American Cruise Lines’ New American Riverboat Launched at Maryland Shipyard

American Cruise Lines announced that American Symphony was successfully launched last week at Chesapeake Shipbuilding in Salisbury, MD. It is the 5th ship in the new riverboat class American first introduced in 2018. American Symphony will begin cruising the Mississippi River in August 2022. Construction is also underway at the yard on the company’s 6th new riverboat, American Serenade.

American Symphony will feature the same sophisticated elegant design and state-of-the-art features showcased aboard 2021 sister ship American Melody; including the series hallmark opening bow and retractable gangway. American Symphony will accommodate 175-passengers, has 5 decks, 100%- balcony staterooms, a gorgeous four-story glass atrium, indoor and outdoor dining venues, large fitness centers, multiple spacious lounges, and a spectacular top deck showcasing a Skywalk and an ellipse
cutout cantilevered over the ship’s 4th deck café below.

Immediately after the launch, the new riverboat was positioned in Chesapeake’s East Outfitting Basin where it will receive its upper decks and outfitting. Chesapeake Shipbuilding has a long history of designing and building innovative new small ships for American Cruise Lines, including the Line’s recently announced Project Blue fleet, coming in 2023.

American Symphony will begin its inaugural Mississippi River season this summer, sailing 8-Day Lower Mississippi River cruises between New Orleans and Memphis, then transition to Upper Mississippi River sailings between St. Louis and St. Paul. American Cruise Lines offers over 10 different itineraries on the country’s most iconic river, ranging from 5 to 22 Days in length. This year, American Symphony joins the company’s growing Mississippi fleet, which already includes: American Melody, American Jazz, American Heritage, and American Splendor.

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