American Cruise Lines’ inaugural season of American Melody has begun. The newest modern riverboat in the U.S. departed along the line’s longest Mississippi River cruise on Friday, Sept. 3. Guests aboard celebrated Labor Day Weekend exploring the lower Mississippi as they embarked on the 22-day Complete Mississippi River Cruise. The cruise had originally been scheduled to operate from New Orleans, LA, to St. Paul, MN, but due to Hurricane Ida, guests embarked in Natchez, MS.

Throughout American Melody’s inaugural season, guests will cruise the country’s most iconic river, while being treated to complimentary pre-cruise nights on board, festive cocktail parties, Mississippi-inspired gourmet dinners, and special inaugural season gifts.

Through the end of December 2021, American Melody will also operate several of American’s 8-day Upper Mississippi River cruises between St. Louis, MO, and St. Paul, MN, as well as 8-day Lower Mississippi River cruises including 8-Day New Orleans Roundtrip itineraries and special holiday cruises for Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s.

“American Melody is the most elegant riverboat in the American fleet and compares well to any riverboat in the world.” — Charles B. Roberston, President & CEO of American Cruise Lines

American Melody accommodates 175 passengers and represents the latest evolution in the company’s Modern SeriesAmerican Melody showcases a multi-level sky-lit atrium, spacious indoor and outdoor lounges, a grand dining room as well as a casual outdoor cafe, a fitness center, and a Skywalk on the top deck, which features an ellipse cutout cantilevered over the ship’s fourth deck. American Melody also offers private-balcony staterooms, singles, and suitesa hallmark of all the brand’s Modern Series riverboats.

Veranda Suite.

American Melody is the line’s second new modern riverboat this year and the fourth riverboat in American’s growing Mississippi fleet. The line launched American Jazz in March 2021 and has already announced the names of two more modern riverboats coming in 2022American Symphony & American Serenade. American Cruise Lines first introduced its Modern Series in 2018 with American Song, the first modern riverboat in the U.S. Since then, the line has expanded the popular series, introducing six of these new ships in just four years. American is the only cruise line to offer these modern riverboats for cruises along both the Mississippi River and the Columbia & Snake rivers.

The 2021-2023 cruise schedules, deck plans, and virtual tours for American Melody are available on the company’s website.

For more information, visit americancruiselines.com/usa-riverboat-cruise-ships/modern-riverboat-cruise-ship-tour.