|Queen of the Mississippi construction nearing completion. // Photo courtesy of American Cruise Lines|
American Cruise Lines (www.americancruiselines.com), a small-ship company, said it would add more amenities aboard its new, 150-passenger Queen of the Mississippi, which is under construction and nearing completion at a shipyard in Salisbury, MD.
The new paddlewheeler will launch on the Mississippi and other U.S. heartland rivers this summer. In an effort to maximize the river views for guests, the cruise line said even more staterooms and suites will receive sliding glass doors for access to the private balconies on both the third and fourth decks.
In total, 85 percent of Queen of the Mississippi’s staterooms -- both double and single occupancy options -- will feature private balconies, and 71 percent will now have sliding glass doors leading to those balconies.
Additional complimentary amenities and features of Mississippi River itineraries and Queen of the Mississippi include: telephones in every stateroom; an authentic paddlewheel that can be viewed from the Paddlewheel Lounge; room service; Wi-Fi in all staterooms; satellite TV and a DVD player in all staterooms; gourmet coffee brewers in all staterooms; high tea served in the afternoon; a Top Deck Café where guests can get hot and cold beverages, snacks and pastries throughout the day; bottled water and soft drinks; and nightly turn-down service
“The highest-quality onboard experience is what our guests can expect aboard Queen of the Mississippi,” said Timothy Beebe, vice president of American Cruise Lines. “Every day we think of more ways to maximize comfort and address the desires of our guests. This ship will truly raise the bar in river cruising.” American Cruise Lines says the new river vessel has the highest square-foot-per-passenger ratio in the industry.
As construction continues, now 11 weeks ahead of schedule, additional onboard features, amenities, entertainment options and shore trip details will be announced, the line said.
American Cruise Lines will operate the paddlewheeler over the entire Mississippi River System, including the Ohio, Cumberland and Tennessee Rivers. Voyages are planned as far north as St. Paul, MN on the Mississippi River and as far east as Pittsburgh, PA on the Ohio River.
The line says the Queen of the Mississippi will be able to travel at significantly higher speeds than what clients may have experienced on any Mississippi Riverboats in the past. That should minimize night travel and make more itineraries possible with longer visits to the river towns.