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America

Former name: American Eagle

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Specifications of America

Year built2016  /  Age : 4
Flag state USA
BuilderChesapeake Shipbuilding (Salisbury, Maryland USA)
Classpaddlewheel riverboat
OwnerAmerican Cruise Lines Inc
OperatorAmerican Cruise Lines
Speed12 kn / 22 kph / 14 mph
Length (LOA)90 m / 295 ft
Beam (width)16 m / 52 ft
Gross Tonnage2700 gt
Passengers185
Crew57
Decks6
Cabins98
Decks with cabins5
Former namesAmerican Eagle

Current position of America

Review of America

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

History - construction and ownership

The shipowner American Cruise Lines (ACL) is USA's largest river cruise company (headquarters in Guilford Connecticut) operational since 1991. The company specializes in cruise shipping on USA's largest navigable inland waterways (rivers and lakes) as well as in cruises along the US East Coast, US West Coast and Florida. All ACL vessels feature some of industry's largest passenger cabins with private balconies, spacious lounges and outdoor deck spaces, gourmet cuisine, top-quality enrichment program with many complimentary land tours and excursions, highly-personalized service by all-American staff and crew. All ACL cruise ships are US-flagged and built by the company-owned Chesapeake Shipbuilding Yard in Salisbury (Maryland USA).

MS America cruise ship

"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 paddle-wheeler constructed at Chesapeake Shipbuilding assumed the name "Queen of the Mississippi".

MS America cruise ship construction

America is the American Cruise Lines’ 8th ship and its 2nd newbuild vessel - launched in 2016 and homeported in Port NOLA (New Orleans, Louisiana). According to the company, "America is the finest Mississippi paddle-wheeler ever built, introducing features never before seen on a Mississippi riverboat". The vessel is slightly bigger than older ACL boats and has max passenger capacity 185. The hull was launched on August 7, 2015, then moved to a basin where the upper decks construction and final outfitting took place. The America riverboat entered service on May 7, 2016.

Cruise itineraries

MS America cruise itinerary program is based on Mississippi River roundtrips from New Orleans, including Grand Heartland Cruise. 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.

Cabins

America cruise ship staterooms are among the roomiest 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.

MS America cruise ship

Shipboard facilities and amenities

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

America features a relaxed atmosphere and casual ambience while providing unique panoramic views of passing scenery. 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.

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This infographic shows the 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.

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 Itineraries

The below listed America cruise prices on itineraries are only indicative and Per Person (in US dollars, based on double occupancy). These are the cheapest American Cruise Lines fares on the ship’s lowest category cabins available for booking. Cruise fares typically change with departure dates approaching, last minute deals, discounts, promotions, independent travel agency offers.

DateCruise NameDeparture PortPrice from
2020 Apr 25 8 days, one-way from Memphis TN to New Orleans Memphis TN $3492
2020 May 09 8 days, one-way from Memphis TN to New Orleans Memphis TN $3492
2020 May 16 8 days, one-way from Memphis TN to New Orleans Memphis TN $3492
2020 May 23 8 days, one-way from Memphis TN to New Orleans Memphis TN $3492
2020 May 30 8 days, one-way from Memphis TN to New Orleans Memphis TN $3492
2020 Jun 06 8 days, one-way from Memphis TN to New Orleans Memphis TN $3073
2020 Jun 13 8 days, one-way from Memphis TN to New Orleans Memphis TN $3073
2020 Jun 20 8 days, one-way from Memphis TN to New Orleans Memphis TN $3073
2020 Jun 27 8 days, one-way from Memphis TN to New Orleans Memphis TN $3073
2020 Jul 04 8 days, round-trip New Orleans Round Trip New Orleans $3073
2020 Jul 11 8 days, round-trip New Orleans Round Trip New Orleans $3073
2020 Jul 18 8 days, round-trip New Orleans Round Trip New Orleans $3073
2020 Jul 25 5 days, round-trip Highlights of the Mississippi New Orleans $1792
2020 Jul 29 5 days, round-trip Highlights of the Mississippi New Orleans $1792
2020 Aug 02 5 days, round-trip Highlights of the Mississippi New Orleans $1792
2020 Aug 06 22 days, one-way from New Orleans to Minneapolis-Saint Paul New Orleans $8669
2020 Aug 27 15 days, one-way from Minneapolis-Saint Paul to New Orleans Minneapolis-Saint Paul $5777
2020 Sep 10 11 days, one-way from New Orleans to St Louis MO New Orleans $4815
2020 Sep 20 8 days, one-way from St Louis MO to Minneapolis-Saint Paul St Louis MO $3285
2020 Sep 27 8 days, one-way from St Louis MO to Minneapolis-Saint Paul St Louis MO $3285
2020 Oct 04 8 days, one-way from St Louis MO to Minneapolis-Saint Paul St Louis MO $3285
2020 Oct 11 15 days, one-way from Minneapolis-Saint Paul to New Orleans Minneapolis-Saint Paul $6565
2020 Nov 12 5 days, round-trip Highlights of the Mississippi New Orleans $1669
2020 Nov 16 5 days, round-trip Highlights of the Mississippi New Orleans $1285
2020 Nov 20 5 days, round-trip Highlights of the Mississippi New Orleans $1669
2020 Nov 24 5 days, round-trip Highlights of the Mississippi New Orleans $1669
2020 Dec 12 8 days, round-trip New Orleans Round Trip New Orleans $2865
2020 Dec 20 8 days, one-way from Memphis TN to New Orleans Memphis TN $3285
2020 Dec 28 8 days, one-way from Memphis TN to New Orleans Memphis TN $3285

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