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American Cruise Lines: New Riverboats, Itineraries, Protocols for 2021

American Cruise Lines is excited to begin ‘Cruising Close to Home’ again in 2021. By next year, the carrier will operate a total of 14 small ships, sailing across more than 30 U.S. states, and offer an array of intriguing pre- and post-cruise packages in some of the nation’s most famous cities.

As part of its fleet enhancements, American will be introducing two new, Mississippi-bound modern riverboats, featuring three brand-new itineraries and over 50 new shore excursions.

New Mississippi Riverboats

The new, 190-passenger American Jazz is the third and latest vessel to launch in American’s acclaimed series of five new, modern riverboats to sail the iconic Mississippi River. With the addition of American Melody in Summer 2021, four of its freshest vessels will be cruising the Mighty Mississippi, with a fifth, yet-to-be-named ship to follow.

American is the only U.S. river cruise line to operate a combination of modern riverboats, classic paddle wheelers and coastal small ships. In keeping with its signature onboard experience, the new ships being added to its fleet each year remain small, carrying between just 100 to 190 passengers each.

New 2021 Itineraries

  • An eight-day ‘Cape Codder’, sailing roundtrip from Boston, visits a variety of small New England ports and features an exclusive partnership with the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.
  • An eight-day ‘Music Cities’ cruise, sailing between Nashville and Memphis, which draws upon American musical influences, and offers complimentary and extended pre- and post-cruise packages in both Nashville and Memphis.
  • An 11-day ‘Alaskan Explorers’ cruise, sailing roundtrip from Juneau, which will visit more Alaskan ports than ever before, including two days in Glacier Bay, as well as a complimentary pre-cruise package in Juneau.

Luxurious New Pre-Cruise Packages

The line has added many new, complimentary pre-cruise hotel and transportation packages, including one-night complimentary pre-cruise hotel packages on all 2021 Mississippi and Columbia and Snake River cruises; and select coastal cruises also come with complimentary packages.

The company is also offering several longer Premium pre-cruise and post-cruise packages, including Four Seasons hotel packages in premier cities like Boston, St. Louis, New Orleans and Baltimore; and a brand-new VIP Graceland package in Memphis.

Over 50 New Shore Excursions

American is also expanding its enrichment offerings in 2021 with more than 50 new shore excursions available across the country, many of them active adventures like hiking, kayaking and wildlife and whale watching. These explorations will be showcased as part of 35 curated, coast-to-coast itineraries, as well as American’s themed and holiday cruises.

New Private Cruise Luxury Coaches

American will also be introducing new, luxury American Cruise Coaches, which will accompany all of its Upper and Lower Mississippi River cruises, providing guests with 100-percent private ground transportation to their onshore activities, as well as airport transfers upon arrival and departure.

New Website With 360 Tours

The line has just launched its brand-new website with enhanced features to assist both customers and travel professionals. The refreshed site includes all of American’s cruise schedules through 2023 and offers new, 360-degree virtual tours of the company’s newest modern riverboats and coastal ships.

COVID-19 Safety Protocols and New Considerations

American was among the first U.S. lines to suspend sailing and spent many months developing comprehensive, new health and safety protocols. The carrier partnered with Vikand Solutions, leading global experts in maritime medical operations and healthcare, to develop enhanced sanitization practices and extensive preparedness plans targeted at quashing COVID-19. Medical professionals will be on hand, and testing will be available both pre-cruise and onboard.

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