Senator Collins Christens the Independence 

Senator Susan Collins took time this Fourth of July to christen American Cruise Line’s newest ship, the Independence.The ships home port will be Portland and it will carry more than 100 passengers on cruises along the Maine coast this summer, with stops in several communities, including Rockland.The Independence was built by Chesapeake Shipbuilding in Salisbury, Maryland.”To name this beautiful ship Independence on Independence Day is perfect timing. It is the right name at the right time, but there is more to celebrate. This is an all-American ship, built by our skilled workers and sailing under our flag,” said Senator Susan Collins.