addition to the expanding fleet of small cruise ships, the American Constitution. Designed with elegance in mind, this brand new coastal cruise ship carries a capacity of just 175 guests and is uniquely designed to navigate the inland coastal waterways of the East Coast. In the intimate atmosphere on board, guests will find the largest staterooms in the industry, spacious lounges, as well as observation decks and private balconies that offer spectacular views of the passing landscapes.
Day 1 | Baltimore, Maryland: Start your journey in Baltimore, a great maritime city, alive with excitement, Colonial history, and a busy harbor scene. Explore the decks of legendary ships and the cobblestone streets of the charming waterfront Inner Harbor. Cruise past Fort McHenry, where the battle that inspired Francis Scott Key's "Star-Spangled Banner" was fought.
Day 2 | Norfolk, Virginia: Located at the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay, Norfolk has enjoyed a dramatic history dating back to 1607, when British settlers first arrived on American shores. Today, the city embraces its colorful past while thriving as a modern metropolis. Tall schooners share the surrounding waters with naval vessels and oystermen. Enjoy excursions of historic districts, museums, restored homes, and the Norfolk Naval Station.
Norfolk is home to the largest Naval Station in the world with its beginnings closely tied to the United States entry into World War I. Today, Naval Station Norfolk is the hub of the United States Navy's Atlantic Fleet, and home port to dozens of ships, submarines, aircraft, and more. Led by an expert guide, witness aircraft carriers, destroyers, amphibious assault ships, and learn about the fascinating history of the Naval Base. The excursion will also stop at the MacArthur Memorial, a memorial celebrating Army General Douglas MacArthur, one of the most controversial figures in American history.
Learn about the history, legends, and lore of the Outer Banks as you travel to the Wright Brothers National Memorial in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. Enjoy an introduction by a park ranger and learn about the fascinating history of aviation that took place at this site. After the introduction, explore the Visitor Center where the Wright brothers' story is told through exhibits and reproductions. You may also climb Big Kill Devil Hill for a breathtaking view of the area from sound to sea.
Explore Virginia Beach on a relaxing riding journey. This guided bus excursion includes stops at the Old Cape Henry Lighthouse as well as the breathtaking Norfolk Botanical Gardens, which are made up of 155 beautiful acres intertwined by bridges, coastal waterways, and 12 miles of pedestrian trails.
Day 3 | Williamsburg, Virginia: Colonial Williamsburg is the restored 18th-century capital of Britain's largest empire outpost in the New World. Once the political and economic center of the Virginia Colony, today it is the world's premier living history site. Led by an expert guide, stroll along its narrow streets, nearly unchanged since the days of the first English Colonists.
History comes alive at Colonial Williamsburg. As you stroll along its street witness many original 18th-century buildings, as well as those reconstructed to their 18th-century aesthetic. Interact with tradespeople who use real period tools and techniques, many of which have been around since the beginning of our civilization. These skilled men and women are true apprentices, journeymen, and masters, continuing to perfect their skills with the hammer, needle, or plow.
Day 4 | Yorktown, Virginia: Williamsburg, Yorktown, and Jamestown make up what is known as the "Historic Triangle." Explore the port of Yorktown which was the site of the final battle of the American Revolution. Travel back in time at Jamestown Settlement, a museum of 17th-century American history which tells the story of America's first permanent English colony settled in 1607.
The River Walk Landing welcomes you to historic Yorktown. Enjoy complimentary trolley transportation throughout Yorktown with stops at the battlefields, historic buildings, and unique boutiques. Stroll the waterfront, dine at a historic restaurant, and admire the 18th-century architecture of a place known for its current charm and its storied past.
Near the site of the original colony, Jamestown Settlement tells the story of 17th-century Virginia and America's first permanent English colony. Led by a local expert guide, explore re-creations of the three ships that sailed from England to Virginia in 1607, as well life-size re-creations of the colonists' fort and a Powhatan village. Along the way, costumed historical interpreters describe and demonstrate daily life in early 17th-century Jamestown.
Day 5 | Washington, D.C. : Washington, DC is our nation's capital located on the Potomac River, and bordering the states of Maryland and Virginia. It is characterized by neoclassic monuments and iconic buildings, including the United States Capitol, White House, and Supreme Court. It is also home to the Smithsonian Museums and performing-arts venues such as the Kennedy Center.
Let American Cruise Lines help you arrange a visit to any of the Smithsonian Museums including the National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Castle, National Air Space Museum, and National Portrait Gallery, among others.
Day 6 | Mount Vernon, Virginia: Mount Vernon is an American landmark and an enduring tribute to our nation's first President. Originally a one and one-half story house built by his father in 1735, President Washington acquired Mount Vernon in 1754, and over the next 45 years slowly enlarged the home to create the magnificent 21-guestroom residence we see today. George Washington personally supervised each renovation and advised on design, construction, decoration, and landscaping - even during the Revolutionary War.
Situated along the Potomac River, just a few miles from Washington, DC, Mount Vernon is considered the most popular historic estate in the United States. Enjoy a guided journey of the mansion, depicted as it was in 1799, one year before Washington's death. At the conclusion of this experience, you will have the opportunity for self-guided exploration, at which time you can explore Washington's Tomb, the inspirational Salve Memorial, lush gardens, and other exhibits located on the estate.
Day 7 | Day of Cruising Along the Potomac River: Spend the day cruising one of America's most historic waterways in the delightful comfort of American Constitution. As you travel, learn about the culture and history of the region from the onboard experts, relax on your private balcony, or fly a kite on the top deck. In the evening, share in the company of fellow cruisers while listening to some of the area's finest entertainment.
Day 8 | Cambridge, Maryland: Cambridge is an authentic Chesapeake town known for its rich history, beautiful buildings, and vibrant arts scene. Sail on an authentic skipjack or visit the Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge and witness the diverse wildlife and shorebirds that inhabit the area.
The Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Visitor Center immerses visitors in Tubman's world through informative, evocative, and emotive exhibits. The many captivating displays illustrate how the Choptank River region shaped her early years and the importance she held for faith, family, and community. The exhibits also feature information about Tubman's life beginning with her childhood in Maryland, her emancipation from slavery, her time as a conductor on the Underground Railroad, and her continuous advocacy for justice.
Take a short walk to visit the Choptank River Lighthouse. The lighthouse keeper will greet you upon arrival and speak about the history of this lighthouse, a replica of a historic lighthouse that once guided mariners along the Choptank River. Also featured is a mini-museum for you to explore.
Since the 1880s, skipjacks - a type of sailboat developed for oyster dredging - have sailed the Chesapeake Bay. There once were as many as 800 of these vessels, but fewer than two dozen of the original dredge boats remain today. Of these, only a handful still dredge for oysters, the last remnant of America's surviving commercial sailing fleet. Visit the skipjack Nathan for a unique opportunity to experience your own skipjack journey on Maryland's Eastern Shore. Sail on the scenic Choptank River, help raise her sails, or take a turn at the helm.
Day 9 | Saint Michaels, Maryland: Stroll along the waterfront of Saint Michaels, or peruse the charming gift shops and boutiques on tree-lined Talbot Street. Dock at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, once a famed shipbuilding village, and now dedicated to preserving and exploring the history, environment, and people of the Chesapeake Bay.
This 18-acre waterfront museum is dedicated to furthering the understanding of the maritime heritage of the Chesapeake Bay area. Featured are 10 exhibit buildings, a historic lighthouse, and a working boatyard. Docking right in the heart of the museum, American Cruise Lines' passengers will enjoy a private excursion of this fascinating site.
Day 10 | Annapolis, Maryland: The state capital of Maryland, Annapolis was founded in 1649, served briefly as the nation's capital in 1783, and boasts more 18th-century brick buildings than any other city in the country. Travel through the charming historic streets of the 1690s, while your guide introduces you to 350 years of Annapolis' living history, architecture, and folklore. Along the way, visit three of the homes once belonging to the signers of the Declaration of Independence.
Chosen by National Geographic Adventure magazine as one of the country's "Top Waterfront Towns," Annapolis is a city steeped in history and maritime culture. Visit homes of the signers of the Declaration of Independence as well as the Statehouse where the Treaty of Paris was ratified in 1784, officially ending the Revolutionary War.
The first United States Navy ships were launched in 1797 and were aptly named the United States, the Constellation, and the Constitution. In 1825, President John Quincy Adams advised Congress to establish a Naval Academy in order to adequately prepare officers for service. Twenty years later, in 1845, the Naval Academy was formed by George Bancroft, Secretary of the Navy, with a class of 50 midshipmen and seven professors. Explore the Academy's historic grounds with an expert guide and experience "life the yard." Witness the noon meal formation and take in breathtaking views of the campus.
Day 11 | Baltimore, Maryland: Your historic journey ends where it began, in the vibrant city of Baltimore. If you choose to extend your stay, a number of great excursions are available, including the Baltimore Aquarium and Civil War Museum.
The all-American crew from American Cruise Lines simply provides you with the best possible cruise experience by offering an unsurpassed level of attention. Whether onboard or ashore, each member of the crew will work with you to help accommodate your specific interests, tastes, and needs. Attentive and personalized service is the hallmark of American Cruise Lines.
Meals are served in the spacious dining salon, which accommodates all passengers at one seating. The day's menu is announced well in advance, and consists of fresh meats and seafood, as well as in-season fruits and vegetables. Special menus are available to passengers on restricted diets. Most special dietary needs can be accommodated, though advance notice. All meals are prepared to order. Coffee, non-alcoholic beverages, and snacks are available 24 hours a day.
Let American Cruise Lines guide you through the origins and rich traditions of music on America's legendary rivers and waterways. These shores are home to many celebrated styles of music including Country, Jazz, Blues, and Rock n' Roll. Onboard and ashore, enjoy music inspired by each unique region and learn its impact on the development of American music. Also enjoy daily entertainments from historians, naturalists, and local experts that join every cruise. Daily lectures ranging from history to culture to cuisines.
This 11-day voyage through the Chesapeake Bay is an exploration of the nation's rich Colonial and maritime history. Delight in the sights, sounds, and tastes you will experience on this incredible journey. Shore Excursions include the Colonial Williamsburg, National Monuments Journey, George Washington's Estate, and the United States Naval Academy Experience.
Owner's Suites | At up to 450 square feet, the American Constitution Owner's Suites are both spacious and elegantly appointed. Located on a private deck, each secluded suite offers our distinguished travelers amazing views from the private walk-out balcony. The well-furnished suites come fully equipped and offer a sitting area, writer's desk, sliding glass door, and full-size bathroom.
Veranda Suites | With a generous up to 450 square feet of relaxing space, each includes a private walk-out balcony to enjoy the panoramic views. Considered one of the finest staterooms on any cruise ship, guests will enjoy full-size bathrooms and large living area with sliding glass door.
AAM Staterooms | Located on the fourth deck at 368 square feet of space, designed to offer the privacy you desire while cruising. These spacious staterooms are elegantly furnished and feature floor to ceiling sliding glass doors that lead to a private walk-out balcony where the grandness of the Pacific Northwest scenery can be enjoyed.
AAC Staterooms | Featuring the most modern amenities, these spacious staterooms offer the perfect retreat for travelers. With over 350 square feet, each offers all of the comforts of a fine hotel and is configured to maximize the interior living space. These stateroom also feature full sliding glass doors and a private walk-out balcony which provides spectacular panoramic views of the surrounding scenery.
AAL Staterooms | Offering all the comforts of home and amazing panoramic views. At 350 square feet, each stateroom includes an interior entrance, expansive private walk-out balcony, and a large sitting area. These staterooms are the perfect sanctuary to relax in after a day of exploration.
AA Staterooms | Centrally located while offering amazing views and easy access to the lounge areas. You will enjoy the expansive views out of your own large opening picture window. Each stateroom comes equipped with a large closet and hotel-size bathrooms.
Single (Private Balcony) Staterooms | Solo travelers will find relaxing comfort in these staterooms complete with a walk-out private balcony. Enjoy one of the largest Single staterooms in the industry at 238 square feet, featuring a comfortable twin bed, large sliding glass door, and spacious full-size bathrooms.
Single Staterooms | Find modern amenities and relaxing comfort in our 226 square feet Single staterooms. With a large picture window, twin beds and sizable bathrooms, these Single staterooms are perfect for solo travelers.
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