American Constellation

American Cruise Lines has announced that its newest ship, the 175-passenger American Constellation, will be heading to the West Coast in 2018.

The line said the decision came as a result of increased demand for its Southeast Alaska, Alaska Inside Passage and Puget Sound itineraries.

The Constellation, which only entered service in May of this year, will more than double the brand’s capacity in the Pacific Northwest and add 18 sailings to the 2018 season.

The new addition will allow an expanded schedule in Alaska aboard the Constellation, while enabling the American Spirit to operate the company’s Puget Sound and San Juan Islands itinerary through July and August of 2018. This will be the first time American has ever offered summer cruises in Puget Sound.

While expanding its existing schedule, American has also added a brand new itinerary, the Grand Puget Sound, for the 2018 cruise season. This 11-day round-trip out of Seattle will travel to a number of ports not often accessed by larger cruise ships, such as Olympia and Tacoma.

Before heading west, the Constellation will spend the remainder of 2017 on the East Coast, in New England and on the Hudson River, and in the South.