American Cruise Lines’ newest modern riverboat, American Harmony, has successfully passed its sea trials and received its Coast Guard certification. The second ship in the line’s groundbreaking series of five modern riverboats departed from Chesapeake Shipbuilding in Salisbury, MD, 23 days ahead of schedule, bound for New Orleans, where it will prepare for its upcoming August 17 inaugural cruise along the Mississippi River.
The new 190-passenger American Harmony, is slightly larger than the series flagship, American Song, although it has the same design and technical features, the cruise line said. These features include the line’s patent-pending opening bow and retractable gangway that is unique to all of its new modern riverboats, as well as a multi-story glass atrium in the center of the ship. The new modern riverboat has six decks, including a fifth deck with 10 more large Veranda Suites. The ship has all-balcony staterooms throughout, with notable suite categories being Grand Suites at over 800 square feet (with separate living and sleeping quarters) and Owner’s Suites at 645 square feet. Other amenities include a number of lounges and an additional casual dining venue called The Back Porch Café.
The new modern riverboat also has a reduced carbon footprint, environmentally friendly engines, and the latest safety and navigation technology, the cruise line said.
American Harmony’s inaugural cruise will depart from New Orleans this August 17 along the Line’s popular eight-day New Orleans Roundtrip itinerary. American Cruise Lines offers over nine different Mississippi River itineraries from five to 22 days in length, including holiday and themed cruises. American Harmony will operate many of the Line’s different Mississippi River itineraries for the remainder of 2019 and again in 2020.
The new ship is American Cruise Lines’ second modern riverboat and third Mississippi riverboat. The line’s third modern riverboat, to be named American Jazz, will launch later this fall. In 2020, American Cruise Lines will have two modern riverboats and two Victorian-style paddlewheelers operating on the Mississippi River.