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American Cruise Lines has taken delivery of its new riverboat, American Symphony, after the boat passed sea trials late last week. The boat is now on its way to New Orleans for an on-time departure for its inaugural season on the Mississippi River.
“American Symphony is part of our ongoing commitment to lead the US river cruise market by introducing innovative small ships each year,” said Charles B. Robertson, President and CEO of ACL. “The smaller it is, the better it is on the rivers. We look forward to the first season of American Symphony on the Mississippi, as well as the introduction of sister ship American Serenade early next year.
The American Symphony is the 5th riverboat in the line’s new series of modern riverboats and the 15th small vessel built by Chesapeake Shipbuilding (owned by the same family). She is a sister ship to the American Melody which was launched last year. The two 175-passenger boats have five decks and all cabins have private balconies, including the single rooms. The American Symphony also features a 5th Deck walkway with a glass ellipse that extends above the cafe below.
The Bateau-Mouche is scheduled to depart New Orleans on August 27 with a christening scheduled for August 30 in Natchez, Mississippi.
In 2023, American Cruise Lines plans to introduce three additional new small ships: American Serenade, as mentioned above, as well as two 109-passenger catamaran hybrid ships, American Eagle and American Glory.