Peter Knego attends the christening of American Cruise Line’s AMERICAN EAGLE paddlewheeler in New Orleans today.

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Saturday, April 25, 2015

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The AMERICAN EAGLE at New Orleans.

American Cruise Line’s brand new paddlewheeler AMERICAN EAGLE was christened today in a ceremony featuring godmother Cheryl Landrieu (New Orleans’ first lady) and her husband Mayor Mitch Landrieu. With American Cruise Line’s CEO Charles Robertson hosting and followed by an a cappella concerto by the local trio Victory Belles, Mrs. Landrieu smashed a bottle of champagne into the ship’s bow railing.

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American Cruise Lines CEO Charles Robertson, Cheryl Landrieu, The Victory Belles and Mayor Mitch Landrieu pose aboard the newly christened AMERICAN EAGLE.

The 3,506-gt, 150-passenger AMERICAN EAGLE, named for the line’s recently scrapped 2000-built ship, is a near-twin to the 2012-built QUEEN OF THE MISSISSIPPI. They will be joined by a third, 180-passenger vessel next year.

The AMERICAN EAGLE departed on her seven night round trip maiden voyage up the Lower Mississippi this afternoon. A full Sea Treks report will follow.

Peter Knego

Peter Knego

Having documented over 400 passenger ships and taken more than 200 cruises, MaritimeMatters’ co-editor Peter Knego is a leading freelance cruise writer, a respected ocean liner historian and frequent maritime lecturer both on land and at sea.  With his work regularly featured in cruise industry trades and consumer publications.  Knego also runs the website which offers MidCentury cruise ship furniture, artwork and fittings rescued from the shipbreaking yards of Alang, India.  He has produced several videos on the subject, including his latest, The Sands Of Alang and the best-selling On The Road To Alang."
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