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American Cruise Lines Announces New Coastal Cruise Ship

Cruise Line & Cruise Ship | American Cruise Lines | Jason Leppert | October 27, 2015

American Cruise Lines Announces New Coastal Cruise Ship

PHOTO: The as-yet-unnamed ship will join The American Star, pictured, in America Cruise Lines' fleet. (Photo courtesy of American Cruise Lines)

Award-winning American Cruise Lines, most widely known for its paddlewheel riverboats on the Mississippi, has recently announced that it has begun building a new coastal cruise ship for domestic exploration set for launch in the spring of 2017 after its scheduled completion that January.

The as-yet-unnamed 170-guest ship will be a bit larger than the line’s current slate of coastal vessels but will maintain the intimate nature of the existing fleet. Modern residential accommodations will consist of 350-square-foot deluxe staterooms with private balconies and butlers. The line says, “the new coastal cruise ship will feature the largest, most deluxe staterooms ever seen in this service.”

Above all else, the line promises an unrivaled level of hospitality and service. The classically trained crew will serve regional cuisine made from fresh locally-sourced ingredients by world-renowned chefs in a handsome dining parlor. Other amenities, such as an all-inclusive selection, will encompass a relaxing lounge, exercise spa, elevator access to every deck and internet access across the ship.

“American Cruise Lines, known for delivering award winning personalized service, will offer the highest standard of cruising comfort with an all-American staff, professionally trained to provide thoughtful and inconspicuous attention to all guests,” the company said in a statement.

Under construction by Chesapeake Shipbuilding in Salisbury, MD, the ship will be smoothly stabilized – always a good sign for a small ship – by Rolls-Royce stabilizers for guest comfort. It will also feature state-of-the-art environmental and safety systems.

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