American Cruise Lines (ACL) has pushed back the expected launch of its more modern fleet of river cruise vessels by two years, to 2019.
Last year, when ACL first laid out plans for a fleet of modern ships for American rivers, they were slated to begin launching in 2017. This month, ACL said that construction is under way on the first of those riverboats, but that it is now expected to debut in 2019. The steel is currently being fabricated for what the company described as a “modern” paddlewheeler that will carry approximately 195 passengers.
ACL did not provide any additional details about the new vessel, such as where it will sail, but did say that it is being built with the standards of European river cruising in mind and “with a level of comfort unprecedented on the American rivers.”
Timothy Beebe, vice president of ACL, said in a statement that by “continually designing and building brand new ships”, the company was able to increase the quality of its product.
Earlier this year, American Cruise Lines launched its eighth ship, the 185-passenger Mississippi paddlewheeler, the America.
ACL has also begun construction on two new coastal cruise ships, with the first expected to launch in May 2017, and the second in 2018.
American Cruise Lines said it has two new coastal ships under construction that will carry 170 passengers each.
The first ship, the American Constellation, is expected to begin cruising in May. The second ship, yet unnamed, is scheduled for completion in 2018.
The summer inaugural season will be devoted to a new 10-night round-trip itinerary from Boston to destinations including Bar Harbor, Newport, Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket.
Both ships are being built at Chesapeake Shipbuilding in Salisbury, Md., which is affiliated with American Cruise Lines. The design includes marbled tile bathrooms and large sliding glass doors in each cabin.