Chesapeake begins building third Coastal Cat for ACL

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

Announced in January 2022, the Project Blue series is a set of 12 small ships designed to cover almost any domestic cruise itinerary. The 105-guest American Liberty is built for coastal operation and features a similar innovative hull design as the company’s previously announced Coastal Cats. All ships are being built by Chesapeake Shipbuilding in Salisbury, Md.

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The first two ships in the series, American Eagle and American Glory, are scheduled to begin sailing in 2023. American Liberty is scheduled to begin cruising in May 2024.

American Cruise Lines has grown substantially since the pandemic and has led the resurgence of the river cruise market. In just the past five years, the company has more than doubled its fleet by introducing its modern series of American riverboats.

American Liberty and the ongoing series of Coastal Cats will feature many amenities including 56 staterooms and suites, each with a private balcony, spacious lounges and multiple dining venues. The ship’s catamaran 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