American Duchess Review and Specifications
Specifications of American Duchess
|Length (LOA)||104 m / 341 ft|
|Gross Tonnage||3560 gt|
Review of American Duchess
With cruises on America’s waterways rising in popularity, the owner and operator of American Queen and American Empress, American Queen Steamboat Company, announced in September 2016 that their new ship American Duchess joins the US-flagged fleet in June 2017.
Construction started over an American-made hull of a 1995-built paddlewheeler serving as casino ship ("Isle of Capri") permanently docked in Bettendorf, Iowa. American Duchess is the first boutique, purpose-built paddlewheeler to offer an intimate experience through the heartland of America. She features the biggest river cruise suites in all categories, fitted to the highest standards of the American Steamboat Company.
The 166-guest, all-suite American Duchess follows in a pedigree of line’s namesake American Queen, which sails the mighty Mississippi river and her tributaries. American Duchess offers new for the line, overnight stays in port, including Nashville, as well as short roundtrip itineraries from the famous “Music City” and New Orleans. For the first time guests are able to enjoy departures from Chicago (Ottawa, Illinois), for added convenience.
The riverboat boasts a generous space ratio showcased by a trio of 550 ft2 Owner’s Suites, as well as four 550 ft2 Loft Suites, U.S. riverboat first; and large Veranda and Interior Suites. The ship incorporates the highest standards of entertainment and service that clients have come to expect from American Queen Steamboat Company. With open seating dining in two venues (The Grill Room, and The Grand Dining Room), the ship offers regionally inspired cuisine that is similar to the one of American Queen.
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