American Constitution

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American Cruise Lines

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American Constitution Review and Specifications

Specifications of American Constitution

Year built 2018 new ship
Builder Chesapeake Shipbuilding (Salisbury, Maryland USA)
Owner American Cruise Lines Inc
Operator American Cruise Lines
Speed 12 kn / 22 kph / 14 mph
Length (LOA) 82 m / 269 ft
Beam (width) 17 m / 56 ft
Passengers 175
Crew 60
Decks 6
Cabins 89
Decks with cabins 5
Sister-ships American Constellation, American Song
Christened by tba

Review of American Constitution

Launched in 2018, American Constitution cruise ship is the second of American Cruise Lines fleet's "Modern Riverboat Series" - together with the sister-ship American Constellation (2017) and the modified (slightly bigger) fleetmate Amarican Song (2018).

History - construction & ownership

American Cruise Lines (ACL) is a small cruise line with headquarters in Guilford, Connecticut, operational since 1991. American Constitution is the latest river cruise ship from ACL. She is uniquely designed in order to navigate the inland waterways of US East Coast and brings travelers to exciting locations that cannot be accessed by larger ships. In the intimate atmosphere offered onboard, passengers find the largest cabins in industry, spacious lounges, observation decks, private balconies that offer splendid views of passing landscapes.

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The new coastal river boat set sail in 2018. The "American Constitution" name was inspired by the oldest vessel in service of the US Navy (USS Constitution), originally commissioned by George Washington (1732-1799, the USA's first President) during his tenure as president (1789-1797).

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Cruise itinerary program

American Constitution itinerary program includes two new American Cruise Lines itineraries - one from USA to New England, and the other along southeast USA's Intracoastal Waterway.

American Cruise Lines deals are inclusive of pre-cruise hotel package, all shore excursions (organized daily), cocktail hour (each evening), cruise accommodation, gourmet meals, Afternoon Tea service, room service (Breakfast only), onboard enrichment and entertainment programs, Wi-Fi (shipwide coverage).

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Cabins

American Constitution accommodates 175 pasengers in balcony staterooms, with floor-ceiling sliding doors leading to a private step-out veranda. 

Dining options - Food & Drinks

The American Constitution has a single-capacity, open-seating dining room. This is the main restaurant onboard featuring floor-ceiling windows, crystal chandeliers, classy furniture, 4- and 8-seat tables and luxury dining amenities. Most of the cuisine is American fare. The menu boasts itinerary-inspired gourmet specialties and fresh food. Breakfast is buffet-style, with made-to-order items. Lunch offers soup, choice of 3 dishes, chef’s salad. Dinner offers soup, salad and 3 entrees. The wine list has a selection of domestic wines. Any dietary needs are catered for.

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Entertainment options - Fun & Sport

The ocean capable American Constitution ship with full active wing stabilization, caters to the discriminating eye of vacationers looking for intimate high-end experience of a smaller vessel. Well-appointed rooms are the largest ever seen in service, with room service and tastefully furnished private balconies. Additional features include kayaks and Zodiacs that offer guests alternative ways to explore historic American destinations.

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  • The ship has a modern propulsion system consisting of 2x azymuth thrusters ("Z-drives") manufactured by Veth (Holland). These 360-degree rotating propellers (1x forward, 1x aft) provide the boat with greater maneuverability and berthing flexibility.
  • The ship is powered by 2x Caterpillar marine engines running on low-sulfur diesel. These modern engines require less fuel and produce less emissions (COx, NOx, SOx) and soot particles in comparison to other boats on the US river cruising market.
  • On June 20, 2017, was the vessel's launching ceremony (at Chesapeake shipyard in Salisbury MD), during which the vessel was removed from drydock and slid into Wicomico River.
  • The ship's Inaugural Cruise (maiden voyage) was scheduled for April 18, 2018. The 11-day itinerary (themed" American Revolution", roundtrip from Baltimore MD) included as ports of call Norfolk VA, Williamsburg VA, Yorktown VA, Washington DC, Mount Vernon VA (George Washington's plantation house), Cambridge MDSt Michaels MDAnnapolis MD, and Chestertown MD.