Great American Steamboat Company To Be Renamed

AMERICAN QUEEN. Photo Shawn Dake 2012

The Great American Steamboat Company which inaugurated service with the 436-passenger AMERICAN QUEEN in April will be getting a new name.  Just as the Greene Line Steamers became the Delta Queen Steamboat Company to honor their historic steamboat the DELTA QUEEN, the new company is following in the same footsteps and as a tribute to their own iconic flagship the line will now be renamed the American Queen Steamboat Company.   The change takes effect on July 1, 2012.

“Just as the Greene family renamed their operation to honor the historic Delta Queen, we are embracing the legacy of the American Queen and renaming the Company in honor of her. Because of her iconic status, she has quickly become the brand in the eyes of our guests and travel agent partners,” stated Jeffrey D. Krida, the company’s chief executive officer.

The full schedule of cruises for 2013 has also just been released.  Highlights include 30 departures sailing between the boat’s homeport of Memphis and New Orleans, with a wide variety of themed cruises ranging from Elvis to cooking and Civil War history.  A variety of voyage lengths, range from four nights to twelve nights with fares beginning at $1,095 per guest.  New in 2013 will be additional accommodations designed for single travelers including new Single Outside Staterooms.  Not changing is the largely inclusive aspect of these river cruises.  Every steamboat holiday includes a free one-night deluxe hotel stay in the city of embarkation, shore tours on the very popular SteamCoaches in all ports, complimentary wine and beer with dinner, and a host of other amenities.  With a new name that guests can easily remember the American Queen Steamboat Company looks to have a great start on establishing their Great American legacy.

For bookings contact your travel agent.   The new web address for the company is www.AmericanQueenSteamboat.com

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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