American Cruise Lines has launched Queen of the Mississippi nine weeks ahead of schedule, a month after completing refurbishment of Queen of the West.
New sternwheeler, Queen of the Mississippi, built specifically for sailing her namesake, was nudged into the water at Chesapeake Shipbuilding in Maryland on 17 July ready for completion of the upper decks and outfitting.
“The birth of a new ship is a significant milestone. Watching the Queen of the Mississippi come to life is a fascinating experience,” said Timothy Beebe, vice president American Cruise Lines.
With larger staterooms than any other Mississippi riverboat and spacious private balconies, the newest addition to American Cruise Lines’ fleet will maintain the classical elegance and traditional Victorian appearance of Mississippi riverboats of years gone by.
Operating itineraries across the entire river system, she offers the option of cruising at significantly higher speeds to allow more itineraries than ever before on the Mississippi River and incorporates longer visits to river towns as far as St. Paul, Minnesota and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
The early launch follows soon after the refurbishment of Queen of the West last month which included the reconstruction of major areas including passenger staterooms, common areas, the galley and engine room.
Servicing the Columbia and Snake Rivers, Queen of the West now also features additional private balconies and increased single staterooms reducing overall capacity from 150 to 120 passengers.
A new authentic paddlewheel offers passengers a smoother, quieter sailing experience whilst reducing the overall impact on the environment.