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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American Cruise Lines Designates Newbuilds for Mississippi & Columbia Rivers

February 4th, 2014 Franz Posted in American Cruise Lines Comments Off on American Cruise Lines Designates Newbuilds for Mississippi & Columbia Rivers

American Cruise Lines today confirmed it will be placing the first of four upcoming newbuilds on the Mississippi River, where it currently operates its newest riverboat, Queen of the Mississippi. The second newbuild will operate in the Pacific Northwest on the Columbia and Snake Rivers, where the line is operating the 120-passenger Queen of the West. Construction of both new riverboats is well underway at Chesapeake Shipbuilding in Salisbury, MD.

The new Mississippi riverboat will have a similar capacity to Queen of the Mississippi at150 passengers, and will enter service in March of 2015. The new Columbia riverboat will follow later that same year. It will be slightly larger than American Cruise Lines’ other riverboats, with a planned capacity of 175 passengers. Similar in design, both will feature fully functioning paddlewheels.

The two new ships, as of yet unnamed, will enable American Cruise Lines to offer expanded itineraries on the Mississippi River System and the Columbia and Snake Rivers, adding new cruise options for those looking to experience these unique regions. The line currently runs numerous eight-day cruises on both rivers, offering various themes from wine and jazz music, to Mark Twain and the Lewis and Clark expedition.

“Demand on the Mississippi is high, and the Columbia River has not seen a new riverboat in many years,” said Timothy Beebe, Vice President of American Cruise Lines. “The new riverboats will offer the finest experience available in these regions, while maintaining the historic feel and authenticity of historic American river cruising.”

Both riverboats will feature historic accents and modern conveniences, as well as the latest safety technologies. They will feature the largest, most well-appointed staterooms on the rivers, and almost all will have large sliding glass doors offering panoramic views and entirely private balconies. A glass-enclosed dining room and various spacious lounge venues are also planned. During the cruise, guests will learn about the region’s history and culture, while enjoying personalized service and the comforts of the finest riverboats in North America.

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ACL Offers Complimentary Shore Tours on Paddlewheel River Cruises

January 17th, 2014 Franz Posted in American Cruise Lines, River Cruise News Comments Off on ACL Offers Complimentary Shore Tours on Paddlewheel River Cruises

American Cruise Linesoffers complimentary shore excursions on Mississippi and Columbia River cruises aboard Queen of the Mississippi and Queen of the West in each port. The cruise line says the excursions are valued at more than $300 per person. For a limited time, a complimentary pre-night hotel stay will also be offered on bookings made throughout Wave Season.

Complimentary tours on Mississippi River cruises include:

  • Battle of Vicksburg Tour – Vicksburg, MS – Guests will tour the Vicksburg National Military Park and discover the site of one of the Civil War’s most legendary battles –The Siege of Vicksburg.
  • Oak Alley Plantation Tour – Oak Alley, LA – Guests will sip delicious Mint Juleps as they enjoy an educational tour by guides in period clothing, and a walk through the quarter mile canopy of 300 year old live oak trees.
  • Mark Twain Boyhood Home & Museum – Hannibal, MO – Guests will enjoy a trolley tour of this historic town and discover the inspiration behind Mark Twain’s writing, while reliving their favorite scenes from Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn.

Complimentary tours on Columbia and Snake River cruises include:

  • Mount St. Helens Tour – Rainier, WA – A scenic bus ride takes guests to the Mount St. Helens Johnston Ridge Observatory. The observatory sits on a bluff overlooking the crater and offers views of Mount St. Helens’ lava dome, pumice plain and landslide deposit.
  • Columbia Gorge Discover Center – The Dalles, OR – Guests enjoy a sprawling interactive museum with exhibits and collections of local cultural history. The exhibits focus on the volcanic upheaval and raging floods that created the Gorge, the unique horticulture and wildlife of the region, and eleven thousand years of history.
  • Winery Tour – Richland, VA – Known as “The Heart of Washington Wine Country,” the Tri-Cities region houses more than 160 wineries within a 50 mile radius. Sample award-winning wines and enjoy breathtaking views of beautiful vineyards on this narrated winery tour.
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American Cruise Lines building four new river cruise ships

December 16th, 2013 Franz Posted in American Cruise Lines Comments Off on American Cruise Lines building four new river cruise ships

Four new ships fpr ACL

Four new ships fpr ACL

American Cruise Lines today announced that it is building four new riverboats for American river cruising. Construction has already begun on the first two ships, with the first to begin cruising in in the spring of 2015. The first two new riverboats will carry between 150 and 200 guests and will cruise the Mississippi River system and the Columbia and Snake Rivers. The four new ships will enter service between 2015 and 2017. According to ACL they will bring all the latest amenities and comforts to each area cruised, including the largest staterooms, private balconies, and spacious dining and lounge venues.

At least one of the four new ships will operate cruises along the Columbia and Snake Rivers from the Pacific Coast to the Idaho border, more than 500 miles inland. It will be specially built for cruising in the Pacific Northwest with historic accents and modern conveniences. Every stateroom is designed to have panoramic views, private balconies, and room service. The art collection is being carefully selected to highlight the Lewis and Clark expedition and the Native American tribes who helped them. During the cruise, guests will learn about the Lewis and Clark expedition while enjoying the comforts of the finest ship to ever sail this region. The itinerary will be similar to American Cruise Lines’ existing itinerary on the Columbia and Snake Rivers aboard Queen of the West, which underwent extensive renovation in 2010.

In 2012, American Cruise Lines started its Mississippi River cruising business by introducing the Queen of the Mississippi, the first new ship on the river in nearly twenty years. The additional new ships will have many of the same features and carry approximately 150 to 200 guests. They will have the largest staterooms ever with sliding glass doors for panoramic views, room service, and other amenities unique to American Cruise Lines.

“There is a longstanding history of riverboating in America,” said Timothy Beebe, Vice President of American Cruise Lines. “Since the 1800s, each new riverboat has sought to outdo the last by offering more amenities, comforts, and service than its predecessors. The Columbia and Snake Rivers have not seen a new riverboat in over ten years, so the upgrade is overdue, and the new ship on the Mississippi River will complement the Queen of the Mississippi beautifully.”

The announcement comes on the heels of a recent American Cruise Lines press release which revealed the company has experienced annual growth of more than 25% in each of the past three years. The company is the leader in US river cruising and has an ambitious growth plan to provide its superior service to more people each year.

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American Cruise Lines offers Complimentary Shore Tours

November 20th, 2013 Franz Posted in American Cruise Lines Comments Off on American Cruise Lines offers Complimentary Shore Tours

American Cruise Lines announced a special holiday promotion for all of its 2014 Mississippi River itineraries offered aboard the Queen of the Mississippi. For guests who reserve a Mississippi River cruise this holiday season, the line will offer complimentary shore excursions in each port, valued at more than $300 per person. The offer is available Available on all 2014 Mississippi River cruises booked between now and December 25th.

Complimentary featured tours will be available each day, including:

  • Battle of Vicksburg Tour – Vicksburg, MS: Guests will tour the Vicksburg National Military Park and discover the site of one of the Civil War’s most legendary battles –The Siege of Vicksburg.
  • Oak Alley Plantation Tour – Oak Alley, LA: Guests will sip delicious Mint Juleps as they enjoy an educational tour by guides in period clothing, and a walk through the quarter mile canopy of 300 year old live oak trees.
  • Mark Twain Boyhood Home & Museum – Hannibal, MO: Guests will enjoy a trolley tour of this historic town and discover the inspiration behind Mark Twain’s writing, while reliving their favorite scenes from Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn.

On each eight-day Mississippi River itinerary, guests enjoy views of a diverse landscape and extended visits to unique ports along the way. Onboard, they’ll enjoy Queen of the Mississippi’s numerous and distinct amenities, including the most spacious staterooms in the industry 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.

“We’ve decided to offer a special holiday gift to our guests for choosing to sail the American Heartland with us,” said Timothy Beebe, Vice President of American Cruise Lines. “We offer unique experiences in numerous ports along the Mississippi and we look forward to providing guests with more access than ever before to each and every one.”

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American Cruise Lines Continues to Lead the U.S. River Cruising Category

November 5th, 2013 Franz Posted in American Cruise Lines Comments Off on American Cruise Lines Continues to Lead the U.S. River Cruising Category

American Cruise Lines announced a passenger growth of over 25 percent in the past year, the third consecutive year of such growth. According to American Cruise Lines this growth can be attributed to the following factors:

  • The company’s emergence as the leader in U.S. river cruising, reinforced by its status as the category’s only high-end provider with new ships
  • Strong consumer demand for river cruising worldwide.
  • Increasingly meaningful relationships with travel partners, including hundreds of travel agents.
  • The highest repeat booking rates in the company’s history, and a continued focus on providing all guests with personalized experiences on new vessels.

In response to this strong demand, American Cruise Lines is completing another new riverboat for its fleet. The new vessel is an authentic paddlewheeler that will accommodate 150 passengers. American Cruise Lines will announce more details about the itineraries and begin accepting bookings early next year. The line will also be announcing additional newbuilds in the next few weeks.

“The demand for riverboat vacations is higher than it has ever been, and as the leader in the U.S. river and coastal cruise category, American Cruise Lines remains poised for continued expansion and success with its new building program,” said Charles A. Robertson, President of American Cruise Lines. “Today’s travelers are seeking more personalized and intimate travel experiences, along with top-notch accommodations and service, which is only possible with new small ships like ours.”

Connecticut-based American Cruise Lines currently operates more than 35 itineraries on rivers and waterways in 28 states throughout the country. Recently, the company launched a new and authentic paddlewheeler named Queen of the Mississippi. The ship provides guests with blend of “old world” charm and modern day comfort, including the largest staterooms in the industry. Queen of the Mississippi has surpassed expectations, prompting the addition of new sailings and Mississippi River itineraries in 2014.

In addition to operating traditional itineraries, American Cruise Lines also offers a variety of themed cruises. These include holiday cruises, culinary cruises, historical cruises and tribute cruises, such as itineraries centered on the Civil War, Mark Twain and Lewis & Clark on the Columbia and Snake River.

“Passengers have always come first aboard American Cruise Lines. We continue to listen closely to their feedback and suggestions, which drives the innovations we build into our new vessels and creates intriguing itineraries to ensure they have the best experience possible on our vessels,” said Robertson.

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New Mardi Gras Cruise on Queen of the Mississippi

October 26th, 2013 Franz Posted in American Cruise Lines Comments Off on New Mardi Gras Cruise on Queen of the Mississippi

American Cruise Lines has announced the introduction of a specially-themed Mardi Gras cruise. Offered on March 1, 2014, during the week of Mardi Gras, the new theme cruise will kick-off the line’s third season on the Mississippi River in New Orleans, with a complimentary pre-cruise package, specially-planned festivities, and an exclusive dinner for guests at Antoine’s, one of New Orleans’ finest and most historic dining establishments. Offered as a roundtrip out of New Orleans, the Mardi Gras Celebration cruise features:

Complimentary Pre-cruise Package: Guests can join the party early with a complimentary two-night stay in New Orleans aboard the Queen of the Mississippi, prior to their cruise.

Mardi Gras Celebration: American Cruise Lines offers guests an opportunity to celebrate the city’s most quintessential holiday without the crowds, on the beautiful Queen of the Mississippi. Guests will enjoy specialty foods such as King Cake, festive activities including mask making, and a Fat Tuesday celebration onboard the ship.

Dinner at Antoine’s: Joined by American Cruise Lines president Charles A. Robertson, guests are treated to an exclusive evening of dinner and drinks at Antoine’s Restaurant, one of New Orleans’ finest and most legendary restaurants. The oldest family-run restaurant in the United States, Antoine’s is a historic landmark, having kept its doors open through some of the nation’s most difficult times, including the Prohibition era, the Great Depression and both World Wars. Known for its French-Creole cuisine, impeccable service, and world-famous clientele, including Franklin D. Roosevelt, Calvin Coolidge, numerous movie stars, foreign royals and even a former pope, Antoine’s will offer American Cruise Lines’ guests the premier New Orleans dining experience.

Exclusive Tours: American Cruise Lines has arranged for a number of exclusive tours available only for its guests, including a behind-the-scenes guided tour of Mardi Gras World and a float building demonstration.

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New 2014 itinerary für Queen of the Mississippi

October 10th, 2013 Franz Posted in American Cruise Lines Comments Off on New 2014 itinerary für Queen of the Mississippi

American Cruise Lines announced today its 2014 cruise schedule, which includes over 35 unique itineraries. In the American Heartland, American Cruise Lines has added a new itinerary on the Mississippi River. In 2014, the Queen of the Mississippi will be operating new St. Louis to New Orleans cruises. This itinerary allows guests to experience a greater portion of the Mississippi River, by sailing through six states, in only eight days, says ACL. The new cruises are being offered exclusively by American Cruise Lines. Competitor American Queen Steamboat Company runs the American Queen on the lower Mississippi River as well, but mainly from Memphis, while the ACL’s Queen of the Mississippi cruises on the Lower Mississippi River from or to St. Louis.

Furthermore, American Cruise Lines has added eight more sailings to next year’s Puget Sound & San Juan Islands schedule. Newly introduced this year, the eight-day roundtrip cruise from Seattle, explores the hundreds of islands nestled between Canada’s Vancouver Island and the U.S. mainland. According to ACL, guests enjoy breathtaking views of a diverse natural wonderland and experience the region’s culture with guided tours to historical sites and museums. 2014 sailings are offered March through November.

“We are gearing up for a busy 2014,” said Timothy Beebe, Vice President of American Cruise Lines. “Spring cruises are already selling out and we look forward to working with new and existing valued travel partners to help us reach even more guests. We thank them for being a major factor in our growth and success.”

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American Cruise Lines Introduces Grand Ole Opry Cruise Experience

August 21st, 2013 Franz Posted in American Cruise Lines Comments Off on American Cruise Lines Introduces Grand Ole Opry Cruise Experience

American Cruise Lines announced today the introduction of its newest cruise offering on the Mississippi River – The Grand Ole Opry Experience. The 7-night cruise on the Mississippi features various onboard musical performances and complimentary tickets to the Grand Ole Opry of Nashville for Leroy Van Dyke’s September 27th show.

Guests will begin or end their trip in Nashville, TN, at the Opry, where the heart of the country music industry comes to life. Best known for making country music famous and launching the careers of some of music’s finest, including Johnny Cash and The Everly Brothers, guests will be in for the show of a lifetime at the Opry. The limited offer cruise package is available on two sailings:

– Memphis to Nashville – September 21, 2013

– Nashville to St. Louis – September 28, 2013

Within his four decades as an entertainer, Leroy Van Dyke has recorded over 500 songs, including the well-known songs of “The Auctioneer” (1956) and “Walk on By” (1961), in addition to traveling a hundred thousand performing miles annually worldwide. The country music legend has not missed a performance in his over 30 years as an entertainer.

During the 8-day journey, guests enjoy magnificent views as they make their way up the Mississippi River through the American Heartland. Onboard, they’ll enjoy Queen of the Mississippi’s numerous and distinct amenities, such as oversized staterooms and private balconies with sliding glass doors; as well as personalized service, fine dining, daily educational events and evening entertainment. Featured musical performers aboard the Grand Ole Opry Experience cruises include: Dan Knowles and his Band, Juggernaut Jug Band, John Tomlin Band and Beale Street Strutters.

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American Cruise Lines Announces 14-night Grand Heartland River Cruises

July 30th, 2013 Franz Posted in American Cruise Lines, River Cruise News Comments Off on American Cruise Lines Announces 14-night Grand Heartland River Cruises

American Cruise Lines (www.americancruiselines.com) announced today the introduction of its Grand Heartland Cruise. The 14-night cruise on the Mississippi will be offered at a 10-night price with a host of other complimentary extras. This ultimate American river adventure begins on the scenic upper Mississippi and ends in Memphis, TN, stopping in 13 of the American Heartland’s most unique towns and cities along the way.

The new 14-night cruise package includes: 4 nights free – a savings of up to $4,000 per person; complimentary shore excursions; complimentary pre-cruise hotel stay for one night; complimentary cocktail hour each evening

During the 15-day journey, guests enjoy views of a diverse landscape and spectacular fall colors as they make their way down the Mississippi River. Onboard, they’ll enjoy Queen of the Mississippi’s numerous and distinct amenities, including spacious staterooms 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 viewing more than one portion of the Mississippi River at a time, and often back-to-back,” said Timothy Beebe, Vice President, American Cruise Lines. “With this new offering, we provide a unique opportunity to do just that on the most beautiful portions of the River, while enjoying major savings and added value.”

The 14-night sailing departs on October 26, 2013 aboard the Queen of the Mississippi.

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