American Cruise Lines (www.americancruiselines.com), operator of the newest small cruise ships in the United States, announced the special events of its 2015 Independence Day cruises. Each of the cruises sailing over the July 4th holiday will offer festive activities that showcase the beautiful regions cruised around the U.S.
Heartland Celebration Cruise July 4th
Guests enjoy a complimentary night on the Queen of the Mississippi on the 4th of July. Wwhile they experience the renowned Dueling Barges Firework Display that lights up the New Orleans skyline, just a few hundred yards down river. It is the perfect way to start the Heartland Celebration Cruise, a 15 day journey offering the best of summer on the Mississippi.. Features include shore excursions to Elvis Presley's home in Graceland and the Frogmore Plantation in Natchez.
Lower Mississippi July 4th
A complimentary pre-night hotel stay begins this July 4th Memphis to New Orleans cruise. Independence Day in Memphis includes everything American. We will bring guests along Beal Street to enjoy any number of jazz performances and that world famous barbeque. During the cruise aboard the brand new American Eagle, highlights include live music and exciting shore excursions including a tour of Oak Alley Plantation and a visit to the Civil War battlefields in Vicksburg.
Columbia and Snake Rivers July 4th This Independence Day celebration on the Columbia River begins with a lunch picnic at Fort Vancouver, one of the oldest outposts in the American frontier. Later we enjoy the largest firework displays in the region from the decks of the Queen of the West. This cruise includes a complimentary pre-night stay that allows guests to take in the sights of beautiful Portland, OR before their cruise even begins. . This cruise also includes exciting guided shore excursions to Mount St. Helens, the Columbia River Gorge and the 620-foot waterfall at Multnomah Falls.
New England Islands July 4th
We have put a unique twist on Independence Day aboard the American Star, where more than 150 musicians and artists offer a spectacular show in the heart of the town’s historic district. The celebration begins with a complimentary pre-cruise night in scenic Providence, RI and the option to board the ship early in order to maximize time at the folk festival. Guests travel on the American Star through the rustic beauty of the New England Islands. Sites also include a narrated tour of historic Nantucket Island and a visit to the Herreshoff Marine Museum in Bristol.
Maine Coast and Harbors July 4th
Fittingly, guests enjoy celebrating Independence Day on our ship, the Independence. On the 4th there is a banquet of barbeque for lunch and a dazzling fireworks show over the Frenchman Bay and it’s all enjoyed from the comfort of the ship’s deck. This cruise features guided shore excursions including a tour through Acadia National Park, free tastings at the Atlantic Brewing Company and a tour of the famous Maine Coast Botanical Gardens.
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