Category Archives: Mississippi River

American Cruise Lines Launches New Mississippi Riverboat

New paddlewheeler launchedAmerican Cruise Lines recently announced the successful launching of the new paddlewheeler being built for the Mississippi River at Chesapeake
Shipbuilding in Salisbury, Maryland. The launching, which occurred on Sunday, went picture perfect. Immediately after being launched into the Wicomico River, tugboats skillfully nudged the new riverboat into Chesapeake Shipbuilding’s East Outfitting Basin where the upper decks and outfitting will be completed.

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Queen of the Mississippi to Receive Steam Calliope

American Cruise Lines has just acquired a 132-year-old Nichol steam calliope which will be placed aboard the brand new Queen of the Mississippi!

The Washington

The Washington


The historic instrument, which originated from the Washington, a paddlewheel steamboat (pictured) which operated on the Mississippi and Ohio River from 1880 to 1938, is being meticulously restored to full operation, and will then be installed aboard the Queen of the Mississippi. The calliope will not only serve as a delightful reminder of the golden era of steamboating and the grandeur of the historic steamboats of the late 1880s, but also as a fully-functioning steam-powered instrument, which will play familiar melodies and sounds as Queen of the Mississippi makes her way up and down the Mississippi River.
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Initial Thoughts on The American Queen

American Queen arrives in Natchez!

American Queen arrives in Natchez!


We were on the American Queen for a four day sailing. While we work on our complete detailed report, here’s some initial thoughts…

We loved it! The romance, the relaxation, the unique way of travel, sailing down the Ohio and Mississippi River. Mark Twain telling us about his life (literally), the Riverlorians educating us about the history and “Reading of the River,” the ship, beautiful and unique, the Ladies Parlor, Front Porch of America, River Grill, and all awhile the bright red paddlewheeler never missing a beat as it moved us down the river, and the Calliope that plays every time we leave a port. Rolling down the river, we really were, simply said, four days of living in a bygone era.

The American Queen sailing down the Mississippi River

The American Queen sailing down the Mississippi River

And the food … that could be a report in itself. To be continued…

Contact Sunstone Tours & Cruises toll-free at 888-815-5428 about Mississippi River cruises aboard the American Queen. We are so excited about this new travel option, we have arranged all sorts of promotions to have you experience this unique cruise adventure.

— Linda Androlia – Sunstone Tours & Cruises

American Queen Steamboat Sails Again

American Queen docked along side Cafe du Monde in New Orleans, LA.

American Queen docked along side Cafe du Monde in New Orleans, LA.

After a multimillion-dollar renovation, the American Queen, the largest steamboat ever built, will set sail today on the waters it was made for; the mighty Mississippi River.

The 436-passenger ship will depart New Orleans today on a six-night roundtrip cruise. It will then continue it’s season of three- to 10-night voyages on the Mississippi, Ohio and Tennessee Rivers, out of a variety of southern and Midwest homeports, including New Orleans, Pittsburgh, Louisville, Cincinnati, St. Louis and Memphis.

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Free, Live, Online Presentation: Springtime Voyages on the Mississippi River

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Enjoy the awakening of springtime on the river with the Great American Steamboat Company. Gliding along at a stately pace, your mind has time to wander—back to a time when life was slower and more genteel, when mighty rivers served as America’s natural highways and an elegant paddlewheel steamboat was the epitome of travel.

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Stars Coming to the American Queen in 2012

The Grand Saloon, a replica of Ford's Theatre, aboard the American Queen

The Grand Saloon, a replica of Ford's Theatre, aboard the American Queen

One of the great features of the Great American Steamboat Company’s new steamboat American Queen is the Grand Saloon, a place for nightly showboat-style entertainment and dancing to swing and big band music. The company has just announced a series of celebrity entertainment that will perform on select sailings.

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New Build Paddlewheeler on Mississippi

We will be offering American Cruise Lines’ sailings on the Mississippi, Ohio, Cumberland and Tennessee rivers in 2012.

Planned are Civil War-themed cruises, which will include a stop at Vicksburg National Military Park as well as other battle sights. They will offer historians on each sailing to further the education of the Civil War Theme.

American Cruise Lines’ new, 140-passenger sternwheeler, the Queen of the Mississippi, set to debut in summer 2012.
American Cruise Lines is the first company in 20 years to build a new, overnight paddlewheeler. Currently under construction in Salisbury, Md. This is very exciting for the small ship niche market as this area of rivers has been without a ship for a few years. We are seeing a pent up demand and the sailings will sell out early.

Brand New Mississippi Sternwheeler

Guilford, CT – American Cruise Lines has announced it is expanding to the Mississippi River system with a brand new sternwheeler, already under construction at Chesapeake Shipbuilding in Salisbury, MD. It plans to operate the new riverboat on routes similar to those formerly run by Delta Queen Steamboat Company, which will include the Mississippi, Ohio, Tennessee, and Cumberland Rivers. Cruising the Mississippi River on a sternwheeler is a true all-American experience that American Cruise Lines is pleased to bring back. The new paddlewheeler will recreate the grandeur of past riverboats while possessing the latest safety, environmental and construction technologies. The ship will have the look of a traditional riverboat along with more amenities, a faster speed, and an unmatched level of comfort. Features include six unique lounges, a library, an elegant dining salon, elevator service to all decks, and the exceptionally large staterooms found on all American Cruise Lines ships. With only 140 passengers, each guest will receive personalized service in the intimate and friendly atmosphere for which American Cruise Lines has become known.

 The first cruise is a scheduled to depart August 11, 2012 from New Orleans, Louisiana on a 7-night journey up the Mississippi to Memphis, Tennessee. The ship will then begin a series of 7-night cruises travelling as far north as St. Paul, Minnesota while utilizing its remarkable speed to open up new itinerary possibilities. As on all true riverboats, a stage and bow ramp will give the ship access to the many interesting ports without docking facilities.

 American Cruise Lines has experienced record bookings in 2010 and has seen an increasing demand from passengers to bring their style of cruising to the Mississippi and tributary rivers. The company decided to introduce a new riverboat so that it could offer its superior style of cruising to the Mississippi River.

 American Cruise Lines will soon usher in a new era of Mississippi riverboats that will set the standard for years to come. For details on the best Mississippi River experience aboard the finest riverboat in the world please call an American Cruise Lines cruise specialist at 888-815-5428.