American Cruise Lines has announced the order of four new riverboats, scheduled to debut between 2015 and 2017.
The first two riverboats are already under construction, with the first riverboat debuting in spring of 2015. The two new riverboats will carry between 150 and 200 guests and will cruise the Mississippi River system and the Columbia and Snake Rivers after they debut.
One of the four new riverboats will be specially designed for sailing in the Pacific Northwest.
Each riverboat will bring all the latest amenities and comforts to each area cruised, including the largest staterooms, private balconies, and spacious dining and lounge venues. Each stateroom is designed to have panoramic views, private balconies, and room service.
“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.”
American Cruise Lines is currently the leader of river cruising in the United States and recently grew as a company at an annual rate of 25%.