The largest steamboat ever built, the grand American Queen, recognizable by her bright red paddle wheel is ready for Rollin’ on the river again. So, now you have a chance to experience adventures and explore America’s rivers, while cruising on this triumph of American ingenuity. Due to exterior with towering fluted stacks and abundant fretwork, American Queen looks like she just sailed out of the Victorian era. Her interior design with antiques, shining woodwork and fresh flowers also contributes to splendor of that period.
After the bankruptcy of American Classical Voyages, the parent company of the Delta Queen Steamboat Co., American Queen went out of service in October, 2001. Fortunately, The Great American Steamboat Co., bought the Queen which is now back in full force and splendor due to $6 million renovation. Just in time when river cruising become enormously popular worldwide, the first passenger steamboat continues her ride along the Mississippi, Ohio and Tennessee rivers.
The American Queen with her six colonial-white trellis decks, public rooms, size and unique destinations lend themselves very well to theme cruises. There are at least 25 different themed cruises, such as musical (polka, 50’s music, 60’s music, big band music, etc.) American history (Civil War, Lincoln legacy), as well as politics (Washington Week: Election 2012).
If you’re one of the 436 passengers, since this boat can accommodate just so many, you can relax with books from the Mark Twain Gallery, the boat’s library or enjoy a sing-along in the Main Deck Lounge, and then tap your toes to a lavish show in the two-deck-tall Grand Saloon, the most elegant showplace on the river. The Queen also has two areas focused on men and women. Women can sip tea, chat with new-found friends, and play bridge. Men can retreat to the Gentleman’s Card Room for a ‘strategic’ game of poker.
The opulent J.M. White Dining Saloon is the centerpiece, serving breakfasts, lunches and dinners overseen by famed American chef Regina Charboneau. Beverages are complimentary throughout the voyage with beer and wine inclusive at dinner. The ship also features a Athletic Club and pool for those wanting to stay in shape while onboard.
The company also offers a one-night stay with breakfast in a luxury hotel and transfers before or after the voyage and excursions (all in the basic fare). American Queen is now available for 3- to 10-day luxury cruise. The price starts at $1,995 per person for a single to $5,795 per person for a veranda suite, for 10-day voyage. And if you book your 2013 trip by the end of the year, receive a $200 travel credit.