American Duchess

Former names: Bettendorf Capri (casino boat), Isle of Capri

American Duchess current position

American Duchess current location is at Gulf of Mexico (coordinates 29.64118 N / -91.11044 W) cruising en route to XX XXX>US^0TM4. The AIS position was reported 11 minutes ago.

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Current itinerary of American Duchess

American Duchess current cruise is 7 days, one-way from New Orleans to Memphis TN. The itinerary starts on 09 Apr, 2024 and ends on 16 Apr, 2024.

Specifications of American Duchess

Year of build2017  /  Age: 7
Flag state USA
BuilderNichols Brothers Boat Builders (Freeland, Whidbey Island WA)
Classpaddle-wheel steamboat
Speed12 kn / 22 km/h / 14 mph
Length (LOA)104 m / 341 ft
Beam (width)30 m / 98 ft
Gross Tonnage3560 gt
Passengers166
Crew90
Decks4
Cabins83
Decks with cabins2
Last Refurbishment2023
Former namesBettendorf Capri (casino boat), Isle of Capri
Christened byMarissa Applegate
OwnerHornblower Group Inc (via Hornblower Cruises and Events)
OperatorAmerican Queen Voyages

American Duchess Itineraries

DateItineraryDeparture PortPrice from
2024 Mar 26 7 days, one-way from New Orleans to Memphis TN New Orleans
2024 Apr 02 7 days, one-way from Memphis TN to New Orleans Memphis TN
2024 Apr 09 7 days, one-way from New Orleans to Memphis TN New Orleans
2024 Apr 16 7 days, one-way from Memphis TN to Nashville TN Memphis TN
2024 Apr 23 7 days, one-way from Nashville TN to Cincinnati OH Nashville TN $6119
2024 Apr 30 7 days, round-trip 8 Night Roundtrip Cincinnati Cruise and Land Tour Cincinnati OH
2024 May 07 7 days, one-way from Cincinnati OH to Pittsburgh PA Cincinnati OH
2024 May 07 7 days, one-way from Cincinnati OH to Memphis TN Cincinnati OH $2299
2024 May 14 7 days, one-way from Pittsburgh PA to Louisville KY Pittsburgh PA
2024 May 21 7 days, one-way from Louisville KY to Memphis TN Louisville KY
2024 May 28 7 days, one-way from Memphis TN to New Orleans Memphis TN
2024 Jun 04 7 days, one-way from New Orleans to Memphis TN New Orleans
2024 Jun 11 7 days, one-way from Memphis TN to New Orleans Memphis TN
2024 Jun 18 7 days, one-way from New Orleans to Memphis TN New Orleans
2024 Jun 25 7 days, one-way from Memphis TN to Alton IL Memphis TN
2024 Jul 02 6 days, one-way from St Louis MO to Red Wing MN St Louis MO
2024 Jul 09 6 days, one-way from St Louis MO to Red Wing MN St Louis MO $2299
2024 Jul 09 7 days, one-way from Minneapolis-Saint Paul to Alton IL Minneapolis-Saint Paul
2024 Jul 16 7 days, one-way from St Louis MO to Minneapolis-Saint Paul St Louis MO
2024 Jul 23 14 days, one-way from Minneapolis-Saint Paul to New Orleans Minneapolis-Saint Paul
2024 Aug 06 7 days, one-way from New Orleans to Memphis TN New Orleans
2024 Aug 13 7 days, one-way from Memphis TN to New Orleans Memphis TN
2024 Aug 20 7 days, one-way from New Orleans to Memphis TN New Orleans
2024 Aug 27 7 days, one-way from Memphis TN to New Orleans Memphis TN
2024 Sep 03 7 days, one-way from New Orleans to Memphis TN New Orleans
2024 Sep 10 7 days, one-way from Memphis TN to New Orleans Memphis TN
2024 Sep 17 7 days, one-way from New Orleans to Memphis TN New Orleans
2024 Sep 24 7 days, one-way from Memphis TN to New Orleans Memphis TN
2024 Oct 01 7 days, one-way from New Orleans to Memphis TN New Orleans $6119
2024 Oct 08 7 days, one-way from Memphis TN to Chattanooga TN Memphis TN $3599
2024 Oct 08 10 days, one-way from Memphis TN to Chattanooga TN Memphis TN
2024 Oct 19 7 days, one-way from Chattanooga TN to Memphis TN Chattanooga TN $3599
2024 Oct 29 7 days, one-way from Memphis TN to Nashville TN Memphis TN
2024 Nov 05 7 days, one-way from Nashville TN to Memphis TN Nashville TN
2024 Nov 12 7 days, one-way from Memphis TN to New Orleans Memphis TN
2024 Nov 19 7 days, one-way from New Orleans to Memphis TN New Orleans
2024 Nov 26 7 days, one-way from Memphis TN to New Orleans Memphis TN
2024 Dec 03 4 days, round-trip 5 Night Roundtrip New Orleans Cruise and Land Tour New Orleans $2799
2024 Dec 03 7 days, round-trip 8 Night Roundtrip New Orleans Cruise and Land Tour New Orleans
2024 Dec 10 7 days, one-way from New Orleans to Memphis TN New Orleans
2024 Dec 17 7 days, one-way from Memphis TN to New Orleans Memphis TN
2024 Dec 24 7 days, one-way from New Orleans to Memphis TN New Orleans
2024 Dec 31 7 days, one-way from Memphis TN to New Orleans Memphis TN

American Duchess Review

Review of American Duchess

American Duchess cruise ship is a paddlewheel steamboat. The vessel started operations for American Queen Steamboat Company (now American Queen Voyages) in 2017 (August 14), following the christening ceremony in New Orleans. The all-suite, 166-passenger riverboat became USA's first newbuild paddle-wheeler on Mississippi River.

riverboat American Duchess cruise ship

In September 2016, the company announced a fleet expansion with a new ship (American Duchess), scheduled for launch in July 2017. However, due to Mississippi's unseasonably high water levels, the launch was pushed back 6 weeks to August 13. The inaugural cruise was on August 14, with prices starting from USD 1500 pp (double-occupancy Interior Suite rates).

For the new all-suite ship was used the hull of a former casino ship ("Isle of Capri") homeported in Bettendorf (Iowa USA). The casino boat was retrofitted for premium cruises on Mississippi River and its tributaries. Ship conversion included adding a new (3rd) deck and a new stern paddlewheel. The vessel has capacity 166 passengers and features the largest US river cruise industry's suites (sized up to 550 ft2 / 51 m2). The ship also features the river travel industry's ever first Loft Suites (2-level staterooms).

In June 2023, American Duchess is scheduled to be laid up/out of service for a major refit and extensive refurbishment. The boat will reenter service in 2024 with upgraded facilities and services (details to be announced soon) and revamped itineraries.

Itinerary

American Duchess cruise itinerary program offers several overnight port stays and shorter roundtrip itineraries from Minneapolis-Saint Paul, Nashville TN and New Orleans, and also (for the first time) from Chicago (Ottawa, Illinois).

In addition to Mississippi, the riverboat cruises on Ohio, Tennessee and Illinois rivers. Cruise fares start from around USD 3000 pp.

Cabins

Staterooms (all in suite categories) as sizes range between 180 ft2 / 17 m2 (Interior Suite) and 550 ft2 / 51 m2 (Owners Suite and Loft Suite). All cabins offer as standard amenities individually controlled air-conditioning, flat TV (satellite reception), dark wood wardrobe, dressers (ample drawer space), mini-bar (fridge), personal safe, direct-dial phone, alarm clock, Keurig brewer (tea/coffee machine), binocular, luxury bath amenities (toiletries by Clarins, terry robes, hairdryer), plenty of outlets and lighting.

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.

riverboat American Duchess cruise ship

American Queen Steamboat Company cruise deals

Operated with all-inclusive cruise packages, American Duchess 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 Duchess 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 Isle of Capri was bought from "Isle of Capri Casinos Inc" in August 2016. The vessel had MMSI 367020470, length 85 m (280 ft), width 30 m (87 ft).

American Duchess riverboat's launch was delayed by 6 weeks, resulting in changes in the ship's 2017 cruise schedule. The completely renovated riverboat was launched on August 13 (2017) instead of the pre-scheduled July 1. Several of its summer 2017 Inaugural itineraries were affected.

riverboat American Duchess cruise ship

Marissa Applegate served as the ship's Godmother. She is the daughter of the cruise company's Chairman John Waggoner. The christening ceremony was on August 14, 2017, held in New Orleans. Highlights of the naming ceremony included a bottle of Maker’s Mark bourbon (instead of the traditional Champagne) and live performances by local musicians. The special event was led by godmother Marissa Applegate (daughter of John Waggoner - the Steamboat Company's Chairman).

The Inaugural Cruise (23-days Mississippi River itinerary, August 13 - September 4) was from New Orleans (Louisiana) to Red Wing (Minnesota). Prices started from USD 7300 pp (double occupancy Interior Suite rates), inclusive of a 1-night Boutique Hotel in New Orleans. The maiden voyage'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 onboard stay).

The vessel is a retrofitted (functioning) paddle-wheeler that cost USD 2 million. Additionally, AQSC paid nearly USD 3 million for steel alone, building the hull from the ground up. Also new is the boat's propulsion.

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