NEW YORK -- Top officials of U.S.-flag cruise operator American
Classic Voyages updated the company's expansion plans during a
meeting with analysts aboard 1,212-passenger Patriot, docked in Los
Angeles for promotional events for travel agents.
ACV is spending $260 million to build two 1,900-passenger,
72,000-ton ships for Hawaii cruises beginning in 2003 and 2004. The
vessels will be the first large contemporary cruise ships ever
built in the U.S.
ACV is also spending $26 million to build Cape May Light and
Cape Cod Light, two 224-passenger coastal ships that begin service
in May and August of 2001, respectively. ACV will deploy a total of
3,707 berths and eight ships in 2001 among its various brands.
Patriot, the first vessel in ACV's United States Lines fleet,
recently completed a $21 million refurbishment in a Portland, Ore.
shipyard. The ship expects to host 6,000 agents during promotion
events that will continue as the ship sails to San Francisco on
Patriot departs for its homeport of Honolulu on Dec. 2 and begin
seven-night cruises Dec. 9.