AMCV Christens Premiere Vessel In Delta Queen Fleet

American Classic Voyages Co. recently christened the U.S.-flag C/V Cape May Light, the first vessel in its Delta Queen Coastal Voyages' fleet, in an historic ceremony in Alexandria, Va. This is the first christening of a cruise ship in the Washington, D.C. area in the modern era.

The 224-passenger cruise ship will visit ports including Alexandria/Washington, D.C., Baltimore, Annapolis, Norfolk, and many other cities and towns along the U.S.

Eastern Seaboard, Great Lakes, and Canadian Maritime Provinces.

The Cape May Light, built in Jacksonville, Fla. by Atlantic Marine, was delivered to AMCV on April 12, 2001. The vessel's accommodations include 113 rooms, with 88 percent outside staterooms, all with modern amenities including TV-VCR units with satellite service and radio, ship-to-shore telephones, and individual climate controls.

Boasting Federal-style decor, Cape May Light houses the most up-to-date safety technology.

"We are proud to be holding this historic ceremony at the doorway to our nation's capital.

As Cape May Light begins her inaugural voyages to some of the most historic and beautiful coastal cities and towns in our nation, we are thankful to our friends in the U.S. Congress, the Administration and the maritime community whose support for laws like the Jones Act, Passenger Vessel Services Act, and Title XI loan guarantee program help make projects like this become reality.

This is truly a momentous occasion for AMCV and the U.S.-flag cruise industry," Philip C. Calian, CEO of AMCV, said.

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