American Cruise Lines said it is experiencing a strong increase in demand across its domestic portfolio of river and coastal cruises. The company attributed the demand to increased awareness of U.S. cruise options along with guests’ desire to support all-American businesses.
American Cruise Lines said advance bookings for the 2021 season are “robust, with next year’s passenger counts currently more than 25 percent ahead of the same time last year.” American has released its 2022 and 2023 schedules and said its aggressive building program remains on schedule.
American Cruise Line now offers more than 35 itineraries in the U.S.A.and was recently lauded for introducing the first modern riverboats in the country.
The great numbers for 2021, speak volumes about the future of travel and specifically the future of small-ship cruising in the U.S.A. In just the past 3 years, American has doubled its fleet, to a total of12 small 100-200 passenger ships operating across the country—all are 100% U.S. flagged. And the Line continues to build new ships each year.
“People want to travel, and they are beginning to plan experiences for later this year and in the year ahead. American’smodernfleet, unique itineraries, and low passenger counts, allow us to offer amazing domestic options, as folks begin to cruise again. The desire to travel and the American spirit for exploration is alive and well,” said David Luxeder, Director of Marketing for American.