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American Cruise Lines Confirms Two More New Builds for 2022 as American Melody Readies for August Mississippi Debut


American Cruise Lines announced today that it has signed contracts with Chesapeake Shipbuilding of Salisbury, MD, to build 2 more modern riverboats in 2022. The new builds will be the 5th and 6th in American Cruise Lines revolutionary modern series, first introduced in 2018. Both new modern riverboats are yet to be named and will follow the 2021 debuts of American Jazz and American Melody on the Mississippi River.  

American Cruise Lines continues to lead the rapid expansion of the U.S. domestic cruise market, and has more than doubled in size since 2017. Including the 2 new builds announced today, American’s fleet has grown to 15 ships: 5 small cruise ships, 4 classic paddlewheelers, and 6 modern riverboats. In addition to the Line’s newest modern riverboats, American also plans to continue building new small cruise ships for their popular U.S. coastal itineraries. The Line’s river and coastal cruises operate in the same destination-focused style, cruising close to home and always in sight of land, along 100% domestic U.S. itineraries. 

“American’s two new builds are welcome news for the industry here at home. They closely follow the two riverboats we are introducing this year and demonstrate our ongoing commitment to growth and leading the U.S. small ship market,” said Charles B. Robertson, President & CEO of American. “While the pace of our new builds is increasing, we are committed to maintaining the small capacity of our ships, which continue to accommodate just 100-190 passengers. This distinction across our fleet truly enables us to deliver the personalized and sophisticated experience our guests have come to expect.”

American’s 5th and 6th modern riverboats will be sister ships to 175-passenger American Melody, beginning operations on the Mississippi this August. American Melody will showcase the Line’s newest interior design concept created by Studio DADO of Miami, Florida. 

American Melody and the new 2022 builds will also highlight exciting new architectural elements, including a new 5th deck Skywalk which features a walking track cantilevered above the 4th deck, and a beautiful elliptical cutout above the riverboat’s outdoor café & lounge — aptly named the Ellipse Café. American’s modern riverboats also offer 100% private balcony staterooms, enormous suites, and 5 spacious decks with sky-lit atriums, grand dining rooms, comfortable interior and exterior lounges, and the Line’s largest-ever fitness studios.

Text: PM American Cruise Lines