Work-in-progress on the AMERICAN QUEEN, November 6, 2011. Courtesy of the Great American Steamboat Company.

Work continues on the AMERICAN QUEEN which is currently being refurbished in Louisiana.  The dark blue trim paint along the two lower decks is vanishing.  In a nearly all white livery and looking like the tiers on a wedding cake, the AMERICAN QUEEN will return to a more traditional look, appropriate for the grandest steamboat ever constructed.

AMERICAN QUEEN, Nov. 6, 2011. Courtesy of the Great American Steamboat Company.

The Great American Steamboat Company plans to return Steamboating to the Mississippi River with an inaugural cruise scheduled from New Orleans on April 13, 2012.  Among the great traditions from years past will be a return of steamboat races when the AMERICAN QUEEN takes on the veteran BELLE OF LOUISVILLE in that boat’s namesake city.  Other unique voyages will travel up the Ohio River all the way to Pittsburgh in July, and the opportunity to sail the entire length of the Mississippi River on back-to-back cruises, from St. Paul, Minnesota to New Orleans in the month of November.  The return of overnight cruising on the rivers of America, after an absence of over three years is indeed a welcome addition to the world of travel.

AMERICAN QUEEN, Nov. 6, 2011. Courtesy of the Great American Steamboat Company.

Thanks to Christopher Kyte, Jeffrey Krida and Martin Cox.


Shawn Dake

Shawn Dake

Shawn J. Dake, freelance travel writer and regular contributor to MaritimeMatters, worked in tourism and cruise industry for over 35 years.  A native of Southern California, his first job was as a tour guide aboard the Queen Mary.  A frequent lecturer on ship-related topics he has appeared on TV programs.  Owner of Oceans Away Cruises & Travel agency, he served as President of the local Chapter of Steamship Historical Society of America.  With a love of the sea, he is a veteran of 115 cruises.
Shawn Dake

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