Four More for American Cruise Lines

A major growth spurt for American Cruise Lines with its announcement of four newbuilds for the U.S. waterways.

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American Cruise Lines currently operates the sternwheeler QUEEN OF THE MISSISSIPPI in addition to five other vessels on coastal and inland waterway cruises throughout the U.S. Photo courtesy of American Cruise Lines.

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American Cruise Lines has just announced its plans to introduce four new riverboats to sail the inland waterways of the U.S.   The new vessels will have a capacity of between 150 and 200 guests and will follow in the wake of the QUEEN OF THE MISSISSIPPI, the first overnight paddlewheeler built to cruise U.S. rivers in over ten years when introduced in early 2012.

Construction has already begun on the first two vessels, one of which will be based on the Mississippi and the other on the Columbia and Snake Rivers.  Decorative elements for the latter will be inspired by the Louis and Clark Expedition and Native Americana.

All four ships will be in service by 2017, rounding the line’s fleet count to a total of ten, making it the largest U.S.-owned and operated cruise line.

 

Peter Knego

Peter Knego

Having documented over 400 passenger ships and taken more than 200 cruises, MaritimeMatters’ co-editor Peter Knego is a leading freelance cruise writer, a respected ocean liner historian and frequent maritime lecturer both on land and at sea.  With his work regularly featured in cruise industry trades and consumer publications.  Knego also runs the www.midshipcentury.com website which offers MidCentury cruise ship furniture, artwork and fittings rescued from the shipbreaking yards of Alang, India.  He has produced several videos on the subject, including his latest, The Sands Of Alang and the best-selling On The Road To Alang."
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