Delta Queen is now American Queen
The American Queen Steamboat Company is the new owner of the American Queen. This is the last remaining ship of the original Delta Queen Steamboat Company. This traditional paddle wheeler cruises the Mississippi River and it’s many tributaries. The original Delta Queen is now a floating hotel because it no longer meets Coast Guard requirements.
After a two year absence from the river, the American Queen will carry on the Delta Queen tradition and start cruising the Mississippi in April 2012.
The American Queen is being christened by her godmother – Priscilla Presley in a grand celebration. The cruising season begins with the steamboat races during the festivities at the Kentucky Derby.
Welcome back the luxury of a bygone era. The traditional decor makes for a memorable Mississippi cruising experience. Majestic views await you just out on your balcony. While up on deck, you are sure to rest a spell in one of the many rocking chairs that span the ship. And what Mississippi River cruise would not be complete without a calliope concert or the chance to fly kites off the back of the boat. The southern experience would not be complete without the world class cuisine of the Great American Steamboat Company’s head chef -Regina Charboneau.
The spirit of Mark Twain is ever present on the river. If you are cruising the upper Mississippi during the summer months, a stop in Hannibal, Missouri allows you to see the actual locations that gave rise to Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn. There are a variety of theme cruises around the Civil War, and many musical themed cruises featuring everything from the big band era to some of the classic groups of the 60s and 70s like Paul Revere and the Raiders.