American Cruise Lines' first in a series of "modern" river ships, the American Song, has passed its sea trials and is on its way to New Orleans for its inaugural cruise in October.

The ship, which looks similar to European river vessels, will make its first voyage Oct. 6 from New Orleans to Memphis.

It will cruise a schedule of eight-day lower Mississippi River cruises throughout the remainder of 2018, and then reposition to the West for Columbia and Snake river cruises that will begin in March.

The vessel, which has a four-story glass atrium and large lounge areas, was designed to have sweeping views throughout the ship. The staterooms are the largest in the industry, according to American Cruise Lines, with private balconies and large bathrooms.

American Song was delivered to American Cruise Lines by Chesapeake Shipbuilding. A second ship in the series, American Harmony, is scheduled to be completed and delivered in the first quarter of 2019.

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