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Best Ships Of 2017

Best Ships of 2017 American Constellation

American Cruise Lines

Small Ship, Big Cruise Impact Small ship cruising is becoming the next big thing in travel in the United States. Guilford, CT-based American Cruise Lines’ American Constellation embodies that American spirit of exploration. Designed specifically to navigate the country’s inland waterways, the 4,057-gross ton ship brings passengers into ports that can’t be accessed by their larger counterparts. And while the ship is built for rivers it is also capable of ocean travel. American Constellation was designed and built by ACL’s sister company Chesapeake Shipbuilding in Salisbury, MD. At 238.7 ft

x 55 ft, the ship can carry 175 guests, features 90 staterooms across six decks—with almost all rooms featuring a private furnished balcony. The ship is powered by two Caterpillar 3512C 3,000 hp engines. Earlier this fall, ACL announced it would triple its capacity in the Puget Sound and the entire Pacific Northwest, moving the American Constellation from its East Coast route to the Pacific Northwest. The ship will make the transition in 2018 where it will sail the 8-day “Tulip Festival Cruises” on Puget Sound in April before officially heading up to Alaska

for the summer season where it will take part in the “Grand Puget Sound” and “Highlights of the Puget Sound” itineraries offering passengers cruises from Seattle, Washington to Southeast Alaska. According to ACL the American Constellation will be the only fully stabilized ship in the region—equipped with Rolls-Royce stabilizers—and will offer the largest staterooms of any small ship in Alaska. ACL says, “American Constellation elevates cruising in Alaska by providing the intimate access of smaller ships coupled with the comfort and sophistication of larger ships.” December 2017 // Marine Log 13

Marine Log December 2017  
Marine Log December 2017