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American Cruise Lines New Riverboat Completes Sea Trials


American Cruise Lines announced that American Jazz has passed Sea Trials. Following the successful trials, American accepted delivery of the riverboat from Chesapeake Shipbuilding in Salisbury, MD. The 190-passenger American Jazz is the latest in American’s series of five new modern riverboats and will be added to the company’s fleet on the Mississippi River. American’s building plans have continued at full strength despite this year’s pause in cruising.


American Jazz river cruise ship on the water
Photo courtesy of American Cruise Lines


American’s small ship fleet has expanded year after year, as the company continues to introduce innovative small ship designs with exceptional accommodations that enhance guests’ experiences on the Mississippi River, the Columbia & Snake Rivers, and across the U.S.A. Since 2017, American Cruise Lines has debuted five new ships; expanding its overall fleet to 12 ships in 2020, with more new builds coming in 2021 and 2022.

Last week, with the U.S. Coast Guard aboard, American Jazz successfully underwent speed trials, an endurance run, and was thoroughly tested in all areas of safety and maneuverability. The new ship possesses the latest safety equipment, as well as environmentally friendly technology. American Jazz is the Line’s 3rd modern riverboat following the successful launches of American Harmony in 2019, and American Song in 2018.

The American Jazz boasts 6 decks and a design which employs a use of glass, allowing for views throughout the ship. The Line’s 3rd modern riverboat will also showcase a collection of artwork by New Orleans-based artist, Greg Creason; including original oil paintings and sculptures commissioned by American.


Concept art for the inside of the ship, American Jazz
Photo courtesy of American Cruise Lines


American Jazz notably features the Line’s Modern Series hallmarks – a patented opening bow and retractable gangway, as well as a multistory glass atrium in the center of the ship. American Jazz offers several interior lounges, a grand dining room, fitness center, and a new Wellness-Yoga studio. American Jazz and all American’s new ships are designed with numerous outdoor lounges, including casual outdoor dining cafés and expansive top sundecks.

Accommodations aboard American Jazz are spacious, with standard staterooms from 300 to 350 square feet – all with full size sliding glass doors and private furnished balconies. The new ship also offers suites up to 650 square feet, as well as single staterooms at 250 square feet (available without single supplement).


This article was originally published on River Cruise Advisor.


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