Independence - 2019/2020 Cruises

Independence - 2019/2020 Cruises

Cruise along the East Coast and explore historic towns on the way!

Cruises on board the Independence

The MS Independence is a charming coastal vessel that sails all up and down the East Coast of the United States. From the islands of New England to the waters of the South, she undertakes educational, historical-themed voyages in the heart of America. Explore the homeland like never before on a US coastal cruise with the Independence. With America-themed itineraries, fine regional dining, and educational entertainment and shore excursions, your cruise is sure to be a vacation you’ll never forget.

With just 100 passengers, the Independence is one of the smallest ships at sea, but also one of the most comfortable. Extra-large staterooms with private balconies and spacious lounges will keep you from feeling confined, and the ship’s high-tech stabilization technology will guarantee a smooth ride, even in choppy coastal waters.

As with all ships by American Cruise Lines, the MS Independence has all-deck elevator access and extra-spacious staterooms, making it an excellent ship for guests who are wheelchair-bound or who have limited mobility.


  • Ship length
    194 ft
  • Passengers
  • Decks

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Decks and Staterooms

Independence deck plan

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Independence Observation Deck

Independence staterooms

Oceanview stateroom
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Deck Location : Deck 1, 1
Occupancy : 2
  • Spacious bathroom
Stateroom size : 258 sq ft

Independence staterooms

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Staterooms on the MS Independence are spacious, comfortable, and convey a classic charm. Every stateroom has a river view, and most also include private balconies. Double rooms start at a spacious 258 square feet and include a full-size bathroom, a flat-screen TV, a writing desk, nightstand, and a table and chairs. Upgrade to a balcony to have your own private outdoor oasis, where you can take in the fresh breeze, watch the scenery drift by, and even enjoy your breakfast al fresco. The luxurious Owner’s Suites feature an incredible 350 square feet of space, and extra-large balconies strategically located fore and aft of the ship. Single staterooms are also available.

Dining & Gastronomy

Enjoy fresh regional cuisine inspired by the destinations you visit on your cruise. On New England itineraries, enjoy specialties such as Maine lobster, fish fillet, and rack of lamb. And on the Historic South cruise, enjoy the best of Southern cooking, like braised pork belly, Andouille sausage, and pecan pie. Meals are served in the main dining room, and snacks and beverages are available throughout the day. A daily cocktail hour offers the perfect environment to enjoy a long drink and get to know other guests.

Entertainment and Activities

Your cruise experience with American Cruise Lines will be inspired by American culture, nature, and history. Expect a range of onboard lecturers and performers to showcase the highlights of each destination. From historians to naturalists, singers to storytellers, you’ll be captivated by the charisma and expertise each entertainer brings to the table.

American Cruise Lines’ shore excursions are also designed to inform and entertain. Experience true Americana as you visit national parks, and historical sites. Step back in time on a horse-drawn carriage tour, learn about unique animal species at a wildlife sanctuary, or learn about how people lived in the past at a museum. Many shore excursions involve a relatively low activity level, so even people with limited mobility can enjoy.

Dress Code

American Cruise Lines passengers tend to dress casually during the day, whether on ship or ashore. The cruise line advises passengers to bring comfortable shoes and weather-appropriate attire, which may include a sweater or rain jacket depending on the itinerary and time of year. Although there is no official evening dress code, many passengers opt for a nice sweater and slacks, or else a sport coat or a dress at dinner.

Ship Data

  • In service since: 2010
  • Length: 171 ft
  • Number of decks: 4
  • Passengers: 104
  • Crew: 47
  • Languages spoken on board: English
  • Currency on board: US dollar