ACLs “American Song” Brings Modern Design to US Rivers

November 15th, 2017 Franz Posted in American Cruise Lines Comments Off on ACLs “American Song” Brings Modern Design to US Rivers

American Cruise Lines announced today that its brand new riverboat will be named American Song. FOr the first ship in the Line’s highly anticipated Modern Riverboat Series, ACL claims  the American Song will be the finest state-of-the-art ship available to the U.S. river cruise market. The first of its kind and unlike anything seen before on American waters, this innovative ship will bring a whole new dimension to river cruising in the U.S.

American Song integrates modern design without sacrificing the refined comfort that American Cruise Lines is known for. Wider, faster, and quieter than any other river cruise ship, according to ACL, American Song will be the most environmentally friendly ship in the industry. While other companies are repurposing old casino boats, American Cruise Lines contracts only for brand new ships to maintain its reputation for premium quality and consistency. Each American Cruise Lines’ new ship build incorporates the most innovative design and is U.S. built, crewed, and flagged.

Showcasing gorgeous interior design elements, from a four-story glass atrium to spectacular spacious lounges, American Song inspires. Thoughtfully designed to bring the outside world in, American Song boasts sweeping views throughout the ship. With the largest staterooms in the industry, private furnished balconies, full-size bathrooms and all the finest amenities available in cruising, American Song will not only set the standard for U.S. river cruising—it will redefine it.

The Inaugural season aboard American Song will begin in Fall 2018 on the Mississippi River and then continue to the West Coast in 2019, for American Cruise Lines’ magnificent Columbia and Snake River itineraries.

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American Cruise Lines Receives 2017 Conde Nast’s Readers’ Choice Award

October 18th, 2017 Franz Posted in American Cruise Lines Comments Off on American Cruise Lines Receives 2017 Conde Nast’s Readers’ Choice Award

American Cruise Lines has been recognized as a Finalist for Condé Nast’s 2017 Readers’ Choice Award for World’s Top Small Cruise Lines. American Cruise Lines says it is honored to be named to Condé Nast’s illustrious Readers’ Choice list for a second year in a row in the Small Ships category (fewer than 500 passengers). More than 300,000 readers submitted millions of ratings and more than 100,000 comments as part of the 30th annual Readers’ Choice Awards survey.

In addition to this honor, American Cruise Lines has won multiple prestigious travel industry awards in 2017, including: 2017 North America’s Leading River Cruise Line, by the World Travel Awards, and Travel Weekly’s 2017 Gold & Silver Magellan Awards for Best Overall River Cruise Ship (gold), Best Overall Small Cruise Ship (silver), and Best Overall River Cruising (silver).

Specializing in small ship cruising for over 30 years, American Cruise Lines maintains the newest fleet of fully stabilized, environmentally-friendly ships cruising the rivers and coastal waterways of North America. With 10 small ships and more in production, American Cruise lines is the largest cruise line in the U.S.

In 2018, American Cruise Lines said it will continue to lead the industry and redefine the standard of river cruising in North America, with its highly anticipated launch of a new class of modern riverboats. American Cruise Lines has over 35 itineraries, visits 30 states and explores the rivers and regions of Alaska, the Pacific Northwest, New England, the Southeast, and the Mississippi.

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American Cruise Lines Unveils Plans for American Eagle’s Maiden Voyage

January 21st, 2015 Franz Posted in American Cruise Lines Comments Off on American Cruise Lines Unveils Plans for American Eagle’s Maiden Voyage

American Cruise Lines announced today that it has a special celebration planned for American Eagle’s Maiden Voyage, which departs on April 11th from New Orleans. To celebrate this exciting cruising event, the line has planned a variety of special events for guests, including:

  • Champagne Reception
  • Welcome performance and greeting by the vocal trio, “The Victory Belles”
  • Performance by the “Tuneful Twosome,” featuring music from the Great American Songbook
  • Meet and greet with American Cruise Lines executives
  • Onboard photographer to capture guests and the Maiden Voyage festivities
  • Private reception at Oak Alley, complete with hors d’oeuvres and signature beverages
  • Exclusive pianist concert at the JN Stonehouse in Vidalia
  • Special gift: Engraved picture frame with guests’ photo of choice

“We look forward to welcoming guests aboard for American Eagle’s first sailing,” said Timothy Beebe, Vice President of American Cruise Lines. “Their enthusiasm and support has really inspired us to create a great product and we look forward to a successful inaugural season.”

American Eagle will carry 150 guests in the most spacious staterooms available on any Mississippi riverboat. Of the 84 staterooms, 78 feature large private balconies, all of which have sliding glass doors for optimal views and enjoyment. The new riverboat will offer all the amenities today’s travelers expect, while maintaining the elegance of classic late 1800s riverboats. American Cruise Lines will operate the new paddlewheeler primarily on the Lower Mississippi River between New Orleans and Memphis.

“The highest-quality onboard experience is what our guests can expect aboard American Eagle,” continued Beebe. “Every day we think of more ways to maximize comfort and address the desires of our guests. This ship will truly raise the bar in U.S. river cruising.”

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American Cruise Lines Launches New Travel Agent Web Portal

December 3rd, 2014 Franz Posted in American Cruise Lines Comments Off on American Cruise Lines Launches New Travel Agent Web Portal

American Cruise Lines has announced the launch of its new travel agent portal, which offers a secure platform for agents to obtain information and marketing materials for educational and promotional needs. The new portal was created in response to the line’s growing network of valued travel partners and features the following:

  • – Login and Private Access – Private accessibility for agents
  • – Training – In-depth virtual training through a selection of live webinars
  • – Promotional/Marketing Tools –customizable PDFs, deck plans, maps, logos, etc.
  • – Agent Benefits – Outline of partnership perks & earning potential (tiered commission structure)
  • – Image Gallery – Extensive selection of images available for download (coming soon)
  • – Agent Order Form – Agents can email for any materials, including brochures
  • – FAM Program – Details on familiarization cruises
  • – Travel Agent Liaison – Dedicated point-of-contact for agent inquiries

“We highly value our travel agent partners and aim to provide them with the best resources possible,” said Susan Shultz, Director of Sales for American Cruise Lines. “Dedicated entirely to agents, the new portal allows them to both master and promote our products in a way that will maximize their selling ability.”

“We recognize the significance of the travel agent role in this industry, as well as their contribution to the success of our business,” added Timothy Beebe, Vice President of American Cruise Lines. “It is a continuous objective of ours to best equip them with the tools they need to succeed.”

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American Cruise Lines Introduces the Complete Mississippi Cruise

October 6th, 2014 Franz Posted in American Cruise Lines Comments Off on American Cruise Lines Introduces the Complete Mississippi Cruise

New 22-day itinerary showcases the entire length of the Mississippi River: American Cruise Lines announced the introduction of its Complete Mississippi Cruise. The 22-day cruise is being offered on the line’s newest riverboat, the 150-passenger American Eagle, which is currently being completed and is slated to enter service in the spring. This ultimate American river adventure begins in New Orleans and ends in St. Paul, MN, stopping in 16 of the American Heartland’s most unique towns and cities along the way.

As they journey the entire length of the Mississippi River, guests enjoy views of a diverse landscape, while enjoying American Eagle’s distinct amenities, including the most spacious staterooms on the River and private balconies with sliding glass doors. They’ll also experience American Cruise Lines’ unique open-seating dining plan, which allows guests to enjoy meals in a single seating and at the time of their choice, while surrounded by panoramic views of the river.  For the duration of the cruise, an all-American crew caters to passengers’ every need, while daily educational events and themed entertainment help paint a picture of what life on the Mississippi was like in days gone by.

“It’s been evident that our guests enjoy cruising more than one portion of the Mississippi River at a time, often purchasing back-to-back,” said Timothy Beebe, Vice President, American Cruise Lines. “With this new offering, we provide a unique opportunity to travel the entire leg of the Mississippi River and experience the complete history of the western frontier.”

The Complete Mississippi River cruise departs on August 8, 2015 aboard the American Eagle.

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American Cruise Lines Introduces New Referral Program

September 24th, 2014 Franz Posted in American Cruise Lines Comments Off on American Cruise Lines Introduces New Referral Program

American Cruise Lines, operator of the newest riverboats and small cruise ships in the United States, announced today its new referral program, a feature of its loyalty program, the Eagle Society. Rolled out over the last few months, the referral program has been well-received by guests, many of which have already taken advantage of the benefits, which include:

  • – $500 savings per stateroom on their next cruise – Each time a guest refers a friend or family member, upon their completed booking, they enjoy $500 savings on their next cruise of choice.
  • – Automatic induction to Eagle Society for referral– If cruising together, a guest’s referral receives immediate upgrade to Eagle Society status, so both groups can enjoy membership perks together.

“Sharing a trip with those closest to you makes for a most memorable and enjoyable experience,” said Timothy Beebe, Vice President of American Cruise Lines. “We created the referral program to encourage and reward guests for referrals, while also heightening their cruise experience with us. It’s a great initiative for everyone involved and we look forward to the program’s continued success.”

American Cruise Lines boasts one of the highest repeat passenger rates in the industry, hosting guests time and time again on its 35-plus itineraries. The Eagle Society, which was established in 2008, is the line’s way of rewarding returning customers. The referral program is an extension of this effort to give back to loyal guests, while also introducing American Cruise Lines to those who have not yet had the opportunity to sail with it.

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American Cruise Lines Launches New Mississippi Riverboat

July 4th, 2014 Franz Posted in American Cruise Lines, River Cruise News Comments Off on American Cruise Lines Launches New Mississippi Riverboat

American Cruise Lines has successfully launched a new paddlewheeler being built for the Mississippi River at Chesapeake Shipbuilding in Salisbury, Maryland. The launching, which occurred on Sunday, went picture perfect. Immediately after being launched into the Wicomico River, tugboats skillfully nudged the new riverboat into Chesapeake Shipbuilding’s East Outfitting Basin where the upper decks and outfitting will be completed.

“This is a significant milestone in the construction process and also for American Cruise Lines,” said Timothy Beebe, Vice President of American Cruise Lines. “We look forward to introducing yet another new paddlewheeler on the Mississippi River and its tributaries.”

The launching comes just a few weeks after the joining of the two hull sections, weighing at almost 600 tons a piece. With the installation of the upper decks up next, the new riverboat will come together quickly, and upon completion will be the second new riverboat built for the Mississippi River by American Cruise Lines. Two additional riverboats are also on the way.

The new boat, still unnamed, will have a capacity of 150 passengers and is scheduled to begin navigating the Mississippi River and its tributaries in the spring of 2015.

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American Cruise Lines and Smithsonian.com Present “Exploring the American Experience”

May 6th, 2014 Franz Posted in American Cruise Lines Comments Off on American Cruise Lines and Smithsonian.com Present “Exploring the American Experience”

American Cruise Lines has announced “Exploring the American Experience” as a new initiative with Smithsonian.com to promote American history, culture and literature. “As the premium provider of American river cruises, we knew immediately this joint initiative was a perfect match,” said Timothy Beebe, Vice President of American Cruise Lines. “We have a long standing relationship with Smithsonian.com and this allows us to combine two ideologies which aim to promote the beauty and history of this country.”

Accoring to American Cruise Lines, “Exploring the American Experience” will provide readers with enticing educational content focused solely on the United States. Readers can retrace the steps of the adventures of Lewis & Clark, read about the gun slingers of the Wild West, Louis Armstrong’s New Orleans, or the true story behind the famed novel, Moby Dick.  “Exploring the American Experience” with Smithsonian.com and American Cruise Lines will transport readers back in time and enable them to experience the intricate fabric of American history and how it helped shape the world.

The program will run for three months and online components will include articles as well as tailored videos.

“We hope people understand that our very goal as a provider of domestic river cruises is to offer a unique way for people to “Explore the American Experience,” added Beebe. “We couldn’t have asked for a more strategic and compelling partnership than this one with Smithsonian.com.”

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Queen of the West enters fifth year of service on Columbia River

April 29th, 2014 Franz Posted in American Cruise Lines, River Cruise News Comments Off on Queen of the West enters fifth year of service on Columbia River

American Cruise Lines has announced that Queen of the West’s 2014 season on the Columbia and Snake Rivers is off to a successful start. Currently on its third sailing of the year, the 120-passenger paddlewheeler has 31 more sailings scheduled through November. Prior to entering service again, Queen of the West received numerous upgrades, which include elegant new dining room furniture, a new bar in the Paddlewheel Lounge, all new furniture in the Lewis & Clark lounge, and a new state-of-the-art air conditioning system. Later on in the year, the six suites onboard will undergo a complete renovation.

“Our goal is to continue to make a great riverboat even greater and to maximize the comfort and amenities available to our passengers,” said Timothy Beebe, Vice President of American Cruise Lines.  “We are constantly raising our standards as the premier provider of American river cruises and we look forward to continuing to offer the most elegant and enjoyable cruises on the Columbia and Snake Rivers.”

Queen of the West features historic accents and modern conveniences. The 63 staterooms onboard feature updated furniture and appointments. The private balconies have received a makeover of their own this year, with all new deck furniture. Sailing between Portland, Oregon, and Clarkston, Washington, guests will learn about the Lewis and Clark expedition while enjoying the Pacific Northwest’s breathtaking views and wine country.

“Now offering more than double the number of cruises since its inaugural season in 2010, Queen of the West has proved to be a great success,” added Beebe. “Increasingly more people are finding this nostalgic form of river cruising appealing. We are proud to have revived this historic pastime.”

American Cruise Lines is currently building a new Columbia riverboat, which has a planned capacity of 175 passengers and will be similar in design to Queen of the West and the even newer Queen of the Mississippi.  The new riverboat will allow American Cruise Lines to offer expanded itineraries on the Columbia and Snake Rivers, adding new cruise options for those looking to experience this unique region.

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American Cruise Lines Introduces Susatinable Dining Program

April 5th, 2014 Franz Posted in American Cruise Lines Comments Off on American Cruise Lines Introduces Susatinable Dining Program

American Cruise Lines has announced the introduction of “Cruise Local. Eat Local”, a new dining initiative for locally-sourced produce, meats and ingredients to provide the most delicious regionalized menus onboard. Sustainable cuisine supports the many small towns American Cruise Lines visits, and ensures the least impact on the ecosystem of the regions cruised. Creating the ultimate dining experience for guests using sustainable ingredients is the driving factor behind the “Cruise Local. Eat Local” program, and is achieved by:

  • Sourcing produce, fish, and meats as near as possible to each cruise.
  • Supporting local farmers’ markets and small American businesses.
  • Communicating with local vendors and checking the Seafood Watch index to understand the current impact on fish populations.
  • Limiting waste by offering half portions and carefully customized options.

“This program not only enhances the culinary experience for our guests, but also supports local economies and a balanced environment,” said Timothy Beebe, Vice President of American Cruise Lines. “Nothing makes a menu more appealing than knowing it was developed based on well-informed decisions and a conscious effort to source locally.”

The executive chefs aboard American Cruise Lines take advantage of extended time in port to soak up the local flavor and apply it to the various dishes served onboard. From the fresh catch of the day, to homemade ice cream topped with locally-grown berries, guests can expect the tastiest and freshest cuisine. Following is a regionalized sampling of what guests can expect from the “Cruise Local. Eat Local” program:

Columbia & Snake Rivers

  • Freshly caught Northwest salmon and sturgeon
  • Astoria honey, Rainier cherries, and heirloom tomatoes gathered at local farmers’ markets
  • Unique ice creams produced nearby featuring mint, huckleberries, and cherries

Mississippi River

  • Certified Berkshire pork from Berkwood Farms, a local vendor in Des Moines, Iowa
  • Artisan cheeses sourced from nearby dairy farms and creameries in Wisconsin
  • Freshly-made pralines, a New Orleans specialty

Southeast

  • Maryland blue crabs are served in a variety of ways, including seared, deep-fried, and roasted
  • Apalachicola Bay oysters, hand harvested in Florida
  • Fresh wild-caught Georgian shrimp completes shrimp cocktails, seafood salads, and entrees

New England

  • Fresh Maine lobster is offered in 28 different preparation styles
  • Maine Root Blueberry soda is a local specialty served onboard, made with Fair Trade organic cane juice and Maine blueberries
  • Craft beers such as Lobster Ale and Allagash Beer from local breweries

American Cruise Lines offers more than 35 unique itineraries throughout the United States and is dedicated to sourcing locally on each cruise route.

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