US river-cruise company expands rapidly

American Cruise Lines to building four new ships

American Cruise Lines, the biggest river-cruise company in the US, says it is building four new riverboats. Construction has begun on the first two ships, with the first to start cruising in spring 2015.

The announcement follows a recent statement by the same company that revealed it had experienced annual growth of more than 25% in each of the past three years. It now has an ambitious growth plan to meet the rapidly rising demand.

The first two of the new riverboats will carry between 150 and 200 guests and cruise the Mississippi River system and the Columbia and Snake rivers. The four new ships will enter service by 2017.

The new ships will have “the largest staterooms, private balconies and spacious dining and lounge venues.”

One of the four ships will operate cruises along the Columbia and Snake rivers from the Pacific Coast to the Idaho border, more than 500 miles (800km) inland. It will have “historic accents and modern conveniences” and an art collection is being carefully selected to highlight the Lewis and Clark expedition of 1804-06 and the Native American tribes who helped them.

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[photo courtesy American Cruise Lines]

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