cv Cape May Light First Cruise Ship to Be Christened in Washington, D.C. Area In Modern Era

AMCV Christens cv Cape May Light in Alexandria, Virginia:

Christening Marks Historic Occasion for U.S.-Flag Cruise Industry



Apr 25, 2001, 01:00 ET from American Classic Voyages Co.

    ALEXANDRIA, Va., April 25 /PRNewswire Interactive News Release/ --
 American Classic Voyages Co. (Nasdaq:   AMCV) will christen the U.S.-flag cv
 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.
     (Photo:  NewsCom:  http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20010425/DAW009 )
     The Honorable Elaine L. Chao, Secretary of the U.S. Department of Labor,
 will serve as the keynote speaker at the christening ceremony.  In comments on
 the christening of the cv Cape May Light, Secretary Chao said, "I am pleased
 to be a part of the historic christening of the cv Cape May Light, a U.S.
 built ship that will sail proudly under the U.S. flag with an American crew.
 Sustaining and building a strong American maritime industry is important to
 our nation's security and economy."
     Philip C. Calian, chief executive officer of AMCV, stated, "We are proud
 to be holding this historic ceremony at the doorway to our nation's capital.
 As the cv 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."
     Roderick K. McLeod, president and chief operating officer of AMCV, stated,
 "The cv Cape May Light will offer travelers an unmatched opportunity to sail
 along the coastlines of the Americas, exploring coastal cities and towns in a
 way not offered by any other cruise line.  The ship enables travelers to
 combine the benefits of cruise vacationing with meaningful destination
 experiences that highlight the heritage and history of America."
     The cv Cape May Light, built in Jacksonville, Fla. by Atlantic Marine,
 Inc., was delivered to AMCV on April 12, 2001.  The ship's accommodations
 include 113 rooms, with 88 percent outside staterooms, all with the modern
 comforts of cruising including TV-VCR units with satellite service and radio,
 ship-to-shore telephones, and individual climate controls.  The cv Cape May
 Light also features the Foyer and Purser's Area, Harbor Lights Lounge,
 Fogcutters Pub, Rosecliff Dining Room, Lighthouse Keeper's Bar, and gift shop,
 along with rich Federal decor and state-of-the-art safety technology
 throughout the ship.
     "We at Atlantic Marine are proud to do our part to prove that American
 shipyards can successfully fulfill our role in rebuilding the U.S.-flag cruise
 industry," said Ed Doherty, president, Atlantic Marine, Inc.  "This segment of
 the maritime industry can provide great opportunities for our nation's
 shipbuilders."
     The cv Cape May Light's nine spring, summer, and fall itineraries will
 showcase the beauty of the U.S. Eastern Coastline, the Great Lakes, and the
 Canadian Maritime Provinces.  These inaugural sailings include visits to more
 than 25 ports, including such historic and scenic cities and towns as Norfolk
 and Jamestown, Va.; Annapolis and St. Michaels, Md.; Philadelphia, Pa.; New
 York City; New London and Mystic, Conn.; Nantucket, Martha's Vineyard and Fall
 River, Mass.; Providence and Newport, R.I.; Portsmouth, N.H.; Kennebuckport
 and Portland, Me.; Wilmington, N.C.; Charleston, S.C.; Savannah, St. Simons
 Island and Jekyll Island, Ga.; and Jacksonville and St. Augustine, Fla.  Delta
 Queen Coastal Voyages' three winter vacation itineraries will explore the
 coastlines of Belize, Costa Rica, Honduras, Mexico, and Panama.
     Delta Queen Coastal Voyages, is a subsidiary of American Classic Voyages
 Co., the largest owner and operator of U.S.-flag, U.S.-crewed passenger
 vessels.  AMCV cruise lines explore destinations along the inland rivers and
 coastal waterways of the Americas, and sail throughout the Hawaiian Islands.
 For more information, visit www.coastalvoyages.com and www.amcv.com.
 
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SOURCE American Classic Voyages Co.
    ALEXANDRIA, Va., April 25 /PRNewswire Interactive News Release/ --
 American Classic Voyages Co. (Nasdaq:   AMCV) will christen the U.S.-flag cv
 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.
     (Photo:  NewsCom:  http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20010425/DAW009 )
     The Honorable Elaine L. Chao, Secretary of the U.S. Department of Labor,
 will serve as the keynote speaker at the christening ceremony.  In comments on
 the christening of the cv Cape May Light, Secretary Chao said, "I am pleased
 to be a part of the historic christening of the cv Cape May Light, a U.S.
 built ship that will sail proudly under the U.S. flag with an American crew.
 Sustaining and building a strong American maritime industry is important to
 our nation's security and economy."
     Philip C. Calian, chief executive officer of AMCV, stated, "We are proud
 to be holding this historic ceremony at the doorway to our nation's capital.
 As the cv 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."
     Roderick K. McLeod, president and chief operating officer of AMCV, stated,
 "The cv Cape May Light will offer travelers an unmatched opportunity to sail
 along the coastlines of the Americas, exploring coastal cities and towns in a
 way not offered by any other cruise line.  The ship enables travelers to
 combine the benefits of cruise vacationing with meaningful destination
 experiences that highlight the heritage and history of America."
     The cv Cape May Light, built in Jacksonville, Fla. by Atlantic Marine,
 Inc., was delivered to AMCV on April 12, 2001.  The ship's accommodations
 include 113 rooms, with 88 percent outside staterooms, all with the modern
 comforts of cruising including TV-VCR units with satellite service and radio,
 ship-to-shore telephones, and individual climate controls.  The cv Cape May
 Light also features the Foyer and Purser's Area, Harbor Lights Lounge,
 Fogcutters Pub, Rosecliff Dining Room, Lighthouse Keeper's Bar, and gift shop,
 along with rich Federal decor and state-of-the-art safety technology
 throughout the ship.
     "We at Atlantic Marine are proud to do our part to prove that American
 shipyards can successfully fulfill our role in rebuilding the U.S.-flag cruise
 industry," said Ed Doherty, president, Atlantic Marine, Inc.  "This segment of
 the maritime industry can provide great opportunities for our nation's
 shipbuilders."
     The cv Cape May Light's nine spring, summer, and fall itineraries will
 showcase the beauty of the U.S. Eastern Coastline, the Great Lakes, and the
 Canadian Maritime Provinces.  These inaugural sailings include visits to more
 than 25 ports, including such historic and scenic cities and towns as Norfolk
 and Jamestown, Va.; Annapolis and St. Michaels, Md.; Philadelphia, Pa.; New
 York City; New London and Mystic, Conn.; Nantucket, Martha's Vineyard and Fall
 River, Mass.; Providence and Newport, R.I.; Portsmouth, N.H.; Kennebuckport
 and Portland, Me.; Wilmington, N.C.; Charleston, S.C.; Savannah, St. Simons
 Island and Jekyll Island, Ga.; and Jacksonville and St. Augustine, Fla.  Delta
 Queen Coastal Voyages' three winter vacation itineraries will explore the
 coastlines of Belize, Costa Rica, Honduras, Mexico, and Panama.
     Delta Queen Coastal Voyages, is a subsidiary of American Classic Voyages
 Co., the largest owner and operator of U.S.-flag, U.S.-crewed passenger
 vessels.  AMCV cruise lines explore destinations along the inland rivers and
 coastal waterways of the Americas, and sail throughout the Hawaiian Islands.
 For more information, visit www.coastalvoyages.com and www.amcv.com.
 
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