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Thursday, September 22, 2016

American Queen Steamboat Company Aquires New Mississippi River Ship - American Duchess To Premier June 2017

American Queen Steamship Company's New American Duchess - June 2017
American Queen Steamship Company's New American Duchess - June 2017
Currently turning away customers due to lack of capacity, American Queen Steamboat Co. has purchased a former casino riverboat that it will rebuild and upgrade into a boutique vessel for Mississippi operations, starting in June. The ship is currently named the Isle of Capri Casino Boat - Located in Bettendorf, IA.

After an extensive Refit, the American Duchess will carry 166 passengers in all-suite accommodations with single, open-seating dining. Standard outside rooms will measure 240 square feet with suites a roomy 550 square feet.

 The accommodations will be built out from scratch. There will be three owner's suites of 550 square feet and four loft suites, also 550 square feet. The loft suites will have 300 square feet of space on the main level and 250 square feet on the mezzanine, which will house the sleeping area, and very large windows. Inside suites will measure 180 square feet.

The vessel was built in 1995. The ship features 19 foot high ceilings There are no columns to obstruct the decks, making for a big open platform AQSC can build out from the steel.

The boat is about 300 feet long, or 100 feet shorter than American Queen. This allows it to go into smaller rivers, like the Illinois. The width and height are about equal to American Queen.

The exterior of American Duchess will look very much like that larger vessel, with wedding cake filigree, fold-down stacks and the paddlewheel. The interiors will be more contemporary, with walnut finishes and 'ultra-premium fit and finish.'

2017 Cruises are expected to go on sales in the next 30 days.

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