American Cruise Lines has announced that the name of its newest upcoming ship, the fourth in its Modern Riverboat series, will be American Melody. The fourth ship of five in the river cruise line’s Modern Riverboat series will be built in the same style as the rest of the Modern Riverboats, with a distinctive opening bow and retractable gangway. Each Modern Riverboat also has a multi-story glass atrium in the heart of the ship, as well as staterooms with private, furnished balconies.
American Melody is expected to begin cruising in late 2020. American Cruise Lines has a long-standing partnership with Chesapeake Shipbuilding, in Salisbury, MD, where American’s fleet of new coastal cruise ships, modern riverboats, and Victorian-style paddlewheelers are built.
The other three currently named ships in the Modern Riverboat series are American Song, American Harmony and American Jazz. The American Harmony arrived in its homeport of New Orleans in late June, from which it will operate many of American Cruise Lines’ Mississippi River itineraries for the rest of 2019 and into 2020.
The third Modern Riverboat, American Jazz, is scheduled to launch on the Mississippi in summer 2020. In 2020, American Cruise Lines will have two Modern Riverboats and two Victorian-style paddlewheelers operating on the Mississippi River.