WARREN, R.I. -- American Canadian Caribbean Line introduced the
first of its Grande Class cruise ships.
The Grand Caribe sailed its maiden voyage along the Erie Canal
in New York state and the Saguenay River in Quebec.
The 183-foot, 100-passenger vessel was built by Blount
Industries. Blount currently is constructing a sister ship, the
Grande Mariner, due for delivery in early 1998.
The Caribe features ACCL's unusual bow ramp and a swimming
platform on the stern, a lounge on the sun deck designed as a
setting for meetings and lectures, and structures around the ship's
machinery that make for quieter operation.
The ship has a 2,500-mile range, which the line plans to exploit
during future cruises in the Canadian subarctic.
This winter, the ship will operate ACCL's schedule of 12-day
cruises through the Panama Canal.