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American Eagle riverboat advances at Chesapeake Shipbuilding

American Cruise Lines
Interior outfitting is under way and paddlewheel will soon be installed
American Cruise Lines said the construction of its new Mississippi River paddlewheeler is six weeks ahead of schedule at Chesapeake Shipbuilding in Salisbury, Md. The 150-passenger American Eagle is due to enter service in March.

Interior work is well under way with carpeting and furniture to soon be installed. The sliding glass doors leading to the private balconies are in place and exterior painting is nearly complete. The electrical systems were installed in recent weeks.

Scheduled next are installation of the paddlewheel, woodwork trim and other architectural details.

Of American Eagle's 84 staterooms, 78 feature large private balconies, all with sliding glass doors. The new riverboat will offer modern amenities in a style meant to emulate the classic late 1800s riverboats.

The vessel will operate primarily on the Lower Mississippi between New Orleans and Memphis. A number of unusual voyages are planned, including the recently announced 22-day 'Complete Mississippi Cruise.'