2019 AMERICAN REVOLUTION
American Cruise Lines
Travel back to the dawn of America, on our brand new 11-day American Revolution cruise. Explore the quaint towns and historic cities that have shaped our nation, including Colonial Williamsburg, a living history museum with period specific tradespeople, shopkeepers, and political figures. Step onto the last battlefield of the Revolutionary War in Yorktown, and travel to Jamestown, the site of the first English settlement in the New World. Explore our Nation’s capital and view the Smithsonian exhibitions as well as the many historic monuments, before visiting Mount Vernon, George Washington’s iconic 18th century home. In Annapolis, take a guided city tour, and visit the historic homes of those who signed the Declaration of Independence. Onboard and onshore, Revolutionary War experts, authors, and reenactors join us to bring our nation’s history to life.
Day 1, Sunday, Apr 14 - Baltimore, MD, Extra day
Fly up early to make a 2nd try to spend time in the Inner Harbor area. The flight will probably arrive mid-late afternoon but that is ok. I'll have all day tomorrow.
Day 2, Monday, Apr 15 - Baltimore, MD, Pre-Cruise Day
Start your journey in Baltimore, a great maritime city, alive with excitement, colonial history and a busy harbor scene. Explore its history aboard the decks of legendary ships and on the cobblestone streets of the charming waterfront Inner Harbor. Cruise past Fort McHenry, where the battle that inspired Francis Scott Key‘s " Star-Spangled Banner" was fought. Extra day - there is so much to see in and around the Inner Harbor.
Day 3/1, Tuesday, Apr 16 - Baltimore, MD
I'll have a few more hours here, then take a taxi to the dock and embark on the American Constitution.
Day 4/2, Wednesday, Apr 17 - 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 on American shores. Today, the city embraces its colorful past while thriving as a modern metropolis. Tall schooners share the surrounding waters with naval vessels and oystermen. Enjoy tours of historic districts, museums, restored homes and the Norfolk Naval Station.
** Naval Base Tour
Norfolk is home to the largest Naval Station in the world with its beginnings closely tied to the U.S. entry into World War I. Today, Naval Station Norfolk is the hub of the U.S. Navy's Atlantic Fleet, and home port to dozens of ships, submarines, aircraft and more. Led by our expert guide, witness aircraft carriers, destroyers, amphibious assault ships, and learn about the Naval Base’s fascinating history.
Day 5/3, Thursday, Apr 18 - Williamsburg, VA
Colonial Williamsburg is the restored 18th century capital of Britain's largest empire outpost in the New World. Once the political and economic center of the Virginia Colony, today it is the world's premier living history site. Led by our expert guide, stroll along its narrow streets and listen for unique native accents nearly unchanged since the days of the first English Colonists.
** Colonial Williamsburg
History comes alive at Colonial Williamsburg. As you stroll along its street witness many original 18th-century buildings, as well as those reconstructed to their 18th-century aesthetic. Interact with tradespeople who use real period tools and techniques, many of which have been around since the beginning of our civilization. These skilled men and women are true apprentices, journeymen, and masters, continuing to perfect their skills with the hammer, needle, or plow.
Day 6/4, Friday, Apr 19 - Yorktown, VA
Williamsburg, Yorktown and Jamestown make up what is known as the "Historic Triangle." Explore the port of Yorktown which was the site of the final battle of the American Revolution. Travel back in time at Jamestown Settlement, a museum about 17th century American history which tells the story of America's first permanent English colony settled in 1607.
Explore the site of the last major battle of the Revolutionary War. In the fall of 1781, General George Washington, with allied American and French forces, surrounded General Charles Lord Cornwallis’s British army, resulting in their surrender and the independence of our nation.
** Jamestown Settlement
Near the site of the original colony, Jamestown Settlement tells the story of 17th-century Virginia and America’s first permanent English colony. Led by a local expert guide, explore re-creations of the three ships that sailed from England to Virginia in 1607, as well life-size re-creations of the colonists’ fort and a Powhatan village. Along the way, costumed historical interpreters describe and demonstrate daily life in early 17th century Jamestown.
Day 7/5, Saturday, Apr 20 - Washington, D.C.
Washington, DC is our nation’s capital located on the Potomac River, and bordering the states of Maryland and Virginia. It is characterized by neoclassic monuments and iconic buildings including the U.S. Capitol, White House, and Supreme Court. It is also home to the Smithsonian Museums and performing-arts venues such as the Kennedy Center.
* National Monuments Tour
Led by an expert guide, explore the world famous monuments and memorials of Washington, DC along the Mall, the U.S. Capitol, and the White House. Extending from the Capitol to the Lincoln Memorial, these attractions include the Jefferson Memorial, the National World War II Memorial, The Martin Luther King Memorial, the Vietnam Memorial and the Washington Monument.
$$ Private Tours of Smithsonian Museums
Let American Cruise Lines help you arrange a visit to any of the Smithsonian Museums including the National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Castle, National Air and Space Museum, and National Portrait Gallery, among others.
Day 8/6, Sunday, Apr 21 - Mount Vernon, VA
Mount Vernon is an American landmark and an enduring tribute to our nation’s first President. Originally a one and one-half story house built by his father in 1735, President Washington acquired Mount Vernon in 1754, and over the next 45 years slowly enlarged the home to create the magnificent 21-room residence we see today. George Washington personally supervised each renovation and advised on design, construction, decoration, and landscaping—even during the Revolutionary War.
* George Washington's Estate
Enjoy a private tour of the estate grounds of George Washington’s Mount Vernon. One of the nation’s most iconic historic homes, Mount Vernon offers a glimpse into 18th-century plantation life through its beautiful gardens and grounds as well as intriguing museum exhibits honoring George Washington’s life and legacy.
Day 9/7, Monday, Apr 22 - 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.
* 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.
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 featuring an extensive collection of agricultural, maritime, industrial, and Native American artifacts. Enjoy a special sweet tea party on the porch, served by costumed docents.
Day 10/8, Tuesday, Apr 23 - St. Michaels, MD
Stroll along the waterfront of St. Michaels, or peruse the charming gift shops and boutiques on tree-lined Talbot Street. Dock 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.
* 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.
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.
Day 11/9, Wednesday, Apr 24 - Annapolis, MD
The state capital of Maryland, Annapolis 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. Travel 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.
City and Statehouse Tour
Chosen by National Geographic Adventure magazine as one of the country’s “Top Waterfront Towns,” Annapolis is a city steeped in history and maritime culture. Visit homes of the signers of the Declaration of Independence as well as the Statehouse where the Treaty of Paris was ratified in 1784, officially ending the Revolutionary War.
* Naval Academy Tour
The first U.S. Navy ships were launched in 1797 and were aptly named the United States, the Constellation, and the Constitution. In 1825, President John Quincy Adams advised Congress to establish a Naval Academy in order to adequately prepare officers for service. Twenty years later, in 1845, the Naval Academy was formed by George Bancroft, Secretary of the Navy, with a class of 50 midshipmen and seven professors. Tour the academy's historic grounds with our expert guide and experience "life on the yard." Witness the noon meal formation and take in breathtaking views of the campus.
Day 12/10, Thursday, Apr 25 - Chestertown, MD
With a colonial history dating back to the 17th century, Chestertown, Maryland is proud of its maritime heritage, serving as a major port of entry during colonial times. Today, sailing ships can still be seen coming into port. Visit the Schooner Sultana, an exact replica of an 18th-century ship that served in the British Royal Navy, now operating as an educational vessel. Every Memorial Day, the city hosts The Chestertown Tea Party Festival, which celebrates colonial resistance to British rule, proudly tossing the British tea overboard.
* Schooner Sultana
Visit the Schooner Sultana a reproduction of a Boston-built merchant vessel that served for four years as the smallest schooner ever in the British Royal Navy. From 1768 to 1772 the original Sultana was manned by a 25-person crew who patrolled the coastline of colonial North America enforcing the hated Townsend Acts or “Tea Taxes.” Sultana’s reproduction is based directly on a well-preserved 1768 Royal Navy survey of the original schooner, making it one of the most accurate 18th century replicas in the world today.
Day 13/11, Friday, Apr 26 - Baltimore, MD
Your historic journey ends where it began, in the vibrant city of Baltimore. If you choose to extend your stay, a number of great excursions are available, including the Baltimore Aquarium and Civil War Museum. For now, head home then come back to this same ship in early June for the New England cruise.
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. I'll be on this same ship for my next "New England" cruise in just a few weeks.
Grand dining room accommodates all guests together
Satellite TV and DVD player in all staterooms
Sliding glass balcony doors offer panoramic views
Onboard historians and naturalists
Open picture window
Complimentary cocktail hour each evening
Evening entertainment focuses on music (Moo-Sick?) and history
The cabins on this ship are almost “luxurious.” Single (Private Balcony) 4 in purple on the deck plans. 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. I'm stuck in Prison Cell #404 way up on deck 4!!