Three newbuilds in works for American Cruise Lines

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

(GUILFORD, Conn.) — American Cruise Lines has announced that three new cruise ships are now under construction for its fleet at Chesapeake Shipbuilding in Salisbury, Md.

American Constellation, the first one to be delivered, has a capacity of 170 passengers and is scheduled to begin cruising in May 2017. Construction is currently nine weeks ahead of schedule and the ship is now being outfitted with passenger details including marbled tile bathrooms and large sliding glass doors in each stateroom. Recently the signature red, white and blue stack was lifted into place on the top deck.

Designed to navigate the coastal waters of the U.S., this new ship features active wing stabilizers, the latest "green" propulsion technology and many modern amenities. It will also feature the largest staterooms in the industry with private balconies and floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors. Much of American Constellation's inaugural summer season will be spent on a new 10-night, round-trip itinerary from Boston, Mass., to many popular destinations, including Bar Harbor, Newport, Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket.

The sister ship to American Constellation is also well underway. It is scheduled to be completed in 2018 and will carry 170 passengers. Steel is now being fabricated for a third ship which will be the lead in a series of new riverboats destined for the American rivers. This new, modern riverboat will carry approximately 195 passengers.

By Professional Mariner Staff