Modern Mississippi riverboat to be named American Song

The first of American Cruise Lines’ modern riverboats will be named American Song.

The vessel will launch on the Mississippi River in fall 2018 and will head to the Pacific Northwest’s Columbia and Snake rivers for 2019.

The American Song will be wider, faster, and quieter than any of ACL’s other river cruise ships. Like ACL’s other vessels, the American Song is being built at Chesapeake Shipbuilding in Salisbury, Md., and thus will be U.S. flagged and crewed.

The vessel will have a four-story glass atrium and large lounge areas. It is being designed to have sweeping views throughout the ship. The staterooms will be the largest in the industry, according to ACL, and will have private balconies and large bathrooms.

With the launch of American Song next year, ACL will operate a fleet of 10 vessels, including coastal cruisers and paddlewheelers.

The company sails along the coasts and inland waterways of Alaska, the Pacific Northwest, the Mississippi River region, the Southeast and New England.

Un-Cruise Adventures bringing the Legacy back to Alaska

The Legacy doing river cruising.

Un-Cruise Adventures unveiled its schedule of Alaska voyages for 2018, including a repositioning of the 88-passenger Legacy to once again sail in Alaska in the summer.

The coastal steamer replica has been doing an itinerary on the Columbia River from Portland for the past few summers.

Un-Cruise said the Legacy and the 84-guest Safari Endeavour sail 13 departures from Juneau to Sitka and see glaciers in Tracy Arm or Endicott Arm, Thomas Bay, Baird Glacier, Le Conte Glacier, Ideal Cove, Frederick Sound, Baranof Island, Sergius Narrows and the native village of Kake. The Legacy will be newly equipped with kayaks and skiffs.

The two vessels will also offer 13 departures on an upper Inside Passage-focused itinerary from Sitka to Juneau. This route explores Krestof Sound, Icy Strait, Glacier Bay National Park, Chichagof Island and Lynn Canal.

Also new in 2018, the adventure outpost of Haines has been added to five itineraries. A full day of activities in Haines includes a float trip down the Chilkat River (on most itineraries), a guided hike, bikes for riding into town and a shipboard presentation by local Chilkat Tlingit members.

American Cruise Lines to give U.S. river cruising a new look