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American Cruise Lines' New England season gets underway

The 175-passenger American Constitution in Boothbay Harbor, Maine
American Cruise Lines' New England season opened with American Constitution embarking on new eight-day 'Cape Codder' sailings.

The 175-passenger ship made its first exclusive visit to the Massachusetts Maritime Academy over Memorial Day weekend.

'Cape Codder' itinerary

The 'Cape Codder' sails round-trip from Boston, and visits Gloucester, Plymouth, Martha’s Vineyard, Woods Hole, New Bedford and Provincetown.

Three ships in New England this summer

Several other New England cruises begin this week, with three small American ships sailing the region through September.

Besides the 'Cape Codder,' tineraries are 11-day 'Grand New England Cruises' round-trip Boston, eight-day 'New England Islands Cruises' round-trip from Providence and eight-day 'Maine Coast and Harbors Cruises' round-trip from Portland.

Drive-to embarkation ports and round-trip sailings

'New England summers are best experienced from the water. Our cruises to the small towns and islands in Maine, Massachusetts and Rhode Island have always been extremely popular, but this year our concept of cruising close to home brings entirely new meaning,' said Charles B. Robertson, president & CEO of American Cruise Lines. 'All our itineraries are roundtrip from New England cities and visit only US ports, so many of our guests can drive straight to our ships, keeping their summer travel simple and easy.'

American's vessels visit more than 20 New England ports on over 150 calls from May through September. Ships dock in the heart of each destination and offer guided, small-group explorations of historic towns and villages. Summer sailings also highlight New England’s famous Yankee fare, from authentic lobster bakes to clam chowders and Maine blueberry pies.