Chesapeake starts construction on second ACL riverboat

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

(GUILFORD, Conn.) — American Cruise Lines has announced that construction has begun on the second modern riverboat in the series of five. The second riverboat is the sister ship to American Song, the first modern riverboat available in the U.S., which will make its inaugural cruise on the Mississippi River this October.

Itinerary details will be released soon, but American Cruise Lines has said that the second riverboat in the series will be available in the summer 2019. Work has already started at Chesapeake Shipbuilding in Salisbury, Md., where American Song is also being built.

With 10 ships, the line operates the largest modern fleet of authentic paddlewheelers, small coastal cruise ships and the only modern riverboat in the country. With over 35 itineraries to 25 states, the line cruises along the rivers, as well as the coastal and inland waterways of New England, Alaska, the Pacific Northwest, the Mississippi River system, and the Southeast.

By Professional Mariner Staff