American Cruise Lines moves second boat to Columbia and Snake Rivers

By ,   August 4, 2015 ,   Cruise Industry

American Cruise Lines will move one of its paddlewheelers to Columbia and Snake Rivers, Pacific Northwest, thus doubling capacity on the flourishing route.

In early 2016 the 150-guest Queen of the Mississippi will be moved to the Pacific Northwest under a new name. When the paddlewheel boat was built in 2012, she had been the first designed specifically for the Mississippi River in 15 years. When the ship is redeployed, passengers will learn about the history and culture of the Pacific Northwest, according to a news release from the line.

American Cruise Lines already operates a ship on the Columbia and Snake Rivers - the 120-passenger Queen of the West. However, the company will still promote Mississippi River cruises. American Cruise Lines' 150-passenger paddlewheeler American Eagle, that debuted earlier in 2015, already sails along the Mississippi.

The 185-passenger America, the newest paddlewheeler, is scheduled to launch in Salisbury, MD this week, and will be moved for final outfitting to the East Outfitting Basin of Chesapeake Shipbuilding. Another new paddlewheel boat, which will take over the name Queen of Mississippi, is currently under construction.