JULY 12, 2016 — Guilford, CT, based American Cruise Lines reports that Chesapeake Shipbuilding, Salisbury, MD, successfully launching the line's newest ship, American Constellation last Saturday, nine weeks ahead of schedule.
Immediately after being launched into the calm waters of the Wicomico River, tugboats maneuvered the cruise ship into the shipyard's East Outfitting Basin where the upper decks will be added and outfitting will be completed.
"The launching of American Constellation could not have gone any better. The team at Chesapeake Shipbuilding has done a fantastic job realizing our vision for this new cruise ship," said Timothy Beebe, Vice President of American Cruise Lines. "We are thrilled that the construction of American Constellation continues to be well ahead of schedule."
The launching comes just a few weeks after the joining of the major two hull sections.
With the installation of the upper decks next, the new cruise ship will come together quickly, and upon completion will bring the American Cruise Linesfleet up to nine ships.
The new ship will have a capacity of 170 passengers and is scheduled to begin cruises in the spring of 2017. American Constellation will offer 10-night cruises on a new Grand New England itinerary sailing round-trip from Boston, MA, after sailing two 7-night cruises on the Chesapeake Bay round-trip from Baltimore, MD.