American Glory pictured during sea trials in the USA
American Cruise Lines has taken delivery of its newest Coastal Cat, American Glory, from Chesapeake Shipbuilding in Salisbury, Maryland.
The 100-guest vessel recently passed sea trials and will sail its inaugural cruise from Maryland to Florida on 28 November, before operating the brand’s new ‘Florida Gulf Coast and Keys’ itinerary between late December and early January 2024. The ship will sail various itineraries to destinations along the US East Coast throughout 2024.
American Glory is the second of 12 Coastal Cats, which began debuting in August 2023 with the launch of American Eagle. The four-deck vessel has a catamaran bow and interior highlights including staterooms and suites with private balconies, indoor and outdoor lounges, a main restaurant, a casual café, a fitness centre and a spacious top deck. The vessels will be joined by the next two Coastal Cats in 2024.
American Cruise Lines has also launched a new riverboat, American Serenade, this year as part of its aim to “sail an expanding array of 100 per cent US itineraries along both rivers and coasts”.
“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 US market.”