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American Cruise Lines’ Queen of the Mississippi debut in New Orleans

On Wednesday, March 7th, American Cruise Lines announced its brand new 150-passenger paddlewheeler, the Queen of the Mississippi, as it nears completion 10-weeks ahead of schedule.

Last week, at Chesapeake Shipbuilding in Maryland the 23-ton, 28 foot-wide paddlewheel that was built special for the new riverboat was lifted and installed.

“This marks an important step in the creation of this authentic riverboat,” said Timothy Beebe, Vice President of American Cruise Lines. “The paddlewheel is one of the most important elements of classic riverboats, and this one isn’t just cosmetic – it’s fully functioning.”

Plans for completion will be in May, with a debut in New Orleans on August 11, 2012.

Complimentary amenities and features of Mississippi River itineraries and aboard Queen of the Mississippi include:

  • Fully-functioning authentic paddlewheel that can be viewed from the Paddlewheel Lounge
  • Floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors to private balconies
  • Room Service
  • Wi-Fi in all staterooms
  • Satellite TV and DVD player in all staterooms
  • Gourmet coffee brewers in all staterooms
  • High Tea served in the afternoon
  • Top Deck Café – Hot and cold beverages, snacks, pastries available throughout the day
  • Bottled water and soft drinks
  • Nightly turn-down service

American Cruise Lines says, they will operate the authentic paddlewheeler over the entire Mississippi River System, including the Ohio and Cumberland Rivers. The Queen of the Mississippi will also be able to travel at significantly higher speeds than all other Mississippi riverboats, minimizing night travel and making more itineraries possible with longer visits to the river towns. A number of unique riverboat journeys are planned that take passengers as far north as St. Paul, MN on the Mississippi River and as far east as Pittsburgh, PA on the Ohio River.

To plan your trip today:
All About Travel
6104 Northwest 63
Oklahoma City, OK 73132
info [at] allabout-travel.com
415.384.3880

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The revival of the American Queen – steamboating the Heartland of America

“A steamboat was as beautiful as a wedding cake without the complications!” ~Mark Twain

In April 2012, the Great American Steamboat Company unveils  the revival of the  largest steamboat ever built, the American Queen, “the only overnight steamboat on our nation’s rivers.”

Great American Steamboat Company claims its Distinctions are:

  • The only authentic overnight paddlewheel steamboat in America.
  • The acclaimed cuisine of famed American chef Regina Charboneau.
  • The only steamboat with multiple specialty dining options, all at no additional charge.
  • Complimentary bottled water and soft drinks.
  • Complimentary wine and beer at dinner.
  • All staterooms feature gourmet coffee brewers and Starbucks coffee.
  • Gracious, friendly service from a professionally trained all-American staff.
  • Elegant-casual attire throughout your voyage; no formal wear required.
  • Daily lectures by the Riverlorian, their onboard river historian.
  • Professional showboat-style entertainment and dancing nightly.
  • Enthralling calliope concerts and a chance for guests to play!
  • Complimentary shore excursions.
  • Dedicated fleet of “Steamcoaches.”
  • All-inclusive package includes your overnight stay in a select luxury hotel in the city in which your voyage originates, plus breakfast, taxes, porterage and transfers to the Steamer American Queen.
  • The greatest value in all-American vacations!

 

 

Headline Acts Scheduled For 2012 Include:

  • Glenn Miller Orchestra
  • Harry James Orchestra
  • Rat Pack  Show
  • B.J. Thomas
  • The Lovin’ Spoonful
  • The Platters
  • Bill Haley’s Comets
  • Annie Moses Band
  • The New Orleans Jazz All-Stars
  • Juggernaut Jug Band
  • Storefront Congregation

Steamboating the Upper Mississippi Destination Highlights:

  • St. Paul, Minnesota
  • Hannibal, Missouri
  • St. Louis, Missouri
  • Dubuque, Iowa

Lower Mississippi Destination Highlights:

  • New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Oak Alley, Louisiana
  • Vicksburg, Mississippi
  • Natchez, Mississippi

Ohio and Tennessee River Voyages Destination Highlights:

  • Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Marietta, Ohio
  • Louisville, Kentucky
  • Chattanooga, Tennessee

Themeboating Adventures Highlights:

  • Civil War Vacations
  • Old Fashioned Holiday Vacations
  • Epic Civil War
  • Music of Your Life
  • Southern Culture
  • Kentucky Derby
  • Fall Colors Vacation
  • July 4th

Sample of Luxury Hotels included:

Your hotel package will include your transfers to the American Queen port. The length of voyages the American Queen will be offering will be from 3 to 10 day voyages.

“When it’s steamboat time, you steam”~Mark Twain

To plan your trip today:
All About Travel
6104 Northwest 63
Oklahoma City, OK 73132
415.384.3880

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