American Constellation Review and Specifications
Specifications of American Constellation
|Year built||2017 / Age : 3|
|Builder||Chesapeake Shipbuilding (Salisbury, Maryland USA)|
|Building cost||USD 30 million|
|Owner||American Cruise Lines Inc|
|Operator||American Cruise Lines|
|Speed||12 kn / 22 kph / 14 mph|
|Length (LOA)||82 m / 269 ft|
|Beam (width)||17 m / 56 ft|
|Decks with cabins||5|
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), American Melody (2021) and 1 more (still unnamed) ship.
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).
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.
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.
- The 10-night / 11-day "Grand New England" cruise itinerary starts in Boston MA and visits Provincetown MA, Newport RI, Martha's Vineyard MA, Kennebunkport ME, Camden ME, Bar Harbor ME) and Rockland ME.
- The 10-night / 11-day "Grand Historic South" cruise itinerary is a roundtrip from Charleston SC and visits Wilmington NC, Beaufort NC, Savannah GA, Sapelo Island GA, Jekyll Island GA, Amelia Island FL (Fernandina Beach) and Beaufort SC.
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).
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.
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.
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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.
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.
|Date||Cruise Name||Departure Port||Price from|
|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|