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AMERICAN CRUISE LINES
15 Days | East Coast Inland Passage Cruise
Southbound


BALTIMORE TO JACKSONVILLE

Day 1 | Baltimore, Maryland. Embark. Baltimore is a great American city, bustling with excitement, colonial history and a rejuvenated maritime spirit. Explore its history aboard the decks of celebrated ships and on the cobbled streets of the charming waterfront Inner Harbor, or visit Fort McHenry, where Francis Scott Key was inspired to pen "The Star-Spangled Banner."

Narrated City Tour. Explore some of Baltimore's most well-known sights. This tour will bring you to places such as Federal Hill, Camden Yards, Little Italy and Mount Vernon Place, where you will find the Washington Monument. The tour will also take you to the Inner Harbor and grant you admission to Fort McHenry. (*Tour only offered on cruises ending in Baltimore.)

Day 2 | Norfolk, Virginia. Located at the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay, Norfolk has enjoyed a dramatic history dating back to 1607, when British settlers first arrived to America's shores. Today, the city embraces its colorful past while thriving as a modern metropolis. Tall schooners share the surrounding waters with naval vessels and oystermen. Enjoy tours of historic districts, museums, restored homes and the Norfolk Navy Base.

Narrated Beach Tour. Take a riding tour through the beautiful port of Virgina Beach. Explore Virginia Beach on a relaxing riding tour. This guided bus tour includes stops at the Old Cape Henry Lighthouse as well as the breathtaking Norfolk Botanical Gardens, which are made up of 155 beautiful acres intertwined by bridges, coastal waterways, and 12 miles of pedestrian trails.

Narrated Bus Tour. (2.5 Hours) Enjoy a historic, narrated bus tour of the city including the Norfolk Navy Base, the largest naval installation in the world. Take a ride through the 320 years of Norfolk's lovely historic district and restored areas. The tour will also stop at the MacArthur Memorial, a memorial celebrating Army General Douglas MacArthur, one of the most controversial figures in American history.

Day 3 | Oriental, North Carolina. When you stroll along the harbor and notice more boats in the water than people in the village, you'll discover why Oriental is known as the “Sailing Capital of North Carolina.” Sailboats from all over the world come to Oriental for its superb sailing waters. Spend an afternoon exploring antique shops and historic homes as you stroll along tree-shaded residential streets.

Narrated Walking Tour, Explore North Carolina’s “Sailing Capital” while on this walking tour. Oriental marks the midpoint on the Intracoastal Waterway and is a popular destination for hundreds of cruising sailors travelling North and South with the seasons. Your guide will share the history of Oriental, while you enjoy a tour through this quaint little town.

Day 4 | Morehead City. Morehead City is a popular port along the Intracoastal Waterway and is always bustling with boat activity and excitement. There are plenty of interesting shops to browse in Morehead or you can tour the meticulously restored town of Beaufort, just across the Newport River. Beaufort is the third oldest town in North Carolina and has a 21-block historic district that includes a boardwalk lined with boats on one side and unique shops perfect for browsing on the other.

Day 5 | Wilmington. Founded in 1739, Wilmington prospered during its early years as a major port and ship-building center. Today, the city continues to flourish and boasts an outstanding reputation as a leader in preservation efforts. Explore Georgian, Victorian and antebellum-style homes, buildings and houses restored to their original grandeur. Stroll through beautiful gardens and city streets lined with shopping venues and seafood eateries.

City Tour and Bellamy Mansion. (45 Minutes) Enjoy a narrated trolley tour of Wilmington’s historic district and where you can view numerous historical sites and magnificent mansions. Following the tour, you will visit Bellamy Mansion, one of North Carolina’s most spectacular examples of antebellum architecture. Make sure you take the time to browse the many shops and sites within walking distance from the ship.

Day 6 | Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Recognized as one of America's most spectacular beaches, Myrtle Beach is an exciting city with dazzling theatres and unique shops located on Broadway on the Beach. Its fascinating lakeside entertainment includes the Grand Strand with over 100 specialty shops, the Palace Theatre and Ripley's Aquarium.

Day 7 | Cruising to Charleston. Enjoy a leisurely day of cruising as you make your way from Myrtle Beach to Charleston. Spend time on our ship’s sun deck and take in the gorgeous views of the South Carolina coastline.

Day 8 | Charleston. Docking along the banks of the tranquil Ashley River, you will have the opportunity to truly appreciate Southern antebellum culture. The scene of major Revolutionary War naval battles, legendary pirate tales, and Civil War sieges, Charleston is brimming with history. Visit the historic Fort Sumter National Monument, experience the African-American influences of the area and stroll through magnificent parks, gardens and plantations. Warm Southern breezes, gas-lit lamps and cobblestone streets welcome you to the city that is best known as the site where the Civil War began.

Day 9 | Beaufort. Beaufort’s 500-year history includes Spanish and French explorers, Native American inhabitants, British settlements and significant Civil War battles. Today, horse-drawn carriages bring visitors through the narrow streets of this district past 18th- and 19th-century homes, famous for unique Beaufort-style architecture. View tabby ruins, historic forts, elegant homes and majestic plantations and discover why Beaufort was once heralded as the “Newport of the South."

Low-Country Heritage Tour. Tour St. Helena Island and discover the rich African American culture with a guide well-versed in the island’s history. Due to isolation from the mainland, the people St. Helena Island have developed a distinct culture of their own, much of which survives today in the form of crafts, foods and the Gullah language, still spoken by many of the native islanders. Sites along the tour include the first Baptist church for African Americans, as well as the historical Penn Center and Museum, one of the country’s first schools for freed slaves and one of the most significant African American institutions in existence today.

Carriage Tour. Discover beautiful Beaufort on a horse-drawn carriage. As the second oldest city in South Carolina, Beaufort is renowned for its impressive harbor and maintenance of its striking antebellum architecture. With lovingly-restored pre and post-Civil War mansions, this area is best viewed by horse-drawn carriage, where you'll hear wonderful stories about the past and present owners of these gorgeous homes.

Day 10 | Daufuskie Island. Hilton Head. Recently opened to the public, Daufuskie Island is steeped in history and tradition. Accessible only by boat, the island’s small native population lived an isolated life, having little contact with the outside world. In fact, Daufuskie’s intriguing isolation and fascinating Gullah culture became the inspiration for Pat Conroy’s novel “The Water is Wide." Throughout the centuries, the essence of Daufuskie Island has remained private and mysterious.

Wildlife Tour. Explore the lakes of the Sea Pines Forest Preserve in search of the American Alligator. The alligator, having survived on earth for 200 million years, lives in the many lagoons throughout Hilton Head. Explore the lakes of the Sea Pines Forest Preserve in search of the American Alligator aboard a one hour narrated boat cruise. Your professional guides will take you on a jungle safari boat to view the plant and animal life typical of the area, and teach you how to identify an alligator in the wild.

Day 11 | Savannah, Georgia. With historic city squares, beautiful flowering parks and classic Southern grace, Savannah has earned its nickname as “Hostess City of the South." Recognized as the country’s first planned city, Savannah is still a bustling seaport with renowned historic districts that preserve its phenomenal 19th-century wealth and opulence. Join a narrated tour of Savannah’s “Historic and Victorian Districts," brave an evening Ghost Walk, or explore the area's magnificent exotic shops. Discover why Savannah’s proud history, unbounded natural beauty and festive energy always make this stop a passenger favorite.

Mighty Eighth Air Force Museum. (2.5 Hours) Enjoy a guided tour of the Mighty Eighth Air Force Museum during which you will hear the inspiring stories of WWII heroism, courage and sacrifice. In response to Pearl Harbor and the growing Nazi threat, the Mighty Eighth became the premier fighting air group in the world. Before, during, and after the Normandy invasion, the Eighth Air Force played a pivotal role in virtually every air operation that occurred. This museum serves as a tribute to those who served, and offers a range of exhibitions from WWII through present day, showcasing a great deal of visual and written information about the Mighty Eighth’s impact.

Trolley Tour of Savannah. (2 Hours) Join this narrated tour for an introduction to an exquisite city known as the “hostess city of the south.” Enjoy your day visiting Factor’s Walk, the Cotton Exchange and the city’s beautiful streets and green squares. Along your guided tour, you will visit the well-known home of Girl Scouts founder Juliette Gordon Low, which features stylish Egyptian Revival and classical details popular in the early 19th century.

Guided Walking Tour. Discover Savannah's rich history on a two mile walking tour with a local expert. Learn about Savannah's history, including facts about its gardens and beautiful architecture. Highlights include Savannah's oldest neighborhood, Colonial Park Cemetery, the city's famous squares, and a visit to the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist.

Day 12 | St. Simon's Island. From shady lanes lined with moss-draped oaks to a diverse range of wildlife, St. Simons Island offers passengers an enthralling past of momentous 18th century battles and sprawling, antebellum plantations. Make sure to visit St. Simons Lighthouse, which houses a fantastic museum devoted to the history of the Georgia Coast.

St. Simons Tour. (1.5 Hours) Explore the Golden Isles on a guided tour through some of the most charming locations on St. Simons Island. St. Simons Island is the largest of the renowned Golden Isles, a group of barrier islands along the coast of Georgia. The island's history is varied and unique, from early Spanish explorers, English colonization to the plantation era, along with its significance in both the Revolutionary and Civil Wars. Learn about the island's history on a narrated tour which includes stops at Fort Frederica and Bloody Marsh, the site of the famous 1742 battle.

Lady Jane Shrimp Boat Tour. Participate in a unique shrimp trawling excursion. Traveling through the scenic Marshes of Glynn, participate in a unique shrimp trawling excursion aboard the Lady Jane. Experience the life of a fishermen, hear their stories, learn about the history of shrimping in Georgia's waters.

Sapelo Island. Discover the uniqueness of Sapelo on an exclusive guided tour. Sapelo Island is thought to be the site of San Minuel de Gualdape, the short-lived first European settlement in the present-day United States. In the early 1800s, the island was developed into a plantation growing Sea Island cotton, corn and sugar case. Discover the uniqueness of Sapelo on an exclusive tour, with highlights including the mansion of millionaire R.J Reynolds, Sapelo Island Lighthouse and the University of Georgia Marine Institute.

Day 13 | Jekyll Island. Discover the fascinating history of Jekyll Island. At the end of the 19th century some of the wealthiest men in America, including J.P. Morgan, Joseph Pulitzer, William Rockefeller and Cornelius Vanderbilt, purchased the entire island as a hunting resort prized for its “splendid isolation." Today, Jekyll Island is part of Georgia’s Sea Isles and boasts “Millionaire’s Village” — 240 acres of extravagant homes and winter cottages recognized as a National Historic Landmark.

Day 14 | Amelia Island, Florida. Discover the unspoiled beauty of Amelia Island, with miles of quartz beaches and rolling sand dunes, surrounded by calm waterways and the Nassau Sound. Fernandina Beach, the island's only city, now harbors a treasure trove of history, antiques, and collectibles just steps from your ship. Join a walking tour of Centre Street's Historic District, with 50 blocks of restored 19th century Victorian homes and shops. You may also take a leisurely stroll along the shady tree-lined avenues and explore Amelia Island's charm at your own pace.

Historic Walking Tour. (1.5 Hours) Join us for a walking tour through the Victorian seaport of Fernandina Beach. You will stroll through the town's historic Centre Street, past the Florida House, and into the Silk Stocking District. While on the tour, you will be introduced to many great historical figures who influenced the architecture and business of Fernandina Beach.

Amelia Island River Cruise. Explore the backwaters of Amelia Island and Eagan Creek as you travel along historic river banks and through pristine salt marshes, an expert naturalist will point out and identify birds and other native wildlife. Other highlights include fantastic views of Amelia Island, Florida's oldest lighthouse and a Civil War-era fort.

Day 15 | Jacksonville Area (Amelia Island). Disembark. Take in the beautiful weather of northern Florida as you disembark from your tour of the South. Jacksonville offers a number of wonderful activities, including a tour of Cummer Art Museum, which house an exclusive collection of art, including rare porcelain.

NOTE: Itinerary is subject to change without notice. For the most up-to-date information, please refer to the itinerary schedule you receive with your final documents.

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