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East Coast Autumn Cruise

East Coast Autumn Cruise

At a glance

Duration: 8 Days, 7 Nights

Coverage: Baltimore, MD to Charleston, SC

From: $3,860

Season: October

Activities: History

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American Cruise Lines

From Baltimore to Charleston, or Charleston to Baltimore, this unique cruise offers you a chance to discover the fabled Intracoastal Waterway as you travel along its smooth, protected course. Between these vibrant cities and the barrier islands, you’ll find living history unfolding before you. Trace the route along the Chesapeake Bay that John Smith explored in the summer of 1608, delight in Carolina’s Lowcountry with its antebellum charm and colonial heritage. Along the way, small ports welcome your small ship with warm Southern hospitality; you’ll tour carefully restored homes and fastidiously tended gardens, and admire the coves and bays where boats can outnumber residents three to one. In Norfolk, you’ll find the galleries, museums and military history of a revitalized seaport, as well as the attractive shops and sandy beaches of a relaxed resort. Stroll the boardwalk in Dockside Village, in Myrtle Beach, with its fun-loving populace and carefree ambiance.

American Cruise Lines’ small ships are tailor-made for experiencing the Intracoastal, compact enough to bring you up-close to towns that are hidden treasures, like Edenton, Beaufort, and Morehead City, and nimble enough to navigate the Alligator River and Pungo Canal, Snow’s Cut, and Sunset Harbor. You’ll head to the forward passenger deck or the uppermost observation deck to get a firstrate view of the coastline and the wildlife that inhabits the region. In Oriental, you’ll discover a village that proffers an enticing invitation to get back to nature with kayaking and canoeing, or messing about in a sailboat. Discover the site of man’s first flight along the sand dunes of Kitty Hawk. Wilmington will give you a choice of exercising your sea legs on an easy walking tour of the historic district, with shops and museums along the riverfront, or ambling along in a pleasant horse-drawn carriage.

Throughout the trip, guest speakers will recount local lore and thrilling stories of pirates and patriots. Best of all, relaxation and good fellowship is assured as you settle into the leisurely pace of life along the Mid Atlantic. It’s a journey that will refresh and restore you, a perfect passage into history.

Enjoyable, relaxing trip and a learning experience, too. . . it was perfect!

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 - Kitty Hawk, NC

Visit the Wright Brothers Memorial and see where the first successful sustained powered flights in a heavier-than-air machine took place.

Day 4 - Oriental, NC

After a morning cruising the untouched rivers and bays that make up the Intracoastal Waterway, spend the afternoon exploring antique shops and historic homes of Oriental’s oaklined streets.

Day 5 - Beaufort, NC

Stroll down the picturesque boardwalk of the Beaufort Historic District, lined with unique shops on one side, and marinas filled with antique sailboats on the other.

Day 6 - Wilmington, NC

Walk through Victorian and antebellum homes that stand as proud reminders of Wilmington’s history as a busy port city, then spend the afternoon enjoying beautiful vistas and wildlife from the top deck as we cruise

Day 7 - Myrtle Beach, SC

Visit the Palace Theatre, Ripley’s Aquarium, and of course, the famous beach as you explore the lively town.

Day 8 - Charleston, SC

Wander along cobblestone streets visiting shops and monuments at every turn. See everything from Battery Park to the Citadel and the Straw Market.

Dates & Rates

Date # of Nights Departure Location Ship A AA AAL AAC AAM Veranda Owner's Suite Single w/ Balcony Single
Oct 28, 2017 10 New York, NY American Constellation $5,690 $6,450 $6,960 $7,705 $8,520 $9,260 $10,105 $7,815 $7,175

*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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