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Independence

Why cruise on this ship?

With the latest in navigation and safety technology, the Independence is fully stabilized, allowing American Cruise Lines to reach even more fascinating destinations in smooth comfort.

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Dining

American Cruise Lines' chefs explore the nation searching for exceptional, locally grown menu items. Each ship receives local seafood reports and their menus are adjusted seasonally to best utilise local fruits and vegetables at their peak of freshness. Meals are adjusted seasonally, prepared to order and served in the Main Dining Room where every seat offers a panoramic view of the passing scenery.

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Main Dining Room

Chandeliers and fine furnishing adorn the space, but what seasoned cruisers appreciate the most is the space. The dining room comfortably accommodates all guests in one seating, so you can dine whenever and with whomever you please.

Features

  • Experience: Cover
  • Food type: American

Entertaining

Onboard Music Entertainment

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. On board and ashore, enjoy music inspired by each unique region and learn its impact on the development of music in America.

Jazz - Solo's to Ensembles

  • Ragtime and Jazz Pianist
  • Traditional Dixieland Jazz
  • New Orleans / Mississippi River Influence
  • Memphis Style Jazz

Country & Blues - From the Heartland

  • American Heartland Bluegrass
  • Memphis Blues
  • Mississippi Blues Choir
  • Banjo Country Classics

Rock and Roll - Regionally Inspired

  • 50’s & 60’s Rock n’ Roll
  • Great American Storybook
  • Doo Wop
  • Piano Hits

Features

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Chesapeake Lounge

Chesapeake Lounge is located on deck 2.

Features

  • Lounge
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Library Lounge

Library Lounge is located on deck 3

Features

  • Lounge

Enrichment

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Onboard Experts & Historians

American Cruise Lines carefully selects industry experts to join us on each of our cruises. Their informal presentations, open discussions, and activities bring local history, nature and culture to life through their knowledge and passion for American heritage. These specialists, naturalists, and historians also attend shore excursions to give our guests behind the scenes insight into some of America’s most treasured destinations.

Columbia & Snake Rivers

Our onboard experts share tales of characters who helped shape the history of America along the Columbia and Snake Rivers, from Lewis and Clark and their Corps of Discovery to Sacajawea and the legendary John Colter. Learn about the stunning eruption of Mount St. Helens and the leveling of the Columbia River as you transit its many lock and dam systems.

New England

Indulge in the rich maritime history and cultural treasures of New England, with the help of our onboard experts. Through engaging presentations onboard and ashore, learn about early exploration and the history of America’s birthplace from the first settlers to the present. Discover the plentiful marine wildlife, the amazing Maine lobster industry, and the region’s unique ecology and geology.

Mississippi River

As we cruise this legendary river, our experts will provide you with a deeper understanding of river history, culture, and lore. Learn about the Civil War as you walk the grounds on which it took place. Take part in discussions about the river’s role in the development of American music and discover how steamboats played a major part in America’s western expansion.

Southeast

From Baltimore to Jacksonville, topics of our onboard experts include a blend of natural and human history. Learn about the underlying geology of the area, coastal culture and ecology, native wildlife, and maritime heritage, including the history of pirates. Discover why many destinations along the way were once winter retreats for America’s wealthiest families.

Puget Sound

Our onboard naturalists and historians bring meaning and relevance to each destination. Learn about the unique marine life and the incredible ecosystem of Washington's temperate rainforest, as well as the native art and culture of the region. As we cruise, listen to our onboard expert describe the native wildlife including whales, eagles, and seals from the sun deck.

Alaska

Alaska holds some of the greatest scenery and wildlife on the planet. Seasoned Alaskan travelers, our onboard experts share their knowledge of the area in an entertaining and fun way. While cruising, discover fascinating facts on the region's flora, fauna, geology, and wildlife as well as the history of the native people.

Features

  • Lectures

Musically Rich Destinations

Your musical entertainment doesn’t end on board; it perfectly harmonizes with the destinations we visit. Nashville, also known as “Music City” is home to the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, the Grand Ole Opry, and the Johnny Cash Museum. Memphis is one of America's most renowned music towns and also home to the famous Sun Studios and Graceland mansion. It’s also the city that launched the careers of Elvis Presley, B.B. King, and many other legendary Country and Blues musicians. St. Louis is synonymous with the Blues, enough so that there is a specific style of the genre called “St. Louis Blues.” It’s also the birthplace of Miles Davis, Roosevelt Sykes, and Ike Turner.

Features

Health and fitness

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Putting Green

Putting Green is located on deck 4.

Features

  • Golf

Kids and teens

Please note: there are no dedicated facilities for Kids & Teens onboard the ship.

Accommodation

These staterooms are the most spacious in small ship cruising - all over 200 square feet in size, and each with large opening picture windows and a private bathroom.

Your spacious stateroom is a comfortable haven and the perfect place to relax and unwind. Enjoy the ever-changing scenery from your large, opening picture window or from your private balcony.

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Owner's Suite

Experience complete comfort in this spacious private sanctuary where you can feel right at home. At 350 sq. ft. the Owner’s Suite is quite roomy and features a full-size bathroom. Enjoy a large sitting area, writing desk, closet, and a private balcony offering expansive views from a stunning vantage point.

Features

  • King or Twin Configuration
  • Shower
  • Bath
  • Toiletries Provided
  • Room Service Available
  • TV
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Safe
  • Hair Dryer
  • Desk
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AAC Private Balcony

These staterooms are centrally located on the top deck which provides stunning panoramic views. Enjoy 283 sq. ft. of comfortable living space, comparable to a fine hotel room. All also offer private walk-out balconies and a generously sized bathroom.

Features

  • King or Twin Configuration
  • Shower
  • Toiletries Provided
  • Room Service Available
  • TV
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Safe
  • Hair Dryer
  • Desk
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AAL Private Balcony

AAL staterooms are a spacious retreat with all the amenities a modern traveler expects. Each room offers 263 sq. ft. of space encompassing a full-size bathroom and a private balcony with scenic views.

Features

  • King or Twin Configuration
  • Shower
  • Toiletries Provided
  • Room Service Available
  • TV
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Safe
  • Hair Dryer
  • Desk
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A Stateroom

These comfortable staterooms located on the main deck offer 258 sq. ft. of living space and are a perfect place to unwind after a day of exploration. They feature full-size bathrooms, interior entrances, and large opening picture windows for scenic views.

Features

  • King or Twin Configuration
  • Shower
  • Toiletries Provided
  • Room Service Available
  • TV
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Safe
  • Hair Dryer
  • Desk
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Single Private Balcony

Single staterooms offer the solo traveler a quiet enclave to rest and relax. At 248 sq. ft., our Single suites feature twin beds, spacious bathrooms, and your very own private balcony.

Features

  • King or Twin Configuration
  • Shower
  • Toiletries Provided
  • Room Service Available
  • TV
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Safe
  • Hair Dryer
  • Desk
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Single

Located on the main deck, our Single staterooms offer guests 207 sq. ft. of space with premium beds, spacious bathrooms, and an opening picture window with private views.

Features

  • One Single Bed
  • Shower
  • Toiletries Provided
  • Room Service Available
  • TV
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Safe
  • Hair Dryer
  • Desk

Deck plans

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Deck 1

  • Vestibule
  • Galley
  • Dining Room
  • Category A Stateroom
  • Single Stateroom
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Deck 2

  • Passenger Deck
  • Chesapeake Lounge
  • Vestibule
  • Midship Lounge
  • Owner's Suite
  • Category AAL Private Balcony
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Deck 3

  • Pilothouse
  • Library Lounge
  • Vestibule
  • Owner's Suite
  • Category AAC Private Balcony
  • Single Private Balcony
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Deck 4

  • Sun Shade
  • Passenger Deck
  • Putting Green
  • Exercise Equipment
Ship facts
Passengers
100
Crew
27
Launched
2010
Last refit
Tonnage
96000t
Length
59.3m
Width
15
Speed
kts
Decks
4
Wheelchair cabins
Yes
Currency
USD