American Spirit

American Spirit Review and Specifications

Specifications of American Spirit

Year built2004  /  Age : 14
Flag state USA
BuilderChesapeake Shipbuilding (Salisbury, Maryland USA)
OwnerAmerican Cruise Lines Inc
OperatorAmerican Cruise Lines
Speed14 kn / 26 kph / 16 mph
Length (LOA)67 m / 220 ft
Beam (width)13 m / 43 ft
Gross Tonnage1955 gt
Passengers94 - 102
Passengers-to-space ratio20
Decks with cabins4
Last Refurbishment2017

Review of American Spirit

Launched in 2005, American Spirit is one of American Cruise Lines ships, together with the paddlewheelers Queen of the West, American Pride, American Eagle and Queen of the Mississippi, as well as American GloryAmerican Star and Independence.

American Spirit cruise ship

History - construction & ownership

American Cruise Lines (ACL) is a small cruise line with headquarters in Guilford, Connecticut, operational since 1991. The 1,955-ton, 100-passenger cruise ship American Spirit is US flagged, ACL owned and operated by US crew members. The vessel is compliant with Passenger Vessel Services Act. American Spirit was built by Chesapeake Shipbuilding (Salisbury, Maryland, USA).

American Spirit cruise ship

Cruise itinerary program

American Spirit itinerary program is based on 7- and 11-day Alaska itineraries departing from Juneau AK and Seattle WA.


American Spirit has 4 passenger decks and can accommodate up to 100 passengers in 51 staterooms as all staterooms (including 5 single cabins), feature interior entrances, windows, private bathrooms and 26 of them – small private balconies.

Dining options - Food & Drinks

MS American Spirit has one Dining Room that offers regional cuisine. Other options for a drink include Maindeck Lounge, Midship lounge and Cascade lounge.

Entertainment options - Fun & Sport

American Spirit clientele consists of well-traveled Americans. The onboard atmosphere is casual and friendly. Various port visits are offered every day. Due to its smaller size, American Spirit can visit the smallest ports with historic architecture and museums during the shore excursions. Room-service is available twice a day. Internet access and Wi-Fi are complimentary. Other amenities are the flat TVs, DVDs, individual climate control, free cocktails before dinner. American Spirit has a Library Lounge, putting green, sun shade.

American Spirit wiki

  • Cabin grades number: 5
  • Total number of cabins: 74 (of which 1 Suite, 26 Balcony rooms, 47 Oceanview, 0 Inside).
  • Fitness, Library, Lifts (all decks), Lounges (4), Grand Dining Room (with open seating).
  • Room-Service (twice daily), Internet, WiFi Access (complimentary), single cabins (5), flat TVs (DVD), picture windows, individual climate control, desk, stationary, closet, 4-drawer dressers, American staff/crew, cuisine (regional & seasonal), social hour (free cocktails) before dinner.
  • Room sizes are over 200 ft2 / 19 m2, (75% are with a private balcony), with large picture windows and private bathrooms.
  • Clientele - predominantly well-traveled older North Americans, casual, relaxing and friendly atmosphere, interesting itineraries with port visits every day.
  • This is a coastal passenger ship similar as design to the American Cruise Lines American Star ship.
  • Because of their smaller sizes, most ACL ships can visit smallest ports featuring historic architecture, museums and amazing shore excursions.

American Spirit cruises in Alaska with departures from Seattle WA and Juneau AK. The list of the itineraries includes:

  • 7-day "Puget Sound and San Juan Islands" from Seattle
  • 7-day "Southeast Alaska" from Juneau
  • 11-day "Alaska Inside Passage" cruises departing from both Seattle and Juneau.

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