More river cruise news from the mighty Mississippi: American Cruise Lines has launched its newest vessel, the 150-passenger Queen of the Mississippi, which set sail on its maiden voyage this past Saturday.
The first new paddlewheeler to be constructed for the Mississippi in nearly 20 years, Queen of the Mississippi features staterooms that average 300-plus square feet, along with private balconies with sliding glass doors, six lounges, a library, elevator service, and multiple dining options including the Grand Dining Room, complimentary room service and the Top Deck Café. In-room WiFi access is offered, along with a host of modern amenities.
“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.”
While it’s not mentioned in the press release, the last paddlewheeler to be constructed for Mississippi river service was the American Queen of 1995, which has just re-entered service for the American Queen Steamboat Company. Is there a battle shaping up for supremacy on North America’s most famous waterway? Perhaps. What is clear is that there has never been a better time to discover this fabled river in the comfort, elegance and historic surroundings of a river cruise.