“Demand on the Mississippi is high, and the Columbia River has not seen a new riverboat in many years,” Timothy Beebe, vice president of American Cruise Lines, said in a statement.
American Cruise Lines will place the first two of its four new riverboats on the Mississippi, Columbia, and Snake Rivers.
In total, they will be revealing four new vessels for United States river cruising between 2015 and 2017, and construction has already begun on the first two boats.
Being built at the Chesapeake Shipbuilding yard in Salisbury, MD, they will be joining American Cruise Lines existing vessels on the Mississippi and Columbia Rivers… the 150-passenger Queen of the Mississippi, and the 120-passenger Queen of the West.
The new Mississippi riverboat will have a similar capacity to that of the Queen of the Mississippi and will enter service in March 2015. The new Columbia riverboat will be launched later in 2015 with a planned capacity of 175 passengers. Both will feature functioning paddlewheels.
Both riverboats will feature historic accents and large staterooms with sliding glass doors offering passengers views from private balconies. A glass-enclosed dining room and various public lounge venues are planned.
American Cruise Lines has not revealed names for the ships yet… so stay tuned!