American Cruise Lines

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American Cruise Lines
Industry Travel & Hospitality
Founded 1991
Headquarters Guilford, Connecticut
Area served
United States
Products Cruises

American Cruise Lines, Inc. is a small-ship cruise line with its headquarters in Guilford, Connecticut, United States.[1][2] The line operates six small ships along the Eastern Seaboard, Western Seaboard (including Alaska[3]) and rivers of the United States.


American Cruise Lines was incorporated in 1991.[4] The 49-passenger American Eagle launched in 2000 and was followed in 2002 by the same-sized American Glory. The American Spirit was launched in 2005 and held twice as many passengers. A fourth ship, American Star, was launched in 2007. In 2010 the 104 passenger Independence, built with a wider beam and active wing stabilizers, was launched. The wider beam allows for larger staterooms, public spaces and private balconies. In 2010, American Cruise Lines acquired an authentic paddlewheel cruise ship, Queen of the West, renovating it by decreasing the capacity to 120, making for a larger more comfortable dining room, lounges and decks. The company has also launched two 150-passenger Mississippi River paddlewheelers Queen of the Mississippi in 2012 and a new American Eagle' in 2015. On July 14th, 2015, ACL announced a third Mississippi River Paddlewheeler named America will enter service in 2016.[5] On August 4th, 2015, the company announced that Queen of the Mississippi would be renamed American Pride and repositioned to the Columbia River in early 2016 being replaced by the new America. A new riverboat currently under construction will assume the Queen of the Mississippi name when completed.[6] On October 23rd, 2015, ACL announced a new, coastal cruise ship.[7] At 170 passengers, this vessel will significantly larger than its previous 100 Passenger and 104 Passenger yacht style coastal ships. This ship has not yet been named.


Coastal Cruise Ships[edit]

Columbia River Paddlewheelers[edit]

Mississippi River Paddlewheelers[edit]

Vessels Out of Service[edit]


  1. ^ "General Information." American Cruise Lines. Retrieved on January 15, 2012. "American Cruise Lines, Inc. operates from headquarters in Guilford, Connecticut[...]"
  2. ^ "Cruise News." (Archive) American Cruise Lines. Retrieved on January 15, 2012. "741 Boston Post Road ٠ Suite 200 ٠ Guilford, Connecticut"
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  4. ^ "American Cruise Lines". Altius Directory. Archived from the original on 27 January 2012. Retrieved 28 January 2012. 
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  6. ^ "New paddle wheeler to debut on Columbia and Snake rivers". USA Today. Retrieved August 4, 2015. 
  7. ^ "American Cruise Lines Announces Construction of a New Coastal Cruise Ship". PR Web. Retrieved 24 October 2015. 

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