American Cruise Lines has announced plans to double its capacity in the Pacific Northwest.
As part of the move the cruise line’s newest ship, the American Constellation, will head to the West Coast in 2018. American Cruise Lines said the decision is due to increased demand for its Southeast Alaska, Alaska Inside Passage and Puget Sound itineraries. American Constellation began its inaugural season in May of this year and is currently sailing itineraries on the East Coast of the United States.
The addition of the 175 passenger ship will more than double American Cruise Lines’ capacity in the Pacific Northwest and add 18 cruises to the 2018 season. The new addition will allow an expanded schedule in Alaska aboard American Constellation, while enabling American Spirit to operate the company’s Puget Sound & San Juan Islands itinerary throughout July and August 2018. This will be the first time American has ever offered summer cruises in Puget Sound, the cruise line said.
While expanding its existing schedule, American Cruise Lines has also added a new itinerary, the Grand Puget Sound, for the 2018 cruise season. This 11-day roundtrip out of Seattle will travel to destinations in the Pacific Northwest, including smaller ports like Olympia and Tacoma. Additional details about the new itinerary will be announced soon.
Before heading west, American Constellation will spend the remainder of 2017 on the East Coast, sailing Grand New England, Hudson River, Grand Historic South and Historic South cruises. New for 2018, American Constitution will be taking over these itineraries.