American Queen: schedule change to accommodate construction of new paddlewheel drive shaft

January 12th, 2013

The American Queen Steamboat Company announces it is cancelling the February 7 and February 15, 2013, voyages of the American Queen. The boat will spend this extra time in the shipyard providing engineers the opportunity to build a completely new and more durable paddlewheel drive shaft, while re-building and reinforcing the fabled paddlewheel.

“The safety and reliability of the American Queen is our top priority and her drive shaft must be completely re-built,” shares American Queen Steamboat Company President and COO Ted Sykes. “This additional time in lay-up is needed to custom-build a much stronger drive shaft with a 40- to 50-year lifespan, as well as re-install the iconic paddlewheel. We apologize for any inconvenience caused to our guests and travel partners, and we are looking forward to an exciting and successful second season.”

These repairs will take place in addition to her annual refurbishments that include such enhancements as painting and wall papering public spaces and staterooms, the addition of a new Front Porch Café and décor updates to the J.M. White Dining Room and Engine Room Bar, to name a few.

The American Queen is now scheduled to sail her first voyage of the season on February 23, 2013, roundtrip from New Orleans.

Guests booked on the February 7 and February 15 departures will receive the following consideration for re-booking on these 2013 Lower Mississippi voyages: February 23, March 2, March 9, March 16, March 24, March 31, May 5, May 12, June 9, June 16, June 23, or any July or August voyage on the Upper Mississippi or Ohio River.

  • $250 per person/$500 per stateroom credit (refund) to offset change fees related to travel arrangements
  • Upgrade to best available stateroom at the time of re-booking
  • Guests on the February 7 Mardi Gras voyage may choose to be re-accommodated on the 2014 Mardi Gras Voyage at the current 2013 prices
  • Guests who choose to cancel will receive a full refund and reimbursement for reasonable travel-related expenses

Travel agent commissions will be fully protected. Guests and travel agents will be contacted directly by the company to discuss re-booking options and may call our dedicated re-accommodation hotline at 888-749-4945.

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