American Cruise Lines offers a full season of Chesapeake Bay cruises on their line of small cruise ships. These ships are designed to cruise the inland waterways of the East Coast. Their ships can pull right up to the dock in many of the smaller ports. The Chesapeake Bay cruise itinerary includes Baltimore, Annapolis, St. Michaels, Oxford, Cambridge, Crisfield, Tangier Island, and Yorktown/Williamsburg.
American Cruise Lines offers the finest onboard accommodation in small ship cruising. Vessels are state-of-the-art and recently constructed in 2000, 2002 and 2004. The ships feature spacious staterooms and opening picture windows. Many staterooms even have private verandas.
Small ship cruising is well-suited to the Chesapeake Bay region, where smaller vessels can get closer access. These cruises are a great way to explore the region by water.Meals are included, along with a complimentary cocktail party each evening where guests can recap the day’s excitement.
Discover a wealth of beauty, culture and heritage in the cradle of American History. Share the tranquil waters of the Chesapeake Bay with skipjacks, schooners and classic Baltimore Clippers as you explore Colonial American history with stops at Civil War battlefields, maritime museums, and national historic landmarks.
Contact American Cruise Lines at 1-800-814-6800 for details, or visit the American Cruise Lines website.
Tangier Rappahannock Cruises offers daily cruises to Tangier Island from Reedville onboard the Chesapeake Breeze. They also have Rappahannock River cruises on The Capt. Thomas, which depart from Tappahannock and travel upriver to the Ingleside Plantation Winery. And they operate a paddle wheel boat cruise of the Rappahannock that departs from Fredericksburg, VA.
On Maryland’s Eastern Shore, you can cruise the Chester River with the Chester River Packet Company. They operate out of Chestertown, Maryland and offer a variety of daytime and evening cruises aboard their 65-foot classic yacht, the River Packet.
Selina II offers romantic sails on the Chesapeake Bay. You’ll sail on beautiful vintage catboat. They have two hour day sails and sunset champagne cruises. There are also special trips available, such as wine tasting cruises. The Selina II sails out of St. Michaels, MD.
The Schooners Woodwind and Woodwind II sail from Annapolis. You can take one of their two hour cruises or perhaps a specialty cruise, such as a lighthouse cruise, dinner cruise, or wine tasting cruise. Visit their website for a cruise schedule.
Spend a few hours exploring protected harbors at Baltimore and Norfolk. These short cruises, which often include food and entertainment, are a great way to see the city.