ACL adds to order book for Chesapeake Shipbuilding

(GUILFORD, Conn.) — American Cruise Lines (ACL) confirmed Wednesday that it has seven new ships on order, all scheduled for delivery before the end of 2026. The new ships include six Project Blue series ships and a new American Riverboat.

Three of the seven new boats on order are yet to be named, and additional details about each boat will be announced over the summer. The new American Riverboat will be similar to its sister ships and will feature several new design elements. All seven new ships are being built by Chesapeake Shipbuilding in Salisbury, Md.

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“The domestic cruise industry is the healthiest it has ever been. Demand for modern river products, new small ships, and unique exploration in the U.S.A. continues to grow,” said Charles Robertson, president and CEO of American Cruise Lines. “That demand is powered by destinations brimming with history and ships that provide the best onboard experience in the world.”

The company plans to operate 21 small ships in 2025 and 24 ships in 2026, all exclusively sailing 100 percent U.S. itineraries along U.S. rivers and coasts.

– American Cruise Lines

By Professional Mariner Staff