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At a capacity of just 109 guests, American Eagle offers the best qualities of expedition adventure cruising with the refinement, luxury, stability, and land proximity of river cruising. The design of the ship allows rare access into small ports and ability to travel on almost any river or waterway in the U.S. With land never out of sight, American Eagle is a practical alternative to ocean expeditions, allowing for more time to explore each port in depth.

Relax in one of the spacious staterooms and enjoy the scenic views from your private balcony. Or sit at one of the observation areas and admire the splendid vistas with fellow travelers. If you are feeling adventurous a unique Swim/Activity Platform at the stern of the ship features kayaks and a tender for local exploration.

Studio DADO, the Miami-based firm responsible for the interior designs of our newest modern riverboats, will be back to tailor an onboard atmosphere for American Eagle that evokes a sense of pride and appreciation for U.S. history. The choice of color palettes, furnishings, and artwork will reflect the culture of the New England, Chesapeake Bay, and the Southeast

The inaugural cruise season of American Eagle begins in the summer of 2023 on select Chesapeake Bay, New England, and Historic South itineraries.

MS American Eagle features an innovative catamaran ship design that guarantees smaller capacity (more comfortable and intimate vacation travel experience) along with stable navigation in both inland waterways (rivers and lakes) as well as close-to-coast/expedition-style cruising.

ACL American Eagle has 5 passenger decks (4 are accessible via two midship elevators) and a total of 56 staterooms. The number of cabin categories is 6. Most accommodations are balconied (~85% of all), each fitted with a floor-ceiling sliding door opening onto a private step-out veranda. The boat has 3 single cabins, only 1 handicap cabin (wheelchair-accessible ADA stateroom designed for passengers with disabilities) and no connecting rooms.

Only Deck 1 cabins (8x in category AAC) are without balconies. The smallest staterooms (including the studios / single-occupancy cabins) are sized 230 ft2 (21 m2). Standard Balcony cabins (AAM and Veranda) are sized 270-280 ft2 (25-26 m2) including the veranda.

The largest accommodations are located forward on Deck 4 – Sky Suite (425 ft2 / 40 m2) and Grand Suite (550 ft2 / 51 m2), with sizes including their terraces. These staterooms (2x Grand and 4x Sky) are two-room suites with separate living room and bedroom (both with direct terrace access, 2x TVs), dining area, marble bathroom (double-sink vanity).

PHOTOSACL American Eagle cruise ship

American Cruise Lines catamaran ships (Project Blue)





Year built 2023new ship
Builder Chesapeake Shipbuilding (Salisbury, Maryland USA)
Class ACL Project Blue
Building cost USD 20 million
Speed 18 kn / 33 kph / 21 mph
Length (LOA) 74 m / 243 ft
Beam (width) 17 m / 56 ft
Passengers 109
Crew 50
Decks 5
Cabins 56
Decks with cabins 4
Sister-ships American Glory (2023)
Christened by tba
Owner American Cruise Lines Inc
Operator American Cruise Lines

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