American Cruise Line launches 2022 season
American Cruise Lines has officially opened its 2022 cruise season, the company announced in a press release.
On Saturday, February 26, the riverboat American Heritage and the coastal cruise ships American Independence and American Star kicked off the season, offering cruises on the Mississippi River and the Southeastern United States.
According to the company, the first crossings have been successful, with positive customer reviews of the upgrades to winter equipment.
The rest of the US fleet, which includes small coastal cruisers, modern riverboats and classic paddle steamers, will begin the season in the coming weeks.
All of the company’s vessels were upgraded during the off-season, with the most significant work being carried out aboard American’s four paddle steamers.
“After a successful season last year, we are happy to be back and full speed ahead,” said Charles B. Robertson, president and CEO of American Cruise Lines. “The ships look great with a host of new upgrades and the guests are happy. This year we are focused on growth with more ships under construction than ever before.
American will introduce two new modern riverboats as well as two small cruise ships by the end of next year.
In addition to its growing fleet of riverboats, the company recently announced plans to build a new class of 12 small vessels, Project Blue.
American’s first cruises of the new season followed three of the line’s popular week-long itineraries, a cruise on the lower Mississippi River from New Orleans, LA to Memphis, TN; a historic cruise of the South and the Golden Isles from Amelia Island, Florida to Charleston, South Carolina; and a cruise on the Great Rivers of Florida from Green Cove Springs, Florida to Jacksonville, Florida.
According to American, guests on board enjoyed a range of small-group experiences, from kayaking in the Everglades and adventures at alligator farms and zoos, to tours of Fort Sumter and horse-drawn carriage rides through historic districts, to a special Graceland experience and an Ellicott Hill Candlelight Ghost Tour.
“American’s focus on cruising close to home with new small ships continues to attract both new and seasoned guests who enjoy discovering and rediscovering America’s diverse history, culture and geography” , the company added.
The line’s cruises depart from 16 states, giving guests the option to skip flights and head straight to the ships.
The company is also offering new flat-rate domestic air fares, complimentary pre-cruise hotel stays, post-cruise extended land packages, and an all-inclusive experience that includes private transportation, numerous shore excursions, fine dining , cocktails and onboard entertainment.