American Queen Steamboat Company- New Vessel

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Two-floor loft suites will be among the features on a new US river cruise vessel to be built by American Queen Steamboat Company.

The 166-passenger American Duchess is due to join the fleet in June 2017 as the Memphis-based line’s third ship.

The company claims the all-suite American Duchess will be the first purpose-built boutique paddlewheeler, featuring the largest suites in every category.

The vessel will sail on the Mississippi and its tributaries offering new overnight stays in destinations such as Nashville as well as shorter itineraries from New Orleans. Departures from Chicago will also be available for the first time.

The American Duchess will feature a generous space ratio showcased by three 550 sq. ft. Owners’ Suites, and in an US riverboat first,

Accommodation will include four 550 sq. ft. duplex-style, two floor, two bathroom loft suites.

(American Queen Steamboat Company)

Malcolm says: I’ve always fancied the idea of cruising down the Mississippi on board a paddle-steamer (sorry, paddle-wheeler, there’s no steam here).  However I think somebody will have to pay for me. Any offers?

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