American Constellation

American Constellation Review and Specifications

Specifications of American Constellation

Year built2017  /  Age : 2
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

Current itinerary of American Constellation

American Constellation current cruise is 10 days, round-trip Grand Puget Sound. Prices start from USD 4292 (double occupancy rates). The itinerary starts on 19 May, 2019 and ends on 29 May, 2019.

Date / TimePort
19 May    Departing from Seattle, Washington hotels
21 May    Seattle, Washington
22 May    San Juan Islands, Washington
23 May    Anacortes, Washington
24 May    Friday Harbor, San Juan Island, Washington
25 May    Port Angeles, Washington
26 May    Victoria, Vancouver Island, BC Canada
27 May    Port Townsend, Washington
28 May    Poulsbo, Washington
29 May    Arriving in Seattle, Washington hotels

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 "Modern Riverboat" fleetmates American Song (2018), American Harmony (2019), American Jazz (2020)  and 2 more (still unnamed) vessels.

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).

American Cruise Lines American Constellation cruise ship

The new coastal riverboat set sail in April 2017. The "American Constellation" name was inspired by the numerous American ships named "Constellation" which have honoured 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.

American Cruise Lines new ship design

Cruise itinerary program

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

American Cruise Lines deals are inclusive of a 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 facilities and amenities

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 specialities 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.

American Cruise Lines new ship design

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 an 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.

American Constellation wiki

The ship has a modern propulsion system consisting of 2x azimuth thrusters ("Z-drives") manufactured by Veth (Holland). These 360-degree rotating propellers (1x forward, 1x aft) provide the boat with greater manoeuvrability 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 fewer 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 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 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 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