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American Cruise Lines to base new boat in New Orleans

1 year 9 months 1 week ago February 20, 2015 Feb 20, 2015 Friday, February 20 2015 February 20, 2015 2:15 AM in News
Source: Associated Press
By: Hunter Robinson

NEW ORLEANS - American Cruise Lines later this month plans to introduce its second riverboat to be home-ported in New Orleans.

Timothy Beebe, the company's vice president, said Thursday the new boat will help meet the growth in demand for river cruises.

Construction of the 150-passenger American Eagle was recently finished at Chesapeake Shipbuilding in Maryland. It's now repositioning to New Orleans and is scheduled to arrive at the end of February.

American Eagle, like the company's Queen of the Mississippi, will offer various eight-day itineraries on the Lower Mississippi River between New Orleans and Memphis, Tennessee. It will have 84 staterooms and offer the "elegance of classic late 1800s riverboats."

The company also has announced a number of other journeys, including a 22-day complete Mississippi River cruise.

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