Hudson River Inaugural Season

New American Cruise Lines ship will sail on the Hudson river this fall

By: Ana Figueroa

Beginning October 6 the American Star will continue its inaugural season with cruises along the majestic Hudson River. The American Star is the newest luxury cruise ship for American Cruise Lines. Entering service on June 2, the vessel began its inaugural season with a 7-night Maiden Voyage on the Chesapeake Bay. After a summer deployment in Maine, the vessel will offer three Hudson River cruises (one from Providence, Rhode Island and two roundtrip from New York City). The itineraries will call at West Point, Catskill, Tarrytown, Albany and New York City. The cruises along the smooth waters of the Hudson Valley will offer guests a chance to discover the unique cultures, fascinating history, and folklore of the region, provided from onboard historians and lecturers. This unique itinerary also provides an up close view of a shoreline that has remained virtually unchanged since the seventeenth century. It includes some of the most historic and palatial estates in the country, set against a backdrop of splendid fall colors. Passengers can walk the grounds of the Military Academy at West Point, tour its magnificent museum and view the splendid scenery from atop the campus grounds. The American Star continues its cruise up the river to Albany where passengers can enjoy a tour of this historic city, including the New York State Capitol. Tarrytown offers an opportunity to experience the world of Sleepy Hollow, Rip Van Winkle, Revolutionary War heroes, grand homes perched on towering cliffs, Gothic castles, and scenic landscapes. The cruise concludes in New York City where passengers can enjoy a day of sightseeing at their leisure or take specifically arranged tours of this lively city. From the towering mountains of upstate New York to the famous harbor of New York City, the quaint river towns of the Hudson River Valley and the history they encompass make this cruise a cultural and memorable event. The 100-passenger American Star is 215 feet long, and will have a similar modern design to the American Spirit. The new modern luxury ship will feature more oversized staterooms with private verandahs, and all staterooms will have large opening picture windows, a trademark of American Cruise Lines. Every room is fitted with a flat-screen satellite TV and DVD player, individual climate control, Internet access and many other modern conveniences and amenities expected by the discerning traveler. The ship is equipped with an elevator for easy access to all four decks and boasts four lounges, a spacious observation deck, a well-stocked library and a glass enclosed dining room that enables passengers to enjoy spectacular landscapes and coastal scenery as the dine. American Cruise Lines operates the newest fleet in the world and is also offering Hudson River Fall Foliage cruises aboard the 100-passenger American Spirit and the 49-passenger American Glory. 800-814-6880