Chesapeake delivers new cat to American Cruise Lines

(GUILFORD, Conn.) — American Glory, the second new Coastal Cat to launch this year from American Cruise Lines (ACL), has been delivered by Chesapeake Shipbuilding after passing sea trials.

ACL accepted delivery of the 100-passenger small ship on time as scheduled from the Salisbury, Md., shipbuilder. American Glory is the newest ship in ACL’s ongoing series of 12 new Coastal Cats for exploring U.S. waterways. Additional ships in the series are already under construction, with the next two scheduled for delivery in 2024.

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American Glory will sail its inaugural cruise on Nov. 28 from Maryland to Florida, where it will begin operating ACL’s new Florida Gulf Coast and Keys cruises from late December into the new year. In addition to the Florida itinerary, American Glory will sail a slate of U.S. itineraries along the East Coast throughout 2024, which blend the luxury of river cruising with the access and adventure of expedition cruising — while only visiting U.S. ports of call.

“American Glory furthers our commitment to building new small ships for America’s rivers and coasts,” said Charles B. Robertson, ACL president and CEO. “More importantly, it is our third new ship delivery this year, making it a solid demonstration of our expanded production capacity for the U.S. market.”

Introduced just a few months after series flagship American Eagle, as well as the new riverboat American Serenade, American Glory is a testament to ACL’s ability to sail an expanding array of U.S. itineraries along both rivers and coasts. It is now the only 100 percent U.S.-flagged fleet of riverboats and small cruise ships in the world.

Accommodating just 100 guests, American Glory features four decks and showcases a new catamaran bow. The new small ship offers elegant interior design and private balcony accommodations, including single and double-occupancy staterooms as well as suites. American Glory also offers a top deck for views, comfortable lounges both inside and out, a main restaurant, casual cafe and fitness center.

– American Cruise Lines

By Professional Mariner Staff