American Cruise Lines has announced the launch of its newest riverboat, the American Serenade, which has passed sea trials and is now on its way to New Orleans for its inaugural season. The 180-passenger boat is the sixth in the line’s new series and the 18th small ship built by Chesapeake Shipbuilding for American Cruise Lines. The boat will join the company’s expanding Mississippi River fleet immediately and begin plying the famous waterway this month. The American Serenade’s first cruise is set to depart from New Orleans on April 20th.
“American Serenade shows our continued commitment to small ships for America’s rivers. She has the same spacious features as her five sisterships and a design package that wows everyone who boards,” said Charles B. Robertson, President & CEO of American Cruise Lines.
The American Serenade boasts many luxurious features, including 100% private balcony staterooms, suites and singles. The new riverboat has an elegant interior design that incorporates a stunning use of glass, allowing for unparalleled views throughout the ship. The boat also showcases American’s patented opening bow, retractable gangway, and an open-air 5th-deck skywalk with an ellipse that cantilevers dramatically over the café below. The American Serenade also offers spacious lounges inside and out, a grand dining room, a casual café, and a fitness centre.
The ship has passed all its sea trials and is ready to take on the Mississippi River. “We are very pleased with the American Serenade’s performance during sea trials,” said Kristen Capano, Director of Hotel Operations at American Cruise Lines. “She handled beautifully and was very responsive. We look forward to welcoming guests and showcasing this beautiful vessel.”
American Cruise Lines’ small ship fleet continues to expand year after year, introducing ground-breaking small ship designs that offer exceptional accommodations and enhance guests’ experiences on the Mississippi River, the Columbia & Snake Rivers, and across the U.S.A. This year, the company plans to introduce two more small new ships for the U.S. market: the American Eagle and American Glory, two 100-passenger Coastal Cats.
American Cruise Lines’ virtual 360-degree tour of the new riverboat is available here: American Cruise Lines Virtual Riverboat Tour. Ship photos and tours are always available on the company’s website under the “ships” tab.
The launch of the American Serenade is a significant milestone for American Cruise Lines and the Mississippi River. The new riverboat will offer guests an unforgettable experience as they explore one of the most iconic rivers in America. The boat’s luxurious amenities and stunning design are sure to impress, making it an ideal choice for travellers who want to enjoy the beauty of the Mississippi River in style and comfort.
Overall, the launch of the American Serenade is excellent news for American Cruise Lines and travellers who want to explore the Mississippi River. With its exceptional design, luxurious amenities, and exceptional performance, the American Serenade will surely be a significant success and a popular choice for riverboat enthusiasts.
WRITTEN BY: ANNE KEAM