American Cruise Lines’ 114-passenger Independence may not enter service in the third quarter of 2009, as was expected. “There is a 50/50 chance as to whether or not it will be this year or 2010,” the company’s Chairman and CEO Charles Robertson told Cruise Industry News, adding that “in April we will know for sure.”
While itineraries for the Independence are still being decided, she is slated to sail on the East Coast, however, “we are also looking at other deployments,” Robertson said.
The Independence is currently under construction at Chesapeake Shipbuilding in Maryland, and is expected to be complete in August. She is slightly larger than the line’s other four ships – which range from 49 to 100 passengers.