American Serenade

American Serenade current position

American Serenade current location is at Gulf of Mexico (coordinates 30.44553 N / -91.19201 W) cruising en route to VACHERIE. The AIS position was reported 2 minutes ago.

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Current itinerary of American Serenade

American Serenade current cruise is 7 days, one-way from Memphis TN to New Orleans. Prices start from USD 5115 (double occupancy rates). The itinerary starts on 10 Jun, 2024 and ends on 17 Jun, 2024.

Specifications of American Serenade

Year of build2023  /  Age: 1
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 Melody, American Symphony
Christened byJulia Letlow
OwnerAmerican Cruise Lines Inc
OperatorAmerican Cruise Lines

American Serenade Itineraries

DateItineraryDeparture PortPrice from
2024 May 27 7 days, one-way from Memphis TN to New Orleans Memphis TN $5440
2024 May 29 7 days, one-way from Memphis TN to New Orleans Memphis TN $5400
2024 Jun 05 6 days, one-way from New Orleans to Memphis TN New Orleans $5045
2024 Jun 10 7 days, one-way from Memphis TN to New Orleans Memphis TN $5115
2024 Jun 12 7 days, one-way from Memphis TN to New Orleans Memphis TN $5045
2024 Jun 17 21 days, one-way from New Orleans to Minneapolis-Saint Paul New Orleans $15340
2024 Jul 10 7 days, one-way from Minneapolis-Saint Paul to St Louis MO Minneapolis-Saint Paul $5045
2024 Jul 15 7 days, one-way from St Louis MO to Minneapolis-Saint Paul St Louis MO $5115
2024 Jul 17 7 days, one-way from Alton IL to Minneapolis-Saint Paul Alton IL $5045
2024 Jul 24 7 days, one-way from Minneapolis-Saint Paul to St Louis MO Minneapolis-Saint Paul $5045
2024 Jul 29 7 days, one-way from St Louis MO to Minneapolis-Saint Paul St Louis MO $5115
2024 Jul 31 7 days, one-way from Alton IL to Minneapolis-Saint Paul Alton IL $5045
2024 Aug 07 7 days, one-way from Minneapolis-Saint Paul to St Louis MO Minneapolis-Saint Paul $5045
2024 Aug 12 7 days, one-way from St Louis MO to Minneapolis-Saint Paul St Louis MO $5115
2024 Aug 14 7 days, one-way from Alton IL to Minneapolis-Saint Paul Alton IL $5545
2024 Aug 21 7 days, one-way from Minneapolis-Saint Paul to St Louis MO Minneapolis-Saint Paul $5045
2024 Aug 26 7 days, one-way from St Louis MO to Minneapolis-Saint Paul St Louis MO $5115
2024 Aug 28 7 days, one-way from Alton IL to Minneapolis-Saint Paul Alton IL $5045
2024 Sep 04 7 days, one-way from Minneapolis-Saint Paul to St Louis MO Minneapolis-Saint Paul $5045
2024 Sep 09 7 days, one-way from St Louis MO to Minneapolis-Saint Paul St Louis MO $5115
2024 Sep 11 7 days, one-way from Alton IL to Minneapolis-Saint Paul Alton IL $5545
2024 Sep 16 14 days, one-way from Minneapolis-Saint Paul to New Orleans Minneapolis-Saint Paul $10840
2024 Oct 02 6 days, round-trip 7 Night Historic Mississippi River Cruise and Land Tour New Orleans $4805
2024 Oct 07 6 days, one-way from Memphis TN to Nashville TN Memphis TN $4785
2024 Oct 09 6 days, one-way from New Orleans to Memphis TN New Orleans
2024 Oct 16 6 days, one-way from Memphis TN to Nashville TN Memphis TN $5190
2024 Oct 21 6 days, one-way from Chattanooga TN to Nashville TN Chattanooga TN $4785
2024 Oct 23 6 days, one-way from Nashville TN to Chattanooga TN Nashville TN $5190
2024 Oct 30 6 days, one-way from Chattanooga TN to Nashville TN Chattanooga TN $5190
2024 Nov 04 7 days, one-way from Memphis TN to New Orleans Memphis TN $5115
2024 Nov 06 6 days, one-way from Nashville TN to Memphis TN Nashville TN $4840
2024 Nov 11 7 days, one-way from Memphis TN to New Orleans Memphis TN
2024 Nov 13 7 days, one-way from Memphis TN to New Orleans Memphis TN $5190
2024 Nov 20 6 days, round-trip 7 Night Historic Mississippi River Cruise and Land Tour New Orleans $4190
2024 Nov 25 7 days, one-way from Memphis TN to New Orleans Memphis TN $5115
2024 Nov 26 6 days, round-trip 7 Night Historic Mississippi River Cruise and Land Tour New Orleans $4190
2024 Dec 02 6 days, round-trip 7 Night Historic Mississippi River Cruise and Land Tour New Orleans $4190
2024 Dec 08 6 days, round-trip 7 Night Historic Mississippi River Cruise and Land Tour New Orleans $4190
2024 Dec 09 7 days, one-way from Memphis TN to New Orleans Memphis TN
2025 Feb 15 7 days, one-way from Memphis TN to New Orleans Memphis TN $5190
2025 Feb 22 6 days, one-way from New Orleans to Memphis TN New Orleans $5190
2025 Mar 01 7 days, one-way from Memphis TN to New Orleans Memphis TN $5545
2025 Mar 08 6 days, one-way from New Orleans to Memphis TN New Orleans $5545
2025 Mar 15 7 days, one-way from Memphis TN to New Orleans Memphis TN $5545
2025 Mar 22 6 days, one-way from New Orleans to Memphis TN New Orleans $5545
2025 Mar 29 7 days, one-way from Memphis TN to New Orleans Memphis TN $5545
2025 Apr 05 6 days, one-way from New Orleans to Memphis TN New Orleans $5900
2025 Apr 12 7 days, one-way from Memphis TN to New Orleans Memphis TN $5900
2025 Apr 19 6 days, one-way from New Orleans to Memphis TN New Orleans $5900
2025 Apr 26 7 days, one-way from Memphis TN to New Orleans Memphis TN $5900
2025 May 03 6 days, one-way from New Orleans to Memphis TN New Orleans $5900
2025 May 10 7 days, one-way from Memphis TN to New Orleans Memphis TN $5900
2025 May 17 6 days, one-way from New Orleans to Memphis TN New Orleans $5900
2025 May 24 7 days, one-way from Memphis TN to New Orleans Memphis TN $5900
2025 May 31 6 days, one-way from New Orleans to Memphis TN New Orleans $5900
2025 Jun 07 7 days, one-way from Memphis TN to New Orleans Memphis TN $5545
2025 Jun 14 21 days, one-way from New Orleans to Minneapolis-Saint Paul New Orleans $15640
2025 Jun 18 21 days, one-way from New Orleans to Minneapolis-Saint Paul New Orleans
2025 Jul 05 7 days, one-way from Minneapolis-Saint Paul to St Louis MO Minneapolis-Saint Paul $5545
2025 Jul 12 7 days, one-way from Alton IL to Minneapolis-Saint Paul Alton IL $5545
2025 Jul 19 7 days, one-way from Minneapolis-Saint Paul to St Louis MO Minneapolis-Saint Paul $5545
2025 Jul 26 7 days, one-way from Alton IL to Minneapolis-Saint Paul Alton IL $5545
2025 Aug 02 7 days, one-way from Minneapolis-Saint Paul to St Louis MO Minneapolis-Saint Paul $5545
2025 Aug 09 7 days, one-way from Alton IL to Minneapolis-Saint Paul Alton IL $5545
2025 Aug 16 14 days, one-way from Minneapolis-Saint Paul to New Orleans Minneapolis-Saint Paul $11090
2025 Aug 20 14 days, one-way from Minneapolis-Saint Paul to New Orleans Minneapolis-Saint Paul
2025 Aug 30 6 days, one-way from New Orleans to Memphis TN New Orleans $5190
2025 Sep 06 7 days, one-way from Memphis TN to New Orleans Memphis TN $5900
2025 Sep 13 6 days, one-way from New Orleans to Memphis TN New Orleans $5900
2025 Sep 20 7 days, one-way from Memphis TN to New Orleans Memphis TN $5900
2025 Sep 27 6 days, one-way from New Orleans to Memphis TN New Orleans $5900
2025 Oct 04 7 days, one-way from Memphis TN to New Orleans Memphis TN $5900
2025 Oct 11 6 days, one-way from New Orleans to Memphis TN New Orleans $5900
2025 Oct 18 7 days, one-way from Memphis TN to New Orleans Memphis TN $5900
2025 Oct 25 6 days, one-way from New Orleans to Memphis TN New Orleans $5900
2025 Nov 01 7 days, one-way from Memphis TN to New Orleans Memphis TN $5190
2025 Nov 08 6 days, round-trip 7 Night Historic Mississippi River Cruise and Land Tour New Orleans $4190
2025 Nov 14 6 days, round-trip 7 Night Historic Mississippi River Cruise and Land Tour New Orleans $4190
2025 Nov 20 6 days, round-trip 7 Night Historic Mississippi River Cruise and Land Tour New Orleans $4190
2025 Nov 26 6 days, round-trip 7 Night Historic Mississippi River Cruise and Land Tour New Orleans $4190
2025 Dec 02 6 days, round-trip 7 Night Historic Mississippi River Cruise and Land Tour New Orleans $4190
2026 Feb 15 7 days, one-way from Memphis TN to New Orleans Memphis TN
2026 Feb 22 6 days, one-way from New Orleans to Memphis TN New Orleans
2026 Mar 01 7 days, one-way from Memphis TN to New Orleans Memphis TN
2026 Mar 08 6 days, one-way from New Orleans to Memphis TN New Orleans
2026 Mar 15 7 days, one-way from Memphis TN to New Orleans Memphis TN
2026 Mar 22 6 days, one-way from New Orleans to Memphis TN New Orleans
2026 Mar 29 7 days, one-way from Memphis TN to New Orleans Memphis TN
2026 Apr 05 6 days, one-way from New Orleans to Memphis TN New Orleans
2026 Apr 12 7 days, one-way from Memphis TN to New Orleans Memphis TN
2026 Apr 19 6 days, one-way from New Orleans to Memphis TN New Orleans
2026 Apr 26 7 days, one-way from Memphis TN to New Orleans Memphis TN
2026 May 03 6 days, one-way from New Orleans to Memphis TN New Orleans
2026 May 10 7 days, one-way from Memphis TN to New Orleans Memphis TN
2026 May 17 6 days, one-way from New Orleans to Memphis TN New Orleans
2026 May 24 7 days, one-way from Memphis TN to New Orleans Memphis TN
2026 May 31 6 days, one-way from New Orleans to Memphis TN New Orleans
2026 Jun 07 7 days, one-way from Memphis TN to New Orleans Memphis TN
2026 Jul 04 7 days, one-way from Red Wing MN to St Louis MO Red Wing MN
2026 Jul 12 7 days, one-way from Alton IL to Minneapolis-Saint Paul Alton IL
2026 Jul 18 7 days, one-way from Red Wing MN to St Louis MO Red Wing MN
2026 Jul 26 7 days, one-way from Alton IL to Minneapolis-Saint Paul Alton IL
2026 Aug 01 7 days, one-way from Red Wing MN to St Louis MO Red Wing MN
2026 Aug 09 7 days, one-way from Alton IL to Minneapolis-Saint Paul Alton IL
2026 Aug 30 6 days, one-way from New Orleans to Memphis TN New Orleans
2026 Sep 06 7 days, one-way from Memphis TN to New Orleans Memphis TN
2026 Sep 13 6 days, one-way from New Orleans to Memphis TN New Orleans
2026 Sep 20 7 days, one-way from Memphis TN to New Orleans Memphis TN
2026 Sep 27 6 days, one-way from New Orleans to Memphis TN New Orleans
2026 Oct 04 7 days, one-way from Memphis TN to New Orleans Memphis TN
2026 Oct 11 6 days, one-way from New Orleans to Memphis TN New Orleans
2026 Oct 18 7 days, one-way from Memphis TN to New Orleans Memphis TN
2026 Dec 02 6 days, round-trip 7 Night Historic Mississippi River Cruise and Land Tour New Orleans

American Serenade Review

Review of American Serenade

The 2023-built MS American Serenade cruise ship is the sixth/last 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 Melody (2021), American Symphony (2022).

American Serenade is identified by an IMO number 9980289 and is USA-flagged (MMSI 368297540).

In mid-June 2021, ACL signed with Chesapeake Shipbuilding the contract for constructing two more units (5th and 6th) of the "Modern Riverboat" series. Inaugurated in 2022 (Symphony) and 2023 (Serenade), with these boats ACL's fleet grew 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.

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 Serenade 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 Serenade 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 Serenade 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 Serenade 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 Serenade 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 Serenade 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 Serenade itinerary program starts with the Maiden Voyage departing from Port NOLA/New Orleans on April 20, 2023. Early booking prices varied between USD 5115-9805 per stateroom. The Inaugural Cruise (7-night/8-day roundtrip from NOLA) visits Oak Alley, Houmas House Plantation, Baton Rouge, St Francisville, Natchez, and Vicksburg, then the route returns back all the way to NOLA.

Like the sisterships, ACL's Serenade boat is homeported in New Orleans for Mississippi River voyages, visiting ports in the states of Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee, Missouri, Illinois, Iowa, Wisconsin, Minnesota - all the way to Saint Paul.

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.

American Cruise Line's "Modern Riverboats" are all constructed at Chesapeake Shipbuilding (shipyard in Salisbury MA). During the launch ceremonies, the vessel's hull (yard number 144) is floated out from drydock into Wicomico River, then positioned in the shipyard's East Outfitting Basin to receive the superstructure (upper decks) and final outfitting.

The ship's name (American Serenade) was officially announced by ACL during American Melody's delivery on August 3, 2021.

American Serenade's christening ceremony was scheduled for April 23, 2023, and held in Vidalia (Louisiana's Concordia Parish) during the Maiden Voyage (departure April 20th from NOLA New Orleans). On May 3rd, ACL officially announced a dual naming of the ships American Serenade (on Mississippi River) and American Jazz (on Snake River). American Serenade's godmother was Julia Letlow (Representative for Louisiana State’s 5th Congressional District) in Vidalia LA, while the 2020-built American Jazz was named by Stacia L. Morfin (Nez Perce Tourism's CEO) in Clarkston Washington. Both events were attended by the passengers and crew, as well as ACL executives and VIP guests (state and local officials).