Grand Historic South Cruise

There is no destination that compares to the natural beauty found along the scenic Intracoastal Waterway of the Southeast. This amazing voyage begins and ends in Charleston, known for its cobblestone streets and historic landmarks. While in Wilmington, explore Georgian, Victorian, and antebellum-style homes restored to their original grandeur. Take a horse-drawn carriage ride through the beautiful city of Beaufort. Travel through the squares of Savannah and witness the preservation of its 19th century wealth and opulence. Explore Cumberland Island, Georgia’s largest barrier island, and learn the history of Jekyll Island’s “Millionaires Village,” once a playground for the rich. Before you end your journey, experience the natural beauty of Fernandina Beach, where you’ll explore Amelia Island and its miles of rolling sand dunes.

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Cruise Itinerary

Day
Ports of Call
1
Charleston, SC
2
Savannah, GA
3
St. Simons Island, GA
4
Jekyll Island, GA
5
St. Augustine, FL
6
Cumberland Island, GA
7
Fernandina Beach, FL
8
Day Of Cruising
9
Hilton Head, SC
10
Beaufort, SC
11
Charleston, SC

Grand Historic South Cruise

On this 11-day round-trip cruise from South Carolina, you will explore architecturally significant homes, grand southern plantations, and breathtaking landscapes, while savoring the finest locally inspired cuisine.  

Ports of Call

  • Charleston, SC
  • Savannah, GA
  • St. Simons Island, GA
  • Jekyll Island, GA
  • St. Augustine, FL
  • Cumberland Island, GA
  • Fernandina Beach, FL
  • Hilton Head, SC
  • Beaufort, SC
  • Charleston, SC

Day by Day

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Day  1
Charleston, SC

Start your Grand Historic South journey at the port city of Charleston, known for its cobblestone streets, gas-lit lamps, and pastel antebellum houses. The scene of Revolutionary War naval battles, legendary pirate tales, and Civil War sieges, the city is considered by many to be a living museum. Visit historic Fort Sumter National Monument, where the first shots of the Civil War rang out. Learn how Charleston’s African-American heritage has contributed to the city’s history and unique culture.  

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Charleston Experience

The city of Charleston is as exquisitely preserved and aesthetically pleasing with its blend of antebellum architecture, picturesque streets, and historic landmarks. Tour the city with a knowledgeable guide who will take you to explore sights such as the colorful Rainbow Row, Catfish Row, the famous Battery, and more. Should you want to experience more of what Charleston has to offer, American Cruise Lines also offers a “hop on, hop off” shuttle which can bring you to any of your favorite attractions.

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Day  2
Savannah, GA

With its emerald tree canopy, quaint cobblestone streets, and majestic architecture, Savannah is a bustling seaport with renowned historic districts that preserve its 19th Century opulence.

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Savannah Walking Tour

Amid the bustling River Street section of Savannah, meet with our local guide who will lead the group on a narrated walking tour of historic Savannah. Visit key attractions including Savannah’s oldest neighborhood, Colonial Park Cemetery, the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist, and a few of Savannah’s 22 squares that provide greenery amid all of the businesses and historic houses. As you explore the various gardens, admire the architecture, and learn about the city’s history, your guide will tailor the tour to suit the group’s interests.

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Historic Savannah Trolley Tour

Our ship will dock directly in the famous River Street area, known for open-air shopping, world-class restaurants, and southern hospitality. On the dock, meet your guide who will take you on a personalized tour of the areas’ most popular attractions including Factor’s Walk, the Cotton Exchange, and the various squares that make up the city. After the tour, you can retreat to the boat or continue to explore the city on your own. As part of the trolley tour experience, you can continue to use the trolley system throughout the remainder of the day. Trolleys run all day and meet at designated spots within the city limits.

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Mighty Eighth Air Force Museum

The Mighty Eighth Air Force Museum houses an impressive collection of WWII aviation memorabilia. Upon entering the museum, you will immediately be awed by the breathtaking collection of fully restored aircraft that helped serve our brave troops during the war. You will be welcomed by a tour guide who will provide the group with an overview of the museum and a brief history lesson regarding the famed Eighth Air Force Division. After introductions, you are welcome to either experience the museum on a self-guided tour or stay with your guide to be personally escorted around the museum grounds. Your visit includes an educational film, engaging World War II exhibits, airman memorials, and the rare collection of planes that served the Mighty Eighth men and women.

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St. Simons Island, GA

St. Simons Island is the largest of the Golden Isles and has a deep rooted history spanning over four centuries. Nowhere is the island’s rich history better told or preserved than the Bloody Marsh Battle Site or Christ Church. Our lively private tour guide, Bunny, will take you through the battlegrounds and explain the military strategies employed by both sides. Afterwards, visit Christ Church, one of St. Simons most treasured landmarks. The magnificent stained glass art is sure to leave you in awe.

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St. Simons Island Tour

St. Simons Island is the largest of the Golden Isles and has a deep-rooted history spanning over four centuries. Nowhere is the island’s rich history better told or preserved than the Bloody Marsh Battle Site or Christ Church. Our lively private tour guide, Bunny, will take you through the battlegrounds and explain the military strategies employed by both sides. Afterwards, visit Christ Church, one of St. Simons most treasured landmarks. The magnificent stained glass art is sure to impress.

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Jekyll Island, GA

Discover the fascinating history of Jekyll Island. At the end of the 19th century, wealthy American businessmen, including J.P. Morgan, William Rockefeller and Cornelius Vanderbilt, purchased the entire island as a hunting resort prized for its “splendid isolation." Today, Jekyll Island is part of Georgia’s Sea Isles and boasts “Millionaire’s Village” - 240 acres of extravagant homes and winter cottages recognized as a National Historic Landmark.

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Sea Turtle Center & Jekyll Island Tram Tour

Your tour begins with a visit to the Georgia Sea Turtle Center where you will view exhibits on sea turtle conservation, rehabilitation, and their amazing journey of life. Following your visit to the center, board a narrated tram tour of Jekyll Island’s Historic District, also called Millionaire's Village. Many of the areas historic cottages that belonged to some of history’s wealthiest men such as J.P. Morgan, Joseph Pulitzer, Marshall Field, William Rockefeller, and Cornelius Vanderbilt, have been restored. In fact, the current restoration project is one of the largest in the Southeastern United States.

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St. Augustine, FL

In the late 1800s, oil tycoon Henry Flagler developed St. Augustine in an attempt to fulfill his vision of establishing an American Riviera along Florida's eastern shores. Although this "golden era" ended in the early 1900s, Flagler's legacy remains. Explore historic ruins, unique architecture, and the narrow streets of a city once used as a remote outpost by the Spanish Empire.

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Fountain of Youth Tram Tour

During this tram tour of St. Augustine, take in the wondrous setting once considered to be the “American Riviera.” See the churches, mansions, hotels and other buildings constructed in the late 1800s as an expert guide brings you through the historic districts of this stunning location.

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Alligator Farm & Zoological Park

The Alligator Farm and Zoological Park has been attracting visitors for over a century, many lured in by the captivating presence of its caged reptiles. You will have the opportunity to observe many of these exotic reptiles, including the Komodo dragon and the Galapagos tortoise, the largest tortoise in the world.

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Cumberland Island, GA

Cumberland Island is Georgia’s largest barrier island and one of the most spectacular natural habitats in the Northern Hemisphere. Home to over 9,800 acres of congressionally designated wilderness, view the Island’s pristine maritime forests and undeveloped beaches. Within the Island’s marshes, abundant wildlife resides, from shrimp and fish, to osprey, and even alligators. Enjoy the beautiful sight of the sun setting over the marshes of Cumberland, one which continually draws visitors back.

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Fernandina Beach, FL

Discover the natural beauty of Amelia Island, with its miles of quartz beaches and rolling sand dunes. Fernandina Beach, the island's only city, now harbors a treasure trove of history, antiques, and collectibles. Join a walking tour of Centre Street's Historic District, with 50 blocks of restored 19th Century Victorian homes and shops.

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Amelia Island River Cruise

Take in the view of Florida’s third oldest city, beautiful Fernandina Beach, on a relaxing river boat tour.  A benefit of touring the island from the water is the increased chance of seeing the unique marine life that inhabits the islands’ surrounding waters.  In addition, your tour will include the island’s main attractions such as Fort Clinch and the Amelia Island Lighthouse.

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Amelia Island Seaport Tour

Join us for a walking tour through the Victorian seaport of Fernandina Beach. You will stroll through the town's historic Centre Street, past the Florida House, and into the Silk Stocking District. While on the tour, you will be introduced to many great historical figures that influenced the architecture and business of Fernandina Beach.
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Day  8
Day Of Cruising

Enjoy a leisurely day of cruising as you continue on your journey through the East Coast Inland Passage. Delight in breathtaking views of the shoreline and relax in one of your ship's comfortable lounges.

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Day  9
Hilton Head, SC

Hilton Head is a first class resort known for its championship golf courses and miles of scenic beaches. A boat tour of The Sea Pines Forest Preserve gives you a close-up view of Hilton Head's indigenous plant and animal life, including the American Alligator.

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Alligator & Wildlife Tour

We will anchor in Hilton Head and tender into shore, where you will be greeted by our local guide for one of our most popular shore excursions in the area. Embark on a private boat tour of the Sea Pines Resort Forest Preserve. This 600-acre preserve features some of Hilton Head’s many indigenous plants and animal species, including the American alligator. Your guide will provide an engaging and educational tour while you enjoy the breathtaking views of the freshwater lake. In the afternoon, take time to explore Hilton Head’s popular shopping district or relax back on board before the evening’s entertainment.

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Dolphin Discovery Cruise

Take a cruise to find out how playful, endearing and amazing bottle-nose dolphins truly are. Not long into your tour, someone will catch sight of a pod of dolphins swimming nearby as they come up for air every few seconds. You will witness dolphins riding alongside the boat, or surfing in the wake behind, so be sure to bring your camera for this excellent opportunity to take some great photos. Your knowledgeable dolphin tour guide will share bottle-nose dolphin facts with you, such as how the shallow waters around the island provide the perfect places for dolphins to find food. With this insight, you will able to appreciate these intelligent and beautiful water creatures even more.

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Beaufort, SC

Beaufort’s history includes European explorers, Native American inhabitants, British settlements and Civil War battles. Today, horse-drawn carriages bring you through the narrow streets of this district, past 18th and 19th century homes, famous for unique Beaufort-style architecture. View historic forts, elegant homes and majestic plantations and discover why Beaufort was once heralded as the “Newport of the South."

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Lowcountry Heritage Tour

Take a step back in time as we visit scenic Beaufort, and explore what life was like living on a southern plantation. The experience begins the moment we dock when you will be introduced to our resident expert, Evelyn. She will greet you warmly in her period-specific hoop-skirt and with a welcoming smile. Evelyn will remain with as your guide as we depart for Lady’s Island, St. Helena where you will walk the grounds of a former plantation. Explore the main plantation house, manicured grounds, and as a special treat, be entertained by a live performance that highlights some of the soulful plantation-life songs. In the evening, Evelyn will return to the ship to perform a memorable private onboard concert for everyone to enjoy.

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Horse-Drawn Carriage Tour

After a southern inspired luncheon, embark on a tour of Beaufort’s popular Bay St. from the comfort of a horse-drawn carriage. This narrated journey follows the historic tree-lined streets of Beaufort as you make your way to the area’s antebellum homes, parks, and shops. Many of the local buildings remain untouched and are preserved as they were originally constructed after being used as hospitals, offices, and commander’s quarters during the Civil War.  At the conclusion of the tour, you will have free time to experience Beaufort and its southern charm on your own.

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Day  11
Charleston, SC

Welcome back to Charleston. Stay an extra day or two and take a tour of one of the most beautiful and historic cities in the South.Visit colorful Rainbow Row, Catfish Row, and the famous Battery. Enjoy the beauty of the area with a stroll through magnificent parks and gardens.

American Constellation

American Constellation is the latest cruise ship from American Cruise Lines. Uniquely designed to navigate the inland waterways of the East Coast, American Constellation brings guests to beautiful ports the larger ships can't access. In the intimate atmosphere onboard, guests will find the largest staterooms in the industry, spacious lounges, as well as observation decks and private balconies that offer spectacular views of the passing landscapes.


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Owner's Suite (Private Balcony)

Deckplan

At up to 450 sq. ft. the American Constellation Owner's Suites are both spacious and elegantly appointed. Located on a private deck, each secluded suite offers our distinguished travelers amazing views from the private walk-out balcony. The well-furnished suites come fully equipped and offer a sitting area, writer’s desk, sliding glass door and full hotel-size bathroom.

Veranda Suite (Private Balcony)

Deckplan

With a generous up to 450 sq. ft. of relaxing space, each Veranda suite includes a private walk-out balcony to enjoy the panoramic views. Considered one of the finest staterooms on any cruise ship, guests will enjoy full hotel-size bathrooms and large living area with sliding glass door.

AAM (Private Balcony)

Deckplan

At 368 sq. ft., our AAM staterooms are designed to offer the privacy you desire while cruising. Located on the fourth deck, these spacious staterooms are elegantly furnished and feature floor to ceiling sliding glass doors that lead to a private walk-out balcony where the grandness of the Northeast, Hudson, and Southeast scenery can be enjoyed.

AAC (Private Balcony)

Deckplan

 At 350 sq. ft., each AAC stateroom offers all of the comforts of a fine hotel. These staterooms also feature full sliding glass doors and a private walk-out balcony which provide spectacular panoramic views of the surrounding scenery.

AAL (Private Balcony)

Deckplan

Our AAL staterooms offer all the comforts of home and amazing panoramic views. At 350 sq. ft. each room includes an interior entrance, expansive private walk-out balcony, and a large sitting area.  

AA

Deckplan

Centrally located, these 302 sq. ft. staterooms offer amazing views and easy access to the lounge areas. Enjoy the expansive views out of your own large opening picture window. Each room comes equipped with a large closet and full-size bathroom.

Single (Private Balcony)

Deckplan

Solo travelers will find relaxing comfort in our Single staterooms complete with a walk-out private balcony. Enjoy one of the largest single staterooms in the industry at 250 sq. ft., featuring a comfortable twin bed, large sliding glass door, and spacious full-size bathrooms.

Single

Deckplan

Find modern amenities and relaxing comfort in our 226 sq. ft. Single staterooms. With a large picture window, twin size beds and sizable bathrooms, these Single staterooms are perfect for solo travelers.

American Constellation Deck Plan

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American Constitution

The newly-announced American Constitution is scheduled to begin cruising the East Coast in spring of 2018. With a capacity of 175 passengers, the American Constitution will feature the latest in technology, modern design, and sophisticated décor. The American Constitution will also feature large well-appointed staterooms with private balconies, as well as a variety of spacious lounges.


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Owner's Suite (Private Balcony)

Deckplan

At up to 450 sq. ft., the American Constitution Owner's Suites are both spacious and elegantly appointed. Located on a private deck, each secluded suite offers our distinguished travelers amazing views from the private walk-out balcony. The well-furnished suites come fully equipped and offer a sitting area, writer’s desk, sliding glass door, and full hotel-size bathroom.

Veranda Suite (Private Balcony)

Deckplan

With a generous up to 450 sq. ft. of relaxing space, each Veranda suite includes a private walk-out balcony to enjoy the panoramic views. Considered one of the finest staterooms on any cruise ship, guests will enjoy full hotel-size bathrooms, and large living area with sliding glass door.

AAM (Private Balcony)

Deckplan

Our AAM staterooms are designed to offer the privacy you desire while cruising. Located on the fourth deck, these spacious staterooms are elegantly furnished and feature floor to ceiling sliding glass doors that lead to a private walk-out balcony where the grandness of the Northeast, Hudson, and Southeast scenery can be enjoyed.

AAC (Private Balcony)

Deckplan

Featuring the most modern amenities, our spacious AAC staterooms offer the perfect retreat for travelers. With over 350 sq. ft., each stateroom offers all of the comforts of a fine hotel and is configured to maximize the interior living space. These stateroom also feature full sliding glass doors and a private walk-out balcony which provides spectacular panoramic views of the surrounding scenery.

AAL (Private Balcony)

Deckplan

Our AAL staterooms offer all the comforts of home and amazing panoramic views. At 350 sq. ft. each room includes an interior entrance, expansive private walk-out balcony, and a large sitting area. These staterooms are the perfect sanctuary to relax in after a day of exploration.

AA

Deckplan

Centrally located, these 302 sq. ft. staterooms offer amazing views and easy access to the lounge areas. You will enjoy the expansive views out of your own large opening picture window. Each room comes equipped with a large closet and hotel-size bathrooms.

Single (Private Balcony)

Deckplan

Solo travelers will find relaxing comfort in our Single staterooms complete with a walk-out private balcony. Enjoy one of the largest Single staterooms in the industry at 250 sq. ft., featuring a comfortable twin bed, large sliding glass door, and spacious full-size bathrooms.

Single

Deckplan

Find modern amenities and relaxing comfort in our 226 sq. ft. Single staterooms. With a large picture window, twin size beds and sizable bathrooms, these Single staterooms are perfect for solo travelers.

American Constitution Deck Plan

Deck

Thanksgiving Cruise


Celebrate Thanksgiving with American Cruise Lines. This year we invite you to join us on our brand-new Grand Historic South Cruise, and explore the gorgeous Southeast US shoreline as we celebrate the Thanksgiving season.


Enjoy festive decorations aboard the ship, a holiday inspired cocktail reception, and revel in the holiday spirit of each community we visit along the way. Our culinary team has prepared a traditional Thanksgiving feast with roast turkey, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, and stuffing. They have every detail handled precisely for a memorable holiday meal.


American Cruise Lines will continue its annual "Give-Back" program this holiday season. For each ticket sold on our Thanksgiving cruises, we make a donation to the Connecticut Food Bank. Last year we raised over $13,000 to help alleviate hunger.

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