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American Harmony, America’s Newest Modern Riverboat, Arrives in New Orleans



WHY IT RATES: American Cruise Lines would like to introduce American Harmony, its newest modern riverboat and the second modern riverboat in the U.S. – Mackenzie Cullen, Editorial Associate

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The 2nd modern riverboat in the U.S.A., American Harmony, has arrived to the Port of New Orleans. The newest ship in American Cruise Lines’ groundbreaking series of 5 modern riverboats, will remain docked in its homeport of New Orleans until it departs on its inaugural Mississippi River cruise this August 17th.

New Orleans is monumentally significant in the history of American-built ships on the Mississippi River. As one of the very first American steamboats—a paddlewheeler named the New Orleans—was the first steamboat to make the historic Mississippi River voyage from Pittsburg, PA to New Orleans, LA in 1811.

Historically, it is fitting to have American Harmony and the country’s first modern style riverboats make their inaugural sailings from New Orleans. American Cruise Lines’ modern riverboats are the first major style departure from the classic paddlewheel riverboats that have been plying the Mississippi since the early 1800s.

American Cruise Lines is honored to continue the legacy of American ingenuity and American shipbuilding by introducing American Harmony and the first modern riverboats in the U.S. from this magical city. In addition to 2019’s new American Harmony, American Cruise Lines introduced their modern series flagship, American Song on the Mississippi in 2018, and plans to introduce their 3rd modern riverboat, American Jazz, on the Mississippi in 2020.

American Cruise Lines has been offering cruises on the Mississippi River for over 30 years. The Line currently operates over 9 different Mississippi River itineraries including fabulous Holiday and Theme cruises. American Harmony is the Line’s 3rd Mississippi riverboat and 11th new ship.

American Cruise Lines currently operates 11 small ships across the country, visiting over 25 states. The Line offers 3 distinct small ship styles, accommodating 100-200 guests: the new modern riverboats (like American Harmony), Victorian style paddlewheelers, and small Coastal cruise ships. Unlike any other U.S. Line, only American’s fleet of small ships is able to provide river cruise style itineraries along both the country’s great rivers as well as its protected coastlines, opening up a breadth of U.S. cruising destinations no one else can match.

For reservations or to learn more about American Cruise Lines, please call 1-800-814-6880 or visit:

SOURCE: American Cruise Lines press release.

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Passengers Being Evacuated as Zaandam, Rotterdam Finally Dock



For the first time in almost a month, passengers aboard an illness-stricken Holland America ship put their feet on dry land this morning.

The Zaandam, with four dead aboard, nine confirmed coronavirus cases and 200 more that are sick, finally docked in Fort Lauderdale overnight after an arduous, frustrating journey in which the boat was turned away from a half-dozen ports on its South American itinerary.

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis finally relented and allowed the Zaandam – as well as its sister ship, the Rotterdam, which took on some of the Zaandam’s healthy passengers – to dock at Port Everglades late Thursday night.

According to the Associated Press, 14 critically ill people were removed from the Zaandam first and taken to Florida hospitals, followed by Florida residents and other passengers. Buses were taking people healthy enough to travel directly to the airport and directly to chartered flights, avoiding the terminal.

“This is a humanitarian situation, and the County Commission’s top priority is protecting our 1.9 million residents while providing a contained disembarkation option for people on board who need to get safely home,” Broward County Mayor Dale Holness said in a statement late Thursday.

Holland America initially said 45 people who were mildly ill would stay onboard the Zaandam until they recovered, but the docking plan released later Thursday indicated that 26 passengers and 50 crew members were ill. Two of the four dead had COVID-19.

Carnival Corp., which owns the Holland America Line, said the Coral Princess – its last ship carrying passengers to a U.S. port since the pandemic was declared – will arrive on Saturday with more than 1,000 passengers who have been isolating in their cabins, including 12 confirmed cases of the coronavirus.

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