American Cruise Lines (ACL) announced the debut this fall of the American Song, the first of five passenger vessels to be built in its Modern Riverboat series.
The American Song will feature 900-square-foot suites with floor-to-ceiling glass panels along two walls. Each suite has a separate sleeping and living area and a marble bath with double vanities. The suites have wrap-around balconies with private outdoor dining areas.
The luxury vessel has a capacity of 184 guests in 97 staterooms. It features a unique flip-up bow from which a retractable rotating gangway emerges for “bow landings.”
Beginning October 6, the American Song will cruise the Mississippi River, with stops at Memphis and New Orleans, before transferring to the Pacific Northwest to cruise on the Columbia and Snake rivers in 2019. All five planned boats to be launched by ACL will follow the same cruising plan.
All ACL vessels are American-built, -crewed and -owned. The American Song was built by the Chesapeake Shipbuilding Corporation, a designer and builder of both inland and deep-sea passenger vessels, oil supply boats, tugboats and ferries up to 450 feet long. Its facilities lie along the Wicomico River in Salisbury, Md., in the center of the Delmarva Peninsula.