Five Ships Under Construction for American Cruise Lines

GUILFORD, CT — December 26, 2023 — American Cruise Lines is pleased to announce that it currently has five more new ships under construction, all scheduled for delivery over the next two years. These are in addition to the three ships the Line took delivery of this year. All five ships will be for the U.S. market and will include a mix of American Riverboats and Coastal Cats. The new ships will further American’s expansion on the coasts and renew its focus on the Mississippi and Columbia Rivers, where the Line’s acclaimed modern riverboats lead the U.S. market.

American Cruise Lines has specialized in river and small ship cruising for over 50 years and has ordered the vast majority of all American-built cruise ships during that time. The company operates the only fleet of 100% U.S. registered riverboats and cruise ships in the world.

“The new contract is an exciting expansion of the American Cruise Lines fleet,” said Charles B. Robertson, President & CEO of American Cruise Lines. “After several years building the coastal fleet, we are once again ready to begin building out the U.S. River cruise capacity.”

The new ships will be built by Chesapeake Shipbuilding in Salisbury, MD; more details, including schedules, will be available in Q1 of 2024.


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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