American Cruise Lines, operator of the newest fleet of riverboats and small cruise ships in the industry, is celebrating the launch of Queen of the Mississippi, the first new, authentic paddlewheeler built for the Mississippi River in nearly 20 years. Commencing the company’s first-ever season on the Mississippi River, the 150-passenger Queen of the Mississippi set sail, August 4, on a sold-out, eight-day, roundtrip voyage from New Orleans.
Queen of the Mississippi offers guests a brand new way to see the longest river system in North America and explore the remarkable port cities that line the way. Almost all of the ship’s spacious 300-plus-square-foot staterooms—the largest in the industry—offer private balconies with sliding glass doors, while an all-American crew cater to passengers’ every need. Daily educational events and themed entertainment help paint a picture of what life on the Mississippi was like in days gone by. Construction of Queen of the Mississippi was completed in June by Chesapeake Shipbuilding in Salisbury, Md., making it the most elegant, fully-functioning, authentic paddlewheeler in the industry.
“The launch of Queen of the Mississippi represents the beginning of an exciting new chapter for Mississippi Riverboating, where 21st century amenities are offered aboard an authentic paddlewheeler that is historic in appearance,” said Charles A. Robertson, president and CEO, American Cruise Lines. “We know Queen of the Mississippi will set a new standard for river cruising expectations.”
During the eight-day journey, guests will explore Queen of the Mississippi’s numerous amenities, including the most spacious staterooms and suites in the industry, unique lounges and libraries. Every stateroom features hotel-style bathrooms, access to room service, in-room phones, Wi-Fi and satellite TV. Seasoned cruise passengers will also appreciate American Cruise Lines’ exclusive, open seating dining plan, which allows guests to enjoy meals in a single seating or at the time of their choice, while surrounded by panoramic views of the River.