Former names: MS Yorktown, Spirit of Yorktown, Yorktown Clipper

Americana last position

Americana last location was at US East Coast (coordinates 29.98833 N / -81.66166 W) cruising The AIS position was reported 1 year ago.

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Specifications of Americana

Year of build1988  /  Age: 35
Flag state USA
BuilderFirst Coast Shipbuilding Inc (Green Cove Springs, Florida USA)
Speed13 kn / 24 km/h / 15 mph
Length (LOA)68 m / 223 ft
Beam (width)12 m / 39 ft
Gross Tonnage2354 gt
Passengers108 - 138
Passengers-to-space ratio22
Decks with cabins5
Last Refurbishment2014
Former namesMS Yorktown, Spirit of Yorktown, Yorktown Clipper
OwnerAbsolute Nevada LLC
OperatorAmericana Cruises

Americana Review

Review of Americana

The 1988-built MS Americana cruise ship is one of the best for USA and Canada small cruising expeditions. The vessel entered service for Clipper Cruise Lines under the name “Yorktown Clipper” (1988-2006). In 2006, it was renamed “Spirit of Yorktown” (2006-2011) and started operations for Cruise West (Seattle-based company, 1973-founded/2010-defunct).

After the bankruptcy of Cruise West in 2010 (September 22nd), its fleet of 9 ships was sold to various small cruise companies. MS Yorktown was purchased in 2011 and relaunched with the USA and Central American itineraries.

MS Americana cruise ship (Yorktown)

In March 2014, the ship was acquired and operated by TDI (Travel Dynamics International, NYC-based). In July 2014, the vessel was seized by the German KfW IPEX-Bank, claiming that the shipowner owed money for it. Because of “cash issues”, Travel Dynamics sidelined its vessel, claiming it is owed USD 9,85 million by Explorer Maritime Cruises - a company controlled by TDI's co-president Vasos Papagapitos. KfW IPEX-Bank had the vessel seized in Florida and auctioned in Jacksonville on July 30th, where it was acquired through a credit bid by KfW.

Since December 2014, MS Americana is owned by Absolute Nevada LLC.

MS Americana cruise ship (Yorktown)

The vessel (IMO number 8949472) is currently USA-flagged (MMSI 369039000). Yorktown Clipper was also USA-flagged (MMSI 368373000).

Shipboard facilities and amenities

The ship's interior decor is sleek and elegant, featuring light wood accents and etched glass.

The Observation Lounge has expansive picture windows, and doubles as a library/video room. It is fitted with conversation circles and cozy banquettes.

All passenger staterooms (54 total) boast a wide picture window, private facilities, and ample storage. Passengers enjoy generous outside space on the vessel's three decks.

MS Americana cruise itineraries include small cruises in New England and the USA, leaving on one-ways from Canadian and American ports.

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