American Cruise Lines has announced its newest ship, the America, has started its inaugural season on the Mississippi River.

The maiden voyage took place on May 7th as a round-trip cruise, to and from New Orleans, LA.

Celebratory events and festive elements were woven throughout the cruise, said the company in a statement.

“The much anticipated inaugural season of America is off to a fantastic start,” said Hotel Manager, Drew Godfrey. “Guests are truly enjoying the period inspired ship with its warm and inviting décor.”

The America is the cruise line’s largest ship with a capacity of 185 guests. The launch of America brings its fleet up to eight small ships, four of which are authentic paddlewheelers while the additional four are coastal cruisers.