American Constitution Review and Specifications
Specifications of American Constitution
|Year built||2018 / Age : 1|
|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 Constitution
Launched in 2018, MS American Constitution cruise ship is the second of American Cruise Lines fleet's "Modern Riverboat" series - with sistership American Constellation (2017). 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 was inaugurated in 2018. The "American Constitution" name was inspired by the oldest vessel in service of the US Navy (USS Constitution), originally commissioned by George Washington (1732-1799, the USA's first President) during his tenure as president (1789-1797).
Cruise itinerary program
American Constitution 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.
- (April 18, 2018) The 11-day "Inaugural Cruise" itinerary (themed "American Revolution Cruise" was roundtrip from Baltimore MD) and included as call ports Norfolk VA, Williamsburg VA, Yorktown VA, Washington DC, Mount Vernon VA (George Washington's plantation house), Cambridge MD, St Michaels MD, Annapolis MD, and Chestertown MD.
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 Constitution accommodates 175 passengers in balcony staterooms, with floor-ceiling sliding doors leading to a private step-out veranda.
Shipboard facilities and amenities
The American Constitution 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 Constitution ship with full active wing stabilization 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 newbuild vessel 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.
On June 20, 2017, was the vessel's launch (float-out) at Chesapeake shipyard (Salisbury MD), during which it was removed from drydock and slid into Wicomico River.
Ship's Inaugural Cruise (maiden voyage) was scheduled for April 18, 2018. The 11-day itinerary (themed" American Revolution Cruise", roundtrip from Baltimore MD) included as ports of call Norfolk VA, Williamsburg VA, Yorktown VA, Washington DC, Mount Vernon VA (George Washington's plantation house), Cambridge MD, St Michaels MD, Annapolis MD, and Chestertown MD.
American Constitution Itineraries
The below listed American Constitution 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|
|2019 Oct 26||7 days, round-trip Hudson River||New York||$4046|
|2020 Oct 03||7 days, round-trip Hudson River||New York||$4046|
|2020 Oct 10||7 days, round-trip Hudson River||New York||$4046|
|2020 Oct 17||7 days, round-trip Hudson River||New York||$4046|
|2020 Oct 24||7 days, round-trip Hudson River||New York||$4046|
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