American Queen Cruising Again on America’s Rivers

  An early morning sun sweeps off  a shroud of wispy fog as the American Queen paddles her way along the Mississippi River. In the J.M. White Dining Room, I’m savoring a big Southern breakfast while a friendly dining staff delivers coffee, tea and cheerfulness. “It’s like a miracle,” says Ernest Thompson of Louisville. “We didn’t think we would ever see the riverboat cruising again. Once they left the river, we were afraid they would never be back.” …

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An Update on the American Queen- 2013 Voyage Highlights

Tickets for the 2013 of The Great American Steamboat Company’s ship, The American Queen, went on sale this past Friday, with fares starting at $1,095 per guest. This is a line for lovers of American history, and those who travel with them won’t be disappointed with the content for next year’s cruises- here are some highlights. There will be a total of 30 departures from Memphis and New Orleans, presented the Lower Mississippi’s well-known plantations, civil war …

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Chef Regina Charboneau delivers sneak peak of American Queen Cuisine

The Great American Steamboat Company‘s Culinary Director, Chef Regina Charboneau, is putting the finishing touches on the American Queen menus as the crew prepares to welcome its first guests. A native of historical Natchez, Mississippi, one of the steamboat’s stops on Mississippi River voyages, Charboneau will often be onboard overseeing the multiple dining venues, sharing stories of the region’s rich culinary history and holding court with chef friends from New Orleans and other port cities. Drawing inspiration …

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Priscilla Presley named godmother for Great American Steamboat Company’s American Queen

The Great American Steamboat Company announces Priscilla Presley as the godmother of the steamboat American Queen. Presley, who is synonymous with Graceland in the steamboat’s homeport of Memphis, will name her in a christening ceremony at the revitalized Beale Street Landing on April 27. Highlights of the festivities will include performances by local musicians, a bottle of champagne crashing against the stern and the sounds of the American Queen Calliope as she steams off up the Mississippi …

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Great American Steamboat Company announces lineup of headlining entertainers

The Great American Steamboat Company announces the details of the entertainment line-up for the inaugural season of the Steamer American Queen, including the line’s inaugural season “Riverlorian”. Each night, entertainers will perform in the American Queen’s Grand Saloon. Two decks tall, the Grand Saloon is an elegant showplace. Every evening, guests will be treated to a different celebration of American music, from Broadway hits to Dixieland Jazz, big band to bluegrass, ragtime to rock and roll. Showboat-style …

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American Queen will return to sailing the Mississippi and other rivers in 2012

Some years ago I had the wonderful experience of sailing on the American Queen riverboat when it was still being operated by Delta Queen Cruise Lines. As I recall, we sailed from New Orleans to Natchez, but maybe even further north. We enjoyed it so much that a year later we bought a trip for my mother-in-law and friend to celebrate her 80th birthday. Yesterday we received confirmation of what we had been hearing for months, the …

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The American Queen may be sailing the Mississippi River again

From USA Today The largest steamboat in the world soon may be back in operation on the Mississippi River. Several Memphis-area news outlets including the Memphis Daily News in recent days have reported on rapidly solidifying plans to revive the 436-passenger American Queen, which hasn’t sailed since the 2008 shutdown of the Majestic America Line. The Memphis Daily News says a newly formed company relying on local investors hopes to have the 16-year-old paddlewheeler on the water …

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