Chesapeake begins building new Coastal Cat for ACL

(GUILFORD, Conn.) — American Cruise Lines (ACL) announced Monday that construction has begun on American Legend, the fourth new Coastal Cat in the company’s Project Blue series.

The Project Blue series is a set of 12 small ships designed to sail almost any domestic cruise itinerary. The 100-guest American Legend is built for coastal operation and features the innovative new hull design that is a hallmark of the series. All of American’s new Coastal Cats are being built by Chesapeake Shipbuilding in Salisbury, Md.

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The first three ships in the series – American Eagle, American Glory and American Liberty – are scheduled to begin sailing in the next 12 months. American Legend will begin cruising the U.S. in late 2024 and is the 19th new small ship in American’s fleet.

American Cruise Lines has grown substantially in the past several years and has led the resurgence of the river cruise market in the U.S. In just the past five years, the company has nearly tripled its fleet by introducing innovative new small ships. The company is the only cruise line in the world to operate a 100 percent U.S- flagged fleet of both riverboats and small cruise ships, and the only cruise line in the country to offer 100 percent U.S. itineraries along both rivers and coasts.

American Legend, like its sister ships, will feature many amenities including 56 staterooms and suites, each with a furnished private balcony. It will also offer spacious lounges inside and out, an open-air top deck, and multiple dining venues. The ship’s hull form also allows for a wide activity platform at the stern, equipped with kayaks and a large tender for in-depth adventure directly from the ship.

– American Cruise Lines

By Rich Miller