High Mississippi waters force cruise changes

By ,   July 22, 2015 ,   Cruise Industry

American Queen, a paddlewheeler operated by American Queen Steamboat Company, is altering its Upper Mississippi cruises due to unseasonably high waters on the river. Instead, the boat will sail on Ohio River until water levels drop.

The American Queen will deviate from her upcoming scheduled itineraries between St.Louis and St.Paul through August 2. The American Queen Steamboat Company is in constant contact with U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, guiding the traffic on U.S. rivers. In the meantime, the line has created alternative itineraries along the Ohio River using Cincinnati as turnaround port.

Passengers who do not want to sail the itineraries on Ohio may cancel and re-book (with no penalty) another cruise on Upper Mississippi for later this year. Additionally, the staff are working with scheduled cruisers and travel agents to aid with re-booking air, though the company doesn't compensate for air re-arrangements due to weather-related cancellations.

Sailings on the Mississippi River depend on whether water levels remain even. As waters get higher, it's harder for river ships to fit under the wealth of bridges which span the river. American Cruise Line and American Queen Steamboat Company have had to reroute journeys from the Mississippi to the Ohio for the past two years.