American Cruise Lines Launches New American Jazz

American Jazz immediately after its launch yesterday into the Wicomico River. // Photo by American Cruise Lines

American Cruise Lines officially launched the American Jazz on Sunday, October 13, five weeks ahead of schedule. The third of five new ships in the cruise line’s Modern Riverboat series, the American Jazz was launched at Chesapeake Shipbuilding in Salisbury, MD. It will now receive its three upper decks and outfitting.

American Melody, the fourth modern riverboat in the series of five, is also under construction at Chesapeake Shipbuilding, and will incorporate a number of design changes from the first three ships in the series, American Cruise Lines said. 

Once complete, American Jazz will have six decks, accommodating 194 guests in 100 staterooms, with the same contemporary design as the first and second Modern Riverboat series ships, the American Song and the American Harmony. The American Jazz will also have a multi-story glass atrium at the center of the ship, as well as the distinctive opening bow and retractable gangway present on all of American’s modern riverboats. Chesapeake Shipbuilding has a long history of designing and building new ships for American Cruise Lines, the cruise line said.

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Designed to incorporate large expanses of glass throughout, American Jazz will offer panoramic views, as well as all-balcony staterooms and suites. The new ship’s amenities will also include a casual dining venue called The Back Porch Café; a Grand Dining Room, accommodating all guests; numerous lounges; several open-air and shaded sundecks; a putting green; an exercise room; laundry facilities; and elevator access to all decks. 

American Jazz is set to begin cruising the Mississippi River for American Cruise Lines in the third quarter of 2020.

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