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Chesapeake Bay

Cruise Highlights:

  • Explore the Ocala National Forest, alligator country
  • Learn about the oldest surviving European settlement in the United States as you take in Spanish Renaissance architecture and Gilded Age mansions

Save $400 per stateroom when you book 3 months in advance.

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At a glance

Duration: 8 Days, 7 Nights

Coverage: Roundtrip Baltimore, MD

From: $3,340

Season: May - November

Activities: History, Wildlife

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American Cruise Lines

Departing from the heart of Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, you’ll wind your way to the mouth of the James River, where you can immerse yourself in centuries of history with a visit to the Jamestown Settlement, a recreation of Virginia’s first permanent colony, to the renowned Williamsburg living history museum, or to the Yorktown Victory Center which celebrates Washington’s defeat of the British in 1781. Then set sail for Crisfield and Tangier Island, weaving along the Eastern Shore of Maryland in the company of the skipjacks, schooners, and bugeyes, the traditional sailing craft that ply these waters.

Along the shore you’ll pass shipwrights, marinas and scenic lighthouses, gliding into ports accessible only to your small ship. Perhaps you’ll choose to tour the Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge in Cambridge, or follow James Michener’s wanderings in Oxford, the setting for his novel Chesapeake. You’ll certainly want to investigate the fascinating exhibits at the Chesapeake Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, and the shops that line its charming streets. These serene, historic villages are steeped in five centuries of history, having played crucial roles in the Revolutionary War, the War of 1812 and the War Between the States. Annapolis is an 18th-century port which pleasingly preserves its colonial American charm, with magnificent architecture and the United States Naval Academy, a national historic landmark. With city streets lined with 1,300 pre-1900 buildings from 15 different architectural styles, Annapolis is often called a “museum without walls.” With its superb collection of charming boutiques and world-class shops, Annapolis is a great place to shop too.

Your journey ends back in Baltimore, passing Fort McHenry, site of the inspiration for Francis Scott Key’s anthem “The Star Spangled Banner.” Memories of your Chesapeake Bay cruise will follow you home, from the sound of the wind in the rigging or the church bells at St. Michaels, to the scents of a fresh sea breeze and tempting regional cuisine served each evening. You’ve discovered a part of America that truly represents "the land of the free, and the home of the brave."

A good value and a great chance to make new friends.

Day-to-Day Itinerary

Day 1 - Baltimore, MD

From the ship’s dock in the heart of the Inner Harbor, the city is at your fingertips, including Fort McHenry, where Francis Scott Key was inspired to pen “The Star-Spangled Banner”.

Day 2 - Yorktown / Williamsburg, VA

In the morning, wander through Yorktown and the monumental battlefields which surround it, then visit Colonial Williamsburg and tour this magnificent recreation of colonial life.

Day 3 - Crisfield / Tangier Island, VA

Stroll through the delightful village of Tangier, a charming island community which retains the customs and appearance of an earlier era.

Day 4 - Cambridge, MD

Visit the Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge and view the diverse wildlife and shorebirds which inhabit the area.

Day 5 - Oxford, MD

Discover Oxford’s rich maritime history of shipbuilding and oystering, and tour houses that date back to the 1600s.

Day 6 - St. Michaels, MD

Shop in the vibrant boutiques and galleries which line the town’s streets or walk through the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum.

Day 7 - Annapolis, MD

A lively seaport bustling with activity, Annapolis offers magnificent architecture, festive brick streets, impressive history, and is home to the United States Naval Academy.

Day 8 - Baltimore, MD

Welcome back to Baltimore! You will take wonderful memories home with you from the region that inspired “the land of the free, and the home of the brave.”

Dates & Rates

Save $400 per stateroom when you book 3 months in advance.

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Date Ship # of Nights A AA AAL AAC Owner's Suite Single w/ Balcony Single
November 2, 2014 Independence 6 $3,340 $3,995 $4,410 $5,705 $4,420 $3,965
November 2, 2014 American Glory 6 $3,340 $3,710 $3,995 $4,410 $4,420 $3,965
May 2, 2015 American Glory 7 $3,860 $4,300 $4,605 $5,100 $5,135 $4,675
May 9, 2015 Independence 6 $3,340 $3,995 $4,410 $5,705 $4,420 $3,965
May 9, 2015 American Glory 7 $3,860 $4,300 $4,605 $5,100 $5,135 $4,675
May 16, 2015 American Glory 7 $3,860 $4,300 $4,605 $5,100 $5,135 $4,675
May 23, 2015 American Glory 7 $3,860 $4,300 $4,605 $5,100 $5,135 $4,675
May 30, 2015 American Glory 6 $3,340 $3,710 $3,995 $4,410 $4,420 $3,965
May 30, 2015 American Star 7 $3,860 $4,300 $4,605 $5,100 $6,575 $5,135
June 6, 2015 American Star 6 $3,340 $3,710 $3,995 $4,410 $5,705 $4,420
November 1, 2015 Independence 6 $3,340 $3,995 $4,410 $5,705 $4,420 $3,965
November 1, 2015 American Glory 6 $3,340 $3,710 $3,995 $4,410 $4,420 $3,965
November 1, 2015 American Star 6 $3,340 $3,710 $3,995 $4,410 $5,705 $4,420
November 7, 2015 American Star 7 $3,860 $4,300 $4,605 $5,100 $6,575 $5,135

*Private Balcony
¹6 Night sailings
All rates are shown in US dollars, per person, double occupancy. Itineraries, rates, and ships are subject to change without notice. A deposit of $500.00 per person is required to confirm any reservation on trips of 9 nights or less, and $900.00 per person on trips of 10 nights or more.
Single Occupancy: One person occupying a double stateroom will be charged 150% or 175% of the double occupancy depending on the type of stateroom occupied.

Included in Cruise Fare

  • Cruise and accommodations aboard ship.
  • Meals and snacks onboard ship
  • Complimentary cocktail parties
  • All entertainment.

Not Included in Cruise Fare

  • Airfare to and from your home city
  • Shore tours.
  • Port charges and/or fees
  • Gratituities
  • Fuel charges (if applied to future cruises)

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Chesapeake Bay

Ships

American Glory

American GloryThe America Glory offers discerning travelers the most unique and modern style of small ship cruising. Each unique and off-the-beaten path port visited gives guests a glimpse into the cultural heritage that is the fabric of our great nation. The country-club atmosphere onboard allows guests to relax, and enjoy the company of fellow travelers who share their interests in American history and culture. The spacious public lounges and observation decks are frequented by guests who wish to mingle with friends new and old. View ship details...


American Spirit

American SpiritA small ship cruise on the modern American Spirit is for the traveler who pursues the exceptional. Uniquely designed to navigate the inland waterways of the magnificent East Coast, the American Spirit brings passengers to some of the most fascinating places in America. In the intimate atmosphere onboard, guests find that fellow travelers share their passion for these historic places, and often become fast friends. It's easy to relax and feel comfortable in the huge public spaces onboard. View ship details...


American Star

American StarThe American Star entered service in June 2007. Similar to the American Spirit, it will offer guests the same unique style of cruising that has become the hallmark of American Cruise Lines. From charming small towns to gracious southern ports, the American Star brings guests to places of historic interest and magnificent beauty. Onboard, each guest will be able to unwind in the friendly and accommodating atmosphere created by the staff. View ship details...

Cruise Reviews

American Spirit - June 2008

American SpiritWe arrived in Baltimore and stayed an extra night in the Inner Harbor. It was a lovely area to walk around during the day. We were right near the Aquarium which we enjoyed for a few hours. The ship docks right in the inner harbor so we walked right to the ship. We were pleased with the accommodations, our cabin was large as well was our bathroom compared to other smallish ships we have been on in the past.

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