American Cruise Lines, the largest U.S. cruise company, has announced details for the first of a new class of five modern riverships destined for America’s rivers. "These will be the first to combine the modern styling of a European rivership with the premium comfort for which American Cruise Lines is known," the company said in a statement.
The first in the series is scheduled to begin passenger service in 2018 and will carry 200 guests. The new rivership will feature the largest staterooms in the United States, with private balconies, and hotel-size bathrooms. At 345 feet long, the new rivership will include all the finest modern design features that today’s travelers have come to expect.
“For over a decade, we have led the way with ship innovation in the United States and we continue to raise the bar with this new class of modern riverboats,” says Timothy Beebe, Vice President of American. “American Cruise Lines has consistently pursued its new build program, as it considers refurbished boats unable to meet the modern expectations of today’s river cruise passengers.”
Construction has already begun on the new modern riverboat at Chesapeake Shipbuilding in Salisbury, MD. In addition to the new class of modern riverboats, American is building two additional cruise ships at Chesapeake Shipbuilding. American Constellation, has a capacity of 170 passengers and is scheduled to begin cruising in May of 2017 and its sister ship will begin cruising in 2018.