|Mark Twain's boyhood home. // Photo courtesy of American Cruise Lines|
American Cruise Lines (www.americancruiselines.com), is introducing a Mark Twain tribute cruise onboard its new paddlewheeler, Queen of the Mississippi. The seven-night cruise will sail roundtrip from St. Louis on Sept. 15. It will celebrate the famous American author and humorist's life and works.
Known for writing about 1800s life along the Mississippi River, Twain's experiences are immortalized in Life on the Mississippi (1883), Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1876) and Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1885).
During his career, Mark Twain also spent several years as a riverboat pilot on the Mississippi River. American Cruise Lines says the themed cruise will take guests along the river in the same way that Mark Twain would have seen it. The cruise will also highlight many important places and events in his life.
Planned stops include an extended visit to Twain's hometown of Hannibal, Missouri. Additional features of this tribute cruise include: a Mark Twain impersonator and entertainer onboard; an exclusive tour of the Mark Twain Boyhood Home & Museum; an onboard display of a first edition copy of Life on the Mississippi; a guided trolley ride through Hannibal; a guest gift -- special edition copies of Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn; and an honorary dinner and cocktail reception.
“What better way to celebrate Mark Twain than aboard Queen of the Mississippi and on the river that played such a large role in his life and literary contributions,” said Timothy Beebe, vice president of American Cruise Lines. “Cruising aboard Queen of the Mississippi is a historic experience on its own. This tribute cruise heightens that experience and reinforces our efforts to provide enriching cruises for our passengers.”
The Queen of the Mississippi carries 150 guests in spacious staterooms, many of which feature large private balconies with sliding glass doors.
American Cruise Lines will operate the authentic paddlewheeler over the entire Mississippi River System, including the Ohio and Cumberland Rivers. The vessel will sail as far north as St. Paul, MN, on the Mississippi River and as far east as Pittsburgh, PA, on the Ohio River.