American Splendor

Former names: America, American Eagle

American Splendor current position

American Splendor current location is at Gulf of Mexico (coordinates 30.44082 N / -91.19244 W) cruising en route to NEW ORLEANS LA. The AIS position was reported 1 minute ago.

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Specifications of American Splendor

Year built2016  /  Age: 6
Flag state USA
BuilderChesapeake Shipbuilding (Salisbury, Maryland USA)
Classpaddlewheel riverboat
Speed12 kn / 22 kph / 14 mph
Length (LOA)90 m / 295 ft
Beam (width)16 m / 52 ft
Gross Tonnage2700 gt
Passengers185
Crew57
Decks6
Cabins98
Decks with cabins5
Last Refurbishment2022
Former namesAmerica, American Eagle
OwnerAmerican Cruise Lines Inc
OperatorAmerican Cruise Lines

American Splendor Itineraries

DateItineraryDeparture PortPrice from
2022 Sep 14 7 days, one-way from Memphis TN to New Orleans Memphis TN
2022 Sep 28 7 days, one-way from Memphis TN to New Orleans Memphis TN
2022 Oct 05 9 days, one-way from New Orleans to St Louis MO New Orleans
2022 Oct 15 6 days, one-way from Alton IL to Red Wing MN Alton IL $4220
2022 Oct 22 14 days, one-way from Minneapolis-Saint Paul to New Orleans Minneapolis-Saint Paul $9012
2022 Nov 05 7 days, round-trip 7 Night New Orleans to New Orleans Cruise New Orleans $3936
2022 Nov 12 4 days, round-trip 4 Night Highlights of the Mississippi River Cruise New Orleans $2298
2022 Nov 16 4 days, round-trip 4 Night Highlights of the Mississippi River Cruise New Orleans $2297
2022 Nov 20 7 days, round-trip 7 Night New Orleans to New Orleans Cruise New Orleans $3921
2023 Feb 17 7 days, round-trip 7 Night New Orleans to New Orleans Cruise New Orleans $3923
2023 Feb 19 7 days, round-trip 7 Night New Orleans to New Orleans Cruise New Orleans $3932
2023 Feb 24 7 days, round-trip 7 Night New Orleans to New Orleans Cruise New Orleans $3939
2023 Feb 26 7 days, round-trip 7 Night New Orleans to New Orleans Cruise New Orleans $3925
2023 Mar 03 7 days, round-trip 7 Night New Orleans to New Orleans Cruise New Orleans $3920
2023 Mar 05 7 days, round-trip 7 Night New Orleans to New Orleans Cruise New Orleans $3935
2023 Mar 10 7 days, round-trip 7 Night New Orleans to New Orleans Cruise New Orleans $3938
2023 Mar 12 7 days, round-trip 7 Night New Orleans to New Orleans Cruise New Orleans $3940
2023 Mar 17 7 days, round-trip 7 Night New Orleans to New Orleans Cruise New Orleans $3932
2023 Mar 19 4 days, round-trip 4 Night Highlights of the Mississippi River Cruise New Orleans $2293
2023 Mar 23 4 days, round-trip 4 Night Highlights of the Mississippi River Cruise New Orleans $2291
2023 Mar 24 7 days, round-trip 7 Night New Orleans to New Orleans Cruise New Orleans $3928
2023 Mar 27 4 days, round-trip 4 Night Highlights of the Mississippi River Cruise New Orleans $2286
2023 Mar 31 4 days, round-trip 4 Night Highlights of the Mississippi River Cruise New Orleans $2282
2023 Apr 04 7 days, round-trip 7 Night New Orleans to New Orleans Cruise New Orleans $3940
2023 Apr 11 7 days, round-trip 7 Night New Orleans to New Orleans Cruise New Orleans $3924
2023 Apr 18 7 days, round-trip 7 Night New Orleans to New Orleans Cruise New Orleans $3932
2023 Apr 25 7 days, round-trip 7 Night New Orleans to New Orleans Cruise New Orleans $3930
2023 May 02 7 days, round-trip 7 Night New Orleans to New Orleans Cruise New Orleans $4215
2023 May 09 7 days, round-trip 7 Night New Orleans to New Orleans Cruise New Orleans $4225
2023 May 16 7 days, round-trip 7 Night New Orleans to New Orleans Cruise New Orleans $4206
2023 May 23 7 days, round-trip 7 Night New Orleans to New Orleans Cruise New Orleans $4211
2023 May 30 7 days, round-trip 7 Night New Orleans to New Orleans Cruise New Orleans $4214
2023 Jun 06 7 days, round-trip 7 Night New Orleans to New Orleans Cruise New Orleans $4223
2023 Jun 13 7 days, round-trip 7 Night New Orleans to New Orleans Cruise New Orleans $4214
2023 Jun 20 7 days, round-trip 7 Night New Orleans to New Orleans Cruise New Orleans $4209
2023 Jun 27 7 days, round-trip 7 Night New Orleans to New Orleans Cruise New Orleans $4205
2023 Jul 11 7 days, one-way from Memphis TN to New Orleans Memphis TN
2023 Jul 25 7 days, one-way from Memphis TN to New Orleans Memphis TN
2023 Aug 08 7 days, one-way from Memphis TN to New Orleans Memphis TN
2023 Aug 22 7 days, one-way from Memphis TN to New Orleans Memphis TN
2023 Sep 05 7 days, one-way from Memphis TN to New Orleans Memphis TN
2023 Sep 19 7 days, one-way from Memphis TN to New Orleans Memphis TN
2023 Oct 03 7 days, one-way from Memphis TN to New Orleans Memphis TN
2023 Oct 17 7 days, one-way from Memphis TN to New Orleans Memphis TN
2023 Oct 24 7 days, round-trip 7 Night New Orleans to New Orleans Cruise New Orleans $4508
2023 Oct 31 7 days, round-trip 7 Night New Orleans to New Orleans Cruise New Orleans $4507
2023 Nov 07 7 days, round-trip 7 Night New Orleans to New Orleans Cruise New Orleans $3933
2023 Nov 14 7 days, round-trip 7 Night New Orleans to New Orleans Cruise New Orleans $3924
2023 Nov 21 7 days, round-trip 7 Night New Orleans to New Orleans Cruise New Orleans $3933
2023 Nov 28 7 days, round-trip 7 Night New Orleans to New Orleans Cruise New Orleans $3937
2023 Dec 02 4 days, round-trip 4 Night Highlights of the Mississippi River Cruise New Orleans $2285
2023 Dec 05 4 days, round-trip 4 Night Highlights of the Mississippi River Cruise New Orleans $2284
2023 Dec 06 4 days, round-trip 4 Night Highlights of the Mississippi River Cruise New Orleans $2295
2023 Dec 09 4 days, round-trip 4 Night Highlights of the Mississippi River Cruise New Orleans $2292
2023 Dec 21 7 days, round-trip 7 Night New Orleans to New Orleans Cruise New Orleans $3921
2023 Dec 29 7 days, round-trip 7 Night New Orleans to New Orleans Cruise New Orleans $3923
2024 Feb 26 7 days, one-way from Memphis TN to New Orleans Memphis TN
2024 Mar 11 7 days, one-way from Memphis TN to New Orleans Memphis TN
2024 Mar 25 7 days, one-way from Memphis TN to New Orleans Memphis TN
2024 Apr 08 7 days, one-way from Memphis TN to New Orleans Memphis TN
2024 Apr 22 7 days, one-way from Memphis TN to New Orleans Memphis TN
2024 May 06 7 days, one-way from Memphis TN to New Orleans Memphis TN
2024 May 20 7 days, one-way from Memphis TN to New Orleans Memphis TN
2024 Jun 03 7 days, one-way from Memphis TN to New Orleans Memphis TN
2024 Jun 17 7 days, one-way from Memphis TN to New Orleans Memphis TN
2024 Jul 01 6 days, one-way from Memphis TN to Nashville TN Memphis TN
2024 Jul 08 6 days, one-way from Memphis TN to Nashville TN Memphis TN
2024 Jul 15 6 days, one-way from Memphis TN to Nashville TN Memphis TN
2024 Jul 22 6 days, one-way from Memphis TN to Nashville TN Memphis TN
2024 Jul 29 6 days, one-way from Memphis TN to Nashville TN Memphis TN

American Splendor Review

Review of American Splendor

The 2016-built (as "American Eagle") American Splendor cruise ship (fka "America") is a stern-paddlewheel riverboat owned by ACL and operating voyages on the Mississippi River departing from homeport New Orleans Louisiana.

Following a redesign and complete refurbishment in 2021-2022, the riverboat America was renamed "American Splendor". Also fully-refitted and renamed were the fleetmates Queen of the West (now American West) and Queen of the Mississippi (now American Heritage).

The vessel is currently USA-flagged (MMSI 367710540) and registered in Port NOLA (New Orleans).

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, a 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 Splendor cruise ship (ACL MS America riverboat)

"American Eagle" was the name previously chosen for the new Queen of the Mississippi boat - sistership (of similar design) to American Pride. In 2015, ACL decided to rename the "old Queen of the Mississippi" to "American Pride" and the new vessel ("American Eagle") to "Queen of the Mississippi". On August 4, 2015, American Cruise Lines announced that the "American Eagle" boat would be renamed (first to "American Eagle") and repositioned from Mississippi to Columbia-Snake River System in early 2016, and replaced on the Mississippi by the ship "America". Another new paddle-wheeler constructed at Chesapeake Shipbuilding assumed the name "Queen of the Mississippi".

MS America cruise ship construction

America/American Splendor is ACL’s 8th ship and its 2nd newbuild vessel (launched in 2016), and is homeported in Port NOLA (New Orleans, Louisiana). According to the company, this is the finest Mississippi paddle-wheeler ever constructed, introducing features never before seen on a Mississippi riverboat". The vessel is slightly bigger than older ACL boats and has max passenger capacity 185. The hull was launched on August 7, 2015, then moved to a basin where the upper decks construction and final outfitting took place. The riverboat entered service on May 7, 2016.

Decks and Cabins

ACL's American Splendor ship has 6 passenger decks and 98 staterooms. Ranked among the roomiest in the small ship cruising industry, cabins as sizes range between 205-230-290 ft2 (19-21-27 m2). The largest accommodations are the Owners Suites (445 ft2 / 42 m2, with the terrace included).

All cabins are outside, with large opening picture windows and en suite bathrooms. Most staterooms have private step-out balconies.

American Splendor cruise ship (ACL MS America riverboat)

Shipboard facilities and amenities

The Grand Dining Room can accommodate all passengers. The culinary program features locally sourced ingredients. Each evening, onboard American Splendor is offered a complimentary cocktail hour. Afternoon tea service in the ship's Sky Lounge is also available.

American Splendor features a relaxed atmosphere and casual ambiance while providing unique panoramic views of passing scenery. The ship boasts many lounges to relax, an open-air exercise area, putting green on Top Deck, jazz and evening musical entertainment. The all-American crew offers personalized service. Historians and naturalists are onboard for interesting lectures.

Itineraries

American Splendor cruise itinerary program is based on Mississippi River roundtrips from New Orleans, including Grand Heartland Cruise. Some of the American Cruise Lines riverboat deals are on themed voyages. Among those themes are "Food and Wine", "Fall Foliage", "Music", the Holiday-themed sailings for Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year.

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This infographic shows the American Pride cruise ship (Queen of the Mississippi's and America's sister-ship). Here you can see what is what and where on these unique riverboats.

American Pride cruise ship (Queen of the Mississippi) infographic

Fun fact is that this American Cruise Lines ship has a namesake - the 2012-launched "HANJIN America". The vessel is among the world's largest container ships (capacity 13,102 containers) and operated by HANJIN Line.

Note: You can see the CruiseMapper's list of all river cruise ships and riverboats in the "itinerary" section of our River Cruises hub. All companies and their fleets are listed there.

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