Queen of the Mississippi

Former names: American Eagle, American Heritage

Queen of the Mississippi current position

Queen of the Mississippi current location is at US Inland (coordinates 33.94333 N / -91.04666 W) cruising en route to MEMPHIS TN. The AIS position was reported 2 hours ago.

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Current itinerary of Queen of the Mississippi

Queen of the Mississippi current cruise is 7 days, one-way from Memphis TN to New Orleans. Prices start from USD 4081 (double occupancy rates). The itinerary starts on 04 Dec, 2021 and ends on 11 Dec, 2021.

Specifications of Queen of the Mississippi

Year built2015  /  Age: 6
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
Crew40
Cabins78
Last Refurbishment2021
Former namesAmerican Eagle, American Heritage
Christened byCheryl Landrieu

Queen of the Mississippi Itineraries

DateItineraryDeparture PortPrice from
2021 Nov 27 7 days, one-way from New Orleans to Memphis TN New Orleans
2021 Dec 04 7 days, one-way from Memphis TN to New Orleans Memphis TN $4081
2021 Dec 20 7 days, round-trip 7 Night New Orleans to New Orleans Cruise New Orleans $3301
2021 Dec 28 7 days, round-trip 7 Night New Orleans to New Orleans Cruise New Orleans $3305
2022 Feb 19 7 days, one-way from Memphis TN to New Orleans Memphis TN $4343
2022 Feb 26 7 days, one-way from New Orleans to Memphis TN New Orleans
2022 Mar 05 7 days, one-way from Memphis TN to New Orleans Memphis TN $4347
2022 Mar 12 7 days, one-way from New Orleans to Memphis TN New Orleans
2022 Mar 19 7 days, one-way from Memphis TN to New Orleans Memphis TN $4049
2022 Mar 26 7 days, one-way from New Orleans to Memphis TN New Orleans
2022 Apr 02 7 days, one-way from Memphis TN to New Orleans Memphis TN $4360
2022 Apr 09 7 days, one-way from New Orleans to Memphis TN New Orleans
2022 Apr 16 7 days, one-way from Memphis TN to New Orleans Memphis TN $4358
2022 Apr 23 7 days, one-way from New Orleans to Memphis TN New Orleans
2022 Apr 30 7 days, one-way from Memphis TN to New Orleans Memphis TN $4355
2022 May 07 7 days, one-way from New Orleans to Memphis TN New Orleans
2022 May 14 7 days, one-way from Memphis TN to New Orleans Memphis TN $4344
2022 May 21 5 days, one-way from New Orleans to Vicksburg MS New Orleans
2022 May 28 7 days, one-way from Memphis TN to New Orleans Memphis TN $4360
2022 Jun 04 7 days, one-way from New Orleans to Memphis TN New Orleans
2022 Jun 11 7 days, one-way from Memphis TN to New Orleans Memphis TN $3788
2022 Jun 18 7 days, one-way from New Orleans to Memphis TN New Orleans
2022 Jun 25 7 days, one-way from Memphis TN to New Orleans Memphis TN $3789
2022 Jul 02 7 days, one-way from New Orleans to Memphis TN New Orleans
2022 Jul 09 7 days, one-way from Memphis TN to New Orleans Memphis TN $3800
2022 Jul 16 7 days, round-trip 7 Night New Orleans to New Orleans Cruise New Orleans $3678
2022 Jul 23 4 days, round-trip 4 Night Highlights of the Mississippi River Cruise New Orleans $2375
2022 Aug 16 9 days, one-way from Pittsburgh PA to St Louis MO Pittsburgh PA $5243
2022 Sep 05 9 days, one-way from Pittsburgh PA to St Louis MO Pittsburgh PA $5626
2022 Sep 25 9 days, one-way from Pittsburgh PA to St Louis MO Pittsburgh PA $5626
2022 Oct 15 7 days, one-way from New Orleans to Memphis TN New Orleans
2022 Oct 22 7 days, one-way from Memphis TN to New Orleans Memphis TN $4351
2022 Nov 05 7 days, one-way from Memphis TN to New Orleans Memphis TN $4084
2022 Nov 19 7 days, one-way from Memphis TN to New Orleans Memphis TN $4082
2022 Dec 03 7 days, one-way from Memphis TN to New Orleans Memphis TN $4076
2022 Dec 21 7 days, round-trip 7 Night New Orleans to New Orleans Cruise New Orleans $3792
2022 Dec 29 7 days, round-trip 7 Night New Orleans to New Orleans Cruise New Orleans $3803
2023 Mar 04 7 days, one-way from Memphis TN to New Orleans Memphis TN $4353
2023 Mar 18 7 days, one-way from Memphis TN to New Orleans Memphis TN $4348
2023 Apr 01 7 days, one-way from Memphis TN to New Orleans Memphis TN $4354
2023 Apr 15 7 days, one-way from Memphis TN to New Orleans Memphis TN $4358
2023 Apr 29 7 days, one-way from Memphis TN to New Orleans Memphis TN $4349
2023 May 13 7 days, one-way from Memphis TN to New Orleans Memphis TN $4351
2023 May 27 7 days, one-way from Memphis TN to New Orleans Memphis TN $4343
2023 Jun 10 7 days, one-way from Memphis TN to New Orleans Memphis TN $3788
2023 Jun 24 7 days, one-way from Memphis TN to New Orleans Memphis TN $3798
2023 Jul 08 7 days, one-way from Memphis TN to New Orleans Memphis TN $3788
2023 Jul 15 7 days, round-trip 7 Night New Orleans to New Orleans Cruise New Orleans $4078
2023 Jul 26 9 days, one-way from New Orleans to St Louis MO New Orleans $5615
2023 Aug 15 9 days, one-way from Pittsburgh PA to St Louis MO Pittsburgh PA $5228

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The 2015-built (as "American Eagle") Queen of the Mississippi cruise ship is a stern-paddlewheel riverboat owned by ACL and operating Ohio and Mississippi river cruises departing from homeports New Orleans, Memphis TN, Saint Louis MO, Cincinnati OH.

IMPORTANT: Following a redesign and complete refurbishment, in 2022 the riverboat Queen of the Mississippi will be renamed "American Heritage".

History - construction and ownership

The shipowner American Cruise Lines (ACL) is the USA's largest river cruise company (headquarters in Guilford Connecticut) operational since 1991. The company specializes in cruise shipping on the USA's largest navigable inland waterways (rivers and lakes) as well as in cruises along the US East Coast, US West Coast and Florida. All ACL vessels feature some of the industry's largest passenger cabins with private balconies, spacious lounges and outdoor deck spaces, gourmet cuisine, a top-quality enrichment program (with many complimentary land tours and excursions), highly personalized service by all-American staff and crew.

All ACL cruise ships are US-flagged and built by the company-owned Chesapeake Shipbuilding Yard in Salisbury (Maryland USA).

riverboat Queen of the Mississippi cruise ship

Unlike the old ship, on the new Queen of the Mississippi, crew quarters are on Deck 1 (not on deck 5) as 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 room, putting green, complimentary self-service launderette, 3 PC terminals (Internet computers) and free WiFi access.

"American Eagle" was the name previously chosen for the new Queen of the new Mississippi ship. This large riverboat is a 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, ACL 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 paddle-wheeler 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".

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 manoeuvrability 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 paddle-wheeler 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".

Decks and Cabins

ACL's Queen of the Mississippi riverboat has 6 passenger decks and accommodates 150 passengers in 78 staterooms. Accommodations include 6 Suites, 49 Balcony, 22 Riverview (with 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 riverboats. An all-American crew provides carefully personalized service.

riverboat Queen of the Mississippi cruise ship

Shipboard facilities and amenities

The ship offers overnight river travel deals within the continental United States. This big-sized riverboat gives new standards to 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, an 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 river cruise prices are per person (USD) and based on double occupancy. These are only indicative ACL cruise 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.

Itineraries

Queen of the Mississippi cruises feature 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).

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

ACL cruise deals are inclusive of the 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).

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Queen of the Mississippi riverboat cruises in the USA offer unique experiences 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.

riverboat Queen of the Mississippi cruise ship

The cruise ship is a classic sternwheeler (paddle-wheeler) 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 paddle-weel riverboat design, is sister to the fleet mates American Pride (the old Queen of the Mississippi ship 2012) and America (new ship 2017). It is also similar to Queen of the West (fleet mate) 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 manoeuvrability 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 riverboat 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.

riverboat Queen of the Mississippi cruise ship

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 grey 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

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