American Cruise Lines has announced the name of its latest vessel, American Constitution, now under construction at Chesapeake Shipbuilding of Salisbury, MD. The river cruise line said the name was inspired by the USS Constitution, the United States Navy’s oldest commissioned naval vessel afloat and named by President George Washington. The new ship will be delivered in 2018 and is the sister ship to the American Constellation, which begins sailing this May.
The American Constitution is a coastal vessel with full active wing stabilization. With the capacity for approximately 175 guests, the new ship will aim to cater to passengers looking for the experience of a modern, smaller ship. As with the other American Cruise Lines ships, American Constitution will have staterooms with private balconies, as well as a variety of lounges.
Other new features of the American Constellation and American Constitution include onboard Zodiacs and kayaks, which the river cruise line said will offer guests new ways to explore the destinations visited by the two vessels.
The American Constitution will offer cruises on the East Coast in 2018 and 2019. Itineraries will include the new American Revolution Chesapeake Bay route, as well as Grand New England sailings in summer 2018 and Hudson River itineraries in fall 2018. The American Constellation will offer itineraries in the Pacific Northwest and Alaska in 2018 and 2019.
American Cruise Lines is also planning to build a third new cruise 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. American Cruise Lines said it will be relaying the details and renderings of this new riverboat in the near future.
Reservations for the inaugural season of the American Constitution are open now.