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East Coast Inland Passage

East Coast Inland Passage

At a glance

Duration: 15 Days, 14 Nights

Coverage: Baltimore, MD to Jacksonville, FL

From: $7,500

Season: April - May, October - November

Activities: History

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American Cruise Lines

Every port on this 14-night grand coastal tour will give you a unique glimpse of America. The East Coast Inland Passage, is made up of connecting rivers, bays, estuaries, and canals, allowing passengers to fully appreciate the natural unspoiled beauty of some of the most scenic preserved areas in the country. From the unique vantage point of a small ship, discover the limitless medley of birds and wildlife that call this passage their home. Experience the elegance of a restored southern mansion, the solemn serenity of a Civil War battlefield, and the sheer enormity of a plantation and the secrets it holds.

Explore the towns of Norfolk, Virginia, Morehead City, Oriental, and Wilmington, North Carolina and discover the many fascinating and unique museums, antique shops and historic buildings of these quaint southern towns.

Relax in one of the many lounges or sundecks and enjoy the sights of the passing scenery. Verdant riverbanks, mossdraped oaks, tidal marshes dotted with egrets and other abundant wildlife are all but a sampling of what one can see along the shore. In Charleston, South Carolina, discover its magnificent historic districts, Fort Sumter National Monument, and beautiful, manicured gardens.

Beaufort, South Carolina is a national landmark, offering clues into America’s formative years—from the pre- Revolutionary days through the Civil War. Guided horse-drawn tours are available to explore this charming southern town.

Cruising along Calibogue Sound and Savannah River brings you to Savannah, Georgia’s restored waterfront, a nineblock- long plaza containing more than 70 restored antebellum homes, boutiques, art galleries and museums. A city famous for its southern hospitality, Savannah provides a fantastic glimpse of the grace and beauty of the early American South.

Enjoy a full day exploring the largest of the Golden Isles—St. Simons Island, Georgia. Tour the famous Pier Village or stop by St. Simons Lighthouse where the Museum of Coastal History is located. On Jekyll Island, you’ll visit the winter playground homes of wealthy robber baron and socialites, such as the Rockefellers and Vanderbilts. Our knowledgeable experts and dedicated, attentive crew will deliver an adventure that is at once intimate and thrilling, an adventure to destinations both familiar and magical, a true odyssey.

The cruise was wonderful; the food was great; the crew was the best I’ve ever seen; our stateroom was comfortable and clean ... all our needs were met cheerfully and prompt!

Day-to-Day Itinerary

Day 1 - Baltimore, MD

Baltimore is truly a great American city, bustling with excitement, colonial history and a rejuvenated maritime spirit. Explore this history aboard the decks of celebrated ships and on the cobbled streets of the charming waterfront Inner Harbor, or visit Fort McHenry, where Francis Scott Key was inspired to pen "The Star-Spangled Banner".

Day 2 - Norfolk, VA

Located at the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay, Norfolk has enjoyed a dramatic history dating back to 1607 when British settlers first arrived to America's shores. Today the city embraces its colorful past while thriving as a modern city. Tall schooners share the surrounding waters with naval vessels and oystermen. Enjoy tours of historic districts, museums, restored homes and the Norfolk Navy Base.

Day 3 - Oriental, NC

Known as the “Sailing Capital of North Carolina,” you’ll see why when you stroll along the harbor and see that there are more boats in the water than people in the village. Sailboats from all over the world come to Oriental for its superb sailing waters. Spend an afternoon exploring antique shops and historic homes as you stroll along tree-shaded residential streets.

Day 4 - Morehead City, NC

Morehead City is a popular port along the Intracoastal Waterway and is always bustling with boat activity and excitement. There are plenty of interesting shops to browse in Morehead or you can tour the meticulously restored town of Beaufort, just across the Newport River. Beaufort is the third oldest town in North Carolina and has a 21-block historic district that includes a boardwalk lined with boats on one side and unique shops perfect for browsing on the other.

Day 5 - Wilmington, NC

Founded in 1739, Wilmington prospered during its early years as a major port and ship-building center. Today the city continues to flourish and boasts one of the largest districts recognized on the National Register of Historic Places with an outstanding reputation as a leader in preservation efforts. Explore Georgian, Victorian and antebellum-style homes, buildings and houses restored to their original grandeur. Stroll through beautiful gardens and city streets lined with shopping venues and seafood eateries.

Day 6 - Myrtle Beach, SC

Recognized as one of America's most spectacular beaches, Myrtle Beach is an exciting city with dazzling theatres and unique shops located on Broadway on the Beach. A fascinating lakeside entertainment Mecca includes the Grand Strand with over 100 specialty shops, the Palace Theatre and Ripley's Aquarium.

Day 7 - Cruising to Charleston, SC

Day 8 - Charleston, SC

The scene of major Revolutionary War naval battles, legendary pirate tales, and Civil War sieges, Charleston is brimming with history and culture. Docking in the heart of this "living museum" along the banks of the tranquil Ashley River, you will have the opportunity to truly appreciate Southern antebellum culture. Visit historic Fort Sumter National Monument, experience the African-American influences of the area and stroll through magnificent parks, gardens and plantations. Warm southern breezes, gas lit lamps and cobblestone streets welcome you to the city that is best known as the site where the Civil War began.

Day 9 - Beaufort, SC

Beaufort’s 500-year history includes Spanish and French explorers, Native American inhabitants, British settlements and significant Civil War battles. Today, horse-drawn carriages bring visitors through the narrow streets of the historic district past eighteenth and nineteenth century homes famous for their unique Beaufort style architecture. View tabby ruins, historic forts, elegant homes and majestic plantations and find out why Beaufort was once heralded as the “Newport of the South”.

Day 10 - Daufuskie Island / Hilton Head, SC

Recently opened to the public, Daufuskie Island is steeped in history and tradition. Accessible only by boat, the island’s small native population lived an isolated life, having little contact with the outside world and leaving many modern amenities absent from the island. In fact, Daufuskie’s intriguing isolation and fascinating Gullah culture became the inspiration for Pat Conroy’s novel “The Water is Wide”. Throughout the centuries the essence of Daufuskie Island has remained – private, mysterious, divine.

Day 11 - Savannah, GA

With historic city squares, beautiful flowering parks and classic southern grace, Savannah has earned its nickname as “Hostess City of the South”. Recognized as the country’s first planned city, Savannah is still a bustling seaport with renowned historic districts that preserve its phenomenal 19th century wealth and opulence. Join a narrated tour of Savannah’s “Historic and Victorian Districts”, brave an evening Ghost Walk, or explore the magnificent streets alive with music, southern delicacies and exotic shops. Discover why Savannah’s proud history, unbounded natural beauty and festive energy always make this stop a passenger favorite!

Day 12 - St. Simons Island, GA

From shady lanes lined with moss-draped oaks to a diverse range of wildlife, St. Simons Island offers passengers a quaint atmosphere with an enthralling past of momentous 18th century battles and sprawling, antebellum plantations. Make sure to visit St. Simons Lighthouse, which houses a fantastic museum devoted to the history of the Georgia Coast. The natural beauty of St. Simons will leave you breathless!

Day 13 - Jekyll Island, GA

Discover the fascinating history of Jekyll Island! At the end of the nineteenth century some of the wealthiest men in America, including J.P. Morgan, Joseph Pulitzer, 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.

Day 14 - Amelia Island, FL

Discover the unspoiled beauty of pristine Amelia Island, with its miles of quartz beaches and rolling sand dunes, surrounded by calm waterways and the Nassau Sound. Throughout its history Amelia Island was home to Spanish explorers, French Huguenots and British settlers before enjoying its "golden age" during the late 1800's when several wealthy Americans relocated to the picturesque island. Once a bustling Victorian seaport, Fernandina Beach, the island's only city, now harbors a treasure trove of history, antiques, and collectibles just steps from your ship. Join a walking tour of Centre Street's Historic District, with 50 blocks of restored 19th century Victorian homes and shops. Or take a leisurely stroll along the shady tree-lined avenues and explore Amelia Island's charm at your own pace.

Day 15 - Jacksonville, FL area (Amelia Island)


Dates & Rates

Date # of Nights Departure Location Ship A AA AAL AAC Owner's Suite Single w/ Balcony Single
Apr 22, 2017 14 Jacksonville, FL Independence $7,955 -- $9,685 $10,735 $13,690 $10,940 $10,170
May 13, 2017 14 Jacksonville, FL American Star $7,955 $8,985 $9,685 $10,735 $13,690 $10,940 --
Nov 4, 2017 14 Baltimore, MD Independence $7,955 -- $9,685 $10,735 $13,690 $10,940 $10,170
Nov 11, 2017 14 Baltimore, MD American Star $7,955 $8,985 $9,685 $10,735 $13,690 $10,940 --
Apr 21, 2018 14 Jacksonville, FL Independence $7,955 -- $9,685 $10,735 $13,690 $10,940 $10,170
May 12, 2018 14 Jacksonville, FL American Star $7,955 $8,985 $9,685 $10,735 $13,690 $10,940 --
Nov 3, 2018 14 Baltimore, MD Independence $7,955 -- $9,685 $10,735 $13,690 $10,940 $10,170

*Private Balcony
¹6 Nights
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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