American Melody

American Melody last position

American Melody last location was at US Inland (coordinates 38.26016 N / -85.75009 W) cruising en route to MADISON. The AIS position was reported 6 hours ago.

All Itineraries Current Position

Current itinerary of American Melody

American Melody current cruise is 13 days, one-way from Pittsburgh PA to St Louis MO. Prices start from USD 7650 (double occupancy rates). The itinerary starts on 13 Jul, 2024 and ends on 26 Jul, 2024.

Date / TimePort
13 Jul    Departing from Pittsburgh PA, Pennsylvania hotels
14 Jul    Moundsville WV, West Virginia
15 Jul    Marietta OH, Ohio
17 Jul    Maysville KY, Kentucky
18 Jul    Cincinnati OH, Ohio
20 Jul    Louisville KY, Kentucky
22 Jul    Henderson KY, Kentucky
24 Jul    Paducah KY, Kentucky
26 Jul    Arriving in St Louis MO, Missouri hotels

Specifications of American Melody

Year of build2021  /  Age: 3
Flag state USA
BuilderChesapeake Shipbuilding (Salisbury, Maryland USA)
ClassModern Riverboat
Building costUSD 30 million (EUR 25 million)
Speed12 kn / 22 km/h / 14 mph
Length (LOA)82 m / 269 ft
Beam (width)17 m / 56 ft
Gross Tonnage5148 gt
Passengers175
Crew43
Decks5
Cabins91
Decks with cabins4
Sister-shipsAmerican Song, American Harmony, American Jazz, American Symphony, American Serenade
Christened bytba
OwnerAmerican Cruise Lines Inc
OperatorAmerican Cruise Lines

American Melody Itineraries

DateItineraryDeparture PortPrice from
2024 Jun 29 13 days, one-way from St Louis MO to Pittsburgh PA St Louis MO $7650
2024 Jul 01 7 days, one-way from Astoria OR to Clarkston WA Astoria OR
2024 Jul 13 13 days, one-way from Pittsburgh PA to St Louis MO Pittsburgh PA $7650
2024 Jul 15 7 days, one-way from Astoria OR to Clarkston WA Astoria OR
2024 Jul 27 7 days, one-way from Alton IL to Minneapolis-Saint Paul Alton IL $5045
2024 Aug 03 14 days, one-way from Minneapolis-Saint Paul to New Orleans Minneapolis-Saint Paul $10490
2024 Aug 17 6 days, one-way from New Orleans to Memphis TN New Orleans $4690
2024 Aug 24 7 days, one-way from Memphis TN to New Orleans Memphis TN $4690
2024 Aug 31 6 days, one-way from New Orleans to Memphis TN New Orleans $4690
2024 Sep 07 7 days, one-way from Memphis TN to New Orleans Memphis TN $5900
2024 Sep 14 6 days, one-way from New Orleans to Memphis TN New Orleans $5900
2024 Sep 21 6 days, one-way from Memphis TN to Nashville TN Memphis TN $5190
2024 Sep 28 6 days, one-way from Nashville TN to Chattanooga TN Nashville TN $5190
2024 Sep 28 6 days, one-way from Nashville TN to Chattanooga TN Nashville TN
2024 Oct 05 6 days, one-way from Chattanooga TN to Nashville TN Chattanooga TN $5190
2024 Oct 12 6 days, one-way from Nashville TN to Chattanooga TN Nashville TN $5190
2024 Oct 19 6 days, one-way from Chattanooga TN to Nashville TN Chattanooga TN $5190
2024 Oct 20 6 days, one-way from Chattanooga TN to Nashville TN Chattanooga TN $7690
2024 Oct 25 5 days, round-trip 6 Night New Orleans to New Orleans Cruise New Orleans $5040
2024 Oct 26 7 days, round-trip 7 Night New Orleans to New Orleans Cruise New Orleans
2024 Oct 31 5 days, round-trip 6 Night New Orleans to New Orleans Cruise New Orleans $5040
2024 Nov 02 6 days, one-way from Chattanooga TN to Nashville TN Chattanooga TN $4840
2024 Nov 04 7 days, one-way from Astoria OR to Clarkston WA Astoria OR
2024 Nov 06 5 days, round-trip 6 Night New Orleans to New Orleans Cruise New Orleans $4435
2024 Nov 09 6 days, one-way from Nashville TN to Memphis TN Nashville TN $4840
2024 Nov 12 5 days, round-trip 6 Night New Orleans to New Orleans Cruise New Orleans $4435
2024 Nov 16 7 days, one-way from Memphis TN to New Orleans Memphis TN $5190
2024 Nov 18 5 days, round-trip 6 Night New Orleans to New Orleans Cruise New Orleans $4435
2024 Nov 23 6 days, one-way from New Orleans to Memphis TN New Orleans $5190
2024 Nov 24 5 days, round-trip 6 Night New Orleans to New Orleans Cruise New Orleans $4435
2024 Nov 30 7 days, one-way from Memphis TN to New Orleans Memphis TN $5190
2024 Dec 06 5 days, round-trip 6 Night New Orleans to New Orleans Cruise New Orleans $4435
2024 Dec 07 6 days, round-trip 7 Night Historic Mississippi River Cruise and Land Tour New Orleans $4190
2024 Dec 12 5 days, round-trip 6 Night New Orleans to New Orleans Cruise New Orleans
2024 Dec 13 6 days, round-trip 7 Night Historic Mississippi River Cruise and Land Tour New Orleans $4190
2024 Dec 14 7 days, round-trip 7 Night New Orleans to New Orleans Cruise New Orleans
2024 Dec 18 5 days, round-trip 6 Night New Orleans to New Orleans Cruise New Orleans
2024 Dec 20 6 days, one-way from New Orleans to Memphis TN New Orleans $5190
2024 Dec 21 7 days, round-trip 7 Night New Orleans to New Orleans Cruise New Orleans
2024 Dec 27 7 days, one-way from Memphis TN to New Orleans Memphis TN $5190
2024 Dec 28 7 days, round-trip 7 Night New Orleans to New Orleans Cruise New Orleans
2025 Feb 21 6 days, round-trip 7 Night Historic Mississippi River Cruise and Land Tour New Orleans $4190
2025 Feb 27 6 days, round-trip 7 Night Historic Mississippi River Cruise and Land Tour New Orleans $4190
2025 Mar 05 6 days, round-trip 7 Night Historic Mississippi River Cruise and Land Tour New Orleans $4495
2025 Mar 11 6 days, round-trip 7 Night Historic Mississippi River Cruise and Land Tour New Orleans $4495
2025 Mar 17 6 days, round-trip 7 Night Historic Mississippi River Cruise and Land Tour New Orleans $4495
2025 Mar 23 6 days, round-trip 7 Night Historic Mississippi River Cruise and Land Tour New Orleans $4495
2025 Mar 29 6 days, one-way from New Orleans to Memphis TN New Orleans $5545
2025 Apr 05 7 days, one-way from Memphis TN to New Orleans Memphis TN $5900
2025 Apr 12 6 days, one-way from New Orleans to Memphis TN New Orleans $5900
2025 Apr 19 7 days, one-way from Memphis TN to New Orleans Memphis TN $5900
2025 Apr 26 6 days, one-way from New Orleans to Memphis TN New Orleans $5900
2025 May 03 7 days, one-way from Memphis TN to New Orleans Memphis TN $5900
2025 May 10 6 days, one-way from New Orleans to Memphis TN New Orleans $5900
2025 May 17 7 days, one-way from Memphis TN to New Orleans Memphis TN $5900
2025 May 24 21 days, one-way from New Orleans to Minneapolis-Saint Paul New Orleans $15640
2025 May 28 21 days, one-way from New Orleans to Minneapolis-Saint Paul New Orleans $16255
2025 May 31 21 days, one-way from New Orleans to Minneapolis-Saint Paul New Orleans $16255
2025 Jun 14 7 days, one-way from Minneapolis-Saint Paul to St Louis MO Minneapolis-Saint Paul $5545
2025 Jun 21 13 days, one-way from St Louis MO to Pittsburgh PA St Louis MO $8650
2025 Jul 05 13 days, one-way from Pittsburgh PA to St Louis MO Pittsburgh PA $8650
2025 Jul 19 7 days, one-way from Alton IL to Minneapolis-Saint Paul Alton IL $5545
2025 Jul 26 7 days, one-way from Minneapolis-Saint Paul to St Louis MO Minneapolis-Saint Paul $5545
2025 Aug 02 13 days, one-way from St Louis MO to Pittsburgh PA St Louis MO $8650
2025 Aug 16 13 days, one-way from Pittsburgh PA to St Louis MO Pittsburgh PA $8650
2025 Aug 30 7 days, one-way from Alton IL to Minneapolis-Saint Paul Alton IL $5545
2025 Sep 06 7 days, one-way from Minneapolis-Saint Paul to St Louis MO Minneapolis-Saint Paul $5545
2025 Sep 13 7 days, one-way from Alton IL to Minneapolis-Saint Paul Alton IL $5545
2025 Sep 20 7 days, one-way from Minneapolis-Saint Paul to St Louis MO Minneapolis-Saint Paul $5545
2025 Sep 27 7 days, one-way from Alton IL to Minneapolis-Saint Paul Alton IL $5545
2025 Oct 04 7 days, one-way from Minneapolis-Saint Paul to St Louis MO Minneapolis-Saint Paul $5545
2025 Oct 11 7 days, one-way from Alton IL to Minneapolis-Saint Paul Alton IL $5545
2025 Oct 18 14 days, one-way from Minneapolis-Saint Paul to New Orleans Minneapolis-Saint Paul $11755
2025 Oct 22 14 days, one-way from Minneapolis-Saint Paul to New Orleans Minneapolis-Saint Paul
2025 Nov 01 6 days, one-way from New Orleans to Memphis TN New Orleans $5190
2025 Nov 08 7 days, one-way from Memphis TN to New Orleans Memphis TN $5190
2025 Nov 15 6 days, round-trip 7 Night Historic Mississippi River Cruise and Land Tour New Orleans $4190
2025 Nov 21 6 days, round-trip 7 Night Historic Mississippi River Cruise and Land Tour New Orleans $4190
2025 Nov 27 6 days, round-trip 7 Night Historic Mississippi River Cruise and Land Tour New Orleans $4190
2025 Dec 03 6 days, round-trip 7 Night Historic Mississippi River Cruise and Land Tour New Orleans $4190
2025 Dec 09 6 days, round-trip 7 Night Historic Mississippi River Cruise and Land Tour New Orleans $4190
2025 Dec 15 6 days, round-trip 7 Night Historic Mississippi River Cruise and Land Tour New Orleans $4190
2025 Dec 21 6 days, round-trip 7 Night Historic Mississippi River Cruise and Land Tour New Orleans $4190
2026 Feb 21 6 days, round-trip 7 Night Historic Mississippi River Cruise and Land Tour New Orleans
2026 Feb 27 6 days, round-trip 7 Night Historic Mississippi River Cruise and Land Tour New Orleans
2026 Mar 05 6 days, round-trip 7 Night Historic Mississippi River Cruise and Land Tour New Orleans
2026 Mar 11 6 days, round-trip 7 Night Historic Mississippi River Cruise and Land Tour New Orleans
2026 Mar 17 6 days, round-trip 7 Night Historic Mississippi River Cruise and Land Tour New Orleans
2026 Mar 23 6 days, round-trip 7 Night Historic Mississippi River Cruise and Land Tour New Orleans
2026 Mar 29 6 days, one-way from New Orleans to Memphis TN New Orleans
2026 Apr 05 7 days, one-way from Memphis TN to New Orleans Memphis TN
2026 Apr 12 6 days, one-way from New Orleans to Memphis TN New Orleans
2026 Apr 19 7 days, one-way from Memphis TN to New Orleans Memphis TN
2026 Apr 26 6 days, one-way from New Orleans to Memphis TN New Orleans
2026 May 03 7 days, one-way from Memphis TN to New Orleans Memphis TN
2026 May 10 6 days, one-way from New Orleans to Memphis TN New Orleans
2026 May 17 7 days, one-way from Memphis TN to New Orleans Memphis TN
2026 May 24 21 days, one-way from New Orleans to Minneapolis-Saint Paul New Orleans
2026 Jun 13 7 days, one-way from Red Wing MN to St Louis MO Red Wing MN
2026 Jun 20 14 days, one-way from St Louis MO to Pittsburgh PA St Louis MO $9760
2026 Jul 05 13 days, one-way from Pittsburgh PA to St Louis MO Pittsburgh PA
2026 Jul 19 7 days, one-way from Alton IL to Minneapolis-Saint Paul Alton IL
2026 Jul 25 7 days, one-way from Red Wing MN to St Louis MO Red Wing MN
2026 Aug 01 14 days, one-way from St Louis MO to Pittsburgh PA St Louis MO $9095
2026 Aug 16 13 days, one-way from Pittsburgh PA to St Louis MO Pittsburgh PA
2026 Aug 30 7 days, one-way from Alton IL to Minneapolis-Saint Paul Alton IL
2026 Sep 05 7 days, one-way from Red Wing MN to St Louis MO Red Wing MN
2026 Sep 13 7 days, one-way from Alton IL to Minneapolis-Saint Paul Alton IL
2026 Sep 19 7 days, one-way from Red Wing MN to St Louis MO Red Wing MN
2026 Sep 27 7 days, one-way from Alton IL to Minneapolis-Saint Paul Alton IL
2026 Oct 03 7 days, one-way from Red Wing MN to St Louis MO Red Wing MN
2026 Oct 11 7 days, one-way from Alton IL to Minneapolis-Saint Paul Alton IL
2026 Oct 18 14 days, one-way from Minneapolis-Saint Paul to New Orleans Minneapolis-Saint Paul
2026 Nov 01 6 days, one-way from New Orleans to Memphis TN New Orleans
2026 Nov 08 7 days, one-way from Memphis TN to New Orleans Memphis TN
2026 Nov 15 6 days, round-trip 7 Night Historic Mississippi River Cruise and Land Tour New Orleans
2026 Nov 21 6 days, round-trip 7 Night Historic Mississippi River Cruise and Land Tour New Orleans
2026 Nov 27 6 days, round-trip 7 Night Historic Mississippi River Cruise and Land Tour New Orleans
2026 Dec 03 6 days, round-trip 7 Night Historic Mississippi River Cruise and Land Tour New Orleans
2026 Dec 09 6 days, round-trip 7 Night Historic Mississippi River Cruise and Land Tour New Orleans
2026 Dec 15 6 days, round-trip 7 Night Historic Mississippi River Cruise and Land Tour New Orleans
2026 Dec 21 6 days, round-trip 7 Night Historic Mississippi River Cruise and Land Tour New Orleans

American Melody Review

Review of American Melody

The 2021-built MS American Melody cruise ship is the fourth newbuild in the American Cruise Lines' "Modern Riverboat" fleet.

From this class/with the same design are the sisterships American Song (2018), American Harmony (2019), American Jazz (2020), American Symphony (2022), American Serenade (2023).

American Melody is identified by an IMO number 9901697 and is USA-flagged (MMSI 368205140).

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 USA-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 United States. American Melody integrates contemporary design without 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 USA riverboats, American Melody has a fore-located boarding ramp (bow-location on Deck 1) that allows passengers to go ashore at any place along the ACL's cruisetour itinerary. 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.

MS American Melody cruise ship (ACL)

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

American Melody staterooms (91 total) are all outside, some of the industry's biggest, all with full-size bathrooms, private step-out balconies, modern hotel amenities.

All staterooms are with step-out balconies. The smallest are the Studios (single-occupancy cabins for solo travelers) sized 250 ft2 (23 m2). Cabin sizes range between 275-315-350-370 ft2 (26-29-33-34 m2), balcony size included. Veranda Suites are sized 405 ft2 (38 m2). The largest accommodations are the Grand Suites (650 ft2 / 60 m2) and feature top-deck locations (forward on Deck 4), separate bedroom/living room, spacious terrace (with alfresco dining area).

The boat has 5 passenger-accessible decks, of which 4 are with cabins.

Shipboard facilities and amenities

MS American Melody 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-deck Vestibule has floor-ceiling windows (portside and starboard) and a SkyLight (transparent glass-roof cover) that allows natural light into the ship's interior.

American Cruise Lines Modern Riverboat (sundeck)

Two Sun Deck is fitted with sunbathing and shaded seating areas, but unlike the bigger sisterships, it lacks the deck-games area (with Putting Green and Shuffleboard). The ship has 6 lounges (3 with outdoor terraces), Grand Dining Room (complimentary, glass-enclosed restaurant), Chart Room & Library, fore-located Main Lounge (with a central stage for live shows and musical productions, and with a glass-roof cover), aft-located Sky Lounge (with glass-roof cover and access to an alfresco dining terrace/Ellipse Cafe), Fitness Room (indoor Gym), Yog Studio (for group classes and private lessons).

The Sun Deck (top-deck) is furnished with plenty of outdoor furniture - padded sun loungers, padded wicker sofas and deckchairs, 2-seat and 4-seat tables, live plants. The Sundeck has all 3x large-sized shaded seating areas (covered by retractable canopies) and 2x SkyLights (glass roof covers) over the Sky Lounge (aft) and the Atrium/Vestibule (midship-portside).

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

  • (Deck 1) Boarding Ramp/bow, Vestibule/lobby level, Ship's Office, Dining Room Restaurant, Galley/Kitchen & Storage Rooms, Staff & Crew cabins/forward
  • (Deck 2) Bow Terrace/observation area with seating, Lyric Lounge/midship-starboard, wellness facilities/aft (Yoga Studio, Fitness Room/indoor Gym)
  • (Deck 3) River Lounge/forward, with a wraparound terrace, The Study & Library/midship-starboard
  • (Deck 4) Pilothouse/Wheelhouse, High Note Lounge/midship-starboard, Sky Lounge (indoor, aft), Ellipse Cafe (aft, outdoor terrace serving as an alfresco dining venue)
  • (Deck 5) Sun Deck with plenty of outdoor seating (premium patio furniture)

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

Deck 4's fore-located River Lounge is the main lounge with floor-ceiling windows and glass-roof cover. It also serves as the boat's show lounge with a central stage, grand piano, ample comfortable seating (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.

Deck 4's aft-located Sky Lounge is an indoor venue with premium furniture, floor-ceiling and wall-to-wall windows (allowing 270-degree views), glass-roof cover (SkyLight) and direct access to an open-air Terrace (Ellipse Cafe). Throughout the day, there are served beverages, snacks, freshly-baked cookies, pastries, beverages. Sky Lounge's opening glass doors allow it to expand by including the furnished Terrace/Ellipse Cafe. Throughout the day, the Cafe's Bar serves complimentary water, soda, light snacks. Complimentary Afternoon Tea service is available between 3:30-4:30 pm. In the evening, there is a cocktail hour with free drinks.

Sky Lounge's Ellipse Cafe's staff serve the entire Sun Deck (relaxation and sunbathing top-deck area) with drinks and snacks.

 

Itineraries

American Melody itinerary program is based on homeporting in New Orleans for Mississippi River voyages. The new boat started service for ACL on September 3, 2021 (21-day "Complete Mississippi River Cruise" itinerary). Initially, the Maiden Voyage was scheduled for August 27th (8-day roundtrip from New Orleans).

  • The Maiden Voyage (21-Day "Complete Mississippi River Cruise" from New Orleans to St Paul MN) visited ports in the states of Louisiana (Oak Alley Plantation, Houmas House Plantation, Baton Rouge, St Francisville), Mississippi (Natchez, Vicksburg, Greenville), Tennessee (Memphis), Missouri (New Madrid, Cape Girardeau), Illinois (Chester), Missouri (St Louis, Hannibal), Iowa (Fort Madison, Davenport, Dubuque), Wisconsin (La Crosse), and Minnesota (Red Wing, Minneapolis-Saint Paul).
  • Due to Hurricane Ida, the Inaugural Cruise actually started from Natchez (passenger embarkation).

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 of the Modern Riverboat series 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.

All American Cruise Line's Modern Riverboats are constructed at the Chesapeake Shipbuilding yard in Salisbury MA. During the launch ceremonies, the vessel's hull is floated out from drydock into Wicomico River, then it is positioned in the shipyard's East Outfitting Basin to receive the superstructure (upper decks) and final outfitting.

American Melody was launched (floated out from drydock) on November 17, 2020.

In mid-June 2021, ACL signed with Chesapeake Shipbuilding the contract for constructing two more units (5th and 6th) of the "Modern Riverboat" series, expanding ACL's fleet to 15 vessels (5x small, 4x paddle-wheelers, 6x modern riverboats). ACL also announced plans to continue building small ships (100-190-passenger) designed for USA coastal itineraries.

American Melody was officially delivered to ACL on August 3, 2021. On the same day were announced the names of Modern Riverboats 5th (American Symphony) and 6th (American Serenade) - being under construction at Chesapeake Shipbuilding- both planned for inauguration in 2022.

Melody's Maiden Voyage was scheduled for August 27, 2021 (roundtrip New Orleans 6-day Mississippi River itinerary).