Five Things to Know About American Cruise Lines' America Cruise Ship
Best for: Older cruisers looking for a stress-free way to see the Southeast
Sails: The Mississippi River
At a Glance: Launched in 2016, this paddlewheeler features a friendly all-American crew, spacious staterooms, and iconic itineraries up and down the Mississippi River.
The Entertainment Is Local
One of the best parts about a trip on America is being steeped in the history, lore, and music of the Mississippi—both on and off the ship. Expect jazz and blues musicians from the various ports to come on board for an after-dinner performance. Passengers will also get the chance to listen to the resident river historian (dubbed a “riverlorian”) regale passengers with entertaining lectures on everything from Mark Twain to the Civil War.
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The Cabins Are Big
Staterooms are spacious, especially for a river cruise ship. Single rooms are 203 square feet, while standard double cabins start at 290 square feet. The biggest staterooms are the Owner’s Suites, which are 445 square feet and flooded with light. Most cabins have balconies—the perfect place for breakfast each morning. (It’s the only meal you can order for room service.)
The Food Is Southern
Dinner happens in the Grand Dining Room, which is large enough to serve every guest at once. Whenever possible, ingredients—and recipes—are locally sourced: Think Cajun and Creole dishes like chicken and andouille gumbo, Dixie lager braised chicken, and bourbon pecan pie.
You Won’t Get Nickle-And-Dimed
Don’t stress about that excursion tab. At least one tour per port is free, as is wine with lunch and dinner and Wi-Fi throughout your cruise.
There’s No Bar Onboard
Before dinner every night, the ship throws a complimentary cocktail party for all the passengers, and you can have beer and wine at dinner. But if you know you’re going to want an after-dinner drink, make a point of buying your own bottles when you’re off the ship.