American Cruise Lines to Add New Ships to Fleet

American Cruise Lines is adding new ships to its new Modern Riverboat Series, as well as its fleet of new coastal ships and Victorian-style paddlewheelers. American’s building program introduced a new ship in 2017 and two new ships in 2018. Now, the river cruise line has two more new builds coming in both 2020 and 2021.

In August 2019, American Harmony will begin service on the Mississippi, bringing American’s fleet of U.S. built ships to 11. By 2021, American’s fleet will have increased to 15 ships. American Song, the first modern riverboat in the U.S., started cruising in October 2018 and is already sailing out West on the Columbia & Snake Rivers. The third riverboat, American Jazz, is under construction and is slated to begin cruising in 2020.

American’s modern riverboats have multi-story glass atriums, along with standard cabins (at over 350 square feet)—all outward facing, with full sliding glass doors and private furnished balconies. Each new ship in the series carries an opening bow and retractable gangway, so these riverboats can make bow landings wherever necessary. The modern riverboats also house casual cafes, along with the grand dining rooms found aboard all American’s ships.

While every ship in the Modern Riverboat Series shares the underlying modern design premise, each new ship has its own distinct characteristics. The first ship, American Song, has five decks and 900-square-foot Grand Suites with wrap-around private balconies. The second ship, American Harmony, has six decks, including a fifth deck housing ten Veranda SuitesAmerican Jazz is slightly larger than the first and second, but all of the modern riverboats are under 200 passengers.

In other American Cruise Lines news, the company has introduced three special pre-cruise packages this year. The offers will be available for cruises departing from Memphis, Tennessee; Clarkston, Washington; and Boston.

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