The American Cruise Lines (ACL) recently announced that they will build a new fleet of river cruise ships under the moniker Project Blue.

This U.S.-built fleet will operate only in the States and will focus on the small-town charm of many of our cities. From the wide American west to the Mississippi River, these modern riverboats will take passengers on a stunning float throughout our beautiful country. 

Project Blue comes at a time when many individuals are eager to get out and explore the world around them. With this sparkling new fleet, customers will be able to embark on exciting local adventures, host relaxing group and corporate charters, and explore the fascinating world around them. 

Project Blue: The Ships

In total, American Cruise Lines is planning on building twelve ships. Quite intentionally, the ships will be built small enough for New England harbors and stable enough for the Alaska Inside Passage. This will be achieved through the hybrid catamaran design, which enables shallow draft access and stable sailing along lakes, rivers, coastlines, and more. 

The careful and versatile design of the Project Blue fleet will allow the ships to be deployed practically anywhere in the United States. 

According to ACL’s press release, each boat will be able to accommodate 109 passengers and 50 crew members. These individuals will have plenty of space on the 241 feet long and 56 feet wide vessels. The fleet will be decorated with elegant and modern décor provided by Studio DADO of Miami, FL. 

There will be a whopping 56 spacious staterooms on each of the boats, including large standards, suites, and singles. Almost all will be fitted with private balconies. For dining purposes, there will be two dining venues and room service. 



Adventure awaits!

For entertainment and lounging purposes, there will be observation and sitting areas at the bow and a sizable forward lounge with 270-degree views. If adventure is more your style, the ships will have an adventure deck at their stern. It will be equipped with kayaks, tender, and other active options that will be relevant to the itinerary.

Project Blue Completion Date

Currently under construction by the Chesapeake Shipbuilding in Salisbury, MD, the first two Project Blue ships are due for completion in 2023. The ships, American Eagle and American Glory, will debut along East Coast itineraries before eventually making their way throughout the U.S.Are you looking for an exciting river cruise getaway? Book with USA River Cruises. We offer a number of cruising destinations, from tropical paradises to casual sightseeing in your own state, we have it all.