Chesapeake Bay Cruise

The Chesapeake Bay is alive with history and culture. From the vibrant harbor of Baltimore, you will travel to Yorktown, Williamsburg, and Jamestown, known as the "Historic Triangle." In Yorktown, visit monumental battlefields and authentic colonial homes. Stroll through the narrow streets of a Colonial Williamsburg, and listen for unique native accents thought to be nearly unchanged since the days of the first English colonists. In Jamestown, learn about this first permanent English settlement in the Americas. Discover why Crisfield, once a small fishing village is now considered “The Crab Capital of the World,” and sail on an authentic skipjack in Cambridge.  Take a trolley tour through the charming streets of Annapolis and hear amazing stories about its 350-year history from our local expert guide.

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Cruise Itinerary

Day
Ports of Call
1
Baltimore, MD
2
Yorktown / Williamsburg, VA
3
Crisfield, MD / Tangier, VA
4
Cambridge, MD
5
Oxford, MD
6
St. Michaels, MD
7
Annapolis, MD
8
Baltimore, MD

Chesapeake Bay Cruise

On your 8 day-cruise along the scenic shoreline of the Chesapeake Bay, you'll pass shipwrights, marinas and lighthouses, and glide into ports accessible only to small cruise ships.

Ports of Call

  • Baltimore, MD
  • Yorktown / Williamsburg, VA
  • Crisfield, MD / Tangier, VA
  • Cambridge, MD
  • Oxford, MD
  • St. Michaels, MD
  • Annapolis, MD
  • Baltimore, MD

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Day  1
Baltimore, MD

Baltimore is a great maritime city, alive with excitement, colonial history and a busy harbor scene. Explore its history aboard the decks of celebrated ships and on the cobblestone streets of the charming waterfront Inner Harbor, or visit Fort McHenry, where Francis Scott Key was inspired to pen "The Star-Spangled Banner".

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Day  2
Yorktown / Williamsburg, VA

Step back in time in a town that transformed the history of a nation. Yorktown is known for its monumental battlefields, authentic colonial homes, and storied past. Discover museum exhibits, recreated Continental Army camps and restored homes from the 1700's. Also visit Colonial Williamsburg, once the political and economic center of the Virginia Colony, today the world's premier living history site.

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Yorktown Trolley and Colonial Williamsburg

Williamsburg, Yorktown and Jamestown make up what is known as the "Historic Triangle." Colonial Williamsburg is the restored 18th century capital of Britain's largest empire outpost in the New World. The port of Yorktown was the site of the final battle of the American Revolution. Jamestown Settlement, a museum about 17th century American history, tells the story of America's first permanent English colony settled in 1607. A complimentary trolley stops at nine different locations throughout historic Yorktown, including battlefields and the Watermens Museum. Transportation is also available to Colonial Williamsburg with shuttles to the Jamestown Settlement.

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Day  3
Crisfield, MD / Tangier, VA

Settled in 1608 by Capt. John Smith, the charming island of Tangier retains many customs and much of the appearance of an earlier era. Stroll through the delightful village, crab shanties, shops and unique homes on a personalized guided walking tour of the "blue crab capital of the world."

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Tangier Island Tour

From Crisfield, take a ferry to nearby Tangier Island, home to many watermen, who make a living from the Bay's bounty of fish. Golf cart tours are available with local guides or stroll through the delightful village, abundant with crab shanties and shops.

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Crisfield Walking Tour

Crisfield began as a small fishing village and grew to become the "Crab Capital of the World." The Crisfield Walking Tour takes you through the port area of the city. It also includes a visit to the Tawes Historical Museum, which traces the history of the Lower Shore with exhibits on early Chesapeake Bay history, the influence of the Native Americans on the early colonists, seafood harvesting and processing, the history of Crisfield and the evolution of decoy carving and painting. One of the highlights of the tour is a visit to a modern crab and oyster processing facility where you can see firsthand how the products of the Chesapeake are made ready for market.

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Cambridge, MD

Cambridge is an authentic Chesapeake town known for its rich history, beautiful buildings, and vibrant arts scene. Sail on an authentic skipjack or visit the Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge and see the diverse wildlife and shorebirds that inhabit the area. End your day with a special tea party hosted in the historic LaGrange Plantation.

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Skipjack Nathan

Since the 1880s, skipjacks - a type of sailboat developed for oyster dredging - have sailed the Chesapeake Bay. There once were as many as 800 of these vessels, but fewer than two dozen of the original dredge boats remain today. Of these, only a handful still dredge for oysters, the last remnant of America's surviving commercial sailing fleet. Visit the skipjack Nathan for a unique opportunity to experience your own skipjack trip on Maryland's Eastern Shore. Sail on the scenic Choptank River, help raise her sails or take a turn at the helm.

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Sweet Tea at LaGrange Plantation

The LaGrange Plantation is home to the Dorchester County Historical Society, and includes the Meredith House, a 1760s Georgian home, and the Neild Museum which features an extensive collection of agricultural, maritime, industrial, and Native American artifacts. Enjoy a special sweet tea party on the porch, served by costumed docents.

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Day  5
Oxford, MD

Founded in 1683, Oxford is a charming, tree-lined and coastal village, one of the oldest towns in America. Today, the town invites guests to discover a rich maritime history, with houses dating back to the late 1600s, historically fascinating museums, and the original Oxford-Bellevue Ferry.

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Historic Oxford Walking Tour

Oxford gained prominence as a thriving seaport in colonial days by being mandated in 1694 as the first and only port of entry on the Eastern shore for British trade. Oxford flourished in this capacity until the Revolutionary War brought an end to British trade. Today, Oxford is a quiet town that is enjoyed by visitors who appreciate its rich history and deep sense of culture.

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Day  6
St. Michaels, MD

Stroll along the waterfront of St. Michaels, or peruse the charming gift shops and boutiques on tree-lined Talbot Street. Docking at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, once a famed shipbuilding village, the quiet enchantment, exciting past and romantic atmosphere of this restored town will give you a glimpse of what life was like in the 1800's.

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Walking Tour of St. Michaels

During this educational walking tour, the vivid culture and history of St. Michaels will be front and center. St. Michaels is well-known as a keystone locale in colonial history, serving as a trading post for farmers in the region. As you walk through its gorgeous streets, you will see a true reflection of America’s historical beginnings.

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Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum

This 18-acre waterfront museum, which is dedicated to furthering the understanding of the maritime heritage of the Chesapeake Bay area, features 10 exhibit buildings, a historic lighthouse, and a working boatyard.  Docking right in the heart of the museum, American Cruise Lines’ passengers will enjoy a private tour of this fascinating site.

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Chesapeake Bay Eco Cruise

Join this private eco tour and experience the serenity and natural beauty of the Chesapeake Bay tributaries. A marine biologist/naturalist will help you spot, identify, and learn more about the wildlife around you and point out historical landmarks along the way. You will cruise the bay while watching the watermen harvesting its bounty. This cruise includes an onboard aquarium for viewing the marine life.

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Day  7
Annapolis, MD

This 18th Century port pleasingly preserves its colonial American charm, showcasing its magnificent architecture and is home to the United States Naval Academy, a National Historic Landmark. With city streets boasting thousands of historic buildings in several different architectural styles, Annapolis is often called a "museum without walls."

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Trolley Tour of Annapolis

Annapolis, the state capital of Maryland, was founded in 1649, served briefly as the nation's capital in 1783, and boasts more 18th century brick buildings than any other city in the country. Your one-hour trolley tour travels through the charming historic streets of the 1690s, while your guide introduces you to 350 years of Annapolis' living history, architecture, and folklore. Along the way, you will see and hear about three homes of the signers of the Declaration of Independence.

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Naval Academy Tour

Founded in 1845 by the Secretary of the Navy, the U.S. Naval Academy is located in the heart of historic Annapolis. You can experience "life on the yard," as you tour the academy's grounds with our expert guide. During this walking tour, catch the noon meal formation or take in breathtaking views of the campus. Passengers will need a Photo ID in order to take this tour.

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Day  8
Baltimore, MD

Spend your day visiting Baltimore, one of America's finest cities. A number of excursions are available for you and your travel group, many related to Baltimore's deep maritime history. Make sure you tour the Baltimore Aquarium and Civil War Museum as well.

Independence

The Independence is equipped with the largest staterooms in the industry with most suites featuring private balconies. 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. Complete with an exercise area and putting green, the Independence offers guests a relaxed and casual atmosphere.


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Owner's Suite (Private Balcony)

Deckplan

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 hotel-size bathroom. Enjoy a large sitting area, writing desk, closet, and a private balcony offering expansive views from a stunning vantage point.

AAC (Private Balcony)

Deckplan

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.

AAL (Private Balcony)

Deckplan

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.

A

Deckplan

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.

Single (Private Balcony)

Deckplan

Single staterooms offer the solo traveler a quiet enclave to rest and relax. Our Single suites feature twin sized beds, spacious bathrooms, and your very own private balcony.

Single

Deckplan

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.

Independence Deck Plan

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American Star

The American Star will offer guests the same style of cruising that has become the hallmark of American Cruise Lines. From charming small towns to gracious ports, the American Star will bring guests to places of historic interest and magnificent beauty. Onboard, each guest will be able to unwind in the friendly and accommodating atmosphere, which is serviced by attentive all—American staff.


Click a Category

Owner's Suite (Private Balcony)

Deckplan

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 offers a hotel-size bathroom. Enjoy a large sitting area, a writing desk, closet, and a private balcony offering expansive views from a stunning vantage point.

AAC (Private Balcony)

Deckplan

These 283 sq. ft. staterooms are located on the top deck which provides privacy and great panoramic views. The living space is comparable to that of a fine hotel room and offers a writing desk, a closet, a full-size bathroom and a private balcony.

AAL (Private Balcony)

Deckplan

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, a private balcony, and a large opening picture window.

AA

Deckplan

AA Category staterooms are the perfect place to unwind after a day of exploration. Each 258 sq. ft. room has a large opening picture window with views of the passing scenery. The rooms also offer full-size bathrooms and plenty of closet space.

A

Deckplan

A category rooms are a quiet enclave for total relaxation. They come equipped with a full assortment of modern amenities and a large opening picture window. Each room is 258 sq. ft. and is ideal for cruising the inland waterways of the East Coast.

Single (Private Balcony)

Deckplan

The intimate atmosphere of each Single stateroom is ideal for the solo traveler. At 248 sq. ft. each room has a twin bed, a full bathroom, a private balcony, and plenty of room to spread out and make yourself at home.

American Star Deck Plan

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Crabfest Cruise


Cruise the scenic Chesapeake Bay and delight your palate with fresh seafood from the "Blue Crab Capital of the World".  On our 8-day Chesapeake Bay Crabfest cruise, you will sample tasty blue crab while learning more about the culinary and economic importance of the Callinectes sapidus, or "beautiful swimmer."

 

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Explore early America on an 8-day cruise that brings you to such historical destinations as Jamestown, Williamsburg, and Yorktown. Cruise through the beautiful waters of Chesapeake Bay and enjoy stops in quaint island towns including Crisfield, Oxford and St. Michaels. You will also get a taste of the bay's famed Blue Crab on Tangier Island, known as the Crab Capital of the World.


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