ACL’s domestic itineraries appeal to cruisers who might be fearful about booking a river cruise in Europe amidst the uncertainty of the Coronavirus/COVID crisis. Passengers do not have to worry about booking international flights or face the prospect of changing EU travel restrictions and quarantine requirements.
The USA-flagged and crewed cruise line is offering for the first time such a long itinerary, as most USA river itineraries are usually 7-8 days in length. ACL offers other small ship cruises ranging between 5-22 days in length that visit 30+ US states.
The 175-passenger ship American Melody departed along her inaugural 22-day Mississippi River voyage on September 3. The contemporary, all-balcony vessel offers suites, double-occupancy staterooms, and singles.
ACL's 22-day Mississippi River sailings call at 18 ports in 7 states (Illinois, Iowa, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Tennessee) offering a taste of history and culture.
The inaugural 22-day voyage on ACL Melody had been scheduled to depart from New Orleans (Port NOLA, Louisiana) to Minneapolis-Saint Paul (Minnesota) but was forced to depart instead from Natchez Mississippi due to Hurricane Ida.
Upcoming departures are scheduled for June 10, 2022; September 10, 2022; and June 9, 2023. During the inaugural season, American Melody passengers will be treated to complimentary pre-cruise nights onboard, festive cocktail parties, special gifts, and Mississippi-inspired gourmet dinners.
In 2022, American Melody also offers 8-day Lower Mississippi voyages between Memphis Tennessee and Port NOLA, Upper Mississippi (between St Louis Missouri and Saint Paul) and a Music Cities (themed voyage) from Memphis to Nashville Tennessee.