Sen. Collins christens new cruise ship in Rockland

&quotIndependence" - formerly named &quotHull 90" - was awarded her name on July Fourth at the Rockland Public Landing to a crowd of about 150 people, according to American Cruise Line staff. The boat, which can hold 104 guests, was awarded its name in front of Sen. Susan Collins, local officials and a boatload of cruise ship riders.  (Bangor Daily News/Heather Steeves)
"Independence" - formerly named "Hull 90" - was awarded her name on July Fourth at the Rockland Public Landing to a crowd of about 150 people, according to American Cruise Line staff. The boat, which can hold 104 guests, was awarded its name in front of Sen. Susan Collins, local officials and a boatload of cruise ship riders. (Bangor Daily News/Heather Steeves)
Posted July 04, 2010, at 8:17 p.m.

ROCKLAND, Maine — U.S. Sen. Susan Collins says a new cruise ship that will carry passengers along the Maine coast highlights the growing importance of cruise ship visitors to coastal communities.

On Sunday in Rockland, Collins christened the American Cruise Line’s ship, The Independence.

The 104-passenger ship will be based in Portland and carry passengers up and down the coast, making stops in several communities, including Rockland.

Collins said that to christen a ship called The Independence on Independence Day was perfect timing.

She says The Independence is a blend of respect for the past and a commitment to a vibrant future.

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