American Cruise Lines Designates Newbuilds for Mississippi and Columbia Rivers

New riverboats will offer the newest and finest accommodations on American rivers.

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American Cruise Lines' Queen of the West, an authentic paddlewheeler currently operating on the Columbia and Snake Rivers.

The new riverboats will offer the finest experience available in these regions, while maintaining the historic feel and authenticity of historic American river cruising. - Timothy Beebe, Vice President, American Cruise Lines

Guilford, CT (PRWEB) February 04, 2014

American Cruise Lines today confirmed it will be placing the first of four upcoming newbuilds on the Mississippi River, where it currently operates its newest riverboat, Queen of the Mississippi. The second newbuild will operate in the Pacific Northwest on the Columbia and Snake Rivers, where the line is operating the 120-passenger Queen of the West. Construction of both new riverboats is well underway at Chesapeake Shipbuilding in Salisbury, MD.

The new Mississippi riverboat will have a similar capacity to Queen of the Mississippi at150 passengers, and will enter service in March of 2015. The new Columbia riverboat will follow later that same year. It will be slightly larger than American Cruise Lines’ other riverboats, with a planned capacity of 175 passengers. Similar in design, both will feature fully functioning paddlewheels.    

The two new ships, as of yet unnamed, will enable American Cruise Lines to offer expanded itineraries on the Mississippi River System and the Columbia and Snake Rivers, adding new cruise options for those looking to experience these unique regions. The line currently runs numerous eight-day cruises on both rivers, offering various themes from wine and jazz music, to Mark Twain and the Lewis and Clark expedition.

“Demand on the Mississippi is high, and the Columbia River has not seen a new riverboat in many years,” said Timothy Beebe, Vice President of American Cruise Lines. “The new riverboats will offer the finest experience available in these regions, while maintaining the historic feel and authenticity of historic American river cruising.”

Both riverboats will feature historic accents and modern conveniences, as well as the latest safety technologies. They will feature the largest, most well-appointed staterooms on the rivers, and almost all will have large sliding glass doors offering panoramic views and entirely private balconies. A glass-enclosed dining room and various spacious lounge venues are also planned. During the cruise, guests will learn about the region’s history and culture, while enjoying personalized service and the comforts of the finest riverboats in North America.

An Award-Winning Cruise Line
American Cruise Lines is the recipient of numerous awards, including World’s Leading River Cruise Company and World’s Leading Small Ships Cruise Line, two years in a row, by travel excellence organization, World Travel Awards. Referred to as “the Oscar’s of the travel industry” by the Wall Street Journal, World Travel Awards has developed into the most prestigious and comprehensive awards program in travel and tourism. Thousands of travel organizations globally are nominated and voted for pushing the boundaries of excellence in travel. The highly coveted titles of World’s Leading River Cruise Company and World’s Leading Small Ships Cruise Line are true indicators and proof points of American Cruise Lines’ success and the satisfaction of both its guests and valued travel partners.

About American Cruise Lines
American Cruise Lines is the largest U.S. cruise company and operates the newest fleet of riverboats and small cruise ships on more than 35 itineraries around the country. The line is known for working closely with guests and travel agents before, during, and after a cruise to create a highly personalized cruise experience. Long established and deeply experienced in cruise travel, American Cruise Lines has most recently received world-wide recognition as the first line to revive paddlewheel river cruising in America.To learn more about American Cruise Lines, visit http://www.americancruiselines.com or call 800-814-6880. Find us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/americancruiselines or follow us on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/american_cruise.

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