American Cruise Lines, operator of the small coastal and river cruise ships Independence (shown above at the town dock in Bar Harbor earlier this summer) and American Glory, has received the 2015 Gold Magellan Award from Travel Weekly. PHOTO BY EARL BRECHLIN

Cruise line wins Travel Weekly award



BAR HARBOR — American Cruise Lines, operator of the small coastal and river cruise ships Independence and American Glory, has received the 2015 Gold Magellan Award from Travel Weekly.

The award was achieved in the Cruise Overall: River Cruising category, making ACL the winner in this category for the second consecutive year.

“We are pleased to be recognized for our highly personalized service and exceptional small-ship cruising experience,” said Vice President Timothy Beebe.

In August, ACL announced the launch of its newest paddle wheeler, America, to operate on the Mississippi River in 2016, and also announced the line is doubling capacity on the Columbia and Snake River. ACL specializes in cruises on the rivers and inland waterways of the United States and has received world-wide recognition as the first to revive paddle-wheel river cruising in America.

The company’s ships are compact enough that they usually tie up directly to the town pier or floats when visiting Bar Harbor.

Earl Brechlin

Earl Brechlin

Editor at Mount Desert Islander
Former Islander editor Earl Brechlin first discovered Mount Desert Island 35 years ago and never left. The author of seven guide and casual history books, he is a Registered Maine Guide and has served as president of the Maine and New England Press Associations. He and his wife live in Bar Harbor.
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