American Cruise Lines

  • Captain

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  • Overview

    American Cruise Lines, the largest cruise line in the United States, is seeking Captains (full time or part time) to join our brand new ships which travel throughout our nation on week long cruises. We deliver highly customized experiences to each guest on our small, luxury 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 and 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.


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


    • 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 has 10 ships throughout our fleet, 3 of which are on the Mississippi River. The America and the Queen of the Mississippi are modern paddlewheelers reminiscent of steamboats from a bygone era, while the American Song is a brand new riverboat with contemporary décor and styling unlike anything else in the U.S. We have additional ships on both the East Coast and in the Pacific Northwest and Alaska. Discover why American Cruise Lines is the leading (and fastest growing) cruise line today!



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