First Modern U.S. Riverboat Passes Sea Trials

Eva Seelye Boating Business

American Song
American Cruise Lines is known for their large and modern fleet of coastal cruise ships, authentic paddlewheelers, and now their latest riverboat creation. American Song, which is making history as the first modern riverboat, is on schedule to her inaugural passenger voyage after successful sea trials in September 2018.

American Song(pictured above) was delivered to the “Big Easy” from Chesapeake Shipbuilding in Maryland. Her first official voyage will be from New Orleans to Memphis on October 6, where she’ll continue her full schedule of eight-day Lower Mississippi River cruises through December 2018. Once the new year comes around, she’ll make her way to the West Coast to cruise the Columbia and Snake Rivers come March.

A second riverboat, American Harmony, will be added to the series and is already in the works, with an expected delivery of early 2019. American Cruise Lines operates the coastal and inland waterways of Alaska, the Pacific Northwest, the Mississippi River, New England, and the Southeast. Visit to learn more.

Eva Seelye

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Raised in the Marshall Islands but with Washington as her second home, Eva Seelye is an independent writer and former assistant editor at Northwest Yachting. Her on-water enthusiasm surfaces in every aspect of her life. Read up on her adventures at

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