Maine Coast & Harbors – Independence

Maine | History, Industry and Wonder.
The beauty of Maine is more than the scenic rivers or majestic national parks; it’s more than the granite mountains or sparkling bays; it’s more than the Greek revival architecture, lobster dinners, or the ships in the harbor; it’s more than the small towns or the tall schooners or the shipyards or the fishing. There is no one thing that makes Maine a beautiful cruise destination, but all of these combined into a magnificent intangible that opens your eyes, mind and heart in wonder to the breathtaking amazement that is Maine.

Ports of Call: Portland, Maine | Bar Harbor | Bangor | Camden | Rockland | Boothbay Harbor | Bath

Cruise Details

Clock8 Days & 7 Nights

Double Occupancy from $5,145 pp/do*

Single Occupancyfrom $7,485 pp

CalendarJune 3, 2024 | June 10, 2024 | June 17, 2024 | June 24, 2024 | July 1, 2024 | July 8, 2024
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*Per person/double occupancy. Special single rates apply where listed. Excludes port fees.
Itineraries may operate in reverse.

Your Itinerary

    1Embark in Portland, ME
    Get settled onboard, then head up on the sun deck to look for whales. Or take your camera for the best views of Portland’s Old Port district.

    2Bar Harbor, ME
    Located on Mt. Desert Island, you have to take your camera to Acadia National Park. The views are stunning! Visit the summit of Cadillac Mountain – the first of US soil that sees the morning sun – and watch the waves spout as high as 40 feet at Thunder Hole. Ride with an expert naturalist in search of harbor seals, eagles, and other indigenous wildlife. If you’d rather not visit nature today, explore the town of Bar Harbor. Stop in Atlantic Brewing Company, open for tastings 10am-5pm daily. Onboard, we’ll enjoy Jazzou Jones on the piano playing vintage all-American ragtime music, and some of his own composition.

    3Bucksport, ME
    Explore the historic seaport town of Bucksport, with a beautiful waterfront ornamented with scenic gardens and reflective fountains. Bucksport was a central hub for paper-making industry once upon a time. Though, the town’s paper mill closed in 2014, it now serves as a training center for the Maine Maritime Academy. The town is also particularly well-known for the Penobscot River and the iconic Penobscot Narrows Bridge and Observatory, which is taller than the Statue of Liberty. From this vantage point, view spectacular 360-degree views of the Bay, the Maine countryside, and the distant western mountains.

    4Camden, ME
    Camden is the ‘tall ship capital of Maine’, with its harbor full of classic schooners, as well as the ‘Jewel of the Coast.’ Enjoy a narrated bus tour of the town, driving through Camden Hills State Park, stopping for a photo op at Mt. Battie with panoramic views of the harbor and bay. Onboard, Steve Hale will give you a glimpse of what it means to be a real Maine lobster man, discussing the lobster-catching business from painting buoys, baiting traps, and bringing in the haul. This will be a great introduction before tomorrow’s Lobsterbake Luncheon!

    5Rockland, ME
    It’s Rockland, so it’s lobster day! Take a ride on Captain Jack’s Lobsterboat to see the process in action. On the shore of Penobscot Bay, we’ll enjoy a lobsterbake lunch, with local lobster, clams and mussels… we’ll eat under a covered tent, listening to local entertainers. The perfect Maine experience! Other Rockland treasures include the Farnsworth Art Museum, Owls Head Transportation Museum, or make yourself an appointment with Breakwater Kayak Co. for safe and fun kayaking of Penobscot Bay.

    6Boothbay Harbor, ME
    Boothbay Harbor’s boating industry is equally divided by fishing and recreation, which makes the town the ‘Boating Capital of New England.’ In town, you’ll find art galleries, specialty shops, antique stores and Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens.

    7Bath, ME
    Bath’s roots lie in the shipbuilding industry. It strongly identifies the town’s persona. Explore Bath’s rich seafaring history at the Maine Maritime Museum, including what life was like for a shipbuilder’s family during the 1890s. For our last evening together, we’ll enjoy the piano stylings of Roberta DeMuro – she takes requests!

    8Disembark in Portland, ME
    Talk to our small ship experts about lengthening your vacation with a post-cruise stay in Portland. This city has so much to offer, and you’ve hardly had time to see more than the airport! Tour the Wadsworth-Longfellow House, the Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad Company and Musuem, the Portland Museum of Art, Portland Observatory, Victoria Mansion, and so much more!


Cabin Categories

Cabin Single Price Double Price
Owner's Suite (Private Balcony)$9,185 pp
AAC (Private Balcony)$6,495 pp
AAL (Private Balcony)$6,260 pp
A$5,145 pp
Single (Private Balcony)$7,485

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*Prices may vary due to seasonality

Onboard Experience

The American Cruise Line fleet of ships are the newest and most environmentally friendly small ships in the US. The cruise line prides itself on their hospitable staff, and that you’ll be graciously received no matter which ship you cruise on. The large staterooms with interior entrances ensure you have a relaxed, private area to watch the river from, or visit any of the many onboard lounges. Daily entertainment will be brought onboard, including musicians, historians and naturalists.

Regionally-Inspired Menus

American Cruise Lines uses fresh, local ingredients to show off the culinary glory of the region you’re cruising in. On the Mississippi River, that could mean Andouille Gumbo, a po’boy with red beans and rice, and bourbon pecan pie. In New England, you could find Littleneck clam ceviche on the menu followed by a spiced apple pudding with maple whipped cream. In the Pacific Northwest, you’ll find fresh fish on the menu, including shrimp bisque or Dungeness Crab cake, and a marionberry cheesecake that’ll make your mouth water! Your ship will provide you with a list of all the locally-sourced ingredients when you unpack.

Eagle Society

Once you’ve cruised aboard any American Cruise Line ship, you are an Eagle Society member. It’s free to be a member, but your loyalty to American Cruise Lines is greatly rewarded. You’ll receive Eagle Society luggage tags, and member-only gifts when you board each cruise. After 3 cruises, you’ll receive complimentary premium shore excursions. After 10 cruises, you’ll get a complimentary 11th cruise. There are special Eagle Society cruise dates every year. Plus all Eagle Society member benefits can be used when booking with USA River Cruises, plus you’ll still be eligible for our loyal customer benefits as well.

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Maine Coast & Harbors – Independence

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