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The American Glory offers discerning travelers the most unique and modern style of small ship cruising. Each unique and off-the-beaten path port visited, gives guests a glimpse into the cultural heritage that is the fabric of our great nation. The country-club atmosphere onboard allows guests to relax, and enjoy the company of fellow travelers who share their interests in American history and culture. The spacious public lounges and observation decks are frequented by guests who wish to mingle with friends new and old.
 
Built in 2002, the 49-passenger American Glory plies the inland and coastal waters of the United State's East Coast, offering a selection of historical and cultural cruise itineraries focusing on everything from the islands of New England to a winter "Historic Antebellum South" cruise.Upon entering service American Glory joined her sister ship American Eagle with had entered service for ACL in 2000.
 
The country-club atmosphere onboard allows guests to relax, and enjoy the company of fellow travelers who share their interests in American history and culture. The spacious public lounges and observation decks are frequented by guests who wish to mingle with friends new and old.
 
With nine different cruises to choose from, American Cruise Lines provides some of the most extensive cruises of the Eastern United States. Most of these cruises last eight days and seven nights, with the exception of the "East Coast Inland Passage" cruise, which is designed for two weeks of luxury, fun and entertainment while sailing on the American Glory Ship.
 
This unique excursion will begin in Baltimore, Maryland and then travel to Norfolk, Virginia, Wilmington, North Carolina and popular South Carolina destinations like Myrtle Beach and Charleston. Site of where Francis Scott Key wrote the "The Star-Spangled Banner," Fort McHenry is a popular Baltimore destination. On the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay, Norfolk is a combination of modernity and antiquity with its modern buildings and historic, restored homes.
 
Like Norfolk, Wilmington is known for its classic style, with its Georgian, Victorian and antebellum-style homes. Bustling with dazzling shops and theaters on Broadway on the Beach, Myrtle Beach remains a popular family vacation destination in the summer. With its many Revolutionary War battle spots, Charleston intrigues many historians while concluding the "East Coast Inland Passage" cruise
 
With accommodations reserved for no more than 49 guests, the American Glory ship intimately takes its passengers throughout the historic East Coast of the United States of America. Offering plenty of time for adventure, privacy and interaction, the American Glory ship sails to Maine's coast and harbors, the New England Islands, the Hudson River, the Chesapeake Bay, the Great Rivers of Florida and the Historic Antebellum South. Other American Glory destinations include the Mid-Atlantic and East Coast Inland Passages and the bold wonders of the Okeechobee and Southern Waterways.
 
Atmosphere on board
American Glory is a small cruise ship owned and operated by American Cruise Lines (ACL). She was built by Chesapeake Shipbuilding in Salisbury, Maryland for overnight coastal, river, and inland waterway cruising within the continental United States. American Glory, as an American built, flagged, and owned vessel operated by US citizen crew members is compliant with the Passenger Vessel Services Act and can transport passengers directly between US ports. The vessel accommodates 49 passengers in her 31 staterooms with 14 having private balconies. All staterooms have private baths, windows, and interior entrances.
 
With nine different cruises to choose from, American Cruise Lines provides some of the most extensive cruises of the Eastern United States. Most of these cruises last eight days and seven nights, with the exception of the "East Coast Inland Passage" cruise, which is designed for two weeks of luxury, fun and entertainment while sailing on the American Glory Ship.
 
The American Glory ship provides a nice mixture of entertainment and education aboard. After a long day of exciting shore excursions, guests are encouraged to wind down with complimentary cocktails before dinner. Guests may also meet with fellow passengers in the many comfortable lounges and recount their amazing day.
 
Unlike many cruise lines which feature abundant entertainment facilities like casinos and spas, the American Glory lacks such features. Rather, American Cruise Lines understands that its smaller numbers of guests are more interested in learning about the cities and landmarks on the Eastern Coast. With this in mind, American Cruise Lines provides many guest lecturers, historians and naturalists to provide information and presentations on every destination. The American Glory ship utilizes its library, four lounges and amazing observation decks for such presentations. With a friendly, all-American crew, the American Glory ship provides a casual and informal atmosphere that is guaranteed to make each and every customer feel comfortable.
 
Food & Dining
The American Glory features diverse menus and meals which highlight the specific area of visit on the East Coast. As an example, American guests may indulge in clam chowder while in New England or crab legs and lobster while in Maine. The American Glory ship stresses an informal dining atmosphere in its elegant dining room. American Cruise Lines asks it guests to not wear gowns or tuxedoes while eating. With a comfortable atmosphere already established, American Cruise urges its guests to sit wherever they please because every seat in the dining room contains a wonderful outside view.
 
Family with Kids/Teens 
Children and infants are allowed to sail aboard American Cruise Lines. But, there is no planned entertainment or babysitting services available on board.  American Cruise Lines does not offer children’s programs. 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
The American Glory has 31 staterooms, 14 of which feature private balconies. All staterooms on the American Glory ship have an interior entrance and face outside while also containing private baths, a satellite television and large picture windows which show an unequaled view of the Atlantic Ocean. Staterooms can be found on three of the ship's four decks, on the Carolina Deck, the Lounge Deck and the Main Deck, and may be accessed by the ship's elevator.
 
Tipping
Gratuity can be charged to your onboard account, with a relatively steep recommended amount of $17.85 per person, per day. Gratuities are not included in the cruise fare. Singles can sail at a 150% to 175% singles supplement, depending on the selected accommodations. The repeat passenger program is called The Eagle Society after their first ship and one cruise qualifies you for the program
 
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.
 
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.
 
Our Recommendation
American built ships that are registered and owned in the US. and have American crews. What a great thing in the age of foreign registry, ownership and multinational crews! The Glory is a small ship with only 50 passengers.This allows for a different type of experience.You get to know everyone on board. The dress is casual and the atmospherics is very congenial.