American Cruise Lines launches new season 

The American Cruise Lines company has officially opened the 2022 cruise season on the Mississippi River.

The season began Feb. 26 with the riverboat American Heritage and the small cruise ships American Independence and American Star setting sail on the Mississippi River in the southeast. The company said the first cruises have been successful with excellent guest reviews and extraordinary feedback.

American Cruise Lines ships also will visit the Quad Cities this summer. Its Upper Mississippi River cruises from St. Louis to St. Paul, Minnesota, begin in July and include a stop in Davenport.

“After a successful season last year we are glad to be back and full speed ahead,” Charles Robertson, president and CEO of American Cruise Lines, said in a news release. “The ships look great with a host of new upgrades and the guests are happy. This year, we are focused on growth with more ships under construction than ever before.”

The balance of American’s fleet, which includes modern riverboats, classic paddlewheelers and small coastal cruise ships, will begin the season in the next few weeks. All the company’s ships received upgrades during the off-season, with the most extensive work done aboard American’s four paddlewheelers.

American Cruise Lines operates the largest and only 100% U.S. flagged fleet in the country.

American plans to introduce two more new modern riverboats as well as two small cruise ships by the end of next year. In addition to their growing fleet, the company recently announced plans to build the largest new class of U.S. small ships in decades, the Project Blue.

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