American Cruise Lines newbuild passes sea trials


The following is text of a news release from American Cruise Lines:

(GUILFORD, Conn.) — American Cruise Lines has announced that its first new ship of 2018, American Constitution, successfully passed sea trials last week in Chesapeake Bay. With the U.S. Coast Guard aboard, American Constitution underwent speed trials, an endurance run, and was thoroughly tested in all areas of safety and maneuverability.

“The American Constitution passed with flying colors,” said Paul Taiclet, vice president of hotel operations, who was aboard for the sea trials. “The ship performed exceptionally well and has a number of enhancements that further American’s tradition of innovation in small ship cruising.”

One of the new advanced features noted by Taiclet are new acoustic treatments and vibration-dampening systems throughout the ship.

Now that American Constitution’s sea trials are completed, the line looks forward to the ship’s inaugural cruise from Baltimore on April 18. The first cruise will also be the line’s first American Revolution cruise — a new 10-night cruise around Chesapeake Bay that features ports central to our nation’s history. For the remainder of 2018, the new ship will stay on the East Coast, where it will run a series of trips in summer and fall from Boston and New York.

By Professional Mariner Staff