(3:00 p.m. EST) -- A new coastal cruise ship coming from American Cruise Lines in 2018 will be named American Constitution, the line announced Thursday.
The name for the 175-passenger ship, which is currently under construction at the company's shipyard, Chesapeake Shipbuilding in Salisbury, Md., is inspired by the USS Constitution, the U.S. Navy's oldest commissioned naval vessel afloat. It will continue the company's hallmark of having larger-than-average cabins with private balconies, as well as multiple lounges.
American Constitution will be a sister ship to American Constellation, which will launch in May 2017. American Constellation is sailing a new itinerary for the company, Grand New England, which visits small Northeast ports such as Martha's Vineyard, Provincetown, and Boothbay Harbor, Maine.
Itineraries for American Constitution have not been released, but the company hinted that it's expanding in the Pacific Northwest and Alaska next year. Full details on the 2018 schedule will be released soon.
--By Chris Gray Faust, Senior Editor