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.

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ACL continues to add Columbia River capacity

This year marks American Cruise Lines’ fifth season on the Columbia and Snake Rivers with its 120-passenger paddlewheeler, the Queen of the West, which is now sailing more than double the number of cruises it sailed its first season in 2010, according to Timothy Beebe, vice president of American Cruise Lines.

The company is also in the process of building a new 175-passenger riverboat for the Columbia and Snake rivers, an exact launch date for which has yet to be announced.

American Cruise Lines acquired the Queen of the West in 2009, and has since completed several multi-million dollar renovations of the riverboat, according to the company. The Queen of the West operates eight-day cruises between Portland, Ore., and Clarkston, Wash.

In celebration on the Queen of the West’s five-year anniversary with ACL, the vessel’s first departure this year, on March 28, will include a complimentary pre-cruise package, featuring a bonus night onboard the riverboat, a private tour of the Pittock Mansion, a visit to the Portland Saturday Market, and a welcome reception and performance.

Mississippi paddlewheeler to be named American Eagle

By Michelle Baran
American Cruise Lines’ new Mississippi paddlewheeler has been named the American Eagle and will sail its first revenue cruise on March 28.

After announcing last December that it would introduce four new U.S. riverboats between 2015 and 2017, ACL has finally provided details about the first of those vessels, the 149-passenger American Eagle.

The paddlewheeler is being built at the Chesapeake Shipbuilding yard in Salisbury, Md. It will feature 19 single staterooms and 65 double cabins, ranging from between 300 and 600 square feet.

With the exception of six lower-deck cabins, staterooms will have floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors with private balconies.

The public areas will include the Magnolia Lounge, the Sky Lounge, the Paddlewheel Lounge, the Grand Dining Room and the Mark Twain Library and Chart Room.

An outdoor exercise area and putting green will be located on the sun deck. Elevators will be available with access to all decks.

There will be guest laundry service, complimentary wireless Internet and complimentary breakfast room service.

The American Eagle will sail mostly seven-day cruises along the Mississippi River. It will join ACL’s existing Mississippi paddlewheeler, the 150-passenger Queen of the Mississippi.

ACL has said that a Columbia and Snake river paddlewheeler will be launched later in 2015, but no details on that riverboat have been provided.