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  American Queen (The Great American Steamboat Company)

American Queen | The Great American Steamboat Company
The American Queen, a recreation of a classic Mississippi riverboat, in St. Louis, Missouri
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The American Queen is a paddlewheel steamboat built by the Delta Queen Steamboat Company, and is the largest steamboat. The ship has a steam engine, but also has a secondary diesel-electric engine. Steamboating on the American Queen offers a unique experience and a chance to enjoy the beauty of the Mississippi and soak up some American river history. The Great American Steamboat Company selected Priscilla Presley as the steamboat's godmother.

The American Queen is a paddlewheel steamboat that cruises the Mississippi, Ohio and Tennessee Rivers, from ports such as New Orleans, Louisville, Memphis, Cincinnati and St. Louis.

construction of The American Queen commenced in 1994 and she undertook her maiden voyage the following year. She was retired in 2008, and is now under a new operator, The Great American Steamboat Company, who are planning to return the boat to Mississippi River cruising.

There are a number of dining options including Front Porch of America, Grand Saloon, J.M. White Dining Room, River Grill and the Engine Room Bar.

A highlight of the cruise is the top entertainers performing every evening in the two-deck tall Grand Saloon.

The boat has 222 staterooms. Accommodation includes suites with veranda, superior outside staterooms with veranda, deluxe outside staterooms with veranda, deluxe outside staterooms and inside cabins.

Ship Summary
Operator:The Great American Steamboat Company
Built by:Delta Queen Steamboat Company
Date Completed:1995
Gross Tonnage:3707
Length:127 m
Width:27 m