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New for 2017: American Constellation

American Cruise Line will debut its newest ship, American Constellation, in the spring of this year.  The 163-passenger American built, flagged and crewed vessel will join the line’s Coastal Cruise Ships class; presently, the class is made up of American Spirit, American Star and the most recent member Independence (2010).  Along with the Coastal Cruise Ships, the cruise line’s fleet has two additional classes which include the Columbia Paddlewheelers with Queen of the West and America Pride as well as the Mississippi River Paddlewheelers made up of Queen of Mississippi and America.

In-line with American Cruise Line’s other vessels of having the largest staterooms in the small ship cruising industry, American Constellation will feature cabins all over 200 square feet with either a large, opening picture window or private balcony.  The picture windows and private balconies offer the guest panoramic, spectacular views of the passing picturesque landscapes and scenery.  The five-deck, nine-cabin category intimate vessel, perfect for the solo traveler or those traveling in a group, will offer staterooms each outfitted with individual climate control settings, satellite television with DVD players, a sitting area and writing desk. The top deck’s private section encompasses eight spacious Owners Suites with over 450 square feet cabins featuring hotel-sized bathroom and a walkout balcony.

American Constellation amenities include roomy lounges located throughout the vessel, observation decks, a fitness center and putting green located on the top deck along with free Wi-Fi-, laundry facilities as well as unlimited soda, coffee, tea and snacks.  Entertainment onboard is centered on historical lectures given by historians and naturalists and music of the region sailed.   The 40-plus member crewed, specially designed ship to maneuver inland waterways will offer Zodiacs and kayaks to allow guests an alternative way of exploring destinations; Zodiacs are small, safe, powerful rubber motorized boats which have the capability of transporting and maneuvering a small group into particularly isolated and pristine areas. 

The cuisine offered on American Constellation will support local businesses and farmers’ markets with fresh seafood, meats, produce and ingredients from local ports.  All lunch and dinner meals served in the main deck’s Dining Room will be accompanied by complimentary beer and wine while a full bar cocktail hour will precede each evening meal.  Breakfast may be ordered by guests through room service.

American Constellation will sail the inland waterways of the East Coast.  As with all American Cruise Line vessels, the ship will offer highly personalized service in a relaxed atmosphere – the hallmark of the line.  After its inaugural Chesapeake Bay cruise sailing out of Baltimore, Maryland, American Constellation will offer the following cruises:  the coast of Maine and its harbors, the Historic South including the Golden Isles of Georgia, the east coast and New England islands to experience the autumn foliage, the Hudson River and Mid-Atlantic inland passages.  

Charleston, South Carolina, this month’s featured Spotlight port, will be the last destination of the Mid-Atlantic Inland Passage sailing of the vessel which will embark from New York; in addition, American Constellation’s Historic South and Golden Isles cruise will sail round-trip out of Charleston on 10-day, 11-night cruises and to and from Charleston to Amelia Island in Jacksonville, Florida on 8-day, 7-night one-way cruises.  Special Needs Group is pleased to service the ports-of-call which American Constellation will be embarking and disembarking from including Baltimore, New York, Boston, Massachusetts and Jacksonville.  

Travel Agent – February 2017 Newsletter Full Article

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