America Review and Specifications

Specifications of America

Year built2016  /  Age : 3
BuilderChesapeake Shipbuilding (Salisbury, Maryland USA)
Classpaddlewheel riverboat
OwnerAmerican Cruise Lines Inc
OperatorAmerican Cruise Lines
Gross Tonnage2700 gt
Passengers98 - 185
Decks with cabins5
Former namesAmerican Eagle

Review of America

Launched in 2016, America is paddlewheeler riverboat from the American Cruise Lines fleet. The company's other paddle-wheel ships are Queen of the West, Queen of the Mississippi (new ship 2015) and American Pride (old Queen of the Mississippi steamboat).

History - construction & ownership

American Cruise Lines (ACL) is a small cruise line with headquarters in Guilford, Connecticut, operational since 1991. "American Eagle" was the name previously chosen for the new Queen of the Mississippi boat - sister ship (of similar design) to American Pride. In 2015, American Cruise Lines decided to rename the old "Queen of the Mississippi" to "American Pride" and the new vessel ("American Eagle") to "Queen of the Mississippi". On August 4, 2015, American Cruise Lines announced that the "American Eagle" boat would be renamed (first to "American Eagle") and repositioned from Mississippi to Columbia-Snake River System in early 2016, and replaced on the Mississippi by the ship "America". Another new paddlewheeler constructed at Chesapeake Shipbuilding assumed the name "Queen of the Mississippi".

MS America cruise ship

America is American Cruise Lines’ 8th ship and its 2nd brand-new vessel launched in 2016, homeported in New Orleans, Louisiana. According to the line, "America is the finest Mississippi paddlewheeler ever built, introducing features never before seen on a Mississippi riverboat". America is slightly bigger than previous ACL riverboats and features 185-passenger capacity. Her hull was launched on 7 August 2015 and moved to a basin where the construction of upper decks and outfitting took place. America entered service on May 7, 2016.

MS America cruise ship construction

Cruise itineraries

America itinerary program is based on Mississippi river cruises, including Grand Heartland Cruise and round-trip New Orleans sailings. Some of the American Cruise Lines riverboat deals are on themed voyages. Among those themes are "Food and Wine", "Fall Foliage", "Music", the Holiday themed sailings for Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year. 

Note: You can see the CruiseMapper's list of all river cruise ships and riverboats in the "itinerary" section of our River Cruises hub. All companies and their fleets are listed there.


America cruise ship staterooms are among the most roomy in small ship cruising - all more than 200 square feet in size, each featuring large opening picture windows and private bathroom. Most accommodations have private balconies.

Shipboard dining options - Food and Drinks

The Grand Dining Room can accommodate all passengers. The culinary program features locally sourced ingredients. Each evening, America offers complimentary cocktail hour. Afternoon tea service in ship's Sky Lounge is also available.

Shipboard entertainment options - Fun and Sport

America features a relaxed atmosphere and casual ambiance, while providing unique panoramic views of passing scenery. With just 185 guests onboard, fellow passengers quickly become new friends. The ship boasts many lounges to relax, an open-air exercise area, putting green on Top Deck, jazz and evening musical entertainment. The all American crew offers personalized service. Historians and naturalists are onboard for interesting lectures.

Note: You can see the CruiseMapper's list of all river cruise ships and riverboats in the "itinerary" section of our River Cruises hub. All companies and their fleets are listed there.

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This infographic shows American Pride cruise ship (Queen of the Mississippi's and America's sister-ship). Here you can see what is what and where on these unique riverboats.

American Pride cruise ship (Queen of the Mississippi) infographic

Fun fact is that this American Cruise Lines ship has a namesake - the 2012-launched "HANJIN America". The vessel is among the world's largest container ships (capacity 13,102 containers) and operated by HANJIN Line.

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