ACL’s summer classic in the Hudson Valley

ACL’s summer classic in the Hudson Valley

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American Cruise Lines (ACL) has completed the first few sailings of its newest itinerary, an eight-day Hudson River Summer Classic, and already tripled the number of departures available for the cruise in 2025.

American is the sole cruise line offering overnight luxury river cruises exploring the Hudson River but for years the company’s popular Hudson River Fall Foliage cruises have only operated in September and October, often selling out over a year in advance.

This year, the line tested several early summer sailings in May and June, with the Hudson River Summer Classic itinerary featuring a roundtrip sailing from New York City and exploring the Hudson River Valley.

The new cruise offers onboard views of Manhattan’s famous skyline, sails past the Statue of Liberty and visits Catskill, Albany, Kingston, Hyde Park, West Point and Sleepy Hollow.

The Hudson River Summer Classic itinerary is similar to the line’s Fall Foliage cruise but is a new way to explore the Hudson Valley during summer through several interesting excursions to cultural sites throughout the Valley.

These Hudson River cruises operate aboard modern riverboats which feature private balcony accommodations, indoor and outdoor lounges, walking tracks and other amenities.

Over the past century, the Hudson River Valley has been home to U.S. presidents, giants of industry, illustrious artists and both famous and infamous Gilded Age characters.

The region is steeped in history and offers many historic sites. Local guides and experts will lead ACL’s guests through all the area’s renowned points of interest, including visits to West Point Military Academy, FDR’s Presidential Library & Museum in Hyde Park, the Vanderbilt Mansion and Lyndhurst.

The itinerary also offers a guided exploration of New York City including a special World Trade Center experience and the opportunity to visit Sleepy Hollow, where Washington Irving’s most famous novel, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, was written during the time Irving lived on the banks of the Hudson at his home, Sunnyside.

Next year, American Cruise Lines will offer more than triple the number of summer departures, with sailings throughout June, July and August, in addition to autumn departures in late September and October. 

Prices for the Hudson River Summer Classic cruise start from £4,890pp, cruise only, for the June 10, 2025 sailing onboard American Eagle.

All of American’s Hudson River cruises include ‘onboard enrichment’ and nightly entertainment, all-inclusive fine dining and complimentary cocktails every evening.

In 2024, American is operating 19 ships, with more than 50 U.S. itineraries taking in 35 states. The ships accommodate between 90 and180 guests.


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