American Cruise Lines (ACL) will name its next Mississippi paddlewheeler America.

The vessel is under construction at Chesapeake Shipbuilding in Salisbury, Md., and will be the company’s eighth ship when it begins sailing in early 2016.

The America will be the third Mississippi paddlewheeler that ACL built from the ground up, joining the American Eagle, which launched on the Mississippi in April, and the Queen of the Mississippi, which set sail in 2012. Both are 150-passenger ships.

The Guilford, Conn.-based cruise line did not offer details about the America, other than to say it will have “features never before seen on a riverboat.”

Earlier this year, ACL unveiled plans to build a fleet of modern vessels alongside its existing and forthcoming paddlewheelers. The newer vessels will begin sailing in 2017 and will operate on  inland waterways throughout the U.S.

ACL also owns and operates the refurbished Columbia River paddlewheeler Queen of the West, as well as four yacht-style coastal cruisers: the Independence, American Star, American Spirit and American Glory.


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