GUILFORD, Conn. – American Cruise Lines announced today it will build another riverboat because of “high demand for its U.S. river cruises.” A contract has been signed and construction has begun, the company said, on a vessel that will be slightly larger “but similar in many respects” to the 150-passenger Queen of the Mississippi, currently nearing completion at Chesapeake Shipbuilding in Salisbury, Md.
“We recognize a considerable strength in river cruising and have observed an increased interest in our U.S. river cruises over the last several years,” said Charles A. Robertson, CEO of American Cruise Lines, in a statement. “We look forward to introducing yet another new authentic paddlewheel riverboat to meet this demand.”
Robertson attributed the success of the company’s river cruise business to its “newer, low-density vessels, each built to meet the highest industry standards in comfort, safety and technology.”
American Cruise Lines said the new riverboat “will also boast the most spacious staterooms in the industry, entirely private balconies – all with sliding glass doors, a center atrium with a grand staircase, various lounges and numerous amenities,” including:
• Fully-functioning authentic paddlewheel
• 300+ square foot staterooms
• Private balconies with sliding glass doors
• Various unique lounges, libraries, and cafés
• Fine hotel-style bathrooms
• Room Service
• Wi-Fi in all staterooms
• Satellite TV and DVD player in all staterooms
• Single sitting, open seating dining
• Complimentary cocktail hour
As of yet, no decision has been made as to where the new riverboat will operate other than on U.S. rivers.