American Cruise Lines said it will bring a second riverboat to New Orleans later this month, offering Mississippi River cruises to Memphis, Tennessee.
Among its stops are Oak Alley, Baton Rouge and St. Francisville.
The American Eagle is a 305-foot-long vessel that can hold 150 passengers. The ship will join the Queen of the Mississippi in offering cruises up and down the river.
“American Cruise Lines’ investment in a second riverboat in the Port of New Orleans illustrates the growing demand for classic river cruising,” said Gary LaGrange, port president and CEO. “American Cruise Lines offers a cruise experience second-to-none on the Lower Mississippi River and we look forward to working with them for many years to come.”
The American Eagle will have 84 staterooms, 78 of which will have private balconies. Cruises start at $4,450, according to the company’s website.
While the riverboat will primarily make cruises between New Orleans and Memphis, the ship will make other journeys, including a 22-day cruise along the full length of the river, ending in St. Paul, Minnesota. Timothy Beebe, vice president of American Cruise lines, based in Guilford, Connecticut, said Mississippi River cruises are becoming increasingly popular.
The Queen of the Mississippi has been sailing out of New Orleans since 2012.
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