Queen of the Mississippi

Queen of the Mississippi Review and Specifications

Specifications of Queen of the Mississippi

Flag state USA
Builder Chesapeake Shipbuilding (Salisbury, Maryland USA)
Year built 2015
Owner American Cruise Lines Inc
Operator American Cruise Lines
Speed 12 kn / 22 kph / 14 mph
Length (LOA) 90 m / 295 ft
Beam (width) 16 m / 52 ft
Gross Tonnage 2700 gt
Passengers 78 - 150
Crew 40
Cabins 78
Former names American Eagle
Christened by Phyllis Dale

Review of Queen of the Mississippi

The new paddlewheeler Queen of the Mississippi (built 2015) offers riverboat cruises on Ohio and Mississippi rivers departing from New Orleans, Memphis, Saint Louis and Cincinnati. Owned by the USA's most famous American Cruise Lines, Queen of the Mississippi is an overnight big river cruise ship built in the USA (Salisbury, Maryland) by the US company Chesapeake Shipbuilding.Queen of the Mississippi cruise ship The ship offers overnight river travel deals within continental United States. This big-sized riverboat gives new standards to the America's most iconic river. The framework of modern cruising technology is beneath gleaming woodwork and ensures guests spend a most comfortable vacation. The riverboat accommodates 150 passengers in 77 staterooms, 65 of which have private balconies. The staterooms feature a private bath, window, interior entrance and Wi-Fi. Queen of the Mississippi boasts the most spacious staterooms in river cruising industry with more space per guest than the other river boats. An all-American crew provides carefully personalized service. The vessel's sister by design is Queen of the West (cruising on Snake and Columbia rivers in the Northwest USA). Both ships have stern-mounted paddlewheel (20-ton). It is driven by a hydraulic motor, powered by diesel engines. The ships are easily navigated by a couple of Z-drive units providing more maneuverability and higher cruising speed than typical riverboats.Queen of the Mississippi cruise ship

American Pride (the old Queen of the Mississippi ship) entered service in 2012. 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". A new sister-ship enters service in 2017 and will be named "America".

Queen of the Mississippi river cruise prices are per person (USD) and based on double occupancy. These are only indicative American Cruise Lines riverboat rates. They might be different when you book your USA river cruise deals, influenced by travel agency promotions, special offers and discounts, group travel booking or last-minute deals rates.

Cruise itineraries

Queen of the Mississippi cruises offer 7-night itineraries on Mississippi and Ohio rivers with departures from the ports of New Orleans LA, Memphis TN, Nashville TN and St Louis MO.

  • (Mississippi cruises) round-trip from New Orleans, from Memphis to Nashville TN (Tennessee) from Nashville to St Louis, and from Nashville to Memphis
  • (Mississippi and Ohio cruises) from Memphis to St Louis, and the reverse from St Louis to Memphis, also from St. Louis to Cincinnati
  • ("Lower Mississippi River Cruise") from New Orleans to Memphis, and the reverse from Memphis to New Orleans
  • ("Upper Mississippi River Cruise") from St Louis to St Paul
  • ("Ohio River Cruise") from St Louis to Pittsburgh PA
  • themed ("Grand Heartland Cruise") from St Paul to New Orleans
  • themed ("Cumberland River Cruise") from Nashville to St Louis

Some of the American Cruise Lines riverboat deals are on themed voyages. Among those themes are "Food and Wine", "Fall Foliage", "American Civil War", "Music", "Savories of the South", "Mark Twain Tribute", the Holiday themed sailings for Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year. Follows the list of the boat's USA departure ports:

  • New Orleans LA (Louisiana)
  • Memphis TN (Tennessee)
  • St Louis MO (Missouri)
  • St Paul MN (Minnesota)
  • Cincinnati OH (Ohio).

USA river cruise ports of call

The list of visited states and ports of call (counties) along the Queen of the Mississippi (American Pride) itinerary routes includes:

  • Louisiana - Oak Alley (Vacherie), St Francisville (West Feliciana Parish), Baton Rouge (state's capital), Houmas (Burnside)
  • Mississippi - Natchez (Adams County), Vicksburg (County)
  • Kentucky - Columbus (Hickman County), Paducah (McCracken County), Louisville (Louisville-Jefferson County), Henderson (County), Maysville (Mason County)
  • Missouri - Cape Girardeau (County), Hannibal (Marion-Ralls)
  • Illinois - Chester (Randolph County), Cave-in-Rock (Hardin County)
  • Indiana - Madison (Jefferson County)
  • Iowa - Davenport (Scott County), Dubuque (County)
  • Wisconsin - La Crosse (County)
  • Minnesota - Red Wing
  • Ohio - Portsmouth, Gallipolis, Marietta
  • Tennessee - Dover, Clarksville, Nashville
  • West Virginia - Point Pleasant, Wheeling
  • Pennsylvania - Pittsburgh.

Queen of the Mississippi wiki

  • Accident reports and news CruiseMinus.com
  • Paddlewheel weight 23 tons
  • 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).
  • Queen of the Mississippi 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).
  • Queen of the Mississippi 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 Queen of the Mississippi 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) starting its first cruise on December 25, 2016. The vessel features floor-to-ceiling sliding doors in all staterooms, and the industry's most spacious cabins with private balconies (stateroom sizes from 268 to 460 ft2 / 25 to 43m2).
  • This vessel, by its paddleweel riverboat design, is sister to the fleetmates American Pride (the old Queen of the Mississippi ship 2012) 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 paddle-wheel is a feature component of the ship's propulsion system. The wheel is driven by a hydraulic motor, which is powered by two Caterpillar marine diesel engines (type "CAT C32 ACERT"). The boat's paddlewheel is the main propulsion unit, to which for better maneuverability and higher service cruising speeds are added two Azimuth thrusters. These modern marine propulsion units are also known as "Z-drives". They are both fully submerged under water and able to rotate at 360 degrees.
  • Despite the fact that this so famous river boat is powered by marine diesel engines, many call Queen of the Mississippi "steamboat". The reason is that the ship is a design replica of the US glamorous riverboats which used to sail on the country's largest rivers of the South (Mississippi and Ohio,) and in the Pacific Northwest (Snake and Columbia) in the late 1800s. Also known as "paddle steamers", they were all driven by the steam power rotating their stern paddle wheel. The alternative riverboat design was with two wheels mounted at the sides.
  • The ship's 7-night / 8-day itineraries are on Columbia and Snake Rivers with one-way departures from Portland Oregon and Clarkston Washington.

Next infographic shows American Pride cruise ship (Queen of the Mississippi's and America's sister-ship). Here you can see what is what and where on these unique riverboats.American Pride cruise ship (Queen of the Mississippi) infographic

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Queen of the Mississippi Itineraries 2017

The below listed Queen of the Mississippi cruise prices on 2017 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.

Itinerary ports
10 November 7 nights / 8 days, one-way from Memphis to New Orleans
Prices starting
from $5532
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11 Nov      Departing from Memphis, Tennessee   
12 Nov     Memphis, Tennessee   
13 Nov     Mississippi River   
14 Nov     Natchez, Louisiana   
15 Nov     Vicksburg, Mississippi   
16 Nov     St Francisville, Louisiana   
16 Nov     Baton Rouge, Louisiana   
17 Nov     Oak Alley Plantation, Louisiana   
18 Nov      Arriving in New Orleans, Louisiana