New small ship to join Pacific Northwest cruise fleet

American Cruise Lines’ newest ship, American Constellation, will be heading to the West Coast in 2018, the result of increased demand for the line’s popular Southeast Alaska, Alaska Inside Passage, and Puget Sound itineraries.

The 175 passenger ship began its inaugural season in May of this year and is currently serving a number of American’s East Coast cruises. Its repositioning to the Pacific Northwest will more than double American Cruise Lines’ capacity in the region and add 18 cruises to its schedule for the 2018 season.

American Constellation
“Small ship cruising is the best way to experience Alaska and Puget Sound,” Timothy Beebe, vice president of American Cruise Lines, said. “[W]ith our brand new ships, we are able to accommodate evolving guest expectations for premium comfort.”

Relocating American Constellation will allow an expanded schedule for Alaska cruises, while enabling American Spirit to operate the company’s popular Puget Sound & San Juan Islands itinerary through July and August of 2018.

In addition, the company will offer its first-ever summer cruises in Puget Sound during the 2018 cruise season with a brand new itinerary, the Grand Puget Sound. The 11-day round-trip departing from Seattle will travel to some of the most popular destinations in the Pacific Northwest, including a number of ports not often accessed by larger cruise ships, such as Olympia and Tacoma.

About American Cruise Lines 

American Cruise Lines, the largest U.S. cruise line, is committed to continuous growth through an innovative ship building program that elevates the standard of cruising in America, the company says in its marketing materials

“The line is the leader in the US with more than 35 itineraries ranging from 4 to 21-nights in length, which visit the Pacific Northwest, Alaska, New England, the Southeast and the Mississippi River,” according to the company. “The line has been continuously recognized for its new ships and for providing superb service to guests and travel agents before, during, and after a cruise.”

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