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American Cruise Line's new paddlewheel riverboat American Eagle will closely resemble its 2012 sister vessel Queen of the Mississippi, which was the first new paddle wheeler built specifically for the Mississippi in nearly 20 years. It combines modern amenities with design elements reminiscent of the days when steamboat paddle wheelers plied the Mississippi River in the early 19th century.  Fast-growing American Cruise Lines has announced plans for a 22-day Mississippi River sailing in 2015 that takes in nearly the entire length of the waterway from the Gulf of Mexico to Minnesota.
 
The Complete Mississippi Cruise, as it's being called, will kick off on Aug. 8, 2015 in New Orleans and include 16 stops before ending in St. Paul, Minnesota. The voyage will take place on the line's 150-passenger American Eagle, a new vessel that will debut in 2015.
The 150-passenger American Eagle offers larger than average staterooms, ranging from 300 to 600 square feet, with 60 square foot balconies. Amenities include floor-to-ceiling glass doors leading onto the balconies, gourmet coffees and breakfast room service.
 
There are seven public lounges, ranging from the large Magnolia Lounge -- where complimentary cocktails are served each night before dinner -- to the cozy Mark Twain Library and Chart Room. The main dining room, adorned with chandeliers, is open seating and accommodates all guests in one sitting. Complimentary beer and wine are served with lunch and dinner and free soda and water is available throughout the day. Light refreshments are also available in the Sky Lounge on the top deck.
 
Other facilities include elevators to all decks, outdoor exercise area and putting green, guest laundry and complimentary WiFi. The American Eagle will offer various week-long itineraries on the Mississippi from March through December.
 
American Eagle is a small cruise ship owned by American Cruise Lines (ACL). She was built in 2000 by Chesapeake Shipbuilding in Salisbury, Maryland for overnight coastal, river, and inland waterway cruising within the continental United States. As an American built, flagged, and owned vessel operated by US citizen crew members American Eagle is compliant with the Passenger Vessel Services Act and can transport passengers directly between US ports. She operated on the east coast of the US on Chesapeake Bay departing from Baltimore, MD. She made autumn cruises on the Hudson River departing Haddam, CT and wintered on the Inland Waterway in Fort Myers, FL.The vessel accommodates 49 overnight passengers in her 31 staterooms and 149 day passengers.
 
Atmosphere on board 
Forget art auctions or poolside games; you won't even find low-impact activities such as dance lessons aboard these sedate ships. In the main lounge, passengers might read or play a quiet board game, and you're almost sure to find at least one game of bridge in the two smaller lounges. Most passengers seem content to just sit on deck and chat. Guest lecturersspeak most evenings, and spend days pointing out passing sights. On one night, a local musician might be brought on board for a concert, or bingo could be slotted in place of the nightly lecture. Besides an occasional documentary film shown in the lounge, a tour of the ship's bridge, or a once-per-week teatime, there really aren't any other organized activities, though some summer itineraries may feature kite flying from the stern on one afternoon. In port, about half the passengers choose the reasonably priced shore excursions, which are usually bus tours to museums, areas of natural beauty, or historic homes. Active excursions simply aren't offered, which is just fine for this crowd.
 
The ship deck plans:Main Deck - 6 double and 4 single occupancy staterooms; Dining Salon, Second Deck - Suite, 8 double occupancy and 3 single occupancy staterooms; two lounges, library, forward and aft passenger decks, Third Deck - 6 double occupancy staterooms with private balconies; crew quarters, aft passenger deck, Fourth Deck – recreation
 
The brand new American Eagle is about to debut on the Mississippi River. The paddlewheeler has design elements reminiscent of an earlier time on the river coupled with a surprising assortment of modern luxuries. Spacious staterooms, fine furnishings, and private balconies are among the welcoming features which make the American Eagle comparable to your favorite world class hotels. Much like its sister ship, the Queen of the Mississippi, this new boat will raise the standard for river cruising in the United States.
 
There are seven public lounges, ranging from the large Magnolia Lounge -- where complimentary cocktails are served each night before dinner -- to the cozy Mark Twain Library and Chart Room. The main dining room, adorned with chandeliers, is open seating and accommodates all guests in one sitting. Complimentary beer and wine are served with lunch and dinner and free soda and water is available throughout the day. Light refreshments are also available in the Sky Lounge on the top deck. Other facilities include elevators to all decks, outdoor exercise area and putting green, guest laundry and complimentary WiFi. The American Eagle will offer various week-long itineraries on the Mississippi from March through December.
 
Food & Dining 
Sustainable cuisine allows American Cruise Lines chefs an unprecedented opportunity to create the freshest dishes for our guests while supporting local communities and ensuring a positive impact on the ecosystems cruise
American Cruise Lines offers open seating at every meal in the glass-enclosed Dining Salon on the Main Deck. The atmosphere is informal – seating is unassigned and dress is resort casual. Each table offers an incredible outside view and meals are cooked to order, making dining a great time to share your experiences with companions and build new friendships. Your masterfully skilled chef creates delectable feasts for each meal (menus announced well in advance). Carefully selected fresh seafood, meats and produce are often purchased in the regions we visit, allowing your chef to highlight the cuisine with local flavor. American Cruise Lines provides complimentary wine and beer during lunch and dinner service. A complimentary cocktail hour with full bar is hosted each evening before dinner. Glasses, ice, mixers, coffee and soft drinks are available at all times. For other liquor requests your Hotel Manager will assist you
 
Columbia and Snake Rivers cruises freshly caught Northwest salmon and sturgeon brought directly to Queen of the West -- Walla Walla onions, Astoria honey, Rainier cherries, and plump heirloom tomatoes gathered at local farmers’ markets
Local wines from vineyards on the banks of the Columbia River -- Unique ice creams produced nearby featuring mint, huckleberries, and cherries
 
Mississippi River cruises -- Steak- Certified Berkshire pork from Berkwood Farms, a local vendor in Des Moines, Iowa, Artisan cheeses made from cow, sheep, and goats’ milk, are sourced from nearby dairy farms and creameries in Wisconsin, Famous Memphis barbeque sauce
Mississippi Beer—Abita—the most famous locally-brewed beer in New Orleans, Freshly-made pralines, a New Orleans specialty
  
Southeast United States cruises -- st-michaels-crab-basket-with-corn-and-tomatoes  Maryland blue crabs are served in a variety of ways including seared, deep-fried, and roasted. Apalachicola Bay oysters, hand harvested in Florida
and served with mango pico de gallo and horseradish jelly. Fresh wild-caught Georgian Shrimp completes shrimp cocktails, seafood salads, and various entrées. Locally-grown Georgia peaches, Georgia pecans,Vidalia onions, berries, cabbage, watermelon, and Silver Queen corn
 
Northeast United States cruises, Lobsterbake  Fresh Maine lobster is offered in 28 different preparation styles. Maine Root Blueberry soda is a local specialty served onboard, made with Fair Trade organic cane juice and Maine blueberries. Craft beers such as Lobster Ale and Allagash Beer from local breweries
American Cruise Lines will work to cater any dietary needs. Please tell your cruise specialist approximately two weeks prior to your cruise so that we may plan accordingly. Refrigeration is available to store insulin or other medications requiring protectio
 
Family with Kids/Teens 
This is a cruise line for older adults, so children are extremely rare. A few families may sail on the summer New England itineraries, but the ships have no kids' programs or activities.

Past Passenger Programs
American Cruise Lines, operator of the newest riverboats and small cruise ships in the United States, is pleased to announce the introduction of a renewed loyalty program, featuring new premium benefits for members. The Eagle Society is the line’s way of recognizing and rewarding returning guests by providing a more personalized and enhanced cruise experience. The Eagle Society now features an expanded list of special benefits, including:
 
Complimentary cruise – Upon completion of 10 cruises with American Cruise Lines, Eagle Society members are rewarded with a complimentary cruise.
Complimentary shore excursions – After an Eagle Society member has cruised three times, shore excursion fees are waived on all cruises booked thereafter.
Special Eagle Society gifts – Member gifts range from customized officers jackets to champagne, and are always a guest favorite.
Membership identification – Customized luggage tags indicate Eagle Society belongings and special nametags indicate the number of cruises taken by each member.
Invitations to exclusive Eagle Society cruises – Each year, several dates are chosen for exclusive Eagle Society member cruises. These unique sailings are hosted by company executives and include special tours, receptions and entertainment.
Hometown VIP access – When a ship is in a port near a member’s hometown, American Cruise Lines extends a VIP invitation to come aboard for lunch or dinner.
Non-guest visitation and dining– When in port, members may invite friends or family aboard for a tour of the ship or to join them for meals.
Eagle Society-only savings and promotions – Members are privy to various special
 
Fitness And Spa
American Cruise Lines features new state-of-the-art fitness equipment in a designated exercise area aboard every ship.  Services such as spa, hair/beauty treatments and laundry are available in port and can be fully arranged by your hotel manager onboard. Additional services such as tee-time requests and special occasion setups are available upon request.
 
Entertainment
Entertainment is limited to nightly lectures, the occasional entertainer brought aboard for an evening to sing regional songs, and a satellite TV set up in the corner of the main lounge, tuned to football. This is a line for self-starters.
 
Saterooms
Finely Appointed Staterooms aboard the newest and grandest paddlewheeler on the Mississippi River. This luxurious new ship features over-sized staterooms with private balconies and amenities typically reserved for the finest hotels. All American Cruise Lines’ ships have elevator service to all decks.
Stateroom sizes between 300 to 600 square feet floor to ceiling sliding glass doors to private balconies Wireless Internet ServiceSatellite TV, Breakfast Room Service, gourmet coffee brewers in all staterooms, floor to ceiling sliding glass doors, Private Balconies all interior entrances to staterooms
 
Tipping
Gratuity can be charged to your onboard account, with a relatively steep recommended amount of $17.85 per person, per day.

Fellow Passengers
Make no mistake about it: American Cruise Line passengers are older, and then some. The company's cozy, low-impact, American style of cruising suits them perfectly, and the fact that each ACL ship has an elevator linking all the decks (a rarity in the small-ship world) is a big draw. Hailing from all over the country, passengers generally appreciate changing for cocktail hour, with about half the men wearing a jacket and/or tie. They are also the types who readily wear the provided name tags for the entire week and don't mind visiting four historic homes in one cruise.
 
Our Recommendation
Make no mistake about it: American Cruise Line passengers are older, and then some. The company's cozy, low-impact, American style of cruising suits them perfectly, and the fact that each ACL ship has an elevator linking all the decks (a rarity in the small-ship world) is a big draw. Hailing from all over the country, passengers generally appreciate changing for cocktail hour, with about half the men wearing a jacket and/or tie. They are also the types who readily wear the provided name tags for the entire week and don't mind visiting four historic homes in one cruise.
In port, slightly less than half of them tend to explore the towns independently, combing antiques shops or just strolling along Main Street. Well educated and usually comfortably heeled, they are eager to learn about the region and enthusiastically attend the nightly lecture. With diverse cruising backgrounds (from luxe Seabourn to mainstream Princess), they do not necessarily expect five-star service, but they do want comfy, spacious cabins along with the conveniences and camaraderie of a small ship. A very high percentage consists of repeaters, who collect the line's various itineraries like game pieces.