American Eagle Passes Sea Trials

The 1st of 12 New American Cruise Lines Coastal Cats

GUILFORD, CT — August 1, 2023 — American Eagle, the first American Cruise Lines’ Coastal Cat, has passed Sea Trials with flying colors. American Cruise Lines accepted delivery of the 100-passenger small ship from Chesapeake Shipbuilding on-time as scheduled. American Eagle is the 1st of 12 new Coastal Cats American Cruise Lines is planning to build at Chesapeake Shipbuilding. The next four ships are already under construction for delivery over the next year. The new boat is the first in its class and the namesake of American Cruise Lines’ first vessel in 1972.

American Eagle is already on its way to Massachusetts, where it will embark on its first passenger cruise. The new ship will sail a slate of 100% U.S. itineraries along the East Coast which will blend the luxury of river cruising with the access and adventure of expedition cruising. American Eagle’s first cruise is scheduled to depart August 14th, 2023, following the Line’s popular 8-Day Cape Codder itinerary, round trip from Boston, MA.

“American Eagle embodies our continued commitment to building new small ships to explore America’s rivers and coasts,” said Charles B. Robertson, President & CEO of American Cruise Lines. “It is the flagship in American Cruise Lines new series of small Coastal Cats, which are unlike anything else available in the U.S. market. American Eagle and her sister ships will change the landscape of possibilities for small ship adventures around the U.S.A.”

Introduced just a few months after American Serenade, the company’s 6th new modern riverboat, American Eagle is a testament to the Line’s market leadership. American’s small ship fleet has continued to expand year after year with ground-breaking small ship designs and unprecedented accommodations for small ships. The company plans to introduce the 2nd new Coastal Cat in the series, American Glory, in November 2023.

Accommodating just 100 guests, American Eagle features 4 decks and showcases a new catamaran bow. The new Coastal Cat offers elegant interior design and private balcony accommodations, including spacious Single and Double-Occupancy Staterooms as well as Suites. American Eagle also offers a beautiful top deck for amazing views, comfortable lounges both inside and out, a main restaurant, casual café, and fitness center.

A virtual 360-degree tour of American Eagle and the company’s new Coastal Cats is available here: American Cruise Lines Virtual Coastal Cat Tour. Ship photos and tours are available at all times on the company’s main website under the “ships” tab.


About American Cruise Lines:

American Cruise Lines is the largest small ship and river cruise operator in the U.S.A. The company’s award-winning ships offer luxury experiences in 35 states that explore the history, spirit, and culture of the United States. The Line’s rapid introduction of new ships has led to an innovative array of new itineraries, amenities, and experiences. In 2023, American will operate 17 ships, each accommodating just 90-180 passengers, which cruise more than 50 domestic itineraries.


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