American Duchess Review and Specifications
Specifications of American Duchess
|Year built||2017 new ship|
|Length (LOA)||104 m / 341 ft|
|Gross Tonnage||3560 gt|
|Passengers||166 - 166|
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.
The American Queen Steamboat Company launches service on the new American Duchess when she sets sail from New Orleans on August 14, 2017, following her christening ceremony a day earlier. The all-suite, 166-passenger American Duchess became the first purpose-built boutique paddle wheeler offering travellers the largest suites on Mississippi River.
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. Cruise prices start fom USD 1500 pp (based on double occupancy).
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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- American Duchess riverboat's launch was delayed by 6 weeks, resulting in changes in the ship's 2017 cruise schedule. The completely renovated river cruise ship was launched on August 13 (2017) instead of the pre-scheduled July 1. Several of its summer 2017 Inaugural itineraries were affected.
- The Inaugural Cruise on Mississippi River (23-days itinerary August 13 - September 4) was from New Orleans (Louisiana) to Red Wing (Minnesota). Prices started from USD 7300 pp (double occupancy rates), inclusive of 1-night Boutique Hotel in New Orleans. The Inaugural itinerary's ports of call were New Orleans LA (overnight hotel stay), Nottoway LA, Francisville LA, Natchez MS, Vicksburg MS, Greenville MS, Memphis TN, Ashport Landing TN, New Madrid MO, Paducah KY, Cape Girardeau MO, Chester IL, ST Louis MO, Clinton IA, Dubuque IA, La Crosse WI, and Red Wing MN (overnight stay).
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