Amercian Cruise Lines have announced that they have ordered 5 new riverboats for their fleet, with construction already started on the first newbuild, set for delivery in 2018.
The new vessels will accomodate 200 guests each, measure 345ft long and will operating the riverways in the United States.
In a statement, via Cruise Industry News, American Crusie Lines announced that they were looking forward to continuing leading the way in their field in the United States.
“These will be the first to combine the modern styling of a European riverboat with the premium comfort for which American Cruise Lines is known.”
Adding to that. Timoth Beebe, the Vice President of American Cruise Line said:
“For over a decade, we have led the way with ship innovation in the United States and we continue to raise the bar with this new class of modern riverboat. American Cruise Lines has consistently pursued its new build program, as it considers refurbished boats unable to meet the modern expectations of today’s river cruise passengers.”
The new ships will be built by Chesapeake Shipbuilding in Salisbury and compliments the new additions of new coastal cruise ships, American Constellation, which is currently under construction and is set to join the fleet in May 2017 and a sister ship which is due to join in 2018.
Divided into two seperate classes of ships within their fleet, they have 4 riverboats; Queen of the Mississippi, Queen of the West, America and American Pride (accomodating between 100 and 185 guests) and 3 coastal cruise ships; Independence, American Spirit and American Star (accomodating 100 guests) currently sailing.
Source: Cruise Industry News
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