American Constellation

American Constellation Review and Specifications

Specifications of American Constellation

Year built2017  /  Age : 1
Flag state USA
BuilderChesapeake Shipbuilding (Salisbury, Maryland USA)
ClassModern Riverboat
Building costUSD 30 million
OwnerAmerican Cruise Lines Inc
OperatorAmerican Cruise Lines
Speed12 kn / 22 kph / 14 mph
Length (LOA)82 m / 269 ft
Beam (width)17 m / 56 ft
Passengers175
Crew43
Decks6
Cabins89
Decks with cabins5
Sister-shipsAmerican Constitution
Christened bytba

Review of American Constellation

Launched in 2017, MS American Constellation cruise ship is the first of American Cruise Lines fleet's "Modern Riverboat" series - with sistership American Constitution (2018). Similarly designed (modified class) ships with slightly bigger capacity (195 passengers) are the fleetmates American Song (2018), American Harmony (2019) and 3 more (still unnamed) vessels.

History - construction & ownership

American Cruise Lines (ACL) is a small cruise line with headquarters in Guilford, Connecticut, operational since 1991. American Constellation is the latest river cruise ship from ACL. She is uniquely designed in order to navigate the inland waterways of US East Coast and brings travelers to exciting locations that cannot be accessed by larger ships. In the intimate atmosphere offered onboard, passengers find the largest cabins in industry, spacious lounges, observation decks, private balconies that offer splendid views of passing landscapes.

American Cruise Lines American Constellation cruise ship

The new coastal river boat set sail in April 2017. The "American Constellation" name was inspired by the numerous American ships named "Constellation" which have honored the United States. The original US Naval sailing frigate of 1797, USS Constellation, and the newest ship of American Cruise Lines were both built in Maryland shipyards. American Constellation left for her first cruise from Constellation Pier, next to where retired USS Constellation is currently docked.

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Cruise itinerary program

American Constellation itinerary program includes two new American Cruise Lines itineraries - one from USA to New England, and the other along southeast USA's Intracoastal Waterway.

American Cruise Lines deals are inclusive of pre-cruise hotel package, all shore excursions (organized daily), cocktail hour (each evening), cruise accommodation, gourmet meals, Afternoon Tea service, room service (Breakfast only), onboard enrichment and entertainment programs, Wi-Fi (shipwide coverage).

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Cabins

American Constellation has 6 passenger decks (accessible via one elevator) and a total of 85 staterooms. The number of cabin categories is 9. Most of the accommodations are Balcony rooms, with floor-ceiling sliding doors leading to a private step-out veranda. There are no connecting rooms onboard.

Shipboard dining options - Food and Drinks

The American Constellation has a single-capacity, open-seating dining room. This is the main restaurant onboard featuring floor-ceiling windows, crystal chandeliers, classy furniture, 4- and 8-seat tables and luxury dining amenities. Most of the cuisine is American fare. The menu boasts itinerary-inspired gourmet specialties and fresh food. Breakfast is buffet-style, with made-to-order items. Lunch offers soup, choice of 3 dishes, chef’s salad. Dinner offers soup, salad and 3 entrees. The wine list has a selection of domestic wines. Any dietary needs are catered for.

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Shipboard entertainment options - Fun and Sport

The ocean capable American Constellation ship with full active wing stabilization, features capacity for 163 guests. ACL Constellation caters to the discriminating eye of vacationers looking for intimate high-end experience of a smaller vessel. Well-appointed rooms are the largest ever seen in service, with room service and tastefully furnished private balconies. Additional features include kayaks and Zodiacs that offer guests alternative ways to explore historic American destinations.

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  • The ship has a modern propulsion system consisting of 2x azymuth thrusters ("Z-drives") manufactured by Veth (Holland). These 360-degree rotating propellers (1x forward, 1x aft) provide the boat with greater maneuverability and berthing flexibility.
  • The ship is powered by 2x Caterpillar marine engines running on low-sulfur diesel. These modern engines require less fuel and produce less emissions (COx, NOx, SOx) and soot particles in comparison to other boats on the US river cruising market.

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American Constellation Itineraries

The below listed American Constellation 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
2019 Apr 04 7 days, round-trip Puget Sound & San Juan Islands Seattle$3396
2019 Apr 11 7 days, round-trip Puget Sound & San Juan Islands Seattle$3396
2019 Apr 18 7 days, round-trip Puget Sound & San Juan Islands Seattle$3396
2019 Apr 25 7 days, round-trip Puget Sound & San Juan Islands Seattle$3088
2019 May 02 7 days, round-trip Puget Sound & San Juan Islands Seattle$3827
2019 May 09 10 days, round-trip Grand Puget Sound Seattle$4677
2019 May 19 10 days, round-trip Grand Puget Sound Seattle$4292
2019 May 29 10 days, round-trip Grand Puget Sound Seattle$4677
2019 Jun 08 14 days, one-way from Seattle to Juneau Seattle$7715
2019 Jun 22 7 days, round-trip South East Alaska Juneau$5870
2019 Jun 29 7 days, round-trip South East Alaska Juneau$5870
2019 Jul 06 7 days, round-trip South East Alaska Juneau$5470
2019 Jul 13 7 days, round-trip South East Alaska Juneau$5870
2019 Jul 20 7 days, round-trip South East Alaska Juneau$5870
2019 Jul 27 7 days, round-trip South East Alaska Juneau$5470
2019 Aug 03 7 days, round-trip South East Alaska Juneau$5635
2019 Aug 10 7 days, round-trip South East Alaska Juneau$5635
2019 Aug 17 7 days, round-trip South East Alaska Juneau$5235
2019 Aug 24 7 days, round-trip South East Alaska Juneau$5235
2019 Aug 31 7 days, round-trip South East Alaska Juneau$5235
2019 Sep 07 14 days, one-way from Seattle to Juneau Seattle$7838
2019 Sep 21 10 days, round-trip Grand Puget Sound Seattle$5277
2019 Oct 01 10 days, round-trip Grand Puget Sound Seattle$5277
2019 Oct 11 7 days, round-trip Puget Sound & San Juan Islands Seattle$3827
2019 Oct 18 7 days, round-trip Puget Sound & San Juan Islands Seattle$3827
2019 Oct 25 7 days, round-trip Puget Sound & San Juan Islands Seattle$3827
2019 Nov 01 7 days, round-trip Puget Sound & San Juan Islands Seattle$3612
2019 Nov 08 7 days, round-trip Puget Sound & San Juan Islands Seattle$3827
2020 Mar 30 10 days, round-trip Grand Puget Sound Seattle$4677
2020 Apr 09 10 days, round-trip Grand Puget Sound Seattle$4677
2020 Apr 19 10 days, round-trip Grand Puget Sound Seattle$4677
2020 Apr 29 10 days, round-trip Grand Puget Sound Seattle$4677
2020 May 09 10 days, round-trip Grand Puget Sound Seattle$4677
2020 May 19 7 days, round-trip Puget Sound & San Juan Islands Seattle$3827
2020 May 26 7 days, round-trip Puget Sound & San Juan Islands Seattle$3827
2020 Jun 02 14 days, one-way from Seattle to Juneau Seattle$8485
2020 Jun 16 10 days, round-trip Alaskan Explorer Juneau$6223
2020 Jun 26 10 days, round-trip Alaskan Explorer Juneau$6223
2020 Jul 06 10 days, round-trip Alaskan Explorer Juneau$6223
2020 Jul 16 10 days, round-trip Alaskan Explorer Juneau$6223
2020 Jul 26 10 days, round-trip Alaskan Explorer Juneau$6223
2020 Aug 05 7 days, round-trip South East Alaska Juneau$5635
2020 Aug 12 7 days, round-trip South East Alaska Juneau$5635
2020 Aug 19 7 days, round-trip South East Alaska Juneau$5635
2020 Aug 26 7 days, round-trip South East Alaska Juneau$5635
2020 Sep 02 14 days, one-way from Seattle to Juneau Seattle$8146
2020 Sep 16 10 days, round-trip Grand Puget Sound Seattle$5277
2020 Sep 26 10 days, round-trip Grand Puget Sound Seattle$5277
2020 Oct 16 7 days, round-trip Puget Sound & San Juan Islands Seattle$3827
2020 Oct 23 7 days, round-trip Puget Sound & San Juan Islands Seattle$3827
2020 Oct 30 7 days, round-trip Puget Sound & San Juan Islands Seattle$3827