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New Orleans ready to welcome new riverboat American Eagle

American Eagle - second new Mississippi riverboat from American Cruise Lines
The Port of New Orleans expects the arrival of a second new American Cruise Lines riverboat, American Eagle, later this month. The vessel's maiden voyage is not scheduled until April 11.

The 150-passenger American Eagle was recently completed at Chesapeake Shipbuilding in Maryland. Similar to American Cruise Lines’ Queen of the Mississippi, which debuted in 2012, it will offer various eight-day itineraries on the Lower Mississippi River between New Orleans and Memphis.

'American Cruise Lines’ investment in a second riverboat in the Port of New Orleans illustrates the growing demand for classic river cruising,' port president and ceo Gary LaGrange said.

While American Eagle will primarily operate between New Orleans and Memphis, the company has announced a number of other journeys, including a 22-day cruise along the full length of the Mississippi.