American Queen Steamboat Company has announced the details of its winter 2017 lay-up.
Each year, the American Queen is scheduled for a “lay-up” period, which consists of cleaning, repairs and updates to the boat. As this year marks the fifth season on the river, the American Queen was dry-docked for maintenance and inspection in Gretna, LA, where eight of the ship’s interior cabins were converted into four new Luxury Suites.
In a written release American Queen Steamboat Company President and COO Ted Sykes said that the new Luxury Suites would allow the river cruise ship to accommodate larger groups and families.
With a dedicated crew, the management teams organized a schedule, budget and list of priority items to accomplish during the lay-up, such as cosmetic changes including the replacement of public area flooring throughout the guest hallways and dining room.
Lay-up repairs and improvements made to the American Queen include:
- Sand-sweeping and painting of the hull
- Conversion of eight cabins to four new Luxury Suites
- Bolidt Teak Decking on deck three from mid-ship to the Front Porch
- New tiles for all public restrooms and approximately 25 guest bathrooms
- Rebuilding of River Grill & Bar
- Completion of mahogany handrails on deck three
Nine-day sailings on the American Queen begin at $1,799 based on double occupancy. All journeys include a one-night pre-voyage hotel stay, shore tours in all ports, complimentary wine and beer with dinner and a host of other amenities. The ship offers river cruise itineraries in the United States on the Mississippi, Ohio and Tennessee Rivers.