United States | American Cruise Lines - American Constitution
October, ask for details.
New York, Troy, Albany, Kingston, Hyde Park, Catskill, West Point, Sleepy Hollow
Surrounded by the Catskill Mountains on the western shore and the Taconic and Berkshire Hills to the east, the Hudson River is rich in both history and beauty. The cities and towns along the river date back to Dutch and English rule and feature some of the most magnificent architecture in America.
The expert guides will lead you through these grand and historic sites including the Vanderbilt Mansion, the home of Franklin D. Roosevelt, and the Olana State Historic Site, home to one of the most influential Hudson River School Painters, Frederic Church.
At West Point Military Academy, walk the hallowed grounds traversed by some of the nation's greatest generals, and later visit the riverside town of Sleepy Hollow made famous by the great American writer Washington Irving.
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 | New York, New York: New York City is the perfect destination to start your cruise along the Hudson River. Referred to as the city that doesn't sleep, New York City is home to Broadway theaters, world-famous museums, iconic department stores, and Radio City Music Hall. After boarding your ship, enjoy a delightful afternoon cruising from this bustling metropolitan area to the idyllic Hudson River region.
Enjoy a wonderful three and half hour narrated exploration of the Big Apple. This is a fantastic way to experience the sights, sounds, and history of this extraordinary city. While on your visit, a stop will be made at Ground Zero.
Day 2 | Troy / Albany, New York: The city of Albany was discovered by Henry Hudson in 1609 on a failed attempt to find an expedited passage to China for the Dutch East India Company. Today, the capital city of New York welcomes visitors with majestic architecture and grand views of the beautiful Hudson River Valley. Be sure to explore the New York State Museum and the newly renovated State Capitol building, originally built in the late 1800s.
In the mid-19th century, Troy was one of the wealthiest cities in the United States thanks to a booming textile industry. Enjoy a walking exploration with a local historian as you view the Victorian architecture of the area and learn how such remarkable structures are preserved over time. Step back in time to the Age of Innocence, while discovering the history of the town.
Enjoy a day learning about the Troy lock and dam system. It was originally built to create a water route from New York City to the Atlantic Ocean and the Great Lakes, in order to increase trade and populate the region. Ground was broken on July 4th to begin construction of this canal, making 2017 the bicentennial of this historic event. While exploring, learn about locks, trade season, ecology, steamboats and much more.
Visit Albany and discover what has enticed visitors for over 400 years. Albany is one of the oldest surviving settlements from the original thirteen colonies and the longest continuously chartered city in the United States. Enjoy a narrated journey of the city, including a stop at the New York State Capitol Building and the New York State Museum, which houses an impressive collection of over 12 million specimens and artifacts.
Day 3 | Kingston, New York: When the steamboat debuted in 1807, the Hudson River became a waterway of leisurely travel. Kingston preserves the heritage of the region at the Hudson River Maritime Museum. Kingston is also located in an area of the Hudson River often referred to as "Millionaires Row," replete with palatial estates and grand mansions built by wealthy New York businessmen as a summer retreat.
Kingston was settled in 1652, and is the third oldest settlement in the Dutch Colony, after Manhattan and Albany, and was once the capital of New York. Enjoy a stop at the Old Dutch Church, founded in 1659. During the Revolutionary War, the church and its congregation were aligned with the patriot cause. As a result, in November of 1782, General George Washington visited the church. View a hand-written letter from Washington regarding his reception at the church, which is proudly on display in the narthex.
Founded in 1980, the Hudson River Maritime Museum focuses on preserving, researching, and collecting artifacts directly related to the Hudson River. Exhibits include historic vessels, art, and materials from the transportation industry. Explore this museum on your own and learn about the rich maritime heritage of the region.
Located on the campus of Vassar College, The Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center is a teaching museum, major art repository, and exhibition space. Enjoy a guided stroll of this amazing center which displays everything from ancient Chinese and Egyptian art to contemporary pieces.
Vanderbilt Mansion is one of the region's oldest Hudson River estates and is a remarkable example of a gilded-age country place. The estate represents the political, economic, social, and cultural changes that occurred as America industrialized in the years after the Civil War. For nearly two centuries, this home has been the epicenter to the socially prominent and elite class of New Yorkers. Learn about the life of the privileged, from the Jazz Age through World War II.
Visit the notable Val-Kill, the only place Eleanor Roosevelt considered home. Once a furniture factory, it was here that she pursued her political and social interests, wrote her My Day column, and worked on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. After President Roosevelt's death in April 1945, Eleanor kept Val-Kill, purchasing the land from the Roosevelt estate and making Val-Kill Cottage her permanent home. She continued the tradition of casual entertaining, hosting world dignitaries such as Winston Churchill and Democratic Party politicians who came seeking her advice and support, including presidential candidate John F. Kennedy. She loved having large family gatherings at the cottage, including as many as possible of her 22 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.
Day 4 | Hyde Park, New York: Due to Hyde Park's natural beauty and proximity to the city, families such as the Astors and Vanderbilts built weekend homes nearby. The area is most famously known as the birthplace of United States President Franklin D. Roosevelt and is the site of the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum, as well as his home, Springwood Estate, which is designated as a National Historic Site.
Enjoy breathtaking views while taking this narrated walk over the Hudson River, beginning at the dock and continuing to the covered bridge overlooking the river. Standing at 212 feet tall and approximately one and half miles long, this bridge was once the railroad path for trains and has since been transformed into the longest, elevated pedestrian bridge in the world.
Visit the Franklin D. Roosevelt National Historic Site, one of the great historic homes of America. Filled with memorabilia of the Roosevelt family, the neo-Georgian house, Springwood, was where the president was born in 1882. Enjoy a guided journey of the FDR home followed by a self-guided excursion of the FDR Library and Museum.
Day 5 | Catskill, New York: The scenic beauty of the Catskills has long been an inspiration to artists, writers, and naturalists who draw inspiration from its tranquil forests and expansive mountain landscapes. Explore the Hudson River School Art Trail, which includes the Thomas Cole National Historic Site in Catskill village, and sites like Kaaterskill Falls and Sunset Rock, which inspired 19th-century landscape painters.
This Scenic Skyride features the six-passenger Kaatskill Flyer, a state-of-the-art chair lift which will take you in comfort to the 3,200-foot summit of Hunter Mountain. From there, enjoy amazing views of the spectacular high peaks of the northern Catskills. On a clear day, you can also see the Berkshire Mountains of Massachusetts and the Green Mountains of Vermont in the distance.
A visit to the Thomas Cole National Historic Site provides entry into the world of the man who became the father of American landscape painting and founder of the Hudson River School of Art. Tour the 1815 Federal yellow-brick Main House and visit the historic guestrooms where the Cole family lived, including the West Parlor where Thomas Cole was married and the upstairs rooms where his children were born and where Cole died in 1848.
Enjoy a special visit to the magnificent Persian-style home of one of the most influential Hudson River School painters, Frederick Church. Church designed his home and the surrounding landscape to take full advantage of the magnificent views of the Catskill Mountains. Today, you can explore the house and take a stroll of the grounds, hailed by many as the queen of the Hudson Valley estates.
Day 6 | West Point, New York: The United States Military Academy at West Point offers visitors the opportunity to walk on the hallowed grounds once traversed by some of the nation's greatest generals. Founded in 1802 by an act of Congress, the Academy has been of significant military importance to America. Explore the West Point Museum and Cadet Chapel, while viewing magnificent vistas of the Hudson Valley from atop the campus grounds.
Take a journey through America's most notable military academy, considered by George Washington to be the most important military position in America. Its establishment as the United States Military Academy occurred in 1802 when Thomas Jefferson signed legislation to that effect. This guided exploration of the historic grounds of West Point includes Cadet Chapel, Trophy Point, and other stunning areas of campus. Along the way, enjoy breathtaking vistas and magnificent views of the Hudson Valley.
Day 7 | Sleepy Hollow, New York: The riverside town of Sleepy Hollow is forever immortalized in the works of one of the country's first great writers, Washington Irving. The author found inspiration in the Hudson Valley, creating legendary stories like Rip Van Winkle. Today, Irving's country home, Sunnyside, is a National Historic Landmark and welcomes visitors with tales of the man himself.
A visit to Sunnyside is an enchanted adventure in a romantic landscape. This much-loved riverside home has been charming visitors for generations. Hear about Washington Irving's storied past and how he came to be America's first internationally famous author, best remembered now for "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" and other short stories.
Overlooking the Hudson River in Tarrytown, New York is Lyndhurst, one of America's finest Gothic-Revival mansions. Join a guided journey of this remarkable example of the Hudson River's grand and historic estates and enjoy the spectacular scenic beauty.
Day 8 | New York, New York: Cap off your trip with a day in the Big Apple. Once you have docked in Manhattan, experience all that this vibrant city has to offer. Enjoy a performance at the Metropolitan Opera House, view exhibits at the Museum of Modern Art, or simply explore New York City, freestyle.
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.
Enjoy all that the Hudson River Valley has to offer. Breathtaking displays of peak fall foliage, iconic homes of influential artists and authors, and a visit to the birthplace of a United States president are all a part of this enchanting eight-day journey. Shore Excursion include Troy Lock and Dam Cruise, Frances Loeb Art Center, FDR Home and Museum Journey, Olana State Historic Site, and the Washington Irving's Sunnyside.
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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