American Queen Steamboat Company has announced lay-up details as part of the off-season before moving full steam ahead into the 2016 sailing schedule. Each year, both vessels are scheduled a “lay-up” period which consists of cleaning, repairs and updates to both boats. The American Queen will be docked for five weeks in Gretna, LA, while the American Empress will be docked for four months in Troutdale, OR.
With a dedicated crew, the management teams have organized a schedule, budget and list of priority items to accomplish during the lay-up such as cosmetic changes including new paint, carpet and upholstery in public areas.
Lay-up repairs and improvements include:
- New carpeting and upholstery in public areas and select staterooms
- Sanding and repainting of deck door frames and doors
- Replacement of wall coverings in select state rooms
- Painting of hotel interior including dining room
- Installation of mahogany deck rails
This five-day sailing on the American Queen begins at $799 based on double occupancy. Other nine-day sailings on the American Queen begin at $2,149 and American Empress fares begin at $2,649 per person 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.