America’s Only 100% U.S. Fleet Grows to 15 Small Ships and Takes All-American Names for 2022


American Cruise Lines, the only 100% U.S. cruise line, is pleased to announce that the renaming of their small ship fleet is complete and the Line will expand to 15 small ships in 2022. American’s plan to rename and redesign their paddlewheel fleet was revealed earlier this year at Seatrade in Miami. Next season, all of the company’s riverboats and small cruise ships will officially carry the distinctive “American” brand moniker. The new interior design photos for American’s fleet remodel are now available online and the company’s cruise schedules are open to book through 2023.

Riverboats America, Queen of the Mississippi, and Queen of the West, will become American Splendor, American Heritage and American West (American Pride will retain its name). This all-American rebranding brings uniformity to American Cruise Lines’ growing fleet, which has doubled in the past 5 years, and remains the only 100 % U.S. fleet of small ships operating 100% domestic U.S. river and coastal itineraries.

Studio DADO, the Miami-based design firm commissioned to do the interiors for American’s newest modern riverboats: American Melody, American Symphony, and American Serenade, will also be completing the upcoming remodel of American’s paddlewheel fleet. The new project will begin this winter and will be finished in time for American’s 2022 cruise season which operates March through December.

“Both in designation and design, all four of our paddlewheelers will be remodeled to meet the sophisticated new bar we set for U.S. river cruising with our groundbreaking modern riverboats,” said Charles B. Robertson President & CEO of American Cruise Lines.

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