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Mark Twain wouldn’t rec­og­nize these riverboats. In early Oc­to­ber, Amer­i­can Cruise Lines will send its first Mod­ern River­boat, Amer­i­can Song, on its in­au­gu­ral cruise from New Or­leans up the Mis­sis­sippi River. The ship’s 900-square-foot grand suites will of­fer panoramic views through floor-to-ceil­ing glass pan­els, sep­a­rate liv­ing and sleep­ing ar­eas, mar­ble baths with dou­ble van­i­ties and wrap-around bal­conies for out­door din­ing. Later this fall, the com­pany will send a sec­ond mod­ern river­boat,

Amer­i­can Har­mony to the Mis­sis­sippi. In all, five ships are to be built in the Mod­ern River­boat se­ries.

Cur­rently, Amer­i­can Cruise Lines op­er­ates two Vic­to­rian-style pad­dle­wheel­ers, Queen of the Mis­sis­sippi and Amer­ica on the Mis­sis­sippi River and var­i­ous other ves­sels in New Eng­land, Alaska, the Pa­cific North­west and the South­east. amer­i­can­cruise­

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