American Cruise Lines names first vessel in new riverboat series


(GUILFORD, Conn.) — American Cruise Lines (ACL) has announced that the first vessel in its new modern riverboats series will be named American Song.

The vessel is being built at Chesapeake Shipbuilding in Salisbury, Md., and will be U.S.-flagged and U.S.-crewed. It will launch on the Mississippi River in fall 2018, then will head to the Columbia and Snake rivers for cruises in 2019.

ACL stated in a news release that American Song will be wider, faster and quieter than any of the company's other river cruise ships. It will have a four-story glass atrium, large lounge areas and is being designed to have sweeping views throughout the vessel. The staterooms will be the largest in the industry, according to ACL, and will have private balconies and large bathrooms.

With the addition of American Song, ACL will operate a fleet of 10 vessels, including coastal cruise ships and paddlewheelers. The company sails along the coasts and inland waterways of Alaska, the Pacific Northwest, the Mississippi River region, the Southeast and New England.

By Professional Mariner Staff