August Frank, Lewiston Tribune
American Cruise Lines’ two riverboats American Jazz and American Serenade were christened on 3 May
American Cruise Lines christened two of its six American Riverboats, American Jazz and American Serenade, on 3 May at opposite ends of the USA.
Stacis Morfin, CEO of Nez Perce Tourism, christened American Jazz on the Snake River in Clarkston, Washington, whilst American politician Julia Letlow, who is serving as US representative for Louisiana’s fifth congressional district, named American Serenade on the Mississippi River in Vidalia, Louisiana.
Both godmothers were joined by American Cruise Lines’ guests, crew and executives, as well as the state and local officials who will welcome the ships to their respective regions.
“The two christenings, one in a desert canyon and one on the bayou, show the incredible breadth of river cruise options in the USA,” said Charles B. Robertson, president and CEO of American Cruise Lines. “They also show the growth of American Cruise Lines and the range of places that we explore. We are so grateful to the communities who welcome us and look forward to a strong future together as we cruise the Snake and Mississippi Rivers.”
The sister ships both accommodate 180 guests and feature the largest staterooms on any riverboat in the world, according to American Cruise Lines. They each offer multiple dining and lounge areas, as well as spacious sundecks and lecture rooms. They also feature a central, four-storey glass atrium, which is the “hallmark architectural detail” on all ships in the American Riverboat series.
The American Riverboats fleet was built at Chesapeake Shipbuilding in Salisbury, Maryland.