While riverboats operating European river cruises have always been known for the sleek profiles, modern lines and contemporary touches, riverboats sailing Mississippi river cruises and journeying along other American rivers have emulated the great 19th century steamboats. Until now, that is.
American Cruise Lines’ brand new ship, American Song, has successfully passed it sea trials and is now on its way to the “Big Easy.” The first modern riverboat in U.S. history is expected to arrive in New Orleans the first week in September. American Song passed Sea Trials with flying colors and is the second new vessel completed and delivered to American Cruise Lines by Chesapeake Shipbuilding this year. American Harmony, the second modern riverboat in the series, will be completed and delivered in the first quarter of 2019.
Now that American Song’s sea trials are completed, we’re all looking forward to the ship’s inaugural cruise from New Orleans to Memphis on October 6th. American Song will cruise a full schedule of 8-day Lower Mississippi River cruises throughout the remainder of 2018 and then will reposition to the West Coast in 2019, for American Cruise Line’s Columbia and Snake Rivers cruises beginning in March.
American Song integrates modern design without sacrificing the refined comfort that American Cruise Lines is known for. Wider, faster, and quieter than any other American river cruise ship, American Song will be the most environmentally friendly ship in the industry. Showcasing gorgeous interior design elements, from a four-story glass atrium to spectacular spacious lounges, American Song will be unique. Thoughtfully designed to bring the outside world in, American Song boasts sweeping views throughout the ship. With the largest staterooms in the American river cruise industry, private furnished balconies, full-size bathrooms and all the finest amenities available in cruising, American Song is really going to be something to see!
For example, the enormous Grand Suites aboard American Song are 900 square feet and offer panoramic views through floor-to-ceiling glass panels along two walls. Each suite has a separate living and sleeping area, as well as a spacious marble bat with double vanities. The suites have wrap-around balconies featuring private outdoor dining areas, the perfect place to lounge and enjoy room service or cocktails with friends.
All staterooms aboard American Song are outfitted with personal refrigerators stocked with complimentary juices, waters, white & red wines, and Keurig coffee makers. The Grand Suites will also have extra treats delivered each evening, including a bottle of premium champagne during the cruise and access to concierge service as needed. The Grand Suites, like all spaces aboard American Song bring the outside world in through a design palette of light colors and the highest glass-to-space ratio in the industry.