New leadership has been confirmed at American Cruise Lines following the death of founder Charles A Roberston.

His son Charles B Robertson has stepped up to become chief executive of the US river and coastal cruise line.

He joined American Cruise Lines in 2003 and was named a vice president in 2014.

The company said: “His direction at the company has been instrumental to American’s recent growth. Both his leadership and history with the line make him ideally suited to the chief executive role.

Robertson said: “My father was a visionary and pioneer of the cruise industry and it is an honour to lead the organisation he created.

“My brothers and I have followed in his footsteps and will remember him as a tremendous leader, mentor, and father.

“We have prudently worked toward this transition, and with the support of our executives and employees, will continue our dedication to our guests and commitment to growth.”

The company runs a fleet of 12 vessels on 35 itineraries in 25 US states including cruises on the waterways of New England, Alaska, the Pacific Northwest, the Mississippi River and the Southeast.