American Cruise Lines to swap ships on 2007 itineraries

American Cruise Lines will put its newest ship, the American Star, in Maine for the summer of 2007, doubling the berths on its Maine Coast and Harbors itinerary, the company said.

The American Star is currently under construction at Chesapeake Shipbuilding in Salisbury, Md., and will enter service in June 2007. American Cruise Lines said that due to increased demand for this sailing, the 100-passenger American Star will replace the 49-passenger American Glory.

The American Glory is scheduled to move to the New England Islands itinerary where it will sail with the American Spirit, while the American Eagle will do the Chesapeake Bay itinerary, said Tim Beebe, vice president of American Cruise Lines.

American Cruise Lines currently has three ships, with a total capacity of 198 passengers. The line will nearly double its overall capacity with the addition of two newbuilds, set to debut in 2008 and 2009.

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