On the 100-passenger American Independence, which offers itineraries on domestic waterways, Captain Gregg Scheiferstein said a small maneuverable boat (American Cruise Lines calls their vessels boats) like the Independence can navigate into places the big ships can’t get near.
“It has a lot of strong points; it can do coastal journeys very comfortably,” he told Cruise Industry News. “It’s fully stabilized, so it’s very good in the small amounts of open water we sail in. At the same time, it’s a very shallow-draft vessel so it’s able to do some intimate areas on the East Coast and go places larger ships can’t. The boat is very maneuverable and is able to take us into small harbors, and that is the strongest thing it can do for the passengers.”…..Read More