American Cruise Lines Latest Ship Passes First Sea Trials

American Cruise Lines’ newest ship, Independence, passed its first underway trials with flying colors.

The trial was run on the Wicomico River in Maryland, close to Chesapeake Shipbuilding, the builder of the ship During this important milestone trial, the ship’s maneuvering and equipment was tested. All tests were a success. The ship is currently three months ahead of schedule.

The 102-passenger Independence will operate on 7-14 Day cruises starting June 2010. It will spend its first summer along the coast of Maine with weekly departures from Portland. The ship features larger staterooms, public spaces, and private balconies. The cruise line is famous for it’s larger than normal accommodations.

For more information on these sailings, visit the Atlantic Coastal section of our website.

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