American Cruise Lines revealed the name of its new Mississippi paddlewheeler now under construction at Chesapeake Shipbuilding in Salisbury, Md. It will be called the America.
It’s an American built, American flagged and American crewed vessel that will be launched into the Wicomico River early next month, and then moved to Chesapeake Shipbuilding’s East Outfitting Basin, where the upper decks and outfitting will be completed.
The America will be American Cruise Lines’ eighth ship and its second new vessel this year. Scheduled to begin sailing the Mississippi River in early 2016, the cruise line says America will be the “finest Mississippi paddlewheeler ever built,” introducing features never before seen on a Mississippi riverboat.
In other news from American Cruise Lines, the company says it will again promote its Thanksgiving “Give-Back” program, an initiative dedicated to helping those in need.
First launched in 2013, the line announced it will partner with Connecticut Food Bank in an effort to help alleviate hunger in Connecticut, the location of its corporate headquarters. American Cruise
Lines has promised to donate $50 to the food bank for each ticket sold on its Thanksgiving cruises,
• Mississippi River 7-night cruise – Offered aboard the 150-passenger American Queen
• Historic South & Golden Isles 7-night cruise – Offered aboard the 104-passenger Independence
• Great Rivers of Florida 7-night cruise – Offered aboard the 49-passenger American Glory
“We’re thrilled with to announce that we are continuing our successful Thanksgiving Give-Back
program,” says Timothy Beebe, vice president of American Cruise Lines. “It is very rewarding to know that our support of Connecticut Food Bank will help brighten the holidays for our community.” In the past American Cruise Lines has donated as much as $10,000 to the Connecticut Food Bank through the program.
“The fight against hunger does not take a holiday and across Connecticut so many of our neighbors are going to have a brighter holiday thanks to the support of American Cruise Lines,” says Rob Levine, president and CEO of the Connecticut Food Bank. “The ‘Give Back” program is a wonderful example of corporate social responsibility and will make a difference in the lives of so many of our neighbors.”
American Cruise Lines operates 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.