Queen of the Mississippi

Queen of the Mississippi Review and Specifications

Specifications of Queen of the Mississippi

Year built2015  /  Age : 4
Flag state USA
BuilderChesapeake Shipbuilding (Salisbury, Maryland USA)
Classpaddlewheel riverboat
OwnerAmerican Cruise Lines Inc
OperatorAmerican Cruise Lines
Speed12 kn / 22 kph / 14 mph
Length (LOA)90 m / 295 ft
Beam (width)16 m / 52 ft
Gross Tonnage3800 gt
Passengers78 - 150
Former namesAmerican Eagle
Christened byCheryl Landrieu

Review of Queen of the Mississippi

The new Queen of the Mississippi paddlewheeler riverboat (built 2015 as "American Eagle") offers USA river cruises on Ohio and Mississippi rivers departing from New Orleans, Memphis, Saint Louis and Cincinnati.

History - construction & ownership

The ship is owned by the American Cruise Lines and operated as an overnight river cruiser. The vessel was built in the USA (Salisbury, Maryland) by the US company Chesapeake Shipbuilding.

Unlike the old ship, on the new Queen of the Mississippi the crew quarters are located on Deck 1 (on the old ship are on deck 5) while deck 5 houses balcony staterooms and suites. Most cabins (ranging 300-600 ft2) are with private balconies, so passengers can enjoy alfresco in-cabin dining. Traditionally, American Cruise Line serves local food, focusing on Cajun and Creole cuisine. The new riverboat also features small and large lounges, library, showroom, card and chart rooms, putting green, complimentary self-service launderette, 3 PC terminals (Internet computers) and free WiFi access.

Queen of the Mississippi cruise ship

"American Eagle" was the name previously chosen for the new Queen of the new Mississippi ship. This large riverboat is  sister (with 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 be named "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".

The vessel's sister by design is Queen of the West (cruising on Snake and Columbia rivers in Northwest USA). Both ships have stern-mounted paddlewheel (23-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.

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 entered service in 2017 and was named "America".


The riverboat accommodates 150 passengers in a total number of 78 cabins (of which 6 Suite, 49 Balcony, 22 River-view /non-opening windows) in 7 grades. 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.

Queen of the Mississippi cruise ship

Shipboard facilities

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. 

Restaurants, Lounges & Bars include: 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 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

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 3 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.

The new Queen of the Mississippi ship was christened (as "American Eagle") on April 25, 2015. The naming ceremony was held on the ship's bow, led by the vessel's godmother Cheryl P. Landrieu (US attorney, wife of New Orleans' Mayor M Landrieu. The ceremony was also attended by Charles Robertson (American Cruise Lines' CEO)and featured a cappella concert by Victory Belles (trio orchestra).

Following the christening ceremony, American Eagle departed on the 7-night Inaugural Cruise on Lower Mississippi River, with call ports Natchez, Vicksburg, Saint Francisville and Vacherie. The riverboat's name was changed in 2016.

This riverboat features advanced water purification equipment that minimizes the effects of gray water discharges into the Mississippi River. The hydraulic paddlewheel (at the stern) benefits from three Z-drive azimuth propellers (aka azimuth thrusters) rotating 360 degrees.

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

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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