New American Symphony Cruising the Upper Mississippi for First Time

American Cruise Lines’ American Symphony, the newest riverboat on the Mississippi, has begun cruising the Upper River for the first time this week.

Christened in Natchez, Mississippi, in August 2022, the brand new riverboat is currently sailing the company’s longest river cruise itinerary, a 22-Day Complete Mississippi River Cruise from New Orleans, Louisiana, to St. Paul, Minnesota.

American Cruise Lines has been cruising the Mississippi River for over a decade and has specialized in all-domestic cruising for over 30 years. The company has grown to become the country’s largest U.S. cruise line and will have 17 small ships and riverboats exploring 34 states in 2023. American Symphony is the 5th new modern riverboat American Cruise Lines has launched on the Mighty Mississippi in just the past four years.

American Cruise Lines regularly offers over 10 different Mississippi itineraries, which include cruises along the Ohio and Cumberland Rivers, plus holiday and theme cruises. The company’s river cruises regularly visit Upper Mississippi ports and towns an average of 28 times each per season.

American Cruise Lines' American Symphony, the newest riverboat on the Mississippi, has begun cruising the Upper River for the first time this week.

In just the past few years, the company has transformed the U.S. river cruise market to compete on a global scale by launching new state-of-the-art riverboats every year since 2018. All ships offer 100 percent outward-facing staterooms and the Line’s acclaimed Modern Series riverboats offer 100 percent private balcony accommodations. American offers 100 percent domestic itineraries across the country and has aggressively grown its U.S. fleet, but has continued to keep each ship very small—all are under 190 passengers, which is especially important to the experience they deliver on the Mississippi River.

American Symphony follows the acclaimed 2021 debut of sister ship American Melody, and it will be followed in early 2023 by a 6th Modern Series riverboat, sister ship American Serenade. American Symphony is the 9th riverboat in American Cruise Lines’ fleet for 2022, which includes four classic paddlewheelers and five modern riverboats, plus five small cruise ships.

Accommodating 175 guests, American Symphony features five decks and offers 100 percent private balcony staterooms, including gracious suites and single staterooms. The new riverboat has an elegant design which employs a stunning use of glass, allowing for unparalleled views throughout the ship. American Symphony also showcases American’s Modern Series hallmark—a patented opening bow and retractable gangway, as well as the gorgeous 5th deck skywalk with an ellipse skylight that cantilevers dramatically over the 4th deck café below. American Symphony also offers spacious lounges inside and out, a grand dining room, a fitness center, and a wellness-yoga studio.

American Cruise Lines' American Symphony, the newest riverboat on the Mississippi, has begun cruising the Upper River for the first time this week.

American Symphony will continue to explore throughout 2022, cruising the Upper Mississippi River through October and returning to the Lower River for seasonal Holiday cruises through December. American Symphony will also sail a full Mississippi season again throughout 2023, with an extensive Upper Mississippi season operating from June through October 2023

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Nick Walton

Nick Walton

Nick Walton is a leading travel and lifestyle journalist, magazine editor, publisher, photographer, travel commentator, and media trainer, based in Hong Kong. He is also managing editor of Artemis Communications, the titles of which include Ultimate Encounters, Alpha Men Asia, and The Art of Business Travel.

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