ACCL Introduces Grande Caribe

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.

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