American Cruise Lines Orders 3 Additional Ships; 7 New Vessels to Launch By End of 2026

American Cruise Lines has ordered three additional vessels from a shipyard in Maryland, bringing its current order book to seven ships.

American Cruise Lines Announces Plans for 12 New Cruise Ships

American Cruise Lines confirmed on Wednesday that it has three more newbuilds on order, bringing its current order book to a whopping seven vessels. They’re all scheduled for delivery before the end of 2026.

Six of the vessels on order are part of the line’s Project Blue series, which are “go-anywhere” coastal hybrid catamaran-style vessels. One of the vessels will be part of the line’s riverboat fleet.

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American Pride (Photo via American Cruise Lines)

“The domestic cruise industry is the healthiest it has ever been. Demand for modern river products, new small ships, and unique exploration in the U.S.A. continues to grow,” said Charles B. Robertson, President & CEO of American Cruise Lines. “That demand is powered by destinations brimming with history and ships that provide the best onboard experience in the world.”

Three of the seven new boats on order have not yet been named, and additional details will be announced this summer. The new American Riverboat will be similar to its sister ships and feature several new design elements that will continue to raise the standard for the global river cruise community.

American Cruise Lines Announces Plans for 12 New Cruise Ships

American Cruise Lines plans to operate 21 small ships in 2025 and 24 ships in 2026, all exclusively sailing in the U.S. along the rivers and coasts. All seven new vessels are being built by Chesapeake Shipbuilding in Salisbury, Maryland.


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Sarah has been writing about the cruise industry since 2015, and in that time has taken a dozen cruises and counting. Her favorite onboard activities include trying the casual dining options, spending time in the spa’s thermal suite, and attending the love & marriage show. You can keep up with her on Instagram at @IAmSarahJaneB.
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