You can expect to see a new sight passing through Baton Rouge on the Mississippi River very soon.
American Cruise Lines is calling its four-story, 184-capacity American Song vessel the “first contemporary riverboat,” and it will depart from New Orleans for its maiden voyage up the Mississippi River on Saturday.
In wending its way north to Memphis, the American Song will make a stop in Baton Rouge as part of the eight-day cruise that accommodates 184 passengers.
The riverboat features a four-story glass-enclosed atrium with a large domed skylight, and lounges that sit about 40 feet above the water, offering improved views.
American Cruise Lines has been making stops in Baton Rouge since 2012. Riverboat cruises are scheduled to make 89 stops in Baton Rouge this year, a 29% increase from last year’s 69 stops. American Cruise Lines is one of two riverboat companies that dock at downtown’s paper clip dock site.