American Countess Review and Specifications
Specifications of American Countess
|Year built||2019 new ship|
|Builder||Gulf Island Shipyard (Houma, Louisiana)|
|Owner||American Queen Steamboat Company|
|Operator||American Queen Steamboat Company|
|Speed||12 kn / 22 kph / 14 mph|
|Length (LOA)||97 m / 318 ft|
|Beam (width)||24 m / 79 ft|
|Decks with cabins||4|
|Former names||Kanesville Queen (casino boat)|
Review of American Countess
American Countess cruise ship is a newbuild paddlewheel steamboat reconstructed with the hull of MS Kanesville Queen (1995-built paddle-wheeler, casino ship of "Harrah’s Council Bluffs Casino and Hotel"). The vessel is scheduled to enter service on April 5, 2020 (inaugural cruise), following drydock lengthening by Gulf Island Fabrication Inc (at Gulf Island Shipyard in Houma, Louisiana). The all-suite, 245-passenger riverboat is the 4th vessel in the US-flagged fleet of American Queen Steamboat Company (AQSC), with fleet mates American Duchess (2017), American Empress (2003) and American Queen (1995).
Vessel's lengthening included cutting the existing hull in two and adding a 60 ft (18 m) long prefabricated midship section. Nearly 150 workers are currently involved in this project.
American Countess cruises on Lower Mississippi River, operating various itineraries from homeports Memphis Tennessee and New Orleans Louisiana - downstream and upstream one-ways. Usually 9 days in length, these voyages are themed on the history of Southern USA's Antebellum era (late-18th century until 1861) and the American Civil War (1861-1865). Itineraries include Vicksburg Mississippi - the city surrendered on July 4, 1863, after a 47-day siege, resulting in the Union Army gaining control of the entire Mississippi River, historically marking war's turning point in favour of the Union.
Staterooms on American Countess are all in suite categories. Cabin types include Interior, Outside, Owners and Loft Suites. All cabins offer as standard amenities individually controlled air-conditioning, flat TV (satellite reception), dark wood wardrobe, dressers (ample drawer space), mini-bar (fridge), electronic safe box (in the closet), direct-dial phone, alarm clock, Keurig brewer (tea/coffee machine), binocular (in-cabin use only), luxury bath amenities (toiletries by Clarins, terry robes, hairdryer), plenty of outlets and lighting.
Just like the boat’s public rooms, staterooms are decorated and equipped with Victorian-style antiques and reproductions. All cabins as decoration feature polished wood, Victorian-era wallpaper patterns, framed paintings. Beds are comfortable, with ample under-bed storage space, luxury bedding sets. Handicap / wheelchair-accessible cabins (for disabled passengers) are also available. The ship has no connecting or family cabins.
Most cabins are with private step-out balconies. Each cabin veranda is equipped with 2 wicker chairs and 1 cocktail table.
The paddle-wheeler American Countess is a return to a more classical decor found on American Queen and American Empress. Complimentary shore excursions are offered in all ports of call. All excursions are served by cruise company's own fleet of modern motorcoaches operating hop-on-hop-off tours in the visited destinations.
Complimentary beverages (local wines and beers) are served with all dinners in the Restaurant (main dining room). Breakfast, lunch and dinner are open-seating. Just like the fleet mates, American Countess has a separate speciality dining venue.
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Operated with all-inclusive cruise packages, American Countess cruise tour deals are inclusive of:
- all shore excursions (“Steamcoach Tours” by luxury motorcoaches)
- 1-night pre-cruise hotel package
- soft drinks and bottled water (offered throughout the voyage)
- wines and beers (offered at dinner only)
- 24-hour room service (menu has the standard for breakfasts fare, plus sandwiches, burgers, macaroni & cheese, fresh salmon, desserts)
- Wi-Fi Internet
- Pilot House tour (of the ship's Navigation Bridge).
- Smoking inside the cabin and on the balcony is forbidden. The only smoking-allowed area on the ship is the sun deck.
"Commodore Services" is the company's set of exclusive services reserved for American Countess cruise passengers booking categories LFS-Loft and OS-Owner suites. The list of bonus perks (price-inclusive / complimentary privileges) includes:
- gifts (upon arrival) - fruit basket and a bottle of wine
- suite tour (upon arrival)
- priority boarding and dining arrangements
- reserved balcony seating in "The Auditorium" (boat's theatre/show lounge), with a personal escort to the reserved seats
- private reception party with the ship's Captain and Senior Officers
- personal River Butler
- unpacking, hanging the clothes in the closet, packing, laundry, pressing service, shoeshine (conditioning)
- in-cabin dining - Afternoon Tea service, Breakfast and Dinner service (on the suite's balcony, upon request), pre-dinner canapes, post-dinner sweets).
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The casino ship MS Kanesville Queen was bought by AQSC in 2016. The vessel had IMO 8642921, LOA length 83 m (272 ft), hull length 80 m (264 ft), width 24 m (78 ft), GT tonnage 6837 tons. Main Deck Casino was sized 1177 m2 (12670 ft2). Upper Deck Casino was sized 1269 m2 (13660 ft2).
After the acquisition, the boat was moved from Council Bluffs to Jeffersonville (Indiana USA) and docked at Marine Builders Inc shipyard. From there, in October 2018, under its own power, the ship left Jeffersonville IN and arrived in Houma LA, where its reconstruction started.
The ship lengthening project involves adding a 60-ft / 18,3-m long midship prefabricated section (hull and superstructure).
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