American Cruise Lines introduces new themed sailings

American Cruise Lines has introduced three new theme cruises for 2013, including a Gold Rush theme cruise in Alaska, a Civil War Eastern Theater theme cruise to complement the Western Theatre cruise offered on the Mississippi River, and a new Enrichment theme cruise to relax the mind, body and soul of guests aboard the New England Islands itinerary. !!! Gold Rush – Alaska Inside Passage: On this cruise, guests will experience rugged mountains and glaciers as they explore Gold Rush history. They’ll even board the historic White Pass Yukon Railroad, a narrow-gauge railroad built in 1898 during the Gold Rush to transport miners. On the train, they’ll enjoy the alpine scenery and amazing views. A stop in Skagway, a newly added port of call, allows guests to discover Klondike Gold Rush National Park. Throughout the cruise, guests will spot an array of land and marine wildlife native to the Inside Passage. Featured date: July 20. !!! Civil War Eastern Theater – Historic South & Golden Isles: Following the popularity of Civil War theme cruises on the Mississippi River, American Cruise Lines has introduced the theme to the East Coast. On this new cruise, guests will discover the Eastern Theater of the American Civil War, visiting pivotal cities of the South such as Charleston, where some of the first shots of the Civil War were fired in 1861. In Savannah, guests will enjoy an eye-opening tour of its Colonial, Revolutionary and Civil War history; as well as its many historic buildings and monuments. They’ll visit historic battle grounds such as the site of the Battle of Fort Sumter in South Carolina. Featured lecturers will entertain guests and offer added insight while onboard. Featured date: April 6. !!! Enrichment: Mind, Body & Soul – New England Islands: An assortment of unique onboard and onshore activities are offered, designed to energize and revitalize guests, including morning yoga classes, walking groups, painting sessions and a presentation on health-conscious cooking and cuisine. A menu of recommended spa treatments in port will be provided at the beginning of the cruise for advance booking. Featured date: July 6. Additional theme cruises offered this year include: Savories of the South Cruise on March 2; Culinary & Wine Themed Cruise on May 4; and Lobster Festival Cruise on July 20. (