Americana Review and Specifications
Specifications of Americana
|Builder||FIRST COAST SHIPBUILDING INC.|
|Speed||13 kn / 24 kph / 15 mph|
|Length (LOA)||68 m / 223 ft|
|Beam (width)||14 m / 46 ft|
|Gross Tonnage||2354 gt|
|Passengers||108 - 138|
|Decks with cabins||5|
|Former names||Yorktown Clipper, Spirit of Yorktown, MS Yorktown|
Review of Americana
In 1988, Americana, one of the best USA and Canada small cruise ships, entered service for Clipper Cruise Lines under the name “Yorktown Clipper” (1988-2006). In 2006, she was renamed to “Spirit of Yorktown” (2006-2011) and entered service for Cruise West. After the bankruptcy of the Cruise West company in 2010, its fleet of nine ships was grabbed by small cruise companies. MS Yorktown was purchased in 2011 and relaunched with USA and Central American itineraries.
Since March 2014, the formerly named “Yorktown” ship had been owned and operated by TDI (Travel Dynamics International). In July 2014 Americana was seized by the German KfW IPEX-Bank, claiming that the ship's owner owed money for it. Because of “cash issues” the company sidelined its vessel. Claiming it is owed US$9.85 million by Explorer Maritime Cruises, controlled by the co-president of Travel Dynamics, Vasos Papagapitos, KfW had the ship seized in Florida and auctioned in Jacksonville on July 30, where it was acquired through credit bid by KfW.
The Yorktown cruise ship decor is sleek and elegant, featuring light wood accents and etched glass. The Observation Lounge has expansive picture windows, lending library and video, plus conversation circles and cozy banquettes. Every stateroom boasts a wide picture window, private facilities, and ample storage. Passengers enjoy generous outside space on the vessel's three decks.
Americana itineraries include small cruises in New England and the USA, leaving on one-ways from Canadian and United States' ports.