SALISBURY — Salisbury-manufactured American Glory, the second new American Cruise Lines’ catamaran to launch this year, passed its sea trials with flying colors.
American Cruise Lines accepted delivery of the 100-passenger small ship from Chesapeake Shipbuilding in Salisbury on-time as scheduled.
American Glory is the newest ship in American’s ongoing series of 12 new “Coastal Cats” for exploring U.S. waterways. Additional ships in the series are already under construction, with the next two scheduled for delivery in 2024.
American Glory will sail its inaugural cruise on Nov. 28 from Maryland to Florida, where it will begin operating American’s new Florida Gulf Coast & Keys cruises from late December into the new year.
In addition to the popular new Florida itinerary, American Glory will sail a slate of U.S. itineraries along the East Coast throughout 2024, which blend the luxury of river cruising with the access and adventure of expedition cruising — while only visiting U.S. ports of call.
“American Glory furthers our commitment to building new small ships for America’s rivers and coasts,” said Charles B. Robertson, president and CEO of American Cruise Lines. “More importantly, it is our third new ship delivery this year, making it a solid demonstration of our expanded production capacity for the U.S. market.”
Introduced just a few months after series flagship, American Eagle, as well as new riverboat American Serenade, American Glory is a testament to the Line’s ongoing market strength and special ability to sail an expanding array of 100 percent U.S. itineraries along both rivers and coasts.
American’s small ship fleet has continued to grow year after year featuring ground-breaking designs that offer unprecedented accommodations for small ships. And it is now the only 100% U.S. flagged fleet of riverboats and small cruise ships in the world.
Accommodating just 100 guests, American Glory features four decks and showcases a new catamaran bow. The new small ship offers elegant interior design and private balcony accommodations, including single and double-occupancy staterooms as well as suites.
American Glory also offers a beautiful top deck for amazing views, comfortable lounges both inside and out, a main restaurant, casual café, and fitness center.