American Symphony begins its first season

After being delivered earlier this month, the new American Symphony enters service today for American Cruise Lines. As the fifth vessel in a new series of riverboats, the 175-passenger cruise ship is added to the company’s fleet on the Mississippi River.

For her maiden sail, the Symphony welcomes guests to New Orleans for a seven-night Lower Mississippi itinerary.

The one-way cruise sails to Memphis and includes eight ports of call, including Baton Rouge, Vicksburg and Natchez – where the ship is due to be christened on August 30.

“Domestic river cruises continue to show phenomenal growth in Port NOLA’s cruise portfolio and this ship is the latest gem in American Cruise Lines’ fleet of modern river vessels sailing the Mississippi River from the city of New -Orléans,” said Brandy D. Christian, President and CEO of the Port of New Orleans. “The history and charm of our bustling city, combined with the unique offerings of sailing the Mississippi River, make cruising from New Orleans an ideal experience for a growing number of riverboat passengers.”

After the plate exchange (pictured above), there was a tour aboard the 175-passenger ship hosted by Captain Greg Scheiferstein of the American Symphony.

“American Symphony is part of our ongoing commitment to lead the US river cruise market by introducing innovative small ships each year,” said Charles B. Robertson, president and CEO of American Cruise Lines. “The smaller it is, the better it is on the rivers. We look forward to the first season of American Symphony on the Mississippi, as well as the introduction of sister ship American Serenade early next year.

Continuing its inaugural season, the ship is offering additional cruises in the region – including cruises on the upper Mississippi – through the end of December.

In September, the schedule includes a special Complete Mississippi voyage that sails between New Orleans and St. Paul. The 21-night cruise includes visits to 22 destinations, such as Greenville, St. Louis and Red Wing, in seven different states.

Built by Chesapeake Shipbuilding, American Symphony is the sister ship to American Melody, ACL’s riverboat for 2021.

With five decks, the 5,000 ton vessel can accommodate up to 175 guests and 60 crew members.

Designed with an above-average amount of glass, Symphony’s public areas and staterooms are renowned for offering unobstructed views of destinations and surrounding areas.

Part of a series of new modern riverboats, the ship is equipped with a dining room, gym and yoga center. Common areas are enhanced by a four-story glass atrium and spacious lounges.

The ship is also said to offer the largest staterooms in the industry, private furnished balconies and oversized bathrooms.

With the addition of Symphony, ACL’s Mississippi River fleet now includes a total of five vessels.

Also in service on the river this year are American Melody, American Jazz, American Heritage and American Splendor.

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