Brand New Mississippi Riverboat Passes Sea Trials
GUILFORD, CT—April 6, 2023—The newest riverboat for the Mississippi River passed sea trials this week and is on the way to New Orleans for its inaugural season exploring the country’s most iconic River. American Cruise Lines announced today, that it has accepted delivery of the American Serenade from Chesapeake Shipbuilding as scheduled. American Serenade is the 6th riverboat in the Line’s ground- breaking new series, and the 18th small ship built by Chesapeake Shipbuilding for American Cruise Lines. The 180-passenger boat will immediately join the company’s expanding Mississippi River fleet and will begin plying the famous waterway this month. American Serenade’s first cruise is set to depart April 20th from New Orleans, and American Cruise Lines plans to christen the new riverboat during its inaugural cruise on April 23rd while visiting Vidalia, Louisiana.
“American Serenade shows our continued commitment to small ships for America’s rivers. She has the same spacious features as her five sisterships and a design package that wows everyone who boards,” said Charles B. Robertson, President & CEO of American Cruise Lines. Introduced just a few months after American Symphony and just a few months before American Eagle, the new ship is a testament to the Line’s rapidly increasing production capability.
Accommodating 180 guests, American Serenade features 5 decks and offers 100% private balcony staterooms, including suites and singles. The new riverboat has an elegant interior design which incorporates a stunning use of glass, allowing for unparalleled views throughout the ship. American Serenade also showcases American’s patented opening bow and retractable gangway, as well as an open-air 5th deck skywalk with an ellipse that cantilevers dramatically over the café below. American Serenade also offers spacious lounges both inside and out, a grand dining room, casual café, and fitness center.
A virtual 360-degree tour of American’s new riverboats is available here: American Cruise Lines Virtual Riverboat Tour. Ship photos and tours are available at all times on the company’s main website under the “ships” tab.
American’s small ship fleet has continued to expand year after year, as the company continues to introduce ground-breaking small ship designs with exceptional accommodations that enhance guests’ experiences on the Mississippi River, the Columbia & Snake Rivers, and across the U.S.A. This year, the company plans to introduce 2 more small new ships for the U.S. market; two, 100-passenger Coastal Cats, American Eagle and American Glory.
About American Cruise Lines:
American Cruise Lines offers river cruising and small ship cruising in the U.S.A. American continues to launch the newest U.S. built ships for Cruising Close to Home®. On all American’s cruises, guests discover the history, spirit, and culture of the United States aboard a sophisticated fleet of American riverboats and small cruise ships. In 2023, American will operate 17 ships, each accommodating just 90-180 passengers, which cruise more than 50 domestic itineraries in 35 states. American offers domestic Flat- Rate Airfare for all its U.S. cruises and Complimentary Pre-Cruise Hotel Stays in cities across the country.
Pearl Seas Cruises Announces Complete Interior Redesign of the Pearl Mist to Celebrate the 2023 Season
Guilford, CT— March 27, 2023—To celebrate the opening of the 2023 cruise season, Pearl Seas Cruises announces a major interior redesign of the Pearl Mist. The company has offered personalized destination-focused cruises on the Great Lakes, New England, and Canada since 2014, and has a fabulous new season of small ship cruises beginning in May. The 210-passenger Pearl Mist remains the only fully stabilized all-balcony small ship cruising the Great Lakes and the surrounding U.S. and Canadian coastal regions.
Pearl Seas Cruises commissioned Miami-based design firm, Studio DADO, for the redesign of Pearl Mist. Studio DADO is renowned throughout the industry for sophisticated, contemporary, and elegant ship interiors. The design company was recently contracted to do all the interior projects for Pearl’s affiliated company, American Cruise Lines, creating two, stunning new series of U.S. riverboats and small cruise ships. Pearl Mist’s beautiful new redesign will be revealed to guests aboard the first cruise of the season, which departs from Portland, Maine May 6th, 2023.
“We have been so pleased to work with Studio DADO again on the recreation of the Pearl Mist. The design projects they completed for our affiliated company, American Cruise Lines, have been widely acclaimed. DADO combines both modern sophistication and worldly design elements into every interior space they create. They have elevated Pearl Mist’s décor to the finest available in small ship cruising– masterfully blending the casual elegance and comfortable luxury our guests enjoy,” said Carter Robertson, President of Pearl Seas Cruises.
From the staterooms and suites to the lounges and dining areas, the Pearl Mist has been completely made over with fresh color palettes, sumptuous textiles and linens, new furniture and carpets, and regionally inspired artwork and flourishes. Studio DADO has reimagined every space aboard the ship, incorporating themes that expertly highlight the local historical, cultural, and geographical influences characteristic to the regions Pearl Mist sails.
The beautiful new spaces DADO has envisioned for the Pearl Mist have elevated the ship, showcasing the finest interior design available in small ship cruising today. By Implementing their own signature style while retaining elements true to the pristine waterways Pearl Mist explores, Studio DADO has truly created a small ship masterpiece.
This May, Pearl Seas Cruises’ 2023 season begins with a 7-Night Maine Coast & Canadian Harbors cruise, roundtrip from Portland, ME; followed by the Line’s longest itinerary, a 15-Night Canadian Maritimes & St. Lawrence Seaway cruise, from Portland, ME to Toronto, Canada.
Pearl Seas Cruises’ popular Great Lakes season opens on May 28th, 2023, with the Line’s 11-Night Great Lakes & Georgian Bay itinerary, followed by Pearl’s shorter 7-Night Great Lakes itinerary
departing June 8th. Both Pearl’s Great Lakes itineraries operate all summer through the end of August 2023. In the fall, Pearl also offers 10-Night Canada & New England Fall Foliage cruises between Quebec, Canada and Portland, ME.
Guests aboard the Pearl Mist, enjoy amazing views from their private balconies, offered in every stateroom. Cruises also offer all-inclusive fine dining, complimentary cocktails each evening, complimentary beer & wine with lunch and dinner, as well as award-winning onboard enrichment programs, entertainment, and guided shore excursions at every port.
Fully stabilized and purposely built to smoothly navigate the waters of the Great Lakes, and the picturesque U.S. and Canadian coasts, Pearl Mist has always been a standout choice for small ship explorations. This season, with brand-new interior design and 100% private balcony accommodations Pearl Mist will be the finest small ship sailing the region.
Pearl Seas Cruises has been awarded Cruise Critic’s Cruisers’ Choice Award for Best Small Ship Line in the U.S. & Canada, and Travel Weekly’s Magellan Awards for Best Small Ship Line in the U.S. & Canada, Best Great Lakes Itinerary, and Best Contemporary Small Ship. The company has been consistently recognized for delivering highly personalized service and culturally focused small ship cruises on the Great Lakes, the Canadian Maritimes & St. Lawrence Seaway, and New England– highlighting coastal Maine.
The Longest-Ever U.S. River Cruise
Introducing The Great United States: Cruise 20 States in 60 Days
Guilford, CT—March 27, 2023—American Cruise Lines is pleased to announce the longest-ever domestic cruise itinerary. The company’s new 60-day adventure, called The Great United States, explores 20 states, and spans all four time zones in the continental U.S. As the country approaches its semiquincentennial, the 250th anniversary of its independence, the new cruise honors America’s living history, and enduring legacies from sea to shining sea. Guests will begin at the Pacific Coast and travel east to the Atlantic, cruising 4 major rivers and America’s most picturesque coastlines. The Great United States experience culminates in New York Harbor with a viewing of the Statue of Liberty from the ship on the last day of the cruise.
“The Great United States cruise is a fantastic showcase of our country and of the breadth of American Cruise Lines. A river cruise of this magnitude has never been done before in the U.S., and only American Cruise Lines is capable of delivering it successfully,” said Charles B. Robertson, President & CEO of American Cruise Lines.
American Cruise Lines’ The Great United States cruises will enable guests to discover the extraordinary beauty of America, from its breathtaking national parks and mountain ranges to its golden Midwest farmlands and salty New England harbors. Always sailing in sight of land and visiting only domestic U.S. ports of call, American’s guests will retrace the steps of Lewis & Clark on the Columbia & Snake Rivers, roll along the Mighty Mississippi with Mark Twain and Elvis, venture up the Hudson River during peak fall foliage season, and breathe in the fresh sea air of coastal New England.
Guests will cruise aboard the newest ships in the country—each, well-appointed with spacious staterooms and suites, private balconies, elegant restaurants and casual cafés, multiple lounges, and wide-open top decks for breathtaking views of the passing scenery. All elements of the travel experience will be fully curated, and all arrangements handled with the utmost care by American Cruise Lines’ dedicated travel team, ensuring guests have an impeccable experience throughout this monumental U.S. River cruise.
The Great United States
Begin your epic U.S. River cruise experience
Days 1 to 8: Columbia & Snake Rivers Cruise: Sail from Portland, OR to Clarkston, WA, aboard American Jazz. Explore along the Columbia and Snake Rivers, from the mouth of the Pacific Ocean in Astoria, OR, to Hell’s Canyon, North America’s deepest Canyon.
Days 9 to 14: National Parks Land Package:
From beautiful Coeur d’Alene, ID, enjoy a privately guided tour through 3 of the country’s most spectacular National Parks: Glacier, Yellowstone, and Grand Teton; concludes in spectacular Jackson Hole, Wyoming.
Days 15 to 38: Complete Mississippi River Cruise: (includes travel from Jackson, WY to New Orleans, LA). Cruise aboard American Symphony from New Orleans, LA to St. Paul, MN. From New Orleans, sail 1,393 miles, through 10 states along the most comprehensive Mississippi River cruise available. Guests will explore the historic gems of the South, the rolling farmland of the Midwest, and the extraordinary beauty of the Upper River, from to Mark Twain’s boyhood home to the most populous Bald Eagle concentration in North America.
Day 39 to 47: Maine Coast & Harbors Cruise: (includes travel from St. Paul, MN to Portland, ME) Cruise aboard American Independence from Portland, ME to Boston, MA, along one of the most stunning coastlines in the country. Along this enchanting journey, discover the rich maritime history of the region as American Independence cruises past the magnificent and historic homes of sea captains and shipbuilders of years gone by, as well as the working waterfront communities of the modern day.
Days 48 to 54: Yankee Seaports:
American Independence will sail the most famous and infamous seaports from Boston, MA, to New York City. Discover the country’s rich maritime history exploring historic cities and coastal villages from Plymouth, MA; to Mystic, CT; to Newport, RI; and Port Jefferson, NY.
Days 55 to 61*: Hudson River Fall Foliage:
From New York City, American Independence will cruise the Hudson River straight from the tip of Manhattan, passing the City’s world-famous skyline. Guests will enjoy the kaleidoscope of color offered by the Hudson River Valley’s magnificent fall foliage, visiting Sleepy Hollow, West Point, Hyde Park and more…while cruising past the beautiful Gilded Age estates of the famous and infamous industrialists, artists, presidents, and inventors who left their indelible marks on the Valley and on the soul of our country.
The Great United States cruise concludes as American Independence returns to New York Harbor, passing the Statue of Liberty, one of the most enduring symbols of the hope, spirit, and ideals embodied by the greatest nation on earth.
*Disembark on day 61 in New York City. Journey home or explore longer in The Big Apple
The first The Great United States cruise sails August 14, 2024, to October 14, 2024. The price per person ranges from $51,060 to $77,945 (depending on stateroom selection). Deposit of $5,000 per person is due upon reservation. Reservations for this unparalleled exploration of the U.S.A. are open to book now.
The journey includes: American Cruise Lines jacket and gear pack; pre-cruise hotel stay; all flights and hotels between cruise segments; daily excursions & entertainment; all meals & beverages; and Wi-Fi throughout. Tips, Gratuities & Port Charges are included in the price.
To view maps and full day-by-day itinerary details please visit: The Great United States About American Cruise Lines:
American Cruise Lines offers river cruising and small ship cruising in the U.S.A. American continues to launch the newest U.S. built ships for Cruising Close to Home®. On all American’s cruises, guests discover the history, spirit, and culture of the United States aboard a sophisticated fleet of American riverboats
and small cruise ships. In 2023, American will operate 17 ships, each accommodating just 90-180 passengers, which cruise more than 50 domestic itineraries in 35 states. American offers domestic Flat- Rate Airfare for all its U.S. cruises and Complimentary Pre-Cruise Hotel Stays in cities across the country.
Guilford, CT—March 1, 2023—American Cruise Lines has just begun the biggest season ever on the Mississippi River. This year, the company is introducing brand new American Serenade, the 6th in the Line’s acclaimed American RiverboatTM series; a new 8-Day Tennessee Rivers itinerary between Nashville and Chattanooga, TN; and a host of new shore excursions with many more active and adventurous options, including one-of-a-kind opportunities like VIP access to a taping of ANTIQUES ROADSHOW®. March through December 2023, American will operate 5 new riverboats and over 11 itineraries exploring the Mighty River and its tributaries from St. Paul, Minnesota, to New Orleans, Louisiana— delivering the most exceptional experiences available on the nation’s most iconic waterway.
On April 20th, brand new American Serenade will make its Mississippi debut sailing from New Orleans to Memphis along a special 8-Day Christening Cruise. American Serenade will be accompanied on the Mississippi this season by sister ships American Melody and American Symphony, as well as 2 classic paddlewheelers, American Heritage and American Splendor, both completely renovated in 2022. Only American Cruise Lines offers guests the unique ability to customize their Mississippi River cruise experience—offering the choice between new classic paddlewheelers or new modern riverboats.
Beginning in June, American’s guests will be able to explore more of the Mississippi, cruising famous tributaries including the Tennessee River. Along the company’s new 8-Day Tennessee Rivers itinerary guests will sail between Nashville and Chattanooga, Tennessee, stopping in: Decatur, AL; Florence, AL; Savannah, TN; Paducah, TN; and cruising Lake Barkley and Kentucky Lake. In addition to the Tennessee River, the company continues to offer adventures along other less traveled Mississippi tributaries. Along American’s 8-Day Music Cities cruises, guests explore portions of the Mississippi, Ohio, and Cumberland Rivers between Memphis and Nashville, Tennessee, stopping in: Clarksville, TN; Dover, TN; Paducah, KY; and cruising Lake Barkley and Kentucky Lake. In addition to new riverboats and new itineraries, American Cruise Lines continues to operate the longest U.S. River cruise, their 22-Day Complete Mississippi River cruise which explores 10 states and nearly the full length of the river in a single journey. Dates for this amazing cruise are offered on American Symphony in June, and aboard brand- new American Serenade in August 2023; both sailings include all the company’s fantastic pre-cruise options.
Also new for the 2023 Mississippi Season, American has added a plethora of new shore excursions, as well as new enrichment—focusing on culinary opportunities on board and on shore, as well as many more active shore experiences. This year, more adventurous guests can enjoy new experiences like the Lee County Agritourism Experience, the Mark Twain Cave Exploration & Wine Tasting, or the Natchez Trails to Tamales Experience, and many more new options in ports up and down the River.
All American’s 2023 Mississippi River cruises include 1-Night Complimentary Hotel Stays in every departure port, plus longer extended pre-cruise packages, including a special 2-night Graceland Package in Memphis, a 2-Night Grand Ole Opry Package in Nashville, and luxury Four Seasons Hotel Pre-Cruise Packages in select departure cities. American’s Mississippi River cruises also continue to offer 100% private shoreside transportation, aboard new luxury Cruise Coaches, which follow the riverboats from port-to-port. All cruises offer Flat-Rate Domestic Airfare, and select dates offer Complimentary Airfare.
At the end of 2023, the wonderful season will culminate with American’s festive Holiday Cruises—from Thanksgiving Cruises to Christmas and New Year’s Cruises, the merriment on the River never ends.
New Mississippi River cruise schedules through 2024 are available on the company’s website. Please visit https://www.americancruiselines.com/cruises/mississippi-river-cruises to explore the possibilities.
About American Cruise Lines:
American Cruise Lines offers river cruising and small ship cruising in the U.S.A. American continues to launch the newest U.S. built ships for Cruising Close to Home®. On all American’s cruises, guests discover the history, spirit, and culture of the United States aboard a sophisticated fleet of American riverboats and small cruise ships. In 2023, American will operate 17 ships, each accommodating just 90-180 passengers, which cruise more than 50 domestic itineraries in 35 states. American offers Flat-Rate Domestic Airfare for all its U.S. cruises and Complimentary Pre-Cruise Hotel Stays in cities across the country.
Media Contact: Alexa Paolella Public Relations Manager Tel: (203) 453-6800 Email: Media@AmericanCruiseLines.com
American Cruise Lines Alaska Season is Underway 1 st Ship to Dock in Haines in 622 Days!
Guilford, CT—June 28, 2021—American Cruise Lines is pleased to announce that their 2021 Alaska season is underway and their small ship cruises will continue to explore throughout Southeast Alaska all summer long. On June 12th , American Constellation was the first cruise ship to dock in Haines in 622 days (since September 29, 2019). To celebrate the town’s 1 st docking in almost 2 years, American’s guests were warmly welcomed on shore by Mayor Douglass Olerud, the Chilkat Dancers, and many members of the Haines community.
“We are thrilled to be back in Haines and appreciate the wonderful reception we received from the community. We have worked diligently throughout Southeast Alaska to coordinate with each port to ensure the safe resumption of domestic cruising,” said Charles B. Robertson, President & CEO of American Cruise Lines. “We look forward to 12 dockings in Haines this year and many more in the coming years, as the popularity of experiencing Alaska’s majesty aboard small, new U.S. ships continues to grow.”
Once the welcome festivities concluded, American’s guests immediately began several guided smallgroup tours of Haines. Shore excursions included kayaking on Chilkoot Lake and rafting in the Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve, historical walking tours of Haines, an exploration of the Haines Sheldon Museum, as well as visits to local shops, restaurants, and other cultural sites.
American Cruise Lines has been exploring Alaska since 2010 aboard small U.S. built ships which follow 100% domestic itineraries ranging from 8 to 15 days in length. This year, the Line also added a brand new 11-Day Alaskan Explorer cruise to their offerings in Alaska. Each summer, June through September, America’s small ships operate between Seattle and Juneau, roundtrip from Juneau, and between Ketchikan and Juneau. American’s new 11-Day Alaskan Explorer cruise sails the Inside Passage, Clarence Strait, Tracy Arm, and Glacier Bay, and includes visits to Mendenhall Glacier, LeConte Glacier, and Chilkoot Lake.
Throughout the summer, American’s cruises will continue to discover Southeast Alaska’s unique cultures, scenic glaciers, fjords, and abundant wildlife. Specializing in personalized experiences, American’s uniquely curated cruises explore the Inside Passage, Frederick Sound, Glacier Bay, and Tracy Arm and visit Juneau, Skagway, Haines, Petersburg, Ketchikan, Haines, and Wrangell among other picturesque sites throughout the Southeast region. All cruises include a complimentary pre-cruise hotel night in Juneau, and the newest Alaskan Explorer itinerary offers a complimentary hotel stay at the iconic Cape Fox Lodge for departures from Ketchikan.
In every Alaskan port of call, American has well-established relationships with local vendors, experts, and guides as well as cultural institutions, national parks, and wildlife conservationists. Both on board and on shore, the Line provides entertainment, specialized enrichment packages, and personalized service. Guided shore excursions are offered at every port in Alaska and include: private fishing charters, Tlingit cultural experiences, wildlife kayaking excursions, glacier flight-seeing adventures, active hikes, and casual walking tours.
2021 cruises are aboard American Constellation, one of the Line’s newest, fully stabilized 175-passenger coastal ships. It offers smooth small ship cruising, the most spacious staterooms in the industry, of which nearly 100% feature a private balcony for amazing up-close views of Alaska’s breathtaking natural beauty.
About American Cruise Lines: American Cruise Lines was the first cruise line to resume cruising in the U.S.A. earlier this year on March 13th, 2021. The Line offers the finest river cruising and coastal cruising in the country. Year after year, American continues to launch the newest small ships and uniquely curated itineraries for exploring and Cruising Close to Home.™ On all American’s cruises, guests discover the history, spirit, and culture of the United States aboard the most sophisticated fleet of modern riverboats and small cruise ships in the country. American operates 13 ships, all accommodating just 100-190 passengers, which cruise more than 35 itineraries in over 30 states.
American Extends Cruise with Comfort Plan and Protects Travel Advisor Commissions
Guilford, CT—May 12, 2020—American Cruise Lines announced today that it has extended its popular Cruise with Comfort program and will continue to protect 100% of travel advisor commissions on all Cruise with Comfort bookings. The program will now include all cruises departing through October 31st, 2020 and may be applied to both new and existing bookings. American implemented Cruise with Comfort earlier this year to provide flexibility to both guests and travel advisors, as they navigate the difficult travel decisions surrounding COVID-19.
Cruise with Comfort allows guests to cancel for any reason up to 24 hours before the start of their cruise and receive Cruise Vouchers for 100% of amounts paid. The plan has been popular among guests for the peace of mind it creates, and has been extremely well received by travel advisors because it protects all commissions based on the original sailing date. If a guest cancels their cruise, even just one day before traveling, the travel advisor is compensated fully for their work.
Earlier this year American also rolled out its Travel Advisor Assurance Plan which contains some of the most guest and agent friendly policies in the river cruise industry. Under the Travel Advisor Assurance Plan, commissions that are affected by Cruise with Comfort or by suspended cruise operations will be 100% commission protected for Cruise Vouchers issued.
“Our travel advisor partners have appreciated our commission policy in particular, because it compensates them sooner than later for their efforts,” said Susan Shultz, Vice President of Trade Relations for American. “Plus, Cruise with Comfort has helped advisors sell, because it allows guests the ability to cancel their cruise up to 24-hours before the cruise begins and still retain the full value of their cruise.”
For more information and details on American’s Cruise with Comfort plan or Travel Advisor Assurance plan, please contact American Cruise Lines at: 800-894-8570, or visit our website www.AmericanCruiseLines.com.
About American Cruise Lines:
Year after year, American Cruise Lines continues to launch the newest small ships and curated itineraries for exploring and Cruising Close to Home™. On all American’s cruises, guests discover the history, spirit, and culture of the United States aboard the most sophisticated fleet of modern riverboats and small cruise ships in the country. American operates 12 ships along more than 35 itineraries—offering the finest river cruising and coastal cruising in the U.S.A.
American Cruise Lines Travel Advisor Assurance Plan
Guilford, CT—March 24, 2020—American Cruise Lines has unveiled its full Travel Advisor Assurance Plan following the Line’s voluntary decision to suspend cruise operations through April 30th, 2020. The new plan contains some of the most guest and agent friendly policies in the river cruise industry. Most significantly, the plan includes assurance from American that it will protect Travel Advisor commissions for bookings impacted by COVID-19.
Earlier this month, American proactively rolled out flexible new options for guests and has now bundled them into one simple Travel Advisor Assurance Plan for agents.
Cruise with Comfort: This new option offers flexibility to guests for all new and existing bookings on cruises departing through August 31st, 2020. Guests that opt for this offer have the ability to cancel for any reason up to 24-hours prior to the start of their Cruise Package and to receive Cruise Vouchers equal to 100% of the amounts paid.
Suspended Cruise Options: Guests booked on any cruises that have been suspended by American will have the option to receive a full money-back refund or Cruise Vouchers equal to 125% of all amounts paid for their Cruise Package. American has been contacting guests and travel advisors directly about their options for cruises suspended due to COVID-19.
Commissions: Advisor commissions that could be affected by either Cruise with Comfort or suspended operations will be 100% commission protected for Cruise Vouchers issued. Commissions will be paid based on the original sailing date for any payments made toward commissionable items.
“Our travel advisor partners have appreciated our commission policy in particular, because it compensates them sooner than later for their efforts,” said Susan Shultz, VP of Trade Relations. “Plus, Cruise with Comfort has helped advisors sell, because it allows guests the ability to cancel their cruise up to 24-hours before the cruise begins.”
“Over the past year, we have worked consistently to offer the most competitive travel advisor programs in the industry,” said Charles B. Robertson, President and CEO of American. “These changes have been very well received because they give guests the confidence to book travel, and they give advisors prompt compensation for their efforts. They reinforce our strength as a company, our commitment to our guests, and our gratitude to our travel advisor partners.”
For more information and details on American Cruise Lines’ Advisor Assurance Plan, Cruise with Comfort option, or the most recent information on suspended cruises, please contact American Cruise Lines at: 800-894-8570, or visit our website.
About American Cruise Lines:
Year after year, American Cruise Lines continues to launch the newest small ships and uniquely curated itineraries for exploring and Cruising Close to Home™. On all American’s cruises, guests discover the history, spirit, and culture of the United States aboard the most sophisticated fleet of modern riverboats and small cruise ships in the country. American operates 12 ships along more than 35 itineraries— offering the finest river cruising and coastal cruising in the U.S.A.
American Cruise Lines to Accelerate Expansion 3 New Riverboats to Debut in the Next 20 Months
GUILFORD, CT—February 26, 2020—American Cruise Lines announced today that it will launch two additional modern riverboats for the 2021 season. Construction is already underway on the new riverboats and will ramp up as American Jazz, the Line’s 3rd modern riverboat, is readied for its 2020 debut in New Orleans.
The two riverboats coming next year will be sister ships to the American Harmony and American Jazz, but will feature new design elements that appeal to today’s discerning travelers. Further design enhancements will be unveiled later this year.
“These new ships show our continued commitment to leading the Mississippi River cruise market,” said Charles B. Robertson, President & CEO of American Cruise Lines. “The American fleet is already unrivaled and the new riverboats will allow us to continue to roll out innovative amenities that enhance
guest experiences.” All three new ships are being built at Chesapeake Shipbuilding in Salisbury, MD, an affiliate of American Cruise Lines.
“Chesapeake Shipbuilding is well-suited to increase production output,” said Steve McGee, President of Chesapeake Shipbuilding. “We have five hull fabrication buildings and more than 1,000 feet of deep water bulkhead to build and outfit multiple ships at the same time.”
American’s series of modern riverboats ushered in a new era of river cruising in the U.S. The Line introduced the country’s 1st modern riverboat in 2018, with the historic debut of the series flagship, American Song. The 2nd modern riverboat, American Harmony, was introduced in 2019 and the 3rd, American Jazz, begins cruising the Mississippi in 2020.
American Cruise Lines has introduced 5 new ships since 2017, including new coastal ships, and will have 14 ships cruising in 2021. By expanding both its river and coastal fleet, American is able to offer an unprecedented number of itineraries across the country.
American’s Modern Riverboats showcase gorgeous multi-story glass atriums and exciting contemporary design
About American Cruise Lines:
Year after year, American Cruise Lines continues to launch the newest small ships and uniquely curated itineraries for exploring and Cruising Close to Home™. On all American’s cruises, guests discover the history and spirit of the United States aboard the most sophisticated fleet of riverboats and small cruise
ships in the country. American operates 12 ships along more than 35 itineraries—offering the finest river cruising and coastal cruising in the U.S.A.
American Sets Sales Records River Cruising is More Popular Than Ever in the U.S.A.
GUILFORD, CT—February 24, 2020—American Cruise Lines announced today the strongest start to Wave Season in the company’s history. Wave Season, the cruise industry term for first quarter sales, has surpassed company expectations, with records broken in nearly every category. Demand for small ship cruises across the U.S.A. has been on the rise for some time according to American.
The company attributes much of the recent growth to the introduction of its modern riverboat series. The new riverboats offer contemporary styling with an open airy design that brings the outside world in. “Our new riverboats provide the fresh atmosphere for U.S. River cruising that today’s travelers are seeking,” says Charles B. Robertson, President & CEO of the Line. “The modern riverboats offer everything that American is already well known for, most importantly our small guest capacity, but they also add modern sophistication that appeals to a broader market of river cruise consumer.” Only American offers the finest U.S. river cruises aboard both paddlewheelers and new modern riverboats.
The record sales also come amid American’s new Cruise Close to Home™ advertising campaign which launched late last year. “The new campaign was designed to remind travelers that the finest river cruising experiences are available right here in the U.S.A. with an experienced all American company,” said Robertson. The Line estimates that 90% of Americans can drive to its cruises, skipping flights and additional travel hassles. American’s fleet of new small ships operate from February through December each year, departing from ports conveniently located across the country.
About American Cruise Lines:
Year after year, American Cruise Lines continues to launch the newest small ships and uniquely curated itineraries for exploring and Cruising Close to Home™. On all American’s cruises, guests discover the history and spirit of the United States aboard the most sophisticated fleet of riverboats and small cruise ships in the country. American operates 13 ships along more than 35 itineraries—offering the finest river cruising and coastal cruising in the U.S.A.