American Cruise Lines, the leading provider of exceptional river cruises in the United States, is set to embark on a groundbreaking journey through American history with their latest offering, the Civil War Battlefields Cruise. Spanning an epic 35 days, this unique itinerary will take passengers on a captivating voyage across 13 states, immersing them in the rich tapestry of the Civil War. From May 4th to June 6th, 2024, guests can explore nearly every major battlefield of this historical conflict, delving deep into the events that shaped our nation.
Departing from the vibrant city of New Orleans, Louisiana, and culminating in the hallowed grounds of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, the Civil War Battlefields Cruise promises an unparalleled immersion into history. Encompassing all three major theatres of the war, each day of the voyage will bring passengers to face pivotal battlefields and critical events, including well-known sites like Fort Sumter, Shiloh, Vicksburg, and Antietam.
To ensure a truly enriching experience, American Cruise Lines has curated an onboard journey designed to provide context and foster a comprehensive understanding of the War. Accompanying guests throughout the expedition will be a team of dedicated Civil War experts, well-versed in the motives, strategies, and personalities that drove both sides of the conflict. Among these experts is Bertram Hayes-Davis, the great-great-grandson of Jefferson Davis, former president of the Confederate States. With his unique blend of Civil War scholarship and personal insight, Hayes-Davis offers a unique perspective on the events and battles that shaped our nation’s history and helped forge a perfect Union.
“This cruise offers one of the most comprehensive views of the Civil War ever presented. Guests will not only visit battlefields, but also experience the people and places that defined this pivotal era,” remarked Bertram Hayes-Davis. “It is a rare opportunity to witness the entire scope of the battles and truly understand their interconnectedness within the larger conflict.”
The Civil War Battlefields Cruise will navigate the majestic waters of the Mississippi River, the Tennessee River, the Potomac River, the East Coast Intracoastal Waterway, and the Chesapeake Bay. Throughout the journey, passengers will enjoy the luxurious amenities and attentive service of three exquisite ships.
In addition to the captivating historical exploration, American Cruise Lines has curated many exceptional offerings for their esteemed guests. The cruise fare includes a complimentary pre-cruise stay in New Orleans, ensuring passengers have ample time to immerse themselves in the city’s vibrant culture. Daily excursions, entertainment, and all meals and beverages, including beer and wine with lunch and dinner, are also included. Passengers can indulge in a daily cocktail hour, fostering a convivial atmosphere onboard. The cruise fare covers complimentary WiFi, hotels, and transportation between cruise segments to ensure seamless travel logistics. Additionally, tips, gratuities, and port charges are included, allowing guests to relax and enjoy their unforgettable journey fully.
Reservations for this extraordinary exploration of the United States are now open, with prices starting at $24,700 per person (depending on stateroom selection). Upon reservation, a deposit of $5,000 per person is required to secure a spot on this transformative voyage. For those seeking a remarkable and in-depth encounter with the pivotal moments of American history, this is an opportunity not to be missed.
For more information about this extraordinary itinerary and other newly introduced extended cruises from American Cruise Lines, please visit American Cruise Lines Extended Cruises.