On Friday, April 13, 2012, overnight passenger steamboat cruises returned to the Mississippi River. The American Queen left New Orleans on her amiden voyage to the port of Oak Alley, St. Francisville, Natchez, Vicksburg and Houmas House on a 6-Day voyage. This marks the return of Steamboat cruising after a 5 year hiatus.
The refurbished American Queen was built in 1995, is 418 feet long and has 6 passenger decks. She carries 436 passengers in 220 staterooms.
The Great American Steamboat Company has a full year round series of Mississippi River sailings planned on the refurbished ship. Some cruises will travel as far north as Pittsburgh Pa depending on the itinerary.
The American Queen will be christened on April 27 by Priscilla Presley.
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