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American Cruise Lines doubles Pacific Northwest capacity

American Constellation will redeploy westward in 2018 American Constellation will redeploy westward in 2018

It's official: American Cruise Line's newest ship, American Constellation, will be heading to the West Coast in 2018. The decision came as a result of increased demand for the company's Southeast Alaska, Alaska Inside Passage and Puget Sound itineraries.

American Constellation began its inaugural season in May and is currently operating East Coast cruises.

The addition of the 175-passenger ship will more than double American Cruise Lines’ capacity in the Pacific Northwest and add 18 cruises to the 2018 season.

It allows an expanded schedule in Alaska aboard American Constellation, while enabling American Spirit to operate the company’s 'Puget Sound & San Juan Islands' itinerary through July and August 2018. This will be the first time American has ever offered summer cruises in Puget Sound.

While expanding its existing schedule, American Cruise Lines has also added a new itinerary, 'Grand Puget Sound,' for the 2018 season. This 11-day round-trip from Seattle will travel to some of the most popular destinations in the Pacific Northwest, including a number of ports not often accessed by larger cruise ships, such as Olympia and Tacoma.

Additional details about the new itinerary will be announced soon.

Before heading west, American Constellation will spend the remainder of 2017 on the East Coast operating 'Grand New England,' Hudson River, 'Grand Historic South' and 'Historic South' cruises.

New for 2018, American Constitution will be taking over these itineraries.

Posted 15 June 2017

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Anne Kalosh

US editor of Seatrade Cruise Review and Seatrade Cruise News

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