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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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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

Queen of Mississippi Launched Early by American Cruise Lines

American Cruise Lines has just launched of the Queen of the Mississippi, a magnificent brand new sternwheeler built for the Mississippi.

At Chesapeake Shipbuilding in Maryland on Sunday, July 17, the launching went picture perfect at nine weeks ahead of schedule. Immediately after the launching, tugboats skillfully nudged the new riverboat into Chesapeake Shipbuilding’s Outfitting Basin Number 2 where the upper decks and outfitting will be completed.
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