WHY IT RATES: Guests onboard the America Countess can experience the same sense of wonder, excitement and inspiration of the nation’s early exploration.—Jessica Zickefoose, TravelPulse Associate Editor
Last week, American Queen Steamboat Company released time-lapse video of construction progress on the American Countess at Gulf Island Shipyard in Houma, Louisiana.
The 245-guest riverboat, the fourth vessel in the U.S. flagged fleet, is a paddlewheeler currently under construction using the existing hull of the Kanesville Queen, a former gaming vessel built in 1995.
A great exhibition of naval engineering commenced as the boat was cut in two as part of her planned lengthening, with the addition of a 60-foot mid-body section to be added. Nearly 150 skilled workers are currently involved in the exciting project and a delivery date for the American Countess to join the American Queen, American Duchess and American Empress will be announced in the coming months.
American Queen Steamboat Company re-creates the same sense of wonder, excitement and inspiration of the nation’s early exploration with all the convenience and comfort of modern luxury aboard three of the largest and most elegant riverboats in the world.
The American Queen and American Duchess visit America’s most iconic river port cities including Memphis, Nashville, New Orleans, Cincinnati, Louisville, St. Louis and Minneapolis. The American Empress sails the Pacific Northwest on the Columbia and Snake Rivers between Vancouver, Wash. (Portland) and Clarkston, Wash.
For additional information and reservations, kindly contact the American Queen Steamboat Company at 888-749-5280, visit AmericanQueenSteamboatCompany.com or call a professional travel agent.
SOURCE: American Queen Steamboat Company press release
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