American Harmony

American Harmony Review and Specifications

Specifications of American Harmony

Year built2019 new ship
BuilderChesapeake Shipbuilding (Salisbury, Maryland USA)
ClassModern Riverboat
Building costUSD 40 million
OwnerAmerican Cruise Lines Inc
OperatorAmerican Cruise Lines
Speed12 kn / 22 kph / 14 mph
Length (LOA)82 m / 269 ft
Beam (width)18 m / 59 ft
Passengers195
Crew60
Decks5
Cabins102
Decks with cabins4
Sister-shipsAmerican Song
Christened bytba

Review of American Harmony

Launched in 2019, MS American Harmony cruise ship is the forth newbuild vessel in the American Cruise Lines fleet. This boat represents the company's "Modern Riverboat Series", with sisterships American Song (2018) and 3 more boats (still unnamed). These are all 5 similarly designed (modified class) ships, slightly bigger in capacity (195 passengers) in comparison to the 175-passenger sisterships and fleet mates American Constellation (2017) and American Constitution (2018).

History - construction & ownership

American Cruise Lines (ACL) is a small cruise line with headquarters in Guilford, Connecticut, operational since 1991. American Constitution 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 travellers 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.

MS American Harmony cruise ship

Unlike anything seen before along American waterways, the innovative vessel brings a new dimension to river cruising in the USA. American Harmony integrates contemporary design with no sacrificing the comfort that American Cruise Lines is popular for. Quieter, wider, and faster than any other river ship, it is the most environmentally friendly in the industry.

Traditionally for large-sized US riverboats, American Harmony has a fore-located boarding ramp (bow-location on Deck 1) that allows passengers to go ashore at any place along the ship's cruise itinerary route. The ramp has an innovative design being constructed as retractable gangway (passenger bridge). The technology is often implemented on some of the largest ferries and features an opening bow door.

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While other small cruise lines repurpose old casino ships, American Cruise Lines decided to build brand new boats to maintain the company's reputation for premium quality and services. Each of the newbuilds features most innovative design, spacious indoor and outdoor areas. Each vessel is a traditional US built (at Chesapeake Shipbuilding in Salisbury Maryland), as well as US-flagged and crewed.

Cruise itinerary program

American Harmony itinerary program started on September 29, 2018, with the 8-day inaugural cruise on Mississippi River, roundtrip from New Orleans. Other itineraries are the 8-day / 7-night Lower Mississippi River cruise from Memphis TN to New Orleans and the reverse itinerary from New Orleans to Memphis.

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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).

Cabins

American Harmony ship features the industry's biggest staterooms, with full-size bathrooms, private balconies and modern amenities. All the 102 cabins have private balconies.

Smallest staterooms (including the studios / single-occupancy cabins) sizes start at 250 ft2 (23 m2). Other staterooms range between 305-330 ft2 (28-31 m2). Veranda Suites are 405 ft2 (38 m2). Owner's Suites are 445 ft2 (41 m2). The boat's largest staterooms are the two Grand Suites located aft on deck 3. Each measures 900 ft2 (84 m2) and features 2 walls of floor-ceiling windows, sliding doors (opening to a wrap-around balcony), separate bedroom/lounge area, marble bathroom (double-sink vanity),

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Shipboard dining and entertainment options

American Harmony showcases gorgeous interior design concepts - from the 4-story glass walled Vestibule (Atrium) to spacious lounges and outdoor deck areas. The 4-decks high Vestibule has floor-ceiling windows (portside and starboard) and SkyLight (transparent glass-roof cover) that allows natural light into the interior.

Thoughtfully designed to bring the whole outside world in, the vessel features sweeping views from floor-ceiling windows throughout. There are two Sun Decks (lower on deck 4 aft) and Upper (the whole deck 5) with sunbathing and shaded seating areas, putting green, deck games area (shuffleboard), 5 lounges (2 with outdoor terraces), Grand Dining Room restaurant, Chart Room (Library). Located in the SkyLight-covered Atrium, two elevators connect all decks.

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The improved ship design allows "bow landings" via a retractable and rotating gangway (passenger bridge) that extends from Main Deck (deck 1) to the dock or directly onto the river bank. This feature is available on all traditional-design US paddlewheel riverboats and provides expanded options for river cruise itineraries unmatched by most newbuild river cruise ships.

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.

On February 27, 2018, the shipowner American Cruise Lines (ACL) announced the start of construction works on the second riverboat in this series (American Harmony) of all 5 same-design ships. For the 5 vessels series was again contracted the US shipbuilder Chesapeake Shipbuilding (Salisbury MD, ACL-owned shipyard).

On October 11, 2018, vessel's lower bow (hull section) was moved/wheeled out from Fabrication Building No.4 to shipyard's Assembly Launchways.

Vessel's launch (float-out) was on November 20, 2018, and 4 weeks ahead of schedule. After the float-out, the boat was berthed in shipyard’s East Outfitting Basin to receive its upper deck blocks and final outfitting. 

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American Harmony Itineraries

The below listed American Harmony 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 May 12 8 days, round-trip New Orleans Round Trip New Orleans $3708
2019 May 19 8 days, round-trip New Orleans Round Trip New Orleans $3708
2019 May 26 8 days, round-trip New Orleans Round Trip New Orleans $3708
2019 Jun 02 8 days, round-trip New Orleans Round Trip New Orleans $3473
2019 Jun 09 8 days, one-way from Memphis to New Orleans Memphis $3473
2019 Jun 16 8 days, one-way from Memphis to New Orleans Memphis $3777
2019 Jun 23 8 days, round-trip New Orleans Round Trip New Orleans $3473
2019 Jun 30 8 days, round-trip New Orleans Round Trip New Orleans $3473
2019 Jul 07 8 days, one-way from Memphis to New Orleans Memphis $3473
2019 Jul 14 8 days, one-way from Memphis to New Orleans Memphis $3473
2019 Jul 21 11 days, one-way from New Orleans to St Louis New Orleans $4785
2019 Jul 31 8 days, one-way from St Louis to Minneapolis-Saint Paul St Louis $3473
2019 Aug 07 8 days, one-way from St Louis to Minneapolis-Saint Paul St Louis $3473
2019 Aug 14 11 days, one-way from New Orleans to St Louis New Orleans $4785
2019 Aug 21 8 days, one-way from St Louis to Minneapolis-Saint Paul St Louis $3473
2019 Aug 24 22 days, one-way from New Orleans to Minneapolis-Saint Paul New Orleans $9792
2019 Aug 28 8 days, one-way from St Louis to Minneapolis-Saint Paul St Louis $3473
2019 Sep 14 15 days, one-way from Minneapolis-Saint Paul to New Orleans Minneapolis-Saint Paul $7865
2019 Sep 28 8 days, round-trip New Orleans Round Trip New Orleans $3708
2019 Oct 05 8 days, one-way from Memphis to New Orleans Memphis $3946
2019 Oct 12 8 days, one-way from Memphis to New Orleans Memphis $3946
2019 Oct 19 11 days, one-way from New Orleans to St Louis New Orleans $5438
2019 Oct 29 11 days, one-way from New Orleans to St Louis New Orleans $5438
2019 Nov 08 8 days, round-trip New Orleans Round Trip New Orleans $3519
2019 Nov 15 8 days, round-trip New Orleans Round Trip New Orleans $3235
2019 Nov 22 8 days, round-trip New Orleans Round Trip New Orleans $2927
2019 Dec 05 8 days, round-trip New Orleans Round Trip New Orleans $3235
2019 Dec 12 8 days, round-trip New Orleans Round Trip New Orleans $3235
2019 Dec 20 8 days, round-trip New Orleans Round Trip New Orleans $2927
2019 Dec 28 8 days, round-trip New Orleans Round Trip New Orleans $2927
2020 Feb 16 8 days, one-way from Memphis to New Orleans Memphis $3473
2020 Feb 23 8 days, one-way from Memphis to New Orleans Memphis $3473
2020 Mar 01 8 days, one-way from Memphis to New Orleans Memphis $3473
2020 Mar 08 8 days, one-way from Memphis to New Orleans Memphis $3473
2020 Mar 15 8 days, one-way from Memphis to New Orleans Memphis $3473
2020 Mar 22 8 days, one-way from Memphis to New Orleans Memphis $3473
2020 Mar 29 8 days, one-way from Memphis to New Orleans Memphis $3473
2020 Apr 05 8 days, one-way from Memphis to New Orleans Memphis $3946
2020 Apr 12 8 days, one-way from Memphis to New Orleans Memphis $3946
2020 Apr 19 8 days, one-way from Memphis to New Orleans Memphis $3946
2020 Apr 26 8 days, one-way from Memphis to New Orleans Memphis $3946
2020 May 03 8 days, round-trip New Orleans Round Trip New Orleans $3708
2020 May 10 8 days, one-way from Memphis to New Orleans Memphis $3946
2020 May 17 8 days, one-way from Memphis to New Orleans Memphis $3946
2020 May 24 8 days, one-way from Memphis to New Orleans Memphis $3946
2020 May 31 8 days, one-way from Memphis to New Orleans Memphis $3946
2020 Jun 07 8 days, one-way from Memphis to New Orleans Memphis $3473
2020 Jun 14 8 days, one-way from Memphis to New Orleans Memphis $3473
2020 Jun 21 11 days, one-way from New Orleans to St Louis New Orleans $4785
2020 Jul 01 11 days, one-way from New Orleans to St Louis New Orleans $4785
2020 Jul 11 11 days, one-way from New Orleans to St Louis New Orleans $4785
2020 Jul 21 11 days, one-way from New Orleans to St Louis New Orleans $4785
2020 Jul 31 22 days, one-way from New Orleans to Minneapolis-Saint Paul New Orleans $10650
2020 Sep 04 15 days, one-way from Minneapolis-Saint Paul to New Orleans Minneapolis-Saint Paul $7865
2020 Sep 18 11 days, one-way from New Orleans to St Louis New Orleans $5438
2020 Sep 28 11 days, one-way from New Orleans to St Louis New Orleans $5438
2020 Oct 08 8 days, one-way from Memphis to New Orleans Memphis $3946
2020 Oct 15 8 days, one-way from Memphis to New Orleans Memphis $3946
2020 Oct 22 8 days, one-way from Memphis to New Orleans Memphis $3946
2020 Oct 29 8 days, one-way from Memphis to New Orleans Memphis $3946
2020 Nov 05 8 days, round-trip New Orleans Round Trip New Orleans $3235
2020 Nov 12 11 days, one-way from New Orleans to St Louis New Orleans $4785
2020 Nov 22 11 days, one-way from New Orleans to St Louis New Orleans $4785
2020 Dec 02 8 days, round-trip New Orleans Round Trip New Orleans $3235
2020 Dec 12 8 days, round-trip New Orleans Round Trip New Orleans $3235
2020 Dec 20 8 days, round-trip New Orleans Round Trip New Orleans $3235
2020 Dec 28 8 days, round-trip New Orleans Round Trip New Orleans $3235