American Cruise Lines (ACL) will be the first cruise line to resume cruises in the U.S. ACL is planning to begin cruising again on June 20, on the 8-day Columbia & Snake Rivers itinerary (Portland, OR to Clarkston, WA), on board the 180-passenger American Song; and June 28, on the 8-day Lower Mississippi Cruise (Memphis to New Orleans), on board the 190-passenger American Harmony.
The cruise line is also eyeing a re-start in the summer, soon as possible late June/July, for cruises in Alaska, on its new coastal ship, the 175-passenger American Constellation.
Ships are all voluntarily sailing at 75 percent capacity regardless of the fact that at capacity the ships are still under 250 passengers and crew limit for the CDC rule. Additionally, ACL’s new ships offer 350 sq. ft. of space per passenger—and well over that while sailing at 75 percent capacity; independent HVAC air systems with no shared duct work in cabins and lounges (interior spaces); the first ships sailing have all-private balcony cabins; and all ships will sail with nurses (RNs) or EMTs on board. For full information on ACL’s new COVID-minded protocols, visit americancruiselines.com/about-us/covid-19-operating-protocol.
The cruise line continues to offer its Cruise With Comfort plan for all cruises through Oct. 31, allowing guests to cancel for any reason up to 24 hours before the cruise.