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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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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