The First Cruise Line in History Will Homeport in Washington, D.C.

A Washington D.C. cruise ship docked at a small dock.

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American Cruise Lines will sail roundtrip from Washington, D.C as the only cruise line departing from the heart of the nation’s capital.

A Washington D.C. cruise ship docked at a small dock.
(Rendering via American Cruise Line)

The American Revolution cruises are roundtrip from DC, sailing Chesapeake Bay, Potomac River, and the York River aboard the 170-guest American Constitution and 100-guest American Glory, one of the new Coastal Cats.  

American Revolution itineraries operate in spring and fall, with early sailings offering the opportunity to view the Chesapeake’s cherry blossom season. The first cruise of the season departs March 26, 2024.  

Exploring the “Historic Triangle”

Key highlights on the 10-night itinerary include the “Historic Triangle,” of colonial Williamsburg, Yorktown, and Jamestown. The vessel also calls at Annapolis, MD, Norfolk, and Mount Vernon, VA.

In 2018, the line’s American Constitution was the first to dock in D.C. in over six decades. The 2024 American Revolution cruises depart from The Wharf, just a short distance from the National Mall and museums.

“All across the country, we offer cruises no one else offers, from our small ships docking in D.C., to new ships exploring the country’s National Parks,” says Melissa Young, ACL’s Director of Business Development.

The onboard experience starts with a welcome aboard cocktail reception, while menus include regionally inspired cuisine such as Maryland Blue Crabs. As well as guided tours of the Capitol and Smithsonian museums, guests can visit Arlington National Cemetery or take a traditional “Skipjack” sailing through the Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge.

American Cruise Lines has a fleet of 19 small ships that operate on the Eastern and Western Seaboard and throughout the coastal waters.

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