American Queen kicks off fourth season with refurbishments

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The following is the text of a news release from the American Queen Steamboat Company:

(MEMPHIS, Tenn.) — The American Queen Steamboat Company, operator of America’s most opulent riverboat fleet, announces refurbishment details of the American Queen as part of a six-week annual layup at New Orleans’ Boland Marine Shipyards. A number of engineering and cosmetic upgrades such as a new yacht white polymer paint finish on the exterior refinished decks, new and upgraded mahogany accents and brand new paddlewheel are evident to guests that boarded for the launch of her fourth season on Feb. 21.    

“In 2014, we enjoyed another banner year, bringing the pleasure of river cruising to a record number of guests,” explains American Queen Steamboat Company President and COO Ted Sykes. “With significant upgrades and attention to detail, we’re delighted to have the 2015 season underway in style and comfort.”

Refurbishment highlights onboard the American Queen include two-part polymer and high gloss exterior paint finish; refinished mahogany doors and added handrails; new carpeting and wallpaper in public areas as well as select staterooms; refinished gray decks; new wall of double-glass mirrors in the dining room; new brass kick plates; newly varnished interiors including the grand staircase; rebuilt and repainted paddlewheel.

Offering the most inclusive river cruise experience in North America, fares on the American Queen begin at $2,799 per person based on double occupancy. All journeys include a one-night pre-voyage hotel stay, shore tours in all ports, complimentary wine and beer with dinner and a host of other amenities. To order a brochure, request additional information and make reservations, contact the American Queen Steamboat Company at 888-749-5280, visit online at or contact a professional travel agent.

By Professional Mariner Staff