American Cruise Lines’ American Melody is Delivered

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American Cruise Lines' fleet. (Photo courtesy of American Cruise Lines.)

American Cruise Lines has accepted delivery of American Melody from Chesapeake Shipbuilding on time. Additionally, American Cruise Lines (ALC) also announced today the names of the fifth and sixth modern riverboats—American Symphony and American Serenade. The two riverboats are slated for delivery next year.

Immediately following last week’s sea trials, the brand-new American Melody headed to New Orleans to prepare for its inaugural cruise along the Mississippi River, an 8-day New Orleans-New Orleans itinerary. The sold-out cruise departs from the Port of New Orleans on Aug. 27 and then American Melody will continue to operate a selection of American’s Mississippi River cruise itineraries through December, including a 22-Day Complete Mississippi River Cruise between New Orleans, LA, and St. Paul, MN.

American Melody and sister ships American Symphony and American Serenade will each accommodate 175 passengers. Showcasing sky-lit atriums, multiple indoor and outdoor lounges, fitness centers, grand dining rooms, casual outdoor cafes, and open-air Skywalks, American’s three newest ships will also feature 100 percent private-balcony staterooms and suites.

American Melody, American Symphony and American Serenade bring American’s overall domestic U.S. fleet to 15 small ships: 10 riverboats and five cruise ships. Despite the rapid growth in fleet size, American has also maintained a strong commitment to keeping the size of each individual ship small—every one of the 15 ships in their fleet accommodates fewer than 200 passengers.

American Symphony and American Serenade are under construction at Chesapeake Shipbuilding in Salisbury, Maryland, where all of the line’s modern riverboats and small cruise ships are built. Following this year’s debut of American MelodyAmerican Symphony is expected for delivery next summer and American Serenade is expected at the end of 2022.

The 2021-2023 cruise schedules, deck plans, and virtual tours for American Melody and American Symphony are available now on ACL’s website (schedules for American Serenade will follow next year).

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