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    Relaunching the American Queen

    River cruise editor Michelle Baran was on hand as the Great American Steamboat Company christened the 436-passenger American Queen in Memphis, signaling the rebirth of overnight passenger cruising along the Mississippi River System. Pictured here, the American Queen docked at the Beale Street Landing in Memphis on the eve of the vessel's christening ceremony. Photos by Michelle Baran

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    Relaunching the American Queen

    Passengers look on as Great American Steamboat Company President Christopher Kyte gives a speech at the christening ceremony.

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    Relaunching the American Queen

    From left, Jeff Krida, CEO, Great American Steamboat Company; Priscilla Presley, godmother of the American Queen; and John Waggoner, chairman of the Great American Steamboat Company, at a press conference in the Grand Saloon immediately following the christening.

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    Relaunching the American Queen

    A fifth deck stateroom.

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    Relaunching the American Queen

    Servers have some down time before the inaugural gala dinner in the JM White Dining Room.

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    Relaunching the American Queen

    There are plans to enhance the menu at the casual dining venue the River Grill in the near future.

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    Relaunching the American Queen

    The Mark Twain Gallery overlooks the dining room and is thought to be one of the better spots for wireless internet connection.

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    Relaunching the American Queen

    A "riverlorian" gives a lecture on the Mississippi River System in the Grand Saloon.

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    Relaunching the American Queen

    The Purser's Station and the shore excursions station, where passengers book their land programs.

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    Relaunching the American Queen

    Passengers read their tablet devices in the Front Porch of America lounge.

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    Relaunching the American Queen

    The pool and fitness center.

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    Relaunching the American Queen

    The American Queen has a Gentleman's Card Room and a Ladies Lounge, but men and women are allowed in either.

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    Relaunching the American Queen

    A typical bathroom in one of the staterooms.

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    Relaunching the American Queen

    Ohio River views from a private balcony stateroom.

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