American Duchess Joins American Queen Steamboat Company Fleet
Cruise News – September 13, 2016
The American Queen Steamboat Company, owner and operator of American Queen and American Empress, has announced the new American Duchess will join the U.S.-flagged fleet in June 2017. Construction begins soon on a recently purchased American-made hull that will become the third vessel of the Memphis-based company.
The all-suite American Duchess will be the first purpose-built boutique paddlewheeler offering the river cruiser an intimate experience through America’s heartland. The 166-guest American Duchess will follow the line’s namesake American Queen, sailing the mighty Mississippi and her tributaries. New for the line, however, American Duchess will offer overnight stays in port including the heart of Nashville as well as shorter round-trip itineraries from Nashville and New Orleans. Guests can also enjoy departures from Chicago (Ottawa, Illinois) for the first time.
“Demand for more capacity on the Mississippi River has been overwhelming the past two seasons,” said Ted Sykes, company president and COO. “We look forward to delivering a new boutique, all-suite experience and the flexibility of two riverboats sailing between New Orleans and St. Paul.”
American Duchess will feature a generous space ratio showcased by three 550-square-feet Owner’s Suites, four 550-square-feet Loft Suites (a U.S. riverboat first), and spacious Veranda Suites and Interior Suites. The new vessel will feature open seating with two dining venues, The Grand Dining Room and The Grill Room, which will offer regionally inspired cuisine.
Photo: American Queen Steamboat Company