American Cruise Lines (ACL) has taken delivery of its new riverboat, American Jazz, from Chesapeake Shipbuilding in Salisbury, Maryland.
The 190-guest American Jazz was delivered after successfully completing her sea trials and endurance tests under the supervision of the US Coast Guard. The ship’s safety systems and manoeuvrability were also thoroughly tested during the trials.
American Jazz is the third of five new modern riverboats that will be joining ACL’s fleet on the Mississippi River over the next few years. Like American Song (debuted in 2018) and American Harmony (launched in 2019), the new American Jazz has six decks and a patented opening bow and retractable gangway, and a multi-storey glass atrium.
In addition, the vessel has spacious suites and staterooms with full-size sliding glass doors and private furnished balconies, several interior lounges, a grand dining room, a fitness centre, a new Wellness-Yoga studio, outdoor lounges, outdoor cafes and an expansive top sundeck. The ship will also showcase a collection of artwork by New Orleans-based artist Greg Creason, which will include original oil paintings and sculptures commissioned by ACL.
“American Jazz and the modern riverboats we currently have under construction demonstrate our commitment to leading the US river cruise market by adding new small ships each year,” said Charles B. Robertson, president and CEO of ACL. “The outlook for 2021 is tremendous and we look forward to American Jazz’s first full season on the Mississippi, as well as the introduction of American Melody, the next new ship to follow in our modern riverboat series.”