Chesapeake Shipbuilding delivers to ACL-American Cruise Lines the boat American Symphony

   August 10, 2022 ,   Cruise Industry

The newest river boat for the Mississippi River successfully passed sea trials late last week and is on her way to New Orleans for the start of her inaugural season.

ACL-American Cruise Lines announced that it had accepted delivery of American Symphony from the Virginia USA-based shipbuilder Chesapeake Shipbuilding.

American Symphony is ACL's 5th new riverboat from this series and the 15th Chesapeake-built for ACL vessel. The 175-passenger boat will immediately join ACL's expanding Mississippi fleet.

American Symphony's Maiden Voyage is scheduled to depart on August 27 from New Orleans (Port NOLA, Louisiana), and during the sailing, the new boat will be also officially christened in Natchez (Mississippi) on August 30th.

Charles B. Robertson (ACL's President & CEO) said that American Symphony was part of their "ongoing commitment to leading the U.S. River Cruise market by introducing innovative small ships every year.”

“Smaller is better on the rivers. We look forward to American Symphony’s first season on the Mississippi, as well as the introduction of sister ship American Serenade early next year.”

American Symphony is a sistership to American Melody, the line’s acclaimed 2021 river boat.

American Symphony cruise ship

Accommodating 175 passengers, American Symphony has 5 decks and all-balcony staterooms (91 total), including single cabins and suites. The new boat has a stylish design with the use of glass allowing for unparalleled views. The vessel also showcases ACL’s patented opening bow and retractable gangway, as well as the 5th deck skywalk with an ellipse that cantilevers over the cafe below. American Symphony also provides spacious inside and outside lounges, a grand dining room, wellness-yoga studio, and a fitness center.