ACL christens second Coastal Cat in Key West

(GUILFORD, Conn.) — American Glory, the second Coastal Cat in American Cruise Lines’ new series of 100-passenger ships, was christened in Key West, Fla., on Sunday. The celebration took place at Mallory Square where the ship docks when visiting Key West along the company’s newest U.S. itinerary — Florida Gulf Coast and Keys cruises, operating round-trip from St. Petersburg.

The celebration included local dignitaries, community members, cruise guests and port and marina officials. Charles B. Robertson, president and CEO of American Cruise Lines (ACL), gave remarks and introduced American Glory’s godmother, Mayor Teri Johnston of Key West. At the ceremony, remarks were also given by Arlo Haskell of Safer Cleaner Ships, and Albert Childress, Key West city manager. The Victory Belles entertained guests with patriotic music, and everyone gathered for the ship’s official blessing and ceremonial bottle smash.

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“Docking in Mallory Square is a privilege, and we are honored to be a new small piece of the Key West community. We are grateful to Mayor Johnston and proud to have her as godmother of American Glory. We look forward to continuing to build on our partnership with Key West and other Florida coastal towns,” said Robertson.

American Glory’s christening follows the christening of the series flagship, American Eagle, in August in Buzzards Bay, Mass.

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American Glory will continue sailing the company’s Florida Gulf Coast and Keys cruises throughout March and again in November and December. Later this year, American Glory will be joined by another sister ship, American Legend, which also begins sailing the company’s Florida Gulf Coast and Keys cruises this November.

American Cruise Lines has introduced 18 of the 21 U.S.-built cruise ships launched in the past two decades. American Glory and sister ships will operate a selection of itineraries exploring the East Coast from Maine to Florida throughout 2024 and 2025.

Accommodating just 100 guests, American Glory features four decks and a unique catamaran bow. The new Coastal Cat offers elegant interior design and private balcony accommodations. American Glory also offers a top deck for views, comfortable lounges inside and out, a main restaurant, casual cafe, and fitness center.

A virtual 360-degree tour of American Glory and the company’s new Coastal Cats is available here.

– American Cruise Lines

By Professional Mariner Staff