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American Jazz is shown immediately after its launch into the Wicomico River

Chesapeake Shipbuilding launches American Jazz

Chesapeake Shipbuilding in Salisbury, Maryland, launched American Jazz, the third of five planned modern-style riverboats for American Cruise Lines.

The vessel was launched into the Wicomico River and is now positioned at the yard’s East Outfitting Basin where it will receive its upper three decks and interior outfitting.

Multi-story glass atrium, opening bow

American Jazz will accommodate 194 passengers in 100 staterooms. It will sport the same contemporary design as American Song and American Harmony, including a multi-story glass atrium at the center of the ship, and an opening bow and retractable gangway.

Designed with sweeping expanses of glass throughout, American Jazz will offer panoramic views and large all-balcony staterooms and suites. Other features will include a casual dining venue called The Back Porch Café, a Grand Dining Room that seats all passengers at once, lounges, several open-air and shaded sun decks, a putting green, exercise room, laundry facilities and elevator access to all decks.

Mississippi River debut in 2020

American Jazz is scheduled to begin cruising the Mississippi River in the third quarter of 2020.

American Melody, the fourth vessel in the series, is also under construcIon at Chesapeake Shipbuilding. American Cruise Lines said it will feature a number of design changes from the first three vessels.