American Queen

Mississippi River

The American Queen is the third "Queen" from the former Delta Queen Steamboat Company and is propably the largest steamboat ever built. She was built in 1994 by McDermott Shipyard and launched in 1995 at an approximate cost of $60 million. Her steam engine are from the U.S. dredge Kennedy. As the paddle wheels are to small to move the large boat in every situation, there are two additional propellers which can be used if necessary.

Modern technique and historic charme makes a cruise on the American Queen an unforgettable experience.

American Queen, leaving New Orleans by night, April 2007 

The American Queen is 418 feet long and 89 feet 4´´ high. Equipped with 222 staterooms the "Queen" gives room for up to 436 passengers. The American Queen has a calliope with 37 gold-plated brass pipes, specially built for the American Queen.

Due to the bankruptcy of the parental company of the Delta Queen Steamboat Co., the American Classical Voyages, the American Queen went out of service in October, 2001. Fortunately, the Delta Queen Steamboat Co. finally was bought by Delaware North Companies, Inc. and went back in service in January 2003.

End of the 2008 season Majestic America Line decided to discontinue its cruise business. The American Queen had been returned to the MARAD and was on idle on a lake near Beaumont, TX, until August 2011 when she has been acquired by Hornblower and moved to a shipyard in Louisiana for a refit. The new Great American Steamboat Company with their headquarters in Memphis, Tennessee, will operate the American Queen again as a river cruise ship, beginning in April 2012. See our River Cruise News section for more details and updates.

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