American Cruise Lines is pleased to announce that it has completed the first few sailings of its newest itinerary, an 8-Day Hudson River Summer Classic, and already tripled the number of departures available for the cruise in 2025.

American is the only cruise line in the world to offer overnight luxury river cruises exploring the Hudson River, and 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, along a new 8-Day Hudson River Summer Classic itinerary, which sails roundtrip from NYC and explores throughout the Hudson River Valley.

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

New York City
New York City

American’s new Hudson River Summer Classic itinerary is similar to the line’s popular Fall Foliage cruise but not only offers a number of great excursions to cultural sites throughout the Valley, but also provides a great new way to explore the Hudson Valley during summer. 

These exclusive Hudson River cruises operate aboard the newest modern riverboats and small ships in the country, which offer 100% private balcony accommodations, spacious and comfortable indoor and outdoor lounges, walking tracks and amenities on par with the finest river cruises in the world.

American’s new small ships also offer sweeping river views from nearly every space on board as guests are transported along the river.

Over the past century, the Hudson River Valley has been home to US presidents, titans 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 American’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 while Irving lived on the banks of the Hudson at his home, Sunnyside.

American has already completed the first several sailings of the new Hudson River Summer Classics, with the last 2024 cruise concluding in New York today.

Next year, the company is offering more than triple the number of summer departures, offering sailings throughout June, July and August, in addition to the ever-popular autumn departures in late September and October. 

Prices for the new Hudson River Summer Classic cruise start from £4,890 per person cruise only. Price is based on the 10th June 2025 departure onboard American Eagle.

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

For further information call Fred. Holidays, American Cruise Line’s preferred booking agent, on 0800 021 3172, email or visit

Source: Kate Selley PR

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