American Cruise Lines' new paddle wheeler nears completion

The following is the text of a news release from American Cruise Lines:

(GUILFORD, Conn.) — American Cruise Lines ( announced today the latest development in the construction of its newest paddle wheeler, the American Eagle, as it nears completion at Chesapeake Shipbuilding in Maryland. At six weeks ahead of schedule, construction of the new riverboat is moving into its final stages.

Currently in final outfitting, the interior is well underway with carpeting and furniture soon being installed throughout the ship. All sliding glass doors leading to the private balconies are in place and exterior painting is just about complete. In recent weeks, all the electrical was installed, while installation of the paddlewheel, wood work trim and other architectural details are up next to bring the period interior and exterior to life.

The American Eagle, which enters service in the spring, will carry 150 guests in the most spacious staterooms available on any Mississippi riverboat. Of the 84 staterooms, 78 feature large private balconies, all of which have sliding glass doors for optimal views and enjoyment. The new riverboat will offer all the amenities today’s travelers expect, while maintaining the elegance of classic late 1800s riverboats.

American Cruise Lines will operate the new paddle wheeler primarily on the lower Mississippi River between New Orleans and Memphis. A number of unique journeys are planned, including the recently announced 22-day Complete Mississippi Cruise.

Additional details on American Eagle’s construction progress will be announced in the coming months.

By Professional Mariner Staff