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American Harmony Review and Specifications
Specifications of American Harmony
|Year built||2019 / Age : 1|
|Builder||Chesapeake Shipbuilding (Salisbury, Maryland USA)|
|Building cost||USD 40 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)||18 m / 59 ft|
|Gross Tonnage||2700 gt|
|Decks with cabins||4|
|Sister-ships||American Song, American Jazz, American Melody|
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), American Jazz (2020), American Melody (2021) plus 1 more ship (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).
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).
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.
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 was planned 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.
- 8-day "Lower Mississippi River" from Memphis to New Orleans itinerary's ports of call are Memphis (day 1 / embarkation), river cruising (day 2), Vicksburg MS (day 3), Natchez MS (day 4), St Francisville LA (day 5), Baton Rouge LA (day 6), Oak Alley Plantation LA (day 7), New Orleans LA (day 8, disembarkation).
- 8-day "Mississippi River" roundtrip from New Orleans itinerary's ports of call are New Orleans LA (day 1 / embarkation), Oak Alley Plantation LA (day 2), Natchez MS (day 3), Vicksburg MS (day 4), St Francisville LA (day 5), Baton Rouge LA (day 6), Houmas House Plantation LA (day 7), New Orleans LA (day 8, disembarkation).
In 2019, the ship was deployed on the US West Coast for Columbia and Snake river cruises.
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 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),
Shipboard facilities and amenities
MS American Harmony features innovative interior design concepts - from the 4-story glass-walled Vestibule (Atrium) to spacious indoor and outdoor lounges, large open-deck spaces, floor-ceiling windows throughout the vessel. The 4-decks high Vestibule has floor-ceiling windows (portside and starboard) and SkyLight (transparent glass-roof cover) that allows natural light into ship's interior.
Two Sun Decks (Lower on Deck 4-aft, and Upper on Deck 5) are fitted with sunbathing and shaded seating areas, putting green, deck-game area (shuffleboard). The ship has 5 lounges (2 with large outdoor terraces), Grand Dining Room (complimentary, glass-enclosed restaurant), Chart Room (Library Lounge), fore-located Main Lounge (with central stage for live show- and musical productions and glass-roof cover), aft-located Sky Lounge (with glass-roof cover and direct access to Lower Sundeck), indoor Exercise Room (Gym). The Upper Sun Deck (top-deck) is furnished with comfortable deckchairs and has 3 shaded seating areas plus two SkyLights (glass-roof covers). Two lifts (passenger elevators in the SkyLight-covered Atrium) 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-vessel 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 outfitting. On June 7, 2019, the vessel under its own power moved to the outfitting pier for final touches. In mid-July 2019, the new riverboat successfully passed sea trials and received USCG Certification. The vessel was ready 23 days ahead of schedule. The inaugural cruise (8-day maiden voyage) is scheduled for August 17 out of New Orleans (roundtrip Mississippi itinerary).
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.
|Date||Cruise Name||Departure Port||Price from|
|2020 Apr 26||8 days, one-way from Memphis TN to New Orleans||Memphis TN||$3946|
|2020 May 03||8 days, round-trip New Orleans Round Trip||New Orleans||$3708|
|2020 May 10||8 days, one-way from Memphis TN to New Orleans||Memphis TN||$3946|
|2020 May 17||8 days, one-way from Memphis TN to New Orleans||Memphis TN||$3946|
|2020 May 24||8 days, one-way from Memphis TN to New Orleans||Memphis TN||$3946|
|2020 May 31||8 days, one-way from Memphis TN to New Orleans||Memphis TN||$3946|
|2020 Jun 07||8 days, one-way from Memphis TN to New Orleans||Memphis TN||$3473|
|2020 Jun 14||8 days, one-way from Memphis TN to New Orleans||Memphis TN||$3473|
|2020 Jun 21||11 days, one-way from New Orleans to St Louis MO||New Orleans||$4785|
|2020 Jul 01||11 days, one-way from New Orleans to St Louis MO||New Orleans||$4785|
|2020 Jul 11||11 days, one-way from New Orleans to St Louis MO||New Orleans||$4785|
|2020 Jul 21||11 days, one-way from New Orleans to St Louis MO||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 MO||New Orleans||$5438|
|2020 Oct 08||8 days, one-way from Memphis TN to New Orleans||Memphis TN||$3946|
|2020 Oct 15||8 days, one-way from Memphis TN to New Orleans||Memphis TN||$3946|
|2020 Oct 22||8 days, one-way from Memphis TN to New Orleans||Memphis TN||$3946|
|2020 Oct 29||8 days, one-way from Memphis TN to New Orleans||Memphis TN||$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 MO||New Orleans||$4785|
|2020 Nov 22||11 days, one-way from New Orleans to St Louis MO||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|
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