American Cruise Lines to call riverboat Queen of the Mississippi

American Cruise Lines will call its new Mississippi paddlewheeler the Queen of the Mississippi.

The 140-passenger riverboat is under construction at Chesapeake Shipbuilding Corp. in Salisbury, Md. 

Charles Robertson, American Cruise Lines president, says the company will take Mississippi steamboating "to the next level."

Queen of the Mississippi renderingAmerican Cruise Lines intends to "meticulously blend" the historic appeal of riverboats with modern standards and amenitied, said Timothy Beebe, vice president.

The dining salon will have the capacity to "generously seat" all passengers and will have "crystal chandeliers and fine works of art that will far surpass the ambience of past riverboats," said the line.

The Paddlewheel Lounge will feature rich wood and offer panoramic views of the passing scenery and the large red paddlewheel at the stern.

American Cruise Lines said "oversized staterooms" will be larger than those of all former Mississippi riverboats. Staterooms will have private balconies.

The Queen of the Mississippi will cruise the entire Mississippi River system, with the option of cruising at significantly higher speeds to make more itineraries possible with longer visits to river towns.

Seven-night cruises are planned that take passengers as far as St. Paul, Minn., on the Mississippi River and Pittsburgh on the Ohio River.

This article has been corrected to show that the photo is a rendering of the dining room.

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