Cruise line responds to growing demand for U.S. waterways

Cruise line responds to growing demand for U.S. waterways

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New Visit USA Associate member American Cruise Lines (ACL) confirmed in early June that it has seven new ships on order, all scheduled for delivery before the end of 2026.

The new ships, including six Project Blue series ships featuring a hybrid catamaran design that started life as a design challenge to create a boat small enough for New England harbours and stable enough for the Alaska Inside Passage, and a brand-new American Riverboat, will help meet rising demand for modern river products, said Charles B. Robertson, the company’s President & CEO.

“That demand for unique exploration in the U.S.A. continues to grow and is powered by destinations brimming with history and ships that provide the best onboard experience in the world,” he said.

American Cruise Lines is the largest river cruise line in the U.S.A. exploring the Mississippi  and other waterways around the country, with a full programme of river and coastal cruise itineraries.

It plans to operate 21 small ships in 2025, and 24 ships in 2026, all exclusively sailing 100% U.S. itineraries along U.S. rivers and coasts. All seven new ships are being built by Chesapeake Shipbuilding in Salisbury, Maryland.

The fleet of ships include four paddlewheelers that offer a taste of nostalgia along with all modern comforts as they sail the Mississippi, Columbia, Snake and Grand Ohio rivers, offering guests large staterooms with private balconies.


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