American Cruise Lines (ACL) announced recently that it has accepted delivery of the 328'x60'4", 180 passenger American Serenade from Chesapeake Shipbuilding as scheduled. The new riverboat is the sixth riverboat in the company’s Modern Series, and the 18th small ship built by Chesapeake Shipbuilding for ACL.

American Serenade will immediately join the company’s expanding Mississippi River fleet and will begin plying the famous waterway this month. American Serenade’s first cruise is set to depart April 20th from New Orleans, and American Cruise Lines plans to christen the new riverboat during its inaugural cruise on April 23 while visiting Vidalia, La.

“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,” Charles B. Robertson, president and CEO of American Cruise Lines, said in a statement announcing the delivery. Introduced just a few months after American Symphony and just a few months before American Eagle, the new ship is a testament to ACL’s rapidly increasing production capability.

The new riverboat features five decks and offers 100% private balcony staterooms, including suites and singles. The boat’s interior design incorporates a liberal use of glass, allowing for enhanced views throughout the ship. 

American Serenade also showcases ACL’s patented opening bow and retractable gangway, as well as an open-air fifth deck skywalk with an ellipse that cantilevers dramatically over the café below. The riverboat also offers spacious lounges both inside and out, a grand dining room, casual café, and fitness center.