Chesapeake wrapping up final work on new cruise ship


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

(GUILFORD, Conn.) — American Cruise Lines has announced that the first modern riverboat in U.S. history is nearly complete. This week, American Song, under its own power, moved from the East Outfitting Basin at Chesapeake Shipbuilding in Salisbury, Md., to the yard’s outfitting bulkhead for the final outfitting touches. American Song is set to make its inaugural cruise Oct. 6 on the Mississippi River from New Orleans during the city’s tri-centennial year.

American Song’s sister ship, American Harmony, the second modern riverboat in the series, is currently five and a half weeks ahead of schedule and will be launched later this fall. American Harmony will go into service in the spring of 2019 on the Mississippi River where it will join two of American’s Victorian-style paddlewheelers, Queen of the Mississippi and America.

When it debuts this October, the 269-foot American Song will cruise the line’s Lower Mississippi River itineraries for the remainder of the year (including American’s holiday-themed cruises throughout December) and reposition to the West Coast on the Columbia and Snake rivers in 2019.

American Song and American Harmony are both designed and built by Chesapeake Shipbuilding in Salisbury, Md.

By Professional Mariner Staff