American Harmony is launched 4 weeks ahead of schedule

American Harmony is seen emerging from the fabrication buidling in October. It was launched on Saturday and is now at the outfitting basin American Harmony is seen emerging from the fabrication buidling in October. It was launched on Saturday and is now at the outfitting basin PHOTO: American Cruise Lines

American Cruise Lines' second modern-style riverboat was launched at Chesapeake Shipbuilding on Saturday—exactly one year to the day after sister vessel American Song's launch and four weeks ahead of schedule.

The ship is now positioned at Chesapeake's East Outfitting Basin for the addition of upper decks and outfitting.

Second in a series of five

American Harmony continues a series of five planned, modern-style vessels for the US rivers. It has six decks, large all-balcony cabins, a five-story glass atrium and a bow that opens to extend a gangway.

Construction has also begun on the third ship in the series.

The first, American Song, began sailing its sold-out inaugural season on the Mississippi in October.

Summer 2019 debut

American Harmony is scheduled to begin its inaugural Mississippi service in summer 2019. It will replace American Song, which is repositioning to the Pacific Northwest for Columbia and Snake river itineraries March through October next year.

Posted 20 November 2018

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