American Cruise Lines recently revealed design details for its new fleet of modern riverboats. At 345 feet long and 60 feet wide, the new riverboats will have the largest staterooms in the U.S., private balconies, and hotel-size bathrooms. The riverboats will also have a four story atrium in the center of the ship - the largest of its kind on a riverboat, the cruise line said.
Accommodating 200 passengers, the first riverboat is scheduled to begin service on the Lower Mississippi River in the fall of 2018 and reservations are now being accepted. Columbia & Snake River cruises aboard the new riverboats are expected to begin in 2019.
The riverboats' amenities include: twice-daily stateroom service, laundry facilities, sliding glass balcony doors, a putting green on the top deck, complimentary cocktail hour each evening, onboard historians and naturalists, breakfast room service and more.
Construction of the new fleet is currently underway at Chesapeake Shipbuilding in Salisbury, Maryland. In addition to the new fleet of riverboats, American Cruise Lines has also recently completed construction of its new coastal cruise ship, American Constellation. American Constitution, sister ship to Constellation, is also under construction as part of American's new build program.
American Constellation finished construction ahead of schedule for its inaugural season. When it became known that the ship would be completed early, American added two Chesapeake Bay cruises to the beginning of the inaugural season, one on May 6 and the other May 13 - both of which have already sold out. American Constellation will also be running the line's new Grand New England itinerary, with the inaugural cruise celebration set for May 21.
American Cruise Lines offers more than 35 itineraries, ranging from four to 21-nights in length, which visit the Pacific Northwest, Alaska, New England, the Southeast and the Mississippi River.