Close-to-home river cruising is making a comeback – in a big way!

Planners we talk to are looking for more unique, close-to-home venues for their meetings and incentives. But why limit your choices to land? There are new ships on American rivers that offer adventure, history, and authentic destination experiences – from the Mississippi River to the Pacific Northwest.

New ships on American rivers - American Cruise Line's new river ship

American Cruise Line’s new river ship

If you’re looking for an alternative to Victorian-style paddlewheelers, you’ll be happy to learn that American Cruise Lines is building a new class of modern riverboats. These will be the first on American rivers to combine the sleek styling of European riverboats with the premium comfort that is the hallmark of American.

Carrying 200 guests, the first in a series of 5 new riverboats is scheduled to begin passenger service in 2018. The new vessel has four spacious decks,  an atrium, multiple expansive lounges, lots of glass and all the finest modern design touches your incentive or meeting attendees expect.

 They’ll also feature the largest staterooms in the U.S., all with wide balconies, hotel-size bathrooms, and more amenities.

Why You’ll Love American Cruise Line’s New Class of U.S. Riverboats:

  • Built and registered in the U.S. (your meeting or incentive is tax deductible)
  • Capacity of 200 (100 rooms) is ideal for private ship charter
  • Largest accommodations on U.S.waterways, all with sliding glass balconies
  • 600-sq ft. Owner’s Suites
  • 6 spacious lounges, library and chart room
  • Onboard Fitness Center
  • Evening musical entertainment
  • Historians and naturalists on board each sailing 
  • Complimentary cocktail hour each evening
  • Complimentary WiFi throughout the ship
  • Dining room accommodates all guests
  • Regionally inspired cuisine featuring locally sourced ingredients
  • Gracious American crew

In addition to the new class of modern riverboats, American Cruise Lines is building two additional U.S.-flagged ships: American Constellation, with capacity for 170 passengers, is due to enter service this May in New England, and its sister ship will begin cruising in 2018.

Learn more:  To learn more about these or other cruise options for your event, please give us a call at 305-661-1880, send an email to, or request a group or charter quote.