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American Cruise Lines to add modern riverboats to fleet

Written by Nick Blenkey
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JANUARY 9, 2014 — Guilford, CT, headquartered American Cruise Lines is planning to construct a new fleet of modern riverboats that will add a new dimension to river cruising in the United States. It will also offer a wide selection of new river itineraries throughout the country.

The concept for the new riverboats will differ from that of the line’s existing paddlewheelers and coastal ships by taking a more contemporary approach to the design.

Modern exteriors and spacious, elegant interiors are planned. The new riverboats will feature open deck plans to allow for maximum exposure of natural light and unobstructed viewing for guests. They will have glass-enclosed lounges with panoramic views, spacious, well-appointed staterooms with large, furnished balconies, and a variety of outdoor public spaces are planned.

Additional details on the line’s future expansion, including new designs and artists’ renderings of the new riverboats, and newly-introduced itineraries in additional regions of the U.S., will be announced in the coming months.

The new-design riverboats are in addition to the Victorian-style riverboats American Cruise Lines is currently building, which include the American Eagle, a new paddlewheeler for the Mississippi River nearing completion at the company’s Chesapeake Shipbuilding in Salisbury, MD.

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