Bigger will be better; paddlewheeler change on the Mississippi
BATON ROUGE - There will be a change on the river, a cruise company announced this week.
The Queen of the Mississippi will be moved and renamed to make way for a newer paddlewheeler here. The Queen of the Mississippi will be renamed and sail the Columbia and Snake Rivers in the Pacific Northwest.
Along the Mississippi, American Cruise Lines will introduce the paddlewheeler, America, in 2016. A spokesperson for the company said it is slightly larger than The Queen of the Mississippi – a capacity of about 185 guests compared to about 150 on the current Queen of the Mississippi.
The cruise company said the change will help keep up with demand on the two rivers in Washington and Oregon and add rooms to the growing Mississippi line.
The Queen of the Mississippi will sail scheduled cruises but the company will not book vacations that are not already scheduled. Eventually, it will sail down the Mississippi, through the Panama Canal, up the West Coast and arrive at its new location. The company could not provide an exact time frame, though.
A news release from the company also said a new Queen of the Mississippi is under construction.
The America is scheduled to be launched later this week then be outfitted.
“America will be the finest Mississippi paddlewheeler ever built, introducing features never before seen on a Mississippi riverboat,” the company said in a statement.
Pictures of the America will also be released later this week, the company said.
Take a virtual tour of The Queen of the Mississippi HERE.
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