American Cruise Lines announced today their newest ship, now under construction at Chesapeake Shipbuilding of Salisbury, MD, has been named American Constellation. This ship will set a new standard of excellence for coastal cruise ships. Currently 9 weeks ahead of schedule, American Constellation will be delivered in April 2017.

The name, American Constellation, was inspired by the long line of American ships named Constellation who have represented and honored the United States. The link between the USS Constellation and American Constellation is stronger than simply the name. The original U.S. Naval sailing frigate of 1797 and American Cruise Lines’ newest ship were both built in Maryland shipyards, and American Constellation will leave for its first cruise from Constellation Pier right next to where the retired USS Constellation is docked.

“We’re proud to continue our legacy of American built ships, and are positive that American Constellation will raise the bar for all small ship cruising in the United States” said Tim Beebe, Vice President of American Cruise Lines.

The ocean capable vessel with full active wing stabilization, will have capacity for approximately 170 guests and cater to the discriminating eye of passengers looking for a high-end and intimate experience of a smaller ship. Well-appointed staterooms will be the largest ever seen in this service, and have tastefully furnished private balconies and room service. Additional features including Zodiacs and kayaks will offer guests alternative ways to explore the exciting and historic American destinations.


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