American Cruise Lines names new ship for Pacific Northwest

American Cruise Lines has announced the new name for the ship that will move from its current route on the Mississippi River and join The Queen of the West on the Columbia and Snake Rivers in 2016.

ACL will rename the 150-passenger Queen of the Mississippi following its last cruise on the Mississippi in late November. The upmarket vessel will be called American Pride and will be relocated to the Northwest via the Gulf of Mexico and the Panama Canal, then up the Pacific Coast to the Pacific Northwest in early spring of next year where it join its sister ship in cruising the Columbia and Snake Rivers.

A new ship, Americawhich was launched Aug. 7, will replace the Queen of the Mississippi and is slated to start cruising the Mississippi River in early May 2016.

Columbia and Snake River Paddlewheeler
The addition of the new 185-passenger paddlewheeler America to the Mississippi River and the relocation of the Queen of the Mississippi will enable the line to meet the high demands for cruising on the Columbia and Snake Rivers while simultaneously providing more capacity on the Mississippi River system. Construction of a new Queen of the Mississippi is also underway. That vessel is slated for delivery in 2017.

The new Columbia River paddlewheeler features the largest, most well-appointed staterooms on the river with large sliding glass doors opening to private balconies, the company said in a statement announcing the new Pacific Northwest service.

The glass-enclosed dining room comfortably accommodates all guests in one seating and seven spacious lounges throughout the ship offer areas for entertainment, relaxation and conversation. While on board the guests learn about the Pacific Northwest history and culture, while enjoying personalized service.

Cruises on the Columbia and Snake Rivers are 8-day, 7-night sailings that leave from Portland, Ore., or Clarkston, Wash. A seven-night cruise in late September ranges from $7,950 to $13,740 for two people depending on the category of stateroom chosen, according to the line’s website. The company is currently accepting reservations for the 2016 and 2017 seasons.

American Cruise Lines, the largest U.S. cruise company, operates the newest fleet of riverboats and small cruise ships on more than 35 itineraries around the country including the Pacific Northwest, Alaska, New England, the Southeast and the entire Mississippi River system. American Cruise Lines has received multiple awards including Porthole Reader’s Choice Awards in 2014, World Travel Awards “World’s Leading River Cruise Company” in 2014, “Gold Award Winner” for Travel Weekly’s 2014 Magellan Awards and was a 2014 finalist for Condé Nast Traveler's Reader’s Choice Awards.

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