American Cruise Lines unveils new US fleet
By Katie McGonagle | 19 Jan 2022
American Cruise Lines has released plans to build 12 new ships to operate domestic sailings across the US
The vessels, built as part of an initiative named Project Blue, will feature a hybrid catamaran-style design, meaning they can sail close to the shore.
The first two ships in the fleet are due for delivery in 2023, and will be christened American Eagle and American Glory, a tribute to the company’s first US-built vessels.
They will begin sailing along the US East Coast with capacity for 109 passengers and 50 crew.
American Cruise Lines president and chief executive Charles B Robertson said: “Project Blue started as a design challenge to create a boat small enough for New England harbors and stable enough for the Alaska Inside Passage, with a draft shallow enough for the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway.
“These boats can run almost anywhere, and because there will be 12 of them, they will be deployed all over the United States.”
They are set to operate exclusively in the US on itineraries focusing on small towns and coastal cruising, following a rise in interest for small-ship experiences.
The ships will be identical and will offer 56 staterooms, almost all featuring a private balcony. They will also have an adventure deck equipped with kayaks and a tender, an observation lounge with 270-degree views, and two dining venues along with room service.
The company currently operates 15 small ships across 31 states, and has launched eight new vessels built by Chesapeake Shipbuilding over the past five years.