Bow under construction

American Cruise Lines has reported that its new ship, being built at Chesapeake Shipbuilding of Salisbury, Maryland, is now 11 weeks ahead of schedule with an anticipated delivery of Q1 2017.

"Catering to the discriminating eye of the passenger looking for a high-end and intimate experience of a small ship, American Cruise Lines has left no detail untouched with this 170-guest ship. Well-appointed, thoughtfully designed staterooms span over 350 square feet of personal luxury, the largest ever seen in this service, with tastefully furnished private balconies and butler-delivered room service," said the company in a prepared release.

This ship will carry a number of Zodiacs and kayaks, which is a first for American Cruise Lines.

The new ship is scheduled for completion in early 2017.