American Cruise Lines

  • Captain

    Job Locations US-ALL-Shipboard
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  • Overview

    American Cruise Lines, the largest cruise line in the United States, is seeking Captains (full time or part time) on our brand new ships which travel the U.S. on week long cruises. We offer over 30 unique 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. Each ship is state of the art and equipped with the latest safety, navigation, and communications systems. 


    The Captain is a shipboard officer who will be responsible for the safe navigation of the vessel and adherence to company standards while representing the company in a professional manner with guests. Candidates must be meticulous and demonstrate operational discipline in all respects. 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. In this role we are flexible with your schedule and want to make sure that we accommodate your needs.


    American Cruise Lines offers comprehensive development programs to enhance skills and advance career growth. Living and working on board one of our small cruise ships allows rapid accumulation of sea time and refining of ship handling skills. American Cruise Lines is the only U.S. passenger vessel line offering recurrent simulator training at our own state-of-the-art ship simulator specifically designed for our Captains and Mates. The simulated bridge was designed to be a replica of an American Cruise Line bridge, integrating actual shipboard equipment wherever possible. Captains and Mates are placed in a realistic scenarios to examine decision making practices and hone skills.



    • 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
    • Must pass a pre-employment drug test


    • Competitive salary
    • Health, dental, and vision plans available
    • Matching 401(k) plan
    • Flexible schedule with the possibility for equal on/off time if desired 
    • World-class training in our own ship simulator facility
    • Build experience with both conventional and z-drive ships
    • Live anywhere in the country
    • Expanding opportunities with new ships coming on line every year
    • Sailing American waterways from the coast of Maine to Alaska
    • Captains may have their spouse accompany them

    About Our Company: American Cruise Lines operates the newest and largest fleet of cruise ships in the United States, 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. We offer a number of shipboard positions which provide the opportunity to cruise the most captivating destinations in the country including the East Coast, Mississippi River, Pacific Northwest, and Alaska. Take advantage of this opportunity to join a thriving company with over 30 years of experience. Create lasting memories on board, while exploring the beauty of America’s waterways.  


    Due to the U.S. Coast Guard regulations we are only able to hire American citizens or those who hold a valid Green Card



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