For Showing America to Americans
Innovating in small-ship design for the U.S. river cruise market is Charles Robertson, chairman and CEO of American Cruise Lines, Chesapeake Shipbuilding and Pearl Seas Cruises, a small oceangoing line. This year, American Cruise Lines launched two new ships — the small coastal American Constitution and the highly anticipated American Song, the first of the line’s modern American riverboats, which are built totally from scratch (not from an existing hull).
Among its “wow” factors, American Song has a unique bow with retractable gangway, spacious accommodation with floor-to-ceiling glass doors and balconies and a soaring four-story glass atrium; its cutting-edge design is unlike anything else on U.S. rivers. Sister ship, American Harmony, will begin operating cruises in 2019 with other vessels to follow.
Holding a U.S. Coast Guard Master and Unlimited First Class Pilots License, Robertson occasionally captains American Cruise Lines’ ships but is primarily responsible for the company’s strong financial performance and long-term growth. By 2019, American Cruise Lines will operate a fleet of 11 small ships. Pearl Seas Cruises is sailing to Cuba, among other destinations. Most notable, Robertson has helped put American river and coastal cruising on the map for many U.S. consumers.