American Jazz

American Jazz current position

American Jazz current location is at US Inland (coordinates 34.26624 N / -90.83497 W) cruising at speed of 14.2 kn (26 kph/ 16 mph) en route to VICKSBURG. The AIS position was reported 3 hours ago.

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Current itinerary of American Jazz

American Jazz current cruise is 7 days, one-way from Memphis TN to New Orleans. Prices start from USD 5229 (double occupancy rates). The itinerary starts on 17 Oct, 2021 and ends on 24 Oct, 2021.

Specifications of American Jazz

Year built2020  /  Age: 1
Flag state USA
BuilderChesapeake Shipbuilding (Salisbury, Maryland USA)
ClassModern Riverboat
Building costUSD 45 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
Gross Tonnage5400 gt
Passengers190
Crew60
Decks6
Cabins99
Decks with cabins5
Sister-shipsAmerican Harmony, American Song, American Melody, American Symphony, American Serenade
Christened bytba

American Jazz Itineraries

DateItineraryDeparture PortPrice from
2021 Sep 26 7 days, one-way from Memphis TN to New Orleans Memphis TN $5243
2021 Oct 03 7 days, round-trip 7 Night New Orleans to New Orleans Cruise New Orleans $5226
2021 Oct 10 7 days, one-way from New Orleans to Memphis TN New Orleans $5682
2021 Oct 17 7 days, one-way from Memphis TN to New Orleans Memphis TN $5229
2021 Oct 24 7 days, one-way from New Orleans to Memphis TN New Orleans $5241
2021 Oct 31 7 days, one-way from Memphis TN to New Orleans Memphis TN $5232
2021 Nov 07 7 days, one-way from New Orleans to Memphis TN New Orleans $4920
2021 Nov 14 7 days, one-way from Memphis TN to New Orleans Memphis TN $4913
2021 Nov 21 7 days, one-way from New Orleans to Memphis TN New Orleans $4522
2021 Nov 28 7 days, one-way from Memphis TN to New Orleans Memphis TN $4923
2021 Dec 05 7 days, one-way from New Orleans to Memphis TN New Orleans
2021 Dec 12 7 days, one-way from Memphis TN to New Orleans Memphis TN $4922
2021 Dec 20 7 days, one-way from New Orleans to Memphis TN New Orleans
2021 Dec 28 7 days, one-way from Memphis TN to New Orleans Memphis TN $4920
2022 Feb 20 7 days, one-way from New Orleans to Memphis TN New Orleans
2022 Feb 27 7 days, one-way from Memphis TN to New Orleans Memphis TN $4606
2022 Mar 06 7 days, one-way from New Orleans to Memphis TN New Orleans $4726
2022 Mar 13 7 days, one-way from Memphis TN to New Orleans Memphis TN $5240
2022 Mar 20 7 days, one-way from New Orleans to Memphis TN New Orleans
2022 Mar 27 7 days, one-way from Memphis TN to New Orleans Memphis TN $5243
2022 Apr 03 7 days, one-way from New Orleans to Memphis TN New Orleans $5235
2022 Apr 10 7 days, one-way from Memphis TN to New Orleans Memphis TN $5232
2022 Apr 17 7 days, one-way from New Orleans to Memphis TN New Orleans $5232
2022 Apr 24 7 days, one-way from Memphis TN to New Orleans Memphis TN $5242
2022 May 01 7 days, one-way from New Orleans to Memphis TN New Orleans $5235
2022 May 08 7 days, one-way from Memphis TN to New Orleans Memphis TN $5245
2022 May 15 7 days, one-way from New Orleans to Memphis TN New Orleans $5245
2022 May 29 7 days, one-way from New Orleans to Memphis TN New Orleans $5244
2022 Jun 05 7 days, one-way from Memphis TN to New Orleans Memphis TN $4608
2022 Jun 12 7 days, one-way from New Orleans to Memphis TN New Orleans $4600
2022 Jun 19 7 days, one-way from Memphis TN to New Orleans Memphis TN $4604
2022 Jun 26 7 days, one-way from New Orleans to Memphis TN New Orleans $4608
2022 Jul 03 6 days, one-way from Memphis TN to Nashville TN Memphis TN $4295
2022 Jul 11 6 days, one-way from Nashville TN to Memphis TN Nashville TN $4305
2022 Jul 17 6 days, one-way from Memphis TN to Nashville TN Memphis TN $4289
2022 Jul 25 6 days, one-way from Nashville TN to Memphis TN Nashville TN $3805
2022 Jul 31 6 days, one-way from Memphis TN to Nashville TN Memphis TN $4305
2022 Aug 08 6 days, one-way from Nashville TN to Memphis TN Nashville TN $4294
2022 Aug 14 6 days, one-way from Memphis TN to Nashville TN Memphis TN $4299
2022 Aug 22 6 days, one-way from Nashville TN to Memphis TN Nashville TN $4292
2022 Aug 28 6 days, one-way from Memphis TN to Nashville TN Memphis TN $4301
2022 Sep 05 6 days, one-way from Nashville TN to Memphis TN Nashville TN $4613
2022 Sep 11 6 days, one-way from Memphis TN to Nashville TN Memphis TN $4598
2022 Sep 19 6 days, one-way from Nashville TN to Memphis TN Nashville TN $4606
2022 Sep 25 7 days, one-way from Memphis TN to New Orleans Memphis TN $5226
2022 Oct 02 7 days, round-trip 7 Night New Orleans to New Orleans Cruise New Orleans $5233
2022 Oct 09 7 days, one-way from New Orleans to Memphis TN New Orleans $5240
2022 Oct 16 7 days, one-way from Memphis TN to New Orleans Memphis TN $5241
2022 Oct 23 7 days, one-way from New Orleans to Memphis TN New Orleans $5227
2022 Oct 30 7 days, one-way from Memphis TN to New Orleans Memphis TN $5228
2022 Nov 13 7 days, one-way from Memphis TN to New Orleans Memphis TN $4929
2022 Nov 27 7 days, one-way from Memphis TN to New Orleans Memphis TN $4921
2022 Dec 04 7 days, round-trip 7 Night New Orleans to New Orleans Cruise New Orleans $4610
2022 Dec 11 7 days, round-trip 7 Night New Orleans to New Orleans Cruise New Orleans $4611
2023 Feb 26 7 days, one-way from Memphis TN to New Orleans Memphis TN $4610
2023 Mar 12 7 days, one-way from Memphis TN to New Orleans Memphis TN $5225
2023 Mar 26 7 days, one-way from Memphis TN to New Orleans Memphis TN $5235
2023 Apr 09 7 days, one-way from Memphis TN to New Orleans Memphis TN $5245
2023 Apr 23 7 days, one-way from Memphis TN to New Orleans Memphis TN $5230
2023 May 07 7 days, one-way from Memphis TN to New Orleans Memphis TN $5245
2023 May 21 7 days, one-way from Memphis TN to New Orleans Memphis TN $5225
2023 Jun 04 7 days, one-way from Memphis TN to New Orleans Memphis TN $4605
2023 Jun 18 7 days, one-way from Memphis TN to New Orleans Memphis TN $4601
2023 Jul 02 6 days, one-way from Memphis TN to Nashville TN Memphis TN $4291
2023 Jul 16 6 days, one-way from Memphis TN to Nashville TN Memphis TN $4287
2023 Jul 30 6 days, one-way from Memphis TN to Nashville TN Memphis TN $4285
2023 Aug 27 6 days, one-way from Memphis TN to Nashville TN Memphis TN $4290
2023 Sep 24 7 days, one-way from Memphis TN to New Orleans Memphis TN $5234
2023 Oct 01 7 days, round-trip 7 Night New Orleans to New Orleans Cruise New Orleans $5227
2023 Oct 15 7 days, one-way from Memphis TN to New Orleans Memphis TN $5239
2023 Oct 29 7 days, one-way from Memphis TN to New Orleans Memphis TN $5232
2023 Nov 26 7 days, one-way from Memphis TN to New Orleans Memphis TN $4925
2023 Dec 03 7 days, round-trip 7 Night New Orleans to New Orleans Cruise New Orleans $4614

American Jazz Review

Review of American Jazz

The 2020-built/2021-inaugurated MS American Jazz cruise ship is the third newbuild in the American Cruise Lines fleet from the company's "Modern Riverboat" series. From this class/with the same design are the sisterships American Song (2018), American Harmony (2019), American Melody (2021), American Symphony (2022), American Serenade (2022).

History - construction and ownership

The shipowner American Cruise Lines (ACL) is the USA's largest river cruise company (headquarters in Guilford Connecticut) operational since 1991. The company specializes in cruise shipping on the 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 the 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 (Jazz has MMSI number 368135920) and built by the company-owned Chesapeake Shipbuilding Yard in Salisbury (Maryland USA).

American Cruise Line ship class Modern Riverboat

Unlike anything seen before along American waterways, the innovative vessel brings a new dimension to river cruising in the USA. American Jazz 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 Jazz 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 a retractable gangway (passenger bridge). The technology is often implemented on some of the largest ferries and features an opening bow door.

American Cruise Line ship class Modern Riverboat

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 American-flagged and crewed.

Decks and Cabins

ACCL's American Jazz ship has 6 passenger decks (accessible via two elevators) and a total of 99 staterooms. The number of cabin categories is 8. All accommodations are Balcony cabins, with floor-ceiling sliding doors opening onto a private step-out veranda. The boat has no connecting rooms.

Smallest staterooms (including the single-occupancy studio cabins) as sizes start at 250 ft2 (23 m2). Other staterooms are sized between 305-330 ft2 (28-31 m2). Veranda Suites are 405 ft2 (38 m2), Owners Suites are 445 ft2 (41 m2). Riverboat's largest staterooms are two Grand Suites with aft location on Deck 3. Each Suite is sized 900 ft2 (84 m2) and features 2 walls of floor-ceiling windows, a wrap-around balcony (accessed via sliding doors), separate bedroom/seating areas, marble bathroom (with double-sink vanity).

Shipboard facilities and amenities

MS American Jazz 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 the ship's interior.

MS American Jazz cruise ship

Two Sun Decks (Lower on Deck 5-aft, and Upper on Deck 6) 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 (deck 4), aft-located Sky Lounge (deck 4), indoor Gym/Exercise Room. The Upper Sun Deck (top-deck) is furnished with comfortable deckchairs and has 3 shaded seating areas plus one SkyLight (glass-roof cover).

The aft-located (on Deck 4) Sky Lounge features premium furniture, floor-ceiling windows, glass-roof cover (SkyLight), direct access to an open-air Terrace (for relaxation and alfresco dining/Back Porch Cafe). Throughout the day, there are served beverages, snacks, freshly-baked cookies, and pastries. Sky Lounge's glass doors open to the Back Porch Cafe (alfresco dining venue) - a spacious Terrace furnished with wicker furniture (armchairs and 4-seat tables). The lounge bar serves water, soda, and light snacks throughout the day. A Complimentary Afternoon Tea service is offered between 3:30-4:30 pm. In the evening, there is a complimentary cocktail hour.

The fore-located (on Deck 4) Magnolia Lounge (aka River Lounge) is the boat's main lounge with floor-ceiling windows and glass-roof cover. It also serves as the ship's show lounge with a central stage, grand piano and ample comfortable seating area full of comfy armchairs and plush sofas. Here are served warm cookies starting at 10 am. The complimentary Afternoon Tea service (with fresh pastries) is at 3:30 pm. The free-drinks cocktail hour is at 5:30 pm. Root beer and ice cream are passed around during the evening show. The evening entertainment includes one show (beginning at 8:15 pm) lasting about 1 hour. The show program could be a live concert, solo performances, music tribute, themed music, movie trivia. The large space for the evening shows is in the room's center. Furniture is daily rearranged (sometimes 2 or 3 times a day) to suit the themed entertainment. This is also the place for the American Cruise Lines' enrichment program, consisting of differently-themed lectures (history, food and wine, literature, etc). Also hosted here are media presentations and the current ACL cruise itinerary and tours-related multimedia presentations and port talks.

The list of the American Jazz ship's main public venues includes:

  • (Deck 1) Boarding Ramp/bow, Vestibule/lobby level, Ship's Office, Powder Room, Dining Room Restaurant, Galley/Kitchen & Storage Rooms, Staff & Crew cabins/forward
  • (Deck 2) Bow Terrace/observation area with seating, Laundry Room, Lounge/midship-starboard, wellness facilities/aft (Yoga Studio, Fitness Room/indoor Gym)
  • (Deck 3) Pilothouse/Wheelhouse, Chart Room Lounge/midship-starboard
  • (Deck 4) Magnolia Lounge/forward, with a wraparound terrace, Library Lounge/midship-starboard, Sky Lounge (indoor, aft), Back Porch Cafe (aft, outdoor terrace serving as an alfresco dining venue)
  • (Deck 5) Lounge/midship-starboard, Lower Sun Deck/aft
  • (Deck 6) Sun Deck with outdoor seating (premium patio furniture) and Mini-Golf Putting Green

Two Lifts (passenger elevators in the Atrium) connect all cabin decks.

Itineraries

American Jazz itinerary program (what is known so far) will be similar to that of the sistership American Harmony. The Mississippi River cruise itineraries leave roundtrip and one-way from homeports New Orleans Louisiana and Memphis Tennessee.

The Jazz ship could be seasonally deployed on the US West Coast to operate Snake and Columbia river cruises.

ACL cruise 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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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.

American Cruise Lines new ship infographic (Modern Riverboats)

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 maneuverability 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 October 11, 2018, vessel's lower bow (hull section) was moved out of drydock (wheeled out from Fabrication Building No 4) to shipyard's Assembly Launchways. The ship was launched (floated out from drydock) on October 13, 2019 (5 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.

Sea trials were successfully completed and on September 1, 2020, the ship was officially delivered to ACL-American Cruise Lines from Chesapeake Shipbuilding. The delivery ceremony was attended by Charles B. Robertson (ACL's CEO and President).

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