The ACL-American Cruise Lines-owned 190-passenger riverboat American Jazz left Chesapeake Shipbuilding's facility and successfully passed the preliminary trials. She is now due to join the company's fleet on Mississippi River.
American Jazz is the latest in the ACL anticipated series of 5 new riverboats, each to be built in Salisbury, Maryland USA.
“American Jazz and the modern riverboats we currently have under construction demonstrate our commitment to leading the U.S. river cruise market by adding new small ships each year,” said president & CEO of American Cruise Lines Charles B. Robertson in a press release.
American Jazz is the 3rd modern riverboat of the river line, following the launch of American Harmony last year and American Song back in 2018. ACL's fleet now reaches twelve vessels, exploring 35+ itineraries.
Keeping in mind space for social distancing, the new American Jazz riverboat is designed with casual outdoor dining cafes, top sundecks, and outdoor lounges. American Cruise Lines noted that all balconies are private. HVAC air systems in each cabin and all interior spaces onboard are independent, with no shared ductwork.
Last week, the newbuild underwent an endurance run, speed trials, and was thoroughly tested in areas of maneuverability and safety, alongside the U.S. Coast Guard.
Leaving her Salisbury birthplace, American Jazz is ready for her first full season on the Mississippi River.