(1:17 p.m. EDT) -- American Harmony, American Cruise Line's second modern, non-paddlewheel riverboat set sail on its inaugural voyage up the Mississippi on Saturday, August 17. When the eight-night sailing concludes, the riverboat will depart on the line's second-ever sailing of a 22-night, complete Mississippi River cruise, starting in New Orleans and ending in St. Paul, Minnesota.

American Harmony is the second in American Cruise Lines' series of modern riverboats and the 11th ship in the line's fleet, which includes both river and coastal vessels. It accommodates 190 passengers, and its design has a more ocean-going cruise ship look than its older riverboats, which have traditionally had paddlewheels to invoke the heyday of riverboat cruising.

For the rest of 2019 and all of 2020, American Harmony will sail the line's nine various Mississippi River itineraries, including holiday and theme cruises.