United States Lines' premiere vessel, the 1,212-passenger MS Patriot arrived on Thursday at its homeport of Honululu, Oahu as the newest and largest cruise vessel serving the Hawaiian Islands year-round.
The vessel, which breaks a 40-year stagnation within the U.S. cruise ship industry
, is scheduled to be christened today by Maggie Inouye, wife of Senator Daniel Inouye, who will perform the official dedication.
Formerly known as Holland America's MS Nieuw Amsterdam, the vessel was purchased by American Classic Voyages (AMCV), by U.S. Lines parent company, AMCV for $114.5 million in 1999.
Following an extensive refurbishment process, the vessel is now set to perform its maiden voyage on December 9 of its regular itinerary comprised of seven-night cruises departing from Honolulu and continuing throughout the various Hawaiian Islands.
The remainder of the U.S. Lines fleet is currently being constructed at Litton Ingalls Shipyard in Pascagoula, Miss. The two vessels, which will hold 1,900 passengers each are set to enter service in Hawaii in 2003 and 2004.