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American Cruise Lines unveils Project Blue: A new fleet & new concept for cruising the U.S.A.


American Cruise Lines is pleased to reveal details of Project Blue—a brand new fleet of go-anywhere ships for the U.S. market. The company announced plans for 12 identical sister ships that will more than double the nation’s current capacity for domestic coastal
cruises. Featuring an innovative hybrid catamaran design, these distinct boats will have unprecedented near-shore operating versatility.

The new U.S. built fleet will operate exclusively in the United States, with a focus on small towns and close-to-home adventures. Charles B. Robertson, President & CEO of American Cruise Lines, said:
“Project Blue started as a design challenge to create a boat small enough for New
England harbors and stable enough for the Alaska Inside Passage, with a draft shallow
enough for the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway. These boats can run almost anywhere,
and because there will be 12 of them, they will be deployed all over the United States.”

American’s unprecedented Project Blue expansion further reinforces the growing interest in small ship experiences and personalized cruising. Like all of American’s new ships, the entire Project Blue fleet will be built by Chesapeake Shipbuilding in Salisbury, MD. The first two Project Blue ships are already under construction and are due for delivery in 2023.

Each boat in the Project Blue fleet will accommodate 109 passengers and 50 crew. They will be 241 feet long, 56 feet wide, and feature the hybrid catamaran design that enables both shallow draft access and stable sailing along lakes, rivers, bays, and America’s coastline. Their go-anywhere agility combines the adventure of an expedition with the luxury of the finest river cruises.

“Together with Chesapeake Shipbuilding, we built the first modern riverboats in the
country. Now we are proud to introduce another new ship design for domestic
exploration. American has specialized in small ship cruising for over 30 years, and
continuing to innovate and expand the possibilities for cruising close to home is central
to our mission,” Robertson elaborated.

The new fleet will feature elegant modern décor by Studio DADO of Miami, FL. Each ship will offer 56 spacious staterooms—including a range of large standards, suites, and singles—nearly all with private balconies. Observation and sitting areas will be available at the bow, both inside and outside, and each ship will showcase an expansive forward lounge with 270 degree views. At the stern, the ships will have a new adventure deck equipped with kayaks, tender, and other activity related options relevant to the itinerary.

American’s new go-anywhere ships will also feature two dining venues, as well as room
service, a rarity for small ships of this size. The first two ships will debut along East Coast itineraries and will be named American Eagle and American Glory—namesakes of the company’s first two small U.S.-built ships. American Cruise Lines has been introducing 100% U.S.-built, crewed, and registered ships for over 30 years, and the company is
proud of its all-American tradition specializing in close-to-home cruising across the U.S.A.