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American Song

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Specifications of American Song

Year built2018  /  Age : 1
Flag state USA
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
Gross Tonnage2700 gt
Passengers195
Crew60
Decks5
Cabins102
Decks with cabins4
Sister-shipsAmerican Harmony, American Jazz, American Melody
Christened bytba

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Launched in 2018, MS American Song cruise ship is the third newbuild vessel in the American Cruise Lines fleet. This boat represents the company's "Modern Riverboat Series", with sisterships American Harmony (2019), 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).

History - construction and ownership

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).

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 United States. American Song 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 Song 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.

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 US-flagged and crewed.

Cruise itinerary program

American Song itinerary program started on October 6, 2018, with 8-day inaugural cruise on Mississippi River leaving roundtrip from New Orleans. Other itineraries are 8-day / 7-night Lower Mississippi River cruise from Memphis TN to New Orleans and the reverse itinerary from New Orleans to Memphis.

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).

Cabins

American Song 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 facilities and amenities

MS American Song 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.

MS American Song cruise ship

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.

American Cruise Lines new ship infographic

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.

The vessel was launched on November 17, 2017, which was 7 weeks ahead of schedule. The ceremony was held at the Chesapeake Shipbuilding yard in Salisbury MA. During the launch, the hull was floated-out from drydock into Wicomico River. Then it was positioned in the shipyard's East Outfitting Basin to receive the superstructure (upper decks) and outfitting.

On February 27, 2018, the shipowner American Cruise Lines 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).

MS American Song's "Inaugural cruise" (maiden voyage) was initially scheduled for September 29, but later re-scheduled for October 6, 2018. The 8-day / 7-night "Mississippi River" itinerary was a roundtrip from New Orleans, with prices starting from USD 4800 (category AAR balcony cabin) and up to USD 7100 (Owner Suite).

American Song Itineraries

The below listed American Song 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 Oct 21 11 days, one-way from Portland OR to Clarkston WA Portland OR $5535
2019 Oct 31 8 days, one-way from Portland OR to Clarkston WA Portland OR $4015
2019 Nov 07 8 days, one-way from Portland OR to Clarkston WA Portland OR $4015
2020 Mar 16 8 days, one-way from Portland OR to Clarkston WA Portland OR $3788
2020 Mar 23 8 days, one-way from Portland OR to Clarkston WA Portland OR $3788
2020 Mar 30 8 days, one-way from Portland OR to Clarkston WA Portland OR $3788
2020 Apr 06 8 days, one-way from Portland OR to Clarkston WA Portland OR $3788
2020 Apr 13 8 days, one-way from Portland OR to Clarkston WA Portland OR $3788
2020 Apr 20 8 days, one-way from Portland OR to Clarkston WA Portland OR $3788
2020 Apr 27 8 days, one-way from Portland OR to Clarkston WA Portland OR $3788
2020 May 04 8 days, one-way from Portland OR to Clarkston WA Portland OR $4015
2020 May 11 11 days, one-way from Portland OR to Clarkston WA Portland OR $5535
2020 May 21 11 days, one-way from Portland OR to Clarkston WA Portland OR $5535
2020 May 31 8 days, one-way from Portland OR to Clarkston WA Portland OR $4015
2020 Jun 07 8 days, one-way from Portland OR to Clarkston WA Portland OR $4015
2020 Jun 14 8 days, one-way from Portland OR to Clarkston WA Portland OR $4015
2020 Jun 21 8 days, one-way from Portland OR to Clarkston WA Portland OR $4015
2020 Jun 28 11 days, one-way from Portland OR to Clarkston WA Portland OR $5535
2020 Jul 08 11 days, one-way from Portland OR to Clarkston WA Portland OR $5535
2020 Jul 18 8 days, one-way from Portland OR to Clarkston WA Portland OR $4015
2020 Jul 25 8 days, one-way from Portland OR to Clarkston WA Portland OR $4015
2020 Aug 01 8 days, one-way from Portland OR to Clarkston WA Portland OR $4242
2020 Aug 08 8 days, one-way from Portland OR to Clarkston WA Portland OR $4242
2020 Aug 15 8 days, one-way from Portland OR to Clarkston WA Portland OR $4242
2020 Aug 22 8 days, one-way from Portland OR to Clarkston WA Portland OR $4242
2020 Aug 29 8 days, one-way from Portland OR to Clarkston WA Portland OR $4242
2020 Sep 05 11 days, one-way from Portland OR to Clarkston WA Portland OR $5850
2020 Sep 15 11 days, one-way from Portland OR to Clarkston WA Portland OR $5850
2020 Sep 25 11 days, one-way from Portland OR to Clarkston WA Portland OR $5850
2020 Oct 05 8 days, one-way from Portland OR to Clarkston WA Portland OR $4015
2020 Oct 12 8 days, one-way from Portland OR to Clarkston WA Portland OR $4015
2020 Oct 19 8 days, one-way from Portland OR to Clarkston WA Portland OR $4015
2020 Oct 26 8 days, one-way from Portland OR to Clarkston WA Portland OR $4015
2020 Nov 02 8 days, one-way from Portland OR to Clarkston WA Portland OR $4015
2020 Nov 09 8 days, one-way from Portland OR to Clarkston WA Portland OR $4015
2020 Nov 16 8 days, one-way from Portland OR to Clarkston WA Portland OR $4015

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