American Independence

Former name: MS Independence

American Independence current position

American Independence current location is at US East Coast (coordinates 31.14915 N / -81.49880 W) cruising at speed of 102.3 kn (189 km/h | 118 mph) en route to BRUNSWICK GA. The AIS position was reported 3 minutes ago.

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Current itinerary of American Independence

American Independence current cruise is 7 days, one-way from Charleston SC to Jacksonville. Prices start from USD 4835 (double occupancy rates). The itinerary starts on 13 Apr, 2024 and ends on 20 Apr, 2024.

Date / TimePort
13 Apr    Departing from Charleston SC, South Carolina hotels
13 Apr    Charleston SC, South Carolina
14 Apr    Beaufort NC, North Carolina
15 Apr    Hilton Head Island SC, South Carolina
16 Apr    Savannah GA, Georgia
17 Apr    coastal cruising
18 Apr    Jekyll Island GA, Georgia
18 Apr    St Simons Island GA, Georgia
19 Apr - 20 Apr    Amelia Island Florida, Fernandina Beach
20 Apr    Arriving in Jacksonville, JAXPORT, Florida hotels

Specifications of American Independence

Year of build2010  /  Age: 14
Flag state USA
BuilderChesapeake Shipbuilding (Salisbury, Maryland USA)
Speed14 kn / 26 km/h / 16 mph
Length (LOA)52 m / 171 ft
Beam (width)12 m / 39 ft
Gross Tonnage3000 gt
Passengers
Crew47
Passengers-to-space ratio30
Decks4
Cabins52
Decks with cabins3
Last Refurbishment2023
Sister-shipsAmerican Star, American Spirit, American Glory
Former namesMS Independence
OwnerAmerican Cruise Lines Inc
OperatorAmerican Cruise Lines

American Independence Itineraries

DateItineraryDeparture PortPrice from
2024 Mar 30 7 days, one-way from Charleston SC to Jacksonville Charleston SC $4130
2024 Apr 06 6 days, one-way from Amelia Island Florida to Charleston SC Amelia Island Florida $4435
2024 Apr 13 7 days, one-way from Charleston SC to Jacksonville Charleston SC $4835
2024 Apr 20 13 days, one-way from Amelia Island Florida to Baltimore Amelia Island Florida $8515
2024 May 04 7 days, round-trip 7 Night Chesapeake Bay Cruise Baltimore $4130
2024 May 10 6 days, round-trip 6 Night Chesapeake Bay Cruise Baltimore
2024 May 11 7 days, round-trip 7 Night Chesapeake Bay Cruise Baltimore $4130
2024 May 16 6 days, round-trip 6 Night Chesapeake Bay Cruise Baltimore
2024 May 18 7 days, round-trip 7 Night Chesapeake Bay Cruise Baltimore $4530
2024 May 27 7 days, one-way from New York to Boston New York $5145
2024 Jun 03 7 days, round-trip 7 Night Maine Coast and Harbors Cruise Portland ME $4745
2024 Jun 10 7 days, round-trip 7 Night Maine Coast and Harbors Cruise Portland ME $5145
2024 Jun 17 7 days, round-trip 7 Night Maine Coast and Harbors Cruise Portland ME $5145
2024 Jun 24 7 days, round-trip 7 Night Maine Coast and Harbors Cruise Portland ME $5145
2024 Jul 01 7 days, round-trip 7 Night Maine Coast and Harbors Cruise Portland ME $5145
2024 Jul 08 7 days, round-trip 7 Night Maine Coast and Harbors Cruise Portland ME $5145
2024 Jul 15 7 days, round-trip 7 Night Maine Coast and Harbors Cruise Portland ME $5145
2024 Jul 22 7 days, round-trip 7 Night Maine Coast and Harbors Cruise Portland ME $5145
2024 Jul 29 7 days, round-trip 7 Night Maine Coast and Harbors Cruise Portland ME $5145
2024 Aug 05 7 days, round-trip 7 Night Maine Coast and Harbors Cruise Portland ME $5455
2024 Aug 12 7 days, round-trip 7 Night Maine Coast and Harbors Cruise Portland ME $4955
2024 Aug 19 7 days, round-trip 7 Night Maine Coast and Harbors Cruise Portland ME $5455
2024 Aug 26 7 days, round-trip 7 Night Maine Coast and Harbors Cruise Portland ME $4955
2024 Sep 02 7 days, round-trip 7 Night Maine Coast and Harbors Cruise Portland ME $5760
2024 Sep 09 7 days, round-trip 7 Night Maine Coast and Harbors Cruise Portland ME $5760
2024 Sep 16 7 days, round-trip 7 Night Maine Coast and Harbors Cruise Portland ME $5760
2024 Sep 23 7 days, round-trip 7 Night Maine Coast and Harbors Cruise Portland ME $5760
2024 Sep 30 7 days, one-way from Boston to New York Boston $5760
2024 Oct 07 6 days, round-trip 7 Night Hudson River Fall Foliage Cruise New York $5760
2024 Oct 14 6 days, round-trip 7 Night Hudson River Fall Foliage Cruise New York $5760
2024 Oct 21 6 days, round-trip 7 Night Hudson River Fall Foliage Cruise New York $5760
2024 Oct 30 7 days, round-trip 7 Night Chesapeake Bay Cruise Baltimore $4030
2024 Nov 06 14 days, one-way from Baltimore to Jacksonville Baltimore $7915
2024 Nov 20 6 days, one-way from Amelia Island Florida to Charleston SC Amelia Island Florida $4530
2024 Nov 27 7 days, one-way from Charleston SC to Jacksonville Charleston SC $4530
2024 Dec 04 6 days, one-way from Amelia Island Florida to Charleston SC Amelia Island Florida
2024 Dec 11 7 days, one-way from Charleston SC to Jacksonville Charleston SC
2024 Dec 23 6 days, one-way from Amelia Island Florida to Charleston SC Amelia Island Florida
2024 Dec 31 7 days, one-way from Charleston SC to Jacksonville Charleston SC
2025 Feb 08 6 days, one-way from Amelia Island Florida to Charleston SC Amelia Island Florida $4530
2025 Feb 15 7 days, one-way from Charleston SC to Jacksonville Charleston SC $4530
2025 Feb 22 6 days, one-way from Amelia Island Florida to Charleston SC Amelia Island Florida $4530
2025 Mar 01 7 days, one-way from Charleston SC to Jacksonville Charleston SC $4530
2025 Mar 08 6 days, one-way from Amelia Island Florida to Charleston SC Amelia Island Florida $4530
2025 Mar 15 7 days, one-way from Charleston SC to Jacksonville Charleston SC $4530
2025 Mar 22 6 days, one-way from Amelia Island Florida to Charleston SC Amelia Island Florida $4530
2025 Mar 29 7 days, one-way from Charleston SC to Jacksonville Charleston SC $4530
2025 Apr 05 6 days, one-way from Amelia Island Florida to Charleston SC Amelia Island Florida $4835
2025 Apr 12 7 days, one-way from Charleston SC to Jacksonville Charleston SC $4835
2025 Apr 19 13 days, one-way from Amelia Island Florida to Baltimore Amelia Island Florida $8515
2025 May 03 7 days, round-trip 7 Night Chesapeake Bay Cruise Baltimore $4530
2025 May 10 7 days, round-trip 7 Night Chesapeake Bay Cruise Baltimore $4530
2025 May 17 7 days, round-trip 7 Night Chesapeake Bay Cruise Baltimore $4530
2025 May 26 7 days, one-way from New York to Boston New York $5145
2025 Jun 02 7 days, round-trip 7 Night Maine Coast and Harbors Cruise Portland ME $5145
2025 Jun 09 7 days, round-trip 7 Night Maine Coast and Harbors Cruise Portland ME $5145
2025 Jun 16 7 days, round-trip 7 Night Maine Coast and Harbors Cruise Portland ME $5145
2025 Jun 23 7 days, round-trip 7 Night Maine Coast and Harbors Cruise Portland ME $5145
2025 Jun 30 7 days, round-trip 7 Night Maine Coast and Harbors Cruise Portland ME $5145
2025 Jul 07 7 days, round-trip 7 Night Maine Coast and Harbors Cruise Portland ME $5145
2025 Jul 14 7 days, round-trip 7 Night Maine Coast and Harbors Cruise Portland ME $5145
2025 Jul 21 7 days, round-trip 7 Night Maine Coast and Harbors Cruise Portland ME $5145
2025 Jul 28 7 days, round-trip 7 Night Maine Coast and Harbors Cruise Portland ME $5145
2025 Aug 04 7 days, round-trip 7 Night Maine Coast and Harbors Cruise Portland ME $5455
2025 Aug 11 7 days, round-trip 7 Night Maine Coast and Harbors Cruise Portland ME $5455
2025 Aug 18 7 days, round-trip 7 Night Maine Coast and Harbors Cruise Portland ME $5455
2025 Aug 25 7 days, round-trip 7 Night Maine Coast and Harbors Cruise Portland ME $5455
2025 Sep 01 7 days, round-trip 7 Night Maine Coast and Harbors Cruise Portland ME $5760
2025 Sep 08 7 days, round-trip 7 Night Maine Coast and Harbors Cruise Portland ME $5760
2025 Sep 15 7 days, round-trip 7 Night Maine Coast and Harbors Cruise Portland ME $5760
2025 Sep 22 13 days, one-way from Portland OR to New York Portland ME $10835
2025 Sep 29 7 days, one-way from Boston to New York Boston
2025 Oct 06 6 days, round-trip 7 Night Hudson River Fall Foliage Cruise New York $5760
2025 Oct 13 6 days, round-trip 7 Night Hudson River Fall Foliage Cruise New York $5760
2025 Oct 20 6 days, round-trip 7 Night Hudson River Fall Foliage Cruise New York $5760
2025 Oct 27 6 days, round-trip 7 Night Hudson River Fall Foliage Cruise New York $5760
2025 Nov 05 14 days, one-way from Baltimore to Jacksonville Baltimore $8515
2025 Nov 19 6 days, one-way from Amelia Island Florida to Charleston SC Amelia Island Florida $4530
2025 Nov 26 7 days, one-way from Charleston SC to Jacksonville Charleston SC $4530
2025 Dec 03 6 days, one-way from Amelia Island Florida to Charleston SC Amelia Island Florida
2025 Dec 10 7 days, one-way from Charleston SC to Jacksonville Charleston SC
2025 Dec 22 6 days, one-way from Amelia Island Florida to Charleston SC Amelia Island Florida
2025 Dec 30 7 days, one-way from Charleston SC to Jacksonville Charleston SC
2026 Feb 07 6 days, one-way from Amelia Island Florida to Charleston SC Amelia Island Florida $4530
2026 Feb 14 7 days, one-way from Charleston SC to Jacksonville Charleston SC $4530
2026 Feb 21 6 days, one-way from Amelia Island Florida to Charleston SC Amelia Island Florida $4530
2026 Feb 28 7 days, one-way from Charleston SC to Jacksonville Charleston SC $4530
2026 Mar 07 6 days, one-way from Amelia Island Florida to Charleston SC Amelia Island Florida $4530
2026 Mar 14 7 days, one-way from Charleston SC to Jacksonville Charleston SC $4530
2026 Mar 21 6 days, one-way from Amelia Island Florida to Charleston SC Amelia Island Florida $4530
2026 Mar 28 7 days, one-way from Charleston SC to Jacksonville Charleston SC $4530
2026 Apr 04 6 days, one-way from Amelia Island Florida to Charleston SC Amelia Island Florida $4835
2026 Apr 11 7 days, one-way from Charleston SC to Jacksonville Charleston SC $4835
2026 Apr 18 13 days, one-way from Amelia Island Florida to Baltimore Amelia Island Florida $8515
2026 May 02 7 days, round-trip 7 Night Chesapeake Bay Cruise Baltimore $4530
2026 May 09 7 days, round-trip 7 Night Chesapeake Bay Cruise Baltimore $4530
2026 May 16 7 days, round-trip 7 Night Chesapeake Bay Cruise Baltimore $4530
2026 May 25 7 days, one-way from New York to Boston New York $5145
2026 Jun 01 7 days, round-trip 7 Night Maine Coast and Harbors Cruise Portland ME $5145
2026 Jun 08 7 days, round-trip 7 Night Maine Coast and Harbors Cruise Portland ME $5145
2026 Jun 15 7 days, round-trip 7 Night Maine Coast and Harbors Cruise Portland ME $5145
2026 Jun 22 7 days, round-trip 7 Night Maine Coast and Harbors Cruise Portland ME $5145
2026 Jun 29 7 days, round-trip 7 Night Maine Coast and Harbors Cruise Portland ME $5145
2026 Jul 06 7 days, round-trip 7 Night Maine Coast and Harbors Cruise Portland ME $5145
2026 Jul 13 7 days, round-trip 7 Night Maine Coast and Harbors Cruise Portland ME $5145
2026 Jul 20 7 days, round-trip 7 Night Maine Coast and Harbors Cruise Portland ME $5145
2026 Jul 27 7 days, round-trip 7 Night Maine Coast and Harbors Cruise Portland ME $5145
2026 Aug 03 7 days, round-trip 7 Night Maine Coast and Harbors Cruise Portland ME $5455
2026 Aug 10 7 days, round-trip 7 Night Maine Coast and Harbors Cruise Portland ME $5455
2026 Aug 17 7 days, round-trip 7 Night Maine Coast and Harbors Cruise Portland ME $5455
2026 Aug 24 7 days, round-trip 7 Night Maine Coast and Harbors Cruise Portland ME $5455
2026 Aug 31 7 days, round-trip 7 Night Maine Coast and Harbors Cruise Portland ME $5455
2026 Sep 07 7 days, round-trip 7 Night Maine Coast and Harbors Cruise Portland ME $5760
2026 Sep 14 7 days, round-trip 7 Night Maine Coast and Harbors Cruise Portland ME $5760
2026 Sep 21 7 days, round-trip 7 Night Maine Coast and Harbors Cruise Portland ME $5760
2026 Sep 28 7 days, one-way from Boston to New York Boston $5760
2026 Oct 05 6 days, round-trip 7 Night Hudson River Fall Foliage Cruise New York $5760
2026 Oct 12 6 days, round-trip 7 Night Hudson River Fall Foliage Cruise New York $5760
2026 Oct 19 6 days, round-trip 7 Night Hudson River Fall Foliage Cruise New York $5760
2026 Oct 26 6 days, round-trip 7 Night Hudson River Fall Foliage Cruise New York $5760
2026 Nov 04 14 days, one-way from Baltimore to Jacksonville Baltimore $8515
2026 Nov 18 6 days, one-way from Amelia Island Florida to Charleston SC Amelia Island Florida $4530
2026 Nov 25 7 days, one-way from Charleston SC to Jacksonville Charleston SC $4530
2026 Dec 02 6 days, one-way from Amelia Island Florida to Charleston SC Amelia Island Florida $4530
2026 Dec 09 7 days, one-way from Charleston SC to Jacksonville Charleston SC $4530
2026 Dec 21 6 days, one-way from Amelia Island Florida to Charleston SC Amelia Island Florida $4530
2026 Dec 29 7 days, one-way from Charleston SC to Jacksonville Charleston SC $4530

American Independence Review

Review of American Independence

The 2010-built American Independence cruise ship is one of the oldest ACL-American Cruise Lines ships - together with American Glory (2002-2019/scuttled), American Spirit (2004) and American Star (2007). The riverboat was last refurbished in 2018. Being of the same class, American Glory (2001) was scuttled in 2019.

In 2023, the vessel's name was changed from "MS Independence" to "American Independence". The boat's namesake is the RCI-Royal Caribbean's liner Independence of the Seas (2008-built).

Being of the same design as the ACL ships American Star and American Spirit, Independence is larger in size (thus offering more spacious rooms and public areas) and fully stabilized.

History - construction and ownership

The shipowner American Cruise Lines (ACL) is the USA's largest river cruise company (headquarters in Guilford Connecticut) operational since 1991. The company specializes in cruise shipping on the USA's largest navigable inland waterways (rivers and lakes) as well as in cruises along the USA East Coast, USA West Coast and Florida. All ACL vessels feature some of the industry's largest passenger cabins with private balconies, spacious lounges and outdoor deck spaces, gourmet cuisine, top-quality enrichment program with many complimentary land tours and excursions, and highly-personalized service by all-American staff and crew.

All ACL cruise ships are US-flagged and built by the company-owned Chesapeake Shipbuilding Yard in Salisbury (Maryland USA).

American Independence cruise ship (ACL)

In 2010, MS Independence joined the similar (though slightly smaller) fleetmates Spirit, Glory and Star. Unlike the sisterships, Independence is equipped with Rolls Royce stabilizers.

Decks and Cabins

ACL's American Independence ship has 4 passenger decks and accommodates 104 guests in a total of 52 staterooms (3 Suite, 33 Balcony, 9 Oceanview, no Inside) in 6 cabin grades. The boat has 7 single cabins. The staterooms have large picture windows, interior entrances and private baths. The Independence ship boasts some of the largest staterooms in industry and elevators to all decks. Other amenities include HDTV (with DVD), large picture windows, individual climate control in each cabin, desk, stationary, closet, 4-drawer dresser, American staff and crew.

Cabin sizes range from 205 ft2 (19 m2) to 350 ft2 (33 m2).

Shipboard facilities and amenities

American Independence has one Grand Dining Room (with open seating) that offers regional and seasonal cuisine (fresh meats and seafood). 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.

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 shore excursions. Room service is available twice a day. Internet access and Wi-Fi are complimentary. Other amenities are smart HDTVs, DVDs, individual climate control, free cocktails before dinner.

Facilities for relaxation include a Library Lounge, putting green/mini-golf, fitness/gym, sunshade.

The clientele consists of older, well-traveled North Americans. MS Independence boasts with 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.

Itineraries

American Independence itinerary program is based on 6-day New England cruises out of Providence RI, 6-day and 7-day from Baltimore and Portland ME, 7-day cruises from Amelia Island, Charleston SC and Jacksonville FL, 14-day from Jacksonville and Baltimore, Hudson River cruises from NYC New York.

ACL Independence ship's schedule lists as destinations/itinerary themes "Historic South and Golden Isles" (7-day roundtrips 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, 6-day "New England Cruise" (from Providence RI).

Following the COVID crisis, ACL became the first cruise company to resume operations in the USA with MS Independence departing on March 13th, 2021, out of Jacksonville Florida.

ACL cruise deals are inclusive of a pre-cruise hotel package, all shore excursions (organized daily), cocktail hour (each evening), cruise accommodation, gourmet meals, Afternoon Tea service, room service (Breakfast only), onboard enrichment and entertainment programs, Wi-Fi (shipwide coverage).

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