The one where the Queen of the Mississippi neared completion…

American Cruise Lines have announced the installation of the 23-tonne, 28-foot wide paddlewheel on their 150-passenger Queen of the Mississippi.

 “This marks an important step in the creation of this authentic riverboat,” American Cruise Lines vice president Timothy Beebe said.

“The paddlewheel is one of the most important elements of classic riverboats, and this one isn’t just cosmetic – it’s fully functioning.”

With completion slated for May 2012, the riverboat will sail on her inaugural cruise on 11 August from New Orleans to Memphis and will operate itineraries over the entire Mississippi River System including the Ohio and Cumberland Rivers.

All staterooms onboard come complete with a private balcony and will feature large sliding glass doors, satellite television, DVD player, Wi-Fi, gourmet coffee machine and a telephone.

Solo cruisers have been accommodated with numerous single staterooms also featuring private balconies.

“The highest-quality onboard experience is what our guests can expect aboard Queen of the Mississippi…this ship will truly raise the bar in river cruising” Mr Beebe said.

Sea trials are scheduled to commence in late March.

Originally published for e-Travel Blackboard. Click here to view video footage of the Queen of the Mississippi.

Click here to view a complete photo gallery of images of the development of Queen of the Mississippi.

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