American Pride

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Cruise line
American Cruise Lines

Current cruise:
7 nights / 8 days, one-way from Memphis to New Orleans
03 Dec, 2016 - 10 Dec, 2016

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American Pride Review and Specifications

Specifications of American Pride

Flag USA
Builder Chesapeake Shipbuilding
Year built 2015
Gross Tonnage 2700 gt
Former names Queen of the Mississippi

Review of American Pride

Launched in 2012, American Pride (old Queen of the Mississippi) “steamboat” is one of American Cruise Lines vessels, together with the paddlewheelers Queen of the West, Queen of the Mississippi (new ship 2015) and America (new ship 2016), as well as the ships American ConstellationAmerican GloryAmerican Spirit, American Star and Independence

History - construction & ownership

American Cruise Lines (ACL) is a small cruise line with headquarters in Guilford, Connecticut, operational since 1991. The 2,700-ton, 150-passenger paddlewheel boat American Pride features a 23-ton paddle wheel mounted at the stern. This authentic and traditional Mississippi river boat as design is similar to the big-size riverboats American Queen and American Empress operated by American Steamboat Company. American Pride was christened (as "Queen of the Mississippi") on April 25, 2015. Mrs Cheryl P. Landrieu, US attorney, wife of the Mayor of New Orleans (Louisiana) M.Landrieu, served as the godmother.

"American Eagle" was the name previously chosen for the new Queen of the Mississippi boat - sister ship (of similar design) to American Pride. In 2015, American Cruise Lines decided to rename the old "Queen of the Mississippi" to "American Pride" and the new vessel ("American Eagle") to "Queen of the Mississippi".

On August 4, 2015, American Cruise Lines announced that the boat would be renamed (first to "American Eagle") and repositioned from Mississippi to Columbia-Snake River System in early 2016, and replaced on the Mississippi by the ship "America". Another new paddlewheeler constructed at Chesapeake Shipbuilding assumed the name "Queen of the Mississippi". ACL has since listed on its website the old Mississippi ship's name as "American Pride".

Cruise itineraries

American Pride itinerary program is based on 8-day Columbia and Snake Rivers cruises (one-way itineraries) leaving either from Portland Oregon or Clarkston Washington. Some of the American Cruise Lines riverboat deals are on themed voyages. Among those themes are "Food and Wine", "Fall Foliage", "Music", the Holiday themed sailings for Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year. Follows the list of the boat's USA ports of call:

  • Astoria (Oregon)
  • Mount St Helens (an active volcano in Skamania County, Washington)
  • Stevenson (Washington)
  • The Dalles (Oregon)
  • Pendleton (Oregon) or Richland (Washington)

Note: You can see the CruiseMapper's list of all river cruise ships and riverboats in the "itinerary" section of our River Cruises hub. All companies and their fleets are listed there.

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Cabins

American Pride has 5 passenger decks (accessible via one elevator) and a total of 84 staterooms. The number of cabin categories is 7. Most of the accommodations are Balcony rooms, with floor-ceiling sliding doors leading to a private step-out veranda. There are no connecting rooms onboard. Wheelchair accessible cabins are only two.

Dining options - Food & Drinks

The American Pride  paddlewheeler has a single-capacity, open-seating dining room. This is the main restaurant onboard featuring floor-ceiling windows, crystal chandeliers, classy furniture, 4- and 8-seat tables and luxury dining amenities. Most of the cuisine is American fare. The menu boasts itinerary-inspired gourmet specialties and fresh food. Breakfast is buffet-style, with made-to-order items. Lunch offers soup, choice of 3 dishes, chef’s salad. Dinner offers soup, salad and 3 entrees. The wine list has a selection of domestic wines. Any dietary needs are catered for. 

Entertainment options - Fun & Sport

  • Magnolia Lounge is the biggest lounge featuring large windows on three sides and Victorian-style furniture. It offers massive-wood bar, comfortable seating and open-air terracegreat to mingle with friends or enjoy live music performances in the evening. Magnolia Lounge hosts daily activities (including media presentations and lectures), evening cocktails and small-scale shows. The evening enteratinment program features live band music and magician acts.
  • Natchez Lounge is a past-guest club room with its own outdoor deck space. it serves the “Eagle Society” loyalty program of the line. Among the club activities are trivia and member discussions.
  • Paddlewheel Lounge overlooks the red-painted 3-story stern paddle wheel of the boat. Its experience is marked by dark wood paneling, panoramic windows and comfortable seating. Binoculars are available for passengers, live piano music is played in the evenings. The lounge has its own self-service bar with complimentary drinks and snacks throughout the day.
  • Sky Lounge is popular for afternoon tea, social gatherings and panoramic river views. Its floor-ceiling doors open to a terrace furnished with deck chairs and padded loungers. The bar area offers light snacks throughout the day.

American Pride wiki

Year built 2012 (as "Queen of the Mississippi")

Passenger capacity / crew capacity 150 / 40

Dimensions (Gross tonnage weight / LOA length) 2700 tons / 295 ft (90 m)

Paddlewheel weight 23 tons

Flag State (registered in) USA

Ship builder Chesapeake Shipbuilding (Salisbury Maryland, USA)

Building cost -

Ship owner and Operator American Cruise Lines

Christened by Lines Phyllis Dale

Official website link americancruiselines.com

Accident reports and news CruiseMinus.com

  • Passenger decks: 5
  • Cabin grades number: 7
  • Total number of cabins: 78 (of which 6 Suite, 49 Balcony, 22 River-view /non-opening windows).
  • Restaurants, Lounges & Bars: Grand Dining Salon (dining room), Natchez Lounge (shows), Magnolia Lounge (club), Paddlewheel Lounge (observation), Sky Lounge (observation), Upper Lounge (cards room), Mark Twain Library, Sun Deck (Promenade, open-air observation lounge area with Top Deck Cafe bar, shaded seating, rocking chairs, live calliope music, putting green, outdoor gym).
  • American Pride cruise deals are inclusive of Internet (Wi-Fi), all tours/excursions, flight and coach transfers, live evening entertainment, daily expert lecturers, food tastings, 24-hour coffee/tea, replenished daily bottled water, room-service (twice daily).
  • American Pride riverboat cruises in the USA deliver an unique experience on a market that was once booming, later dormant, present day exotic - and like no other. The Mississippi river paddle boats were the "cruise ships of the old", delivering both pleasure travel and cargo shipping services in the US in the late 1800s. But unlike her predecessors, the American Pride boat offers amenities and comforts unseen in these destinations before - including large-sized cabins with private verandas and bathrooms, Wi-Fi Internet, classy room service, lifts (to all decks), complimentary land tours and themed entertainment.
  • The cruise ship is a classic sternwheeler (paddlewheelr) and the newest one in the American Cruise Lines fleet (first cruise August 11, 2012). Features floor-to-ceiling sliding doors in staterooms, and the industry's most spacious rooms with private balconies (cabin sizes from 268 to 460 ft2 / 25 to 43m2).
  • This vessel, by its paddleweel riverboat cruise ship design, is sister to the fleetmate Queen of the Mississippi (new ship 2015) and America (new ship 2017). It is also similar to Queen of the West (fleetmate) and to American Empress and American Queen (both of the American Steamboat Company's fleet).
  • The ship's 7-night / 8-day itineraries are on Columbia and Snake Rivers with one-way departures from Portland Oregon and Clarkston Washington.
  • Follows the Queen of the Mississippi ship infographic (click to enlarge). It shows what is what on this unique river vessel.Click on the image to enlarge, use the "Back" button to return to article.
Note: You can see the CruiseMapper's list of all river cruise ships and riverboats in the "itinerary" section of our River Cruises hub. All companies and their fleets are listed there.

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American Pride Itineraries 2016

The below listed American Pride cruise prices on 2016 itineraries are only indicative and Per Person (in US dollars, based on double occupancy). These are the cheapest American Cruise Lines fares on the ship’s lowest category cabins available for booking. Cruise fares typically change with departure dates approaching, last minute deals, discounts, promotions, independent travel agency offers.

Departure
Itinerary ports
03 December 7 nights / 8 days, one-way from Memphis to New Orleans
03 Dec        Departing from Memphis, Tennessee
04 Dec        On River
05 Dec        Vicksburg, Mississippi
06 Dec        Natchez, Louisiana
07 Dec        St Francisville, Louisiana
08 Dec        Baton Rouge, Louisiana
09 Dec        Oak Alley Plantation, Louisiana
10 Dec        Arriving in New Orleans, Louisiana
10 December 7 nights / 8 days, round-trip US & Canada River Cruises
10 Dec        Departing from New Orleans, Louisiana
11 Dec        Oak Alley Plantation, Louisiana
12 Dec        Natchez, Louisiana
13 Dec        Vicksburg, Mississippi
14 Dec        St Francisville, Louisiana
15 Dec        Baton Rouge, Louisiana
16 Dec        Houmas House Plantation, Louisiana
17 Dec        Arriving in New Orleans, Louisiana
21 December 7 nights / 8 days, round-trip US & Canada River Cruises
21 Dec        Departing from New Orleans, Louisiana
22 Dec        Oak Alley Plantation, Louisiana
23 Dec        Natchez, Louisiana
24 Dec        Vicksburg, Mississippi
25 Dec        St Francisville, Louisiana
26 Dec        Baton Rouge, Louisiana
27 Dec        Houmas House Plantation, Louisiana
28 Dec        Arriving in New Orleans, Louisiana
28 December 7 nights / 8 days, round-trip US & Canada River Cruises
28 Dec        Departing from New Orleans, Louisiana
29 Dec        Oak Alley Plantation, Louisiana
30 Dec        Natchez, Louisiana
31 Dec        Vicksburg, Mississippi
01 Jan        St Francisville, Louisiana
02 Jan        Baton Rouge, Louisiana
03 Jan        Houmas House Plantation, Louisiana
04 Jan        Arriving in New Orleans, Louisiana