American Cruise Lines (ACL) announced November 11 that its latest vessel, the 100-passenger “Coastal Cat” American Glory, has been delivered by Chesapeake Shipbuilding. The American Glory is the newest ship in American’s ongoing series of 12 new Coastal Cats for exploring U.S. waterways. Additional ships in the series are already under construction, with the next two scheduled for delivery in 2024.
The American Glory will sail its inaugural cruise on November 28 from Maryland to Florida, where it will begin operating ACL’s brand-new Florida Gulf Coast & Keys cruises from late December into the new year. In addition to the new Florida itinerary, the American Glory will sail a slate of U.S. itineraries along the East Coast throughout 2024.
“American Glory furthers our commitment to building new small ships for America’s rivers and coasts,” said Charles Robertson, president and CEO of American Cruise Lines. “More importantly, it is our third new ship delivery this year, making it a solid demonstration of our expanded production capacity for the U.S. market.”
The American Glory comes out just a few months after the series flagship, the American Eagle, as well as the new riverboat American Serenade. ACL’s small-ship fleet has continued to grow year after year, featuring ground-breaking designs that offer unprecedented accommodations for small ships. It is now the only 100 percent U.S.-flagged fleet of riverboats and small cruise ships in the world.
Caption for photo: The vessel is the second in American Cruise Lines’ “Coastal Cat” series.