American Cruise Lines

  • Captain

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  • Overview



    American Cruise Lines is currently seeking Captains (full or part time) for its fleet of modern overnight passenger cruise ships. We offer over 30 unique 7 to 14 night itineraries that travel along the inland and coastal waterways of the East Coast,  Pacific Northwest and Mississippi River. Each ship carries between 100 and 200 passengers under a US flag. Most ships are licensed under Subchapter K of USCG regulation. Each ship is equipped with the latest safety, navigation, and communications systems.   American Cruise Lines currently has 10 ships in service and 3 under construction.


    Onboard, you will receive excellent private accommodations, with in-suite head, satellite TV, etc., spouses are welcome. This position is ideal for experienced/retired Naval or Coast Guard officers with command experience interested in a second career with a great company. The Captain must have the ability to get along with well-educated, affluent passengers, and represent the company in a professional manner.


    Excellent pay and competitive benefits package.


    • The safety of the passengers, crew and vessel
      Safe navigation of vessel
    • All docking, undocking and maneuvering of vessel 
    • Aupervision and direction of Mate and Deckhands
    • Training of Mate and Deckhands
    • Ensuring vessel is maintained in safe operating condition
    • Administrative functions including logs and reports
    • Maintaining crew discipline
    • Other duties as required


    • Minimum of 100ton Near Coastal U.S. Coast Guard Master’s license
    • Command experience on vessels of similar size
    • Excellent time management and organizational skills
      Pre-employment drug test
    • Ability to live and work on board for rotations of 2 -6 weeks


    American Cruise Lines is the largest U.S. cruise company and operates the newest fleet of riverboats and small cruise ships around the country. Our people make the difference. We recognize that our employees have made, and will keep us America's leading river cruise specialist.


    Our philosophy for success is simple; hire talented people then provide training, support systems and motivation so you will thrive. Long established and deeply experienced in cruise travel, American Cruise Lines has been honored with multiple awards, including Porthole Reader’s Choice Awards in 2014, World Travel Awards “World’s Leading River Cruise Company” in 2013, “Gold Award Winner” for Travel Weekly’s 2014 Magellan Awards and a 2014 finalist for Condé Nast Traveler's Reader’s Choice Awards.”




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