June 17, 2021
American Cruise Strains introduced this week that it has signed contracts with Chesapeake Shipbuilding, Salisbury, Md., to construct two extra fashionable riverboats in 2022. The newbuilds would be the fifth and sixth in American Cruise Strains new sequence, first launched in 2018. Each new fashionable riverboats are but to be named and can comply with the 2021 debuts of American Jazz and American Melody on the Mississippi River.
American Cruise Strains has greater than doubled in measurement since 2017. Together with the 2 newbuilds simply introduced, American’s fleet has grown to fifteen ships: 5 small cruise ships, 4 traditional paddlewheelers, and 6 fashionable riverboats. Along with the corporate’s latest fashionable riverboats, American additionally plans to proceed constructing new small cruise ships for its U.S. coastal itineraries. The Line’s river and coastal cruises function in the identical destination-focused model, cruising near dwelling and at all times in sight of land, alongside 100% home U.S. itineraries.
“American’s two newbuilds are welcome information for the trade right here at dwelling. They intently comply with the 2 riverboats we’re introducing this 12 months and exhibit our ongoing dedication to progress and main the U.S. small ship market,” Charles B. Robertson, ACL’s president and CEO, mentioned in an announcement saying the newbuilds. “Whereas the tempo of our newbuilds is rising, we’re dedicated to sustaining the small capability of our ships, which proceed to accommodate simply 100-190 passengers. This distinction throughout our fleet actually allows us to ship the customized and complicated expertise our visitors have come to anticipate.”
American’s fifth and sixth fashionable riverboats will probably be sisterships to 175-passenger American Melody, starting operations on the Mississippi this August. American Melody will showcase the ACL’s latest inside design idea created by Studio DADO, Miami.
American Melody and the brand new 2022 builds may also spotlight new architectural parts, together with a brand new fifth deck Skywalk which encompasses a strolling observe cantilevered above the 4th deck, and a elliptical cutout above the riverboat’s outside café and lounge — Ellipse Café. American’s fashionable riverboats additionally provide 100% non-public balcony staterooms, huge suites, and 5 spacious decks with sky-lit atriums, grand eating rooms, comfy inside and exterior lounges, and ACL’s largest-ever health studios.