American Cruise Lines announced today that their newest cruise ship, Independence, was launched on November 4th.  Currently under construction at Chesapeake Shipbuilding Corp., Salisbury, MD, this will be the fifth ship for American Cruise Lines, which has the newest fleet of cruise ships in the world.    The Independence will be added to the fleet in August of 2009 and with increased capabilities, will operate the traditional American Cruise Lines routes and be able to operate year round with more extensive sea going itineraries including New England, Caribbean, Florida Keys including Dry Tortugas, and Pacific itineraries.

The new American Cruise Lines ship will accommodate 104 passengers with 80% of the staterooms and suites with private balconies.  It will have active wing stabilizers, several spacious lounges, exercise equipment and more amenities.  Every stateroom aboard the Independence will have American Cruise Lines’ signature large opening picture windows in addition to satellite TV and DVD players and Internet access. The deluxe staterooms will range in size from 264 sq ft to 350 sq ft and have suites up to 520sq ft., all with individual climate control and many other modern conveniences expected by the discerning traveler. Dining aboard the new ship will be in a relaxed, open-seating atmosphere in the dining room fitted with surrounding panoramic windows offering spectacular views.  The guests will enjoy fine American cuisine prepared by renowned chefs.

American Cruise Lines’ ships have innovative modern designs including state of the art technologies. The Independence will be fully stabilized by Rolls-Royce Marine active wing stabilizer units and be powered by Caterpillar diesel engines for propulsion and generators and meet the newest and most stringent safety and environmental standards.