The newest ship of American Cruise Lines, still under construction at Chesapeake Shipbuilding (Salisbury, Maryland), was given the historic American Constellation name. Currently 9 weeks ahead of schedule, the new 170-passenger vessel is due to be delivered in April 2017.
The name American Constellation was inspired by the long line of US ships called Constellation. The link between American Constellation and USS Constellation is stronger than the name. The 1797 original US Navy sailing frigate and the American Cruise Lines vessel were both built in Maryland yards.
American Constellation will leave for her first voyage from Baltimore’s Constellation Pier, next to where retired USS Constellation is docked.
'We’re proud to continue our legacy of American-built ships, and are positive that American Constellation will raise the bar for all small ship cruising in the United States,' said vp of American Cruise Lines, Tim Beebe.
The ocean-going ship, with full active wing stabilization, will feature well-appointed staterooms with verandas and butler-delivered room service. Additional amenities will include kayaks and Zodiacs.