MS Independence

MS Independence Review and Specifications

Specifications of MS Independence

Flag USA
Year built 2010
Speed 14 kn / 26 kph / 16 mph
Length (LOA) 52 m / 171 ft
Beam (width) 12 m / 39 ft
Gross Tonnage 3000 gt
Passengers 104
Crew 47
Passengers-to-space ratio 30
Decks 4
Decks with cabins 4

Review of MS Independence

Launched in 2010, ms Independence 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 Spirit and American Star

History - construction & ownership

American Cruise Lines (ACL) is a small cruise line with headquarters in Guilford, Connecticut, operational since 1991. The 3,000-ton, 104-passenger cruise ship Independence is US flagged, ACL owned and operated by US crew members. The vessel is compliant with Passenger Vessel Services Act. MS Independence was built by Chesapeake Shipbuilding (Salisbury, Maryland, US).

In 2010 ms Independence joined the similar though slightly smaller American Spirit, American Glory and American Star. Unlike like her sister ships, she is equipped for comfortable cruising with Rolls Royce stabilizers.

Cruise itinerary program

MS Independence itinerary program is based on 6-day New England cruises out of Providence RI, 6-day and 7-day from Baltimore and Portland, 7-day cruises from  Charleston and Jacksonville, 14-day from Jacksonville and Baltimore, Hudson River cruises from New York City.

MS Independence


MS Independence has 4 passenger decks and accommodates 104 guests in 52 cabins, 43 of which featuring small private balconies. The staterooms have windows, interior entrances and private baths. The Independence ship boasts some of the largest staterooms in industry and elevators to all decks. 

Dining options - Food & Drinks

MS Independence has one Dining Room that offers regional cuisine. The Grand dining room seats all guests at the same time. Other options for a drink include Maindeck Lounge, Midship lounge and Passenger Deck's lounge.

Entertainment options - Fun & Sport

Independence ship 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, Independence can visit the smallest ports 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. MS Independence ship’s interior areas, including all balconies and staterooms, are spacious and deluxe. The ship has a Library Lounge, putting green, sun shade.

MS Independence wiki

Year built 2010

Last refurbished (scheduled refurbishment) -

Passenger capacity / crew capacity 104 / 47

Dimensions (Gross tonnage weight / LOA length) 3000 tonss / 170 ft (52 m)

Flag State (registered in) USA

Ship builder Chesapeake Shipbuilding (Maryland, USA)

Building cost USD - mill

Ship owner and Operator American Cruise Lines

Christened by -

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Accident reports and news

  • Passenger decks: 4
  • Cabin grades number: 6
  • Total number of cabins: 94 (of which 3 Suites, 40 Balcony rooms, 51 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 (6), wheelchair-accessible (no), satellite TV (flats with DVDs), large picture windows, individual climate control in each cabin, desk, stationary, closet, 4-drawer dresser, American staff and crew. Cuisine (fresh meats and seafood), open seating.
  • Cabin sizes are over 200 ft2 (19 m2), with large picture windows and private bathrooms. 80% of the staterooms are with private balconies.
  • Clientele - older North Americans, well-traveled and casual and friendly "country-club" atmosphere, interesting itineraries with numerous call ports, knowledgeable local experts on shore excursions and tours. Because of their smaller sizes, ACL ships can visit smaller ports to offer their guests exceptional tours to little known scenic sites and most charming places in the USA.
  • American Cruise Lines Independence is similar as design to the ACL ships American Star and American Spirit. However, this vessel larger in size, offering more spacious rooms and public areas. This ship is fully stabilized.
  • The Independence ship's itinerary program as destinations features "Historic South and Golden Isles" with 7-day deals from Jacksonville FL and Charleston SC, 14-day "East Coast Inland Passage" from Jacksonville and Baltimore MD, 6-day "Chesapeake Bay" and 7-day "Mid-Atlantic Inland Passage" from Baltimore, 6- and 7-day "Maine Coast and Harbors" from Portland ME, Hudson River Fall Foliage cruises leaving from New York City NY, 6-day New England cruise from Providence RI.

MS Independence Itineraries 2016

The below listed MS Independence cruise prices on 2016 itineraries are only indicative and Per Person (in US dollars, based on double occupancy). These are the cheapest American Cruise Lines fares on the ship’s lowest category cabins available for booking. Cruise fares typically change with departure dates approaching, last minute deals, discounts, promotions, independent travel agency offers.

Itinerary ports
12 November 7 nights / 8 days, one-way from Charleston to Jacksonville
12 Nov        Departing from Charleston, South Carolina
13 Nov        Kota Kinabalu, Borneo, Malaysia
14 Nov        Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
15 Nov        Savannah, Georgia
16 Nov        Sapelo Island, Georgia
17 Nov        St Simons Island, Georgia
17 Nov        Jekyll Island, Georgia
18 Nov        Amelia Island, Florida
19 Nov        Arriving in Jacksonville, JAXPORT, Florida
26 November 7 nights / 8 days, one-way from Charleston to Jacksonville
26 Nov        Departing from Charleston, South Carolina
27 Nov        Kota Kinabalu, Borneo, Malaysia
28 Nov        Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
29 Nov        Savannah, Georgia
30 Nov        Sapelo Island, Georgia
01 Dec        St Simons Island, Georgia
01 Dec        Jekyll Island, Georgia
02 Dec        Amelia Island, Florida
03 Dec        Arriving in Jacksonville, JAXPORT, Florida
10 December 7 nights / 8 days, one-way from Charleston to Jacksonville
10 Dec        Departing from Charleston, South Carolina
11 Dec        Kota Kinabalu, Borneo, Malaysia
12 Dec        Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
13 Dec        Savannah, Georgia
14 Dec        Sapelo Island, Georgia
15 Dec        St Simons Island, Georgia
15 Dec        Jekyll Island, Georgia
16 Dec        Amelia Island, Florida
17 Dec        Arriving in Jacksonville, JAXPORT, Florida
28 December 7 nights / 8 days, one-way from Charleston to Jacksonville
28 Dec        Departing from Charleston, South Carolina
29 Dec        Kota Kinabalu, Borneo, Malaysia
30 Dec        Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
31 Dec        Savannah, Georgia
01 Jan        Sapelo Island, Georgia
02 Jan        St Simons Island, Georgia
02 Jan        Jekyll Island, Georgia
03 Jan        Amelia Island, Florida
04 Jan        Arriving in Jacksonville, JAXPORT, Florida