Construction Begins on American Cruise Lines’ Second New Riverboat

American Song
The new ship will be a sibling vessel to the American Song (pictured). // Photo by American Cruise Lines

American Cruise Lines has begun construction on its second new riverboat, out of a planned five. The new ship will be a sibling vessel to the American Song, which is set to launch on the Mississippi River this October.

The second new ship is scheduled to debut in summer 2019. Work has begun on the new vessel at Chesapeake Shipbuilding in Salisbury, MD, where the American Song is also being built. Itinerary details will be released soon, American Cruise Lines said.

Signature interior design elements on the new riverboats will range from a four-story glass atrium to spacious lounges. Designed to bring the outside world in, according to the cruise line, the new ships will aim to have sweeping views throughout, as well as large staterooms, private furnished balconies, full-size bathrooms and a number of other amenities. The ships will accommodate 184 guests.


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The new riverboats are the latest step in American Cruise Lines’ ongoing expansion. The company just launched the American Constellation coastal cruise ship in 2017. This year the ship will offer a lineup of cruises in the Puget Sound starting April 7, before heading to Alaska in the summer. It will then resume Puget Sound cruises in the fall.

American Constellation's sibling vessel, American Constitution, is under construction at Chesapeake Shipbuilding of Salisbury, MD. It will debut with an American Revolution itinerary in the Chesapeake Bay, sailing April 18.

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