American Queen Steamboat Company has announced the opening of bookings for the 2020 season of its fourth vessel, the American Countess. While still under transformation, the vessel will officially debut for its inaugural voyage on April 5, 2020, when it will travel from New Orleans to Memphis.
Built using the existing hull of the Kanesville Queen, a former gaming vessel, the American Countess was cut in two as part of its planned lengthening, with the addition of a 60-foot mid-body section.
The new ship will have four decks, including a Sun Deck, and 123 staterooms in four categories. Guests aboard will enjoy cabins with a sleek, modern design, offering guests a place to relax and recharge in between dining, shore excursions, Broadway-caliber performances and more.
The American Countess will accommodate 245 passengers over the course of six- to 15-day itineraries, including the ship's own “Mighty Mississippi” cruise. Additionally, the vessel will offer many of the same Deep South itineraries as its sibling ships, the American Queen and American Duchess, and will be sailing from April 2020 to January 2021, with additional sailing seasons to be announced.
The introduction of the American Countess follows the recent addition of the Victory I and Victory II to the American Queen Steamboat Company fleet under the Victory Cruise Lines name, alongside the flagship American Queen, the American Duchess, a 166-guest boutique paddlewheeler sailing the Mississippi and Ohio Rivers, as well as the American Empress in the Pacific Northwest.
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