New From American Cruise Lines
American Cruise Lines is shaking up US river cruising this year. The Connecticut-based line is the largest in the US. It’s fleet of 10 ships includes authentic paddle wheelers, small coastal cruise ships and the only modern riverboat in the country.
Where do they operate?
All over the place, actually. Thirty-five itineraries to 25 states. You’ll find them on the rivers, coastal and inland waterways of New England, Alaska, the Pacific Northwest, the Mississippi River system, and the Southeast.
New For 2018
The line is introducing two noteworthy ships for the US river cruising market in 2018.
American Constitution makes its inaugural cruise in April on Chesapeake Bay. She’ll sail a new American Revolution itinerary roundtrip from Baltimore.
The 11-night cruise makes stops in Norfolk, VA; Williamsburg, VA; Yorktown, VA; Washington, D.C.; Mount Vernon, VA; Cambridge, MD; St. Michaels, MD; Annapolis, MD; and Chestertown, MD.
The cruise and accompanying excursions provide a veritable history lesson. Distinguished guest speakers will host tours, lectures and presentations about the region.
Highlights include the “Historic Triangle” of Williamsburg, Yorktown and Jamestown; tours of Washington, D.C.; Mount Vernon and Annapolis.
Guests can also take a private tour of the Smithsonian Museums; visit Harriet Tubman’s Underground Railroad exhibit and sail on an authentic “Skipjack” through the Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge.
American Constitution is the sister-ship to American Constellation, which debuted in 2017. That ship is sailing Pacific Northwest itineraries in 2018.
Modern Riverboat Series
The much-anticipated American Song debuts in the fall of 2018. It’s the first in the line’s Modern Riverboat Series, unlike anything available now in US rivercruising.
With a modern design not unlike European river cruisers, American Song will be wider, faster, and quieter than anything else on US rivers. She’ll also be the most environmentally friendly, thanks to an uber-high-tech propulsion system.
The five-deck ship will accommodate 190 passengers in 102 staterooms. Features include a four-story glass atrium, the largest staterooms in the industry, private furnished balconies and full-size bathrooms.
A unique bow design gives it a retractable, rotating gangway. That means American Song’s main deck can extend directly to a river bank or dock. The result: a much larger array of available port visits.
American Song’s inaugural season begins on the Mississippi in the fall, then on the West Coast in 2019 for Columbia and Snake River itineraries.