American Splendor

Former names: America, American Eagle

American Splendor last position

American Splendor last location was at Gulf of Mexico (coordinates 30.02689 N / -90.03123 W) cruising The AIS position was reported 4 days ago.

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Specifications of American Splendor

Year built2016  /  Age: 6
Flag state USA
BuilderChesapeake Shipbuilding (Salisbury, Maryland USA)
Classpaddlewheel riverboat
OwnerAmerican Cruise Lines Inc
OperatorAmerican Cruise Lines
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

American Splendor Itineraries

DateItineraryDeparture PortPrice from
2022 Feb 20 7 days, round-trip 7 Night New Orleans to New Orleans Cruise New Orleans $3801
2022 Feb 27 7 days, round-trip 7 Night New Orleans to New Orleans Cruise New Orleans $3796
2022 Mar 06 7 days, round-trip 7 Night New Orleans to New Orleans Cruise New Orleans $3394
2022 Mar 13 7 days, round-trip 7 Night New Orleans to New Orleans Cruise New Orleans $3402
2022 Mar 20 4 days, round-trip 4 Night Highlights of the Mississippi River Cruise New Orleans $2221
2022 Mar 24 4 days, round-trip 4 Night Highlights of the Mississippi River Cruise New Orleans $2211
2022 Mar 28 4 days, round-trip 4 Night Highlights of the Mississippi River Cruise New Orleans $2220
2022 Apr 05 7 days, round-trip 7 Night New Orleans to New Orleans Cruise New Orleans $3299
2022 Apr 06 4 days, round-trip 4 Night Highlights of the Mississippi River Cruise Baltra Island $7190
2022 Apr 12 7 days, round-trip 7 Night New Orleans to New Orleans Cruise New Orleans $3792
2022 Apr 19 7 days, round-trip 7 Night New Orleans to New Orleans Cruise New Orleans $3790
2022 Apr 26 7 days, round-trip 7 Night New Orleans to New Orleans Cruise New Orleans $3792
2022 May 03 7 days, round-trip 7 Night New Orleans to New Orleans Cruise New Orleans $3685
2022 May 10 7 days, round-trip 7 Night New Orleans to New Orleans Cruise New Orleans $4074
2022 May 17 7 days, round-trip 7 Night New Orleans to New Orleans Cruise New Orleans $4069
2022 May 24 7 days, round-trip 7 Night New Orleans to New Orleans Cruise New Orleans $4085
2022 May 31 7 days, round-trip 7 Night New Orleans to New Orleans Cruise New Orleans $4077
2022 Jun 07 7 days, round-trip 7 Night New Orleans to New Orleans Cruise New Orleans $4081
2022 Jun 14 7 days, round-trip 7 Night New Orleans to New Orleans Cruise New Orleans $4078
2022 Jun 21 7 days, round-trip 7 Night New Orleans to New Orleans Cruise New Orleans $4072
2022 Jun 28 4 days, round-trip 4 Night Highlights of the Mississippi River Cruise New Orleans $2380
2022 Jul 02 4 days, round-trip 4 Night Highlights of the Mississippi River Cruise New Orleans $1879
2022 Jul 06 4 days, round-trip 4 Night Highlights of the Mississippi River Cruise New Orleans $2380
2022 Jul 10 9 days, one-way from New Orleans to St Louis MO New Orleans $5626
2022 Jul 20 6 days, one-way from Alton IL to Red Wing MN Alton IL $3583
2022 Jul 28 6 days, one-way from Red Wing MN to Alton IL Red Wing MN
2022 Aug 03 6 days, one-way from Alton IL to Red Wing MN Alton IL $4081
2022 Aug 10 12 days, one-way from Minneapolis-Saint Paul to Natchez MS Minneapolis-Saint Paul $8697
2022 Aug 24 9 days, one-way from New Orleans to St Louis MO New Orleans $5617
2022 Sep 03 6 days, one-way from Alton IL to Red Wing MN Alton IL $4079
2022 Sep 17 6 days, one-way from Alton IL to Red Wing MN Alton IL $4075
2022 Oct 01 6 days, one-way from Alton IL to Red Wing MN Alton IL $4076
2022 Oct 15 6 days, one-way from Alton IL to Red Wing MN Alton IL $4076
2022 Oct 22 14 days, one-way from Minneapolis-Saint Paul to New Orleans Minneapolis-Saint Paul $8706
2022 Nov 05 7 days, round-trip 7 Night New Orleans to New Orleans Cruise New Orleans $3797
2022 Nov 12 4 days, round-trip 4 Night Highlights of the Mississippi River Cruise New Orleans $2225
2022 Nov 16 4 days, round-trip 4 Night Highlights of the Mississippi River Cruise New Orleans $2220
2022 Nov 20 7 days, round-trip 7 Night New Orleans to New Orleans Cruise New Orleans $3797
2023 Feb 19 7 days, round-trip 7 Night New Orleans to New Orleans Cruise New Orleans $3791
2023 Feb 26 7 days, round-trip 7 Night New Orleans to New Orleans Cruise New Orleans $3790
2023 Mar 05 7 days, round-trip 7 Night New Orleans to New Orleans Cruise New Orleans $3790
2023 Mar 12 7 days, round-trip 7 Night New Orleans to New Orleans Cruise New Orleans $3805
2023 Mar 19 4 days, round-trip 4 Night Highlights of the Mississippi River Cruise New Orleans $2225
2023 Mar 23 4 days, round-trip 4 Night Highlights of the Mississippi River Cruise New Orleans $2212
2023 Mar 27 4 days, round-trip 4 Night Highlights of the Mississippi River Cruise New Orleans $2209
2023 Mar 31 4 days, round-trip 4 Night Highlights of the Mississippi River Cruise New Orleans $2213
2023 Apr 04 7 days, round-trip 7 Night New Orleans to New Orleans Cruise New Orleans $3803
2023 Apr 11 7 days, round-trip 7 Night New Orleans to New Orleans Cruise New Orleans $3801
2023 Apr 18 7 days, round-trip 7 Night New Orleans to New Orleans Cruise New Orleans $3797
2023 Apr 25 7 days, round-trip 7 Night New Orleans to New Orleans Cruise New Orleans $3802
2023 May 02 7 days, round-trip 7 Night New Orleans to New Orleans Cruise New Orleans $4077
2023 May 09 7 days, round-trip 7 Night New Orleans to New Orleans Cruise New Orleans $4081
2023 May 16 7 days, round-trip 7 Night New Orleans to New Orleans Cruise New Orleans $4085
2023 May 23 7 days, round-trip 7 Night New Orleans to New Orleans Cruise New Orleans $4079
2023 May 30 7 days, round-trip 7 Night New Orleans to New Orleans Cruise New Orleans $4071
2023 Jun 06 7 days, round-trip 7 Night New Orleans to New Orleans Cruise New Orleans $4068
2023 Jun 13 7 days, round-trip 7 Night New Orleans to New Orleans Cruise New Orleans $4076
2023 Jun 20 7 days, round-trip 7 Night New Orleans to New Orleans Cruise New Orleans $4067
2023 Jun 27 4 days, round-trip 4 Night Highlights of the Mississippi River Cruise New Orleans $2368
2023 Jul 01 4 days, round-trip 4 Night Highlights of the Mississippi River Cruise New Orleans $2369
2023 Jul 05 4 days, round-trip 4 Night Highlights of the Mississippi River Cruise New Orleans $2380
2023 Jul 09 9 days, one-way from New Orleans to St Louis MO New Orleans $5614
2023 Aug 02 6 days, one-way from Alton IL to Red Wing MN Alton IL $4065
2023 Aug 09 14 days, one-way from Minneapolis-Saint Paul to New Orleans Minneapolis-Saint Paul $8696
2023 Aug 23 9 days, one-way from New Orleans to St Louis MO New Orleans $5628
2023 Sep 02 6 days, one-way from Alton IL to Red Wing MN Alton IL $4078
2023 Sep 16 6 days, one-way from Alton IL to Red Wing MN Alton IL $4071
2023 Sep 30 6 days, one-way from Alton IL to Red Wing MN Alton IL $4067
2023 Oct 14 6 days, one-way from Alton IL to Red Wing MN Alton IL $4082
2023 Oct 21 14 days, one-way from Minneapolis-Saint Paul to New Orleans Minneapolis-Saint Paul $8710
2023 Nov 04 7 days, round-trip 7 Night New Orleans to New Orleans Cruise New Orleans $3787
2023 Nov 11 4 days, round-trip 4 Night Highlights of the Mississippi River Cruise New Orleans $2221
2023 Nov 15 4 days, round-trip 4 Night Highlights of the Mississippi River Cruise New Orleans $2205
2023 Nov 19 7 days, round-trip 7 Night New Orleans to New Orleans Cruise New Orleans $3788

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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