New Orleans' First Lady to Christen American Eagle
PHOTO: The 150-passenger American Eagle will be christened April 25 in New Orleans. (Courtesy of American Cruise Lines)
American Cruise Lines will christen its second Mississippi River paddlewheeler, the American Eagle, on April 25 in New Orleans with Mayor Mitch Landrieu and his wife, Cheryl Landrieu, who will christen the vessel.
The 150-passenger riverboat will cruise primarily on the Lower Mississippi River between New Orleans and Memphis, although it also offers two longer sailings on the entire length of the Mississippi River between New Orleans and St. Paul in August and September.
The 305-foot American Eagle was built at Chesapeake Shipbuilding in Maryland and is very similar to American’s Queen of the Mississippi, which entered service in August 2012.
“The city of New Orleans has played an integral part in the growth of American Cruise Lines, and we couldn’t be happier than to have the First Lady of New Orleans, Cheryl Landrieu, to christen the American Eagle,” said Judy Roman, vice president of American Cruise Lines.
The American Eagle boasts huge staterooms, ranging in size from 300 to 600 square feet. Of the 84 staterooms, 78 have large private balconies with sliding glass doors. All accommodations have interior entrances, complimentary Wi-Fi, room service, satellite TV and DVD player, and coffee brewers. The new riverboat has the appearance of classic late-1800s riverboats but is environmentally friendly. The ship has an elevator to all decks as well as six lounges.
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