American Cruise Lines reports it successfully launched its new riverboat, the American Song, into the Wicomico River on Friday, November 17, seven weeks ahead of its original schedule.
The first ship in the line’s new Modern Riverboat Series, American Song is being built by Chesapeake Shipbuilding in Salisbury, MD. Immediately after the launch, the ship was positioned in Chesapeake’s East Outfitting Basin where it will receive its upper decks and outfitting.
American Song has five decks, accommodates 190 passengers, and has 102 staterooms. The bow of American Song is designed to open, allowing a retractable rotating gangway to extend from the ship’s main deck directly to a river bank or dock. This feature gives the ship the ability to make “bow landings” wherever needed, allowing for an array of unusual itineraries, American Cruise Lines said.
The new riverboat also employs two Veth Propulsion Z-drives supplied by Veth of the Netherlands, 360-degree azimuthing forward and aft propellers that give American Song total flexibility for docking and maneuvering. American Song is also equipped with two ultra-low-sulfur diesel main engines from Caterpillar that require less fuel and produce lower emissions than other engines currently in use on the market, the cruise line said.
The Inaugural season aboard American Song will begin in fall 2018 on the Mississippi River and will continue on the West Coast in 2019 for American Cruise Lines’ Columbia and Snake River itineraries.