On June 20th, American Cruise Lines will resume sailing in the US. American Song will sail the Columbia & Snake Rivers on June 20. The seven-night itinerary will take guests from Portland, Oregon to Clarkston, Washington. Other ports of call include Astoria, Oregon; Mount St. Helens, Washington; The Dalles, Oregon; Pendleton, Oregon; and Richland, Washington.
Also sailing will be the American Harmony and it will start service on June 28th on the Mississippi. The trip will take guests from Memphis, Tennessee to New Orleans, Louisiana over the course of seven nights. Ports of call include Vicksburg, Mississippi; Natchez, Mississippi; St. Francisville, Louisiana; Baton Rouge, Louisiana; Oak Alley, Louisiana; and New Orleans, Louisiana. Both ships will sail at 75 percent capacity with American Song carrying 180 passengers maximum and American Harmony carrying 190 passengers maximum.
American Cruise Lines hopes to sail to Alaska later this summer on the American Constellation.
Apart from sailing at reduced passenger capacity, other safety measures will include:
- Independent HVAC systems in every stateroom
- UV-C Water Filtration Systems
- Touchless boarding and check-in processes that include a medical screening
- Increased time between cruises for full vessel sanitation
- Sanitation rounds conducted hourly
- Personal protective equipment for guests and crew
- Hand sanitizing stations
- No public bathrooms, guests will be asked to use their stateroom toilets
- Luggage sanitation
- Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres kept behind barriers and passed to guests individually
- Disposable covers on TV remotes
- Sanitation of touchpoints in staterooms
Dining practices will change as a result of enhanced safety measures. The dining room will have a reduced guest capacity, as tables and chairs will be removed to allow for social distancing. All dining tables will only be used once during each mealtime. If guests feel more comfortable dining in their staterooms, they can do that. In-room dining will be available upon request.
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