Carrying 436 passengers and 160 crew, the American Queen is the largest steamboat ever built, having been constructed in the mid-1990's. The American Queen's original owner ceased operations in 2008, and the lovely boat sat idle until a group of river cruise enthusiasts found the financing to renovate it.
Fresh from her makeover, she looks terrific inside and out. Don't let her relatively young age fool you. The steamboat looks like she has been transported from about 150-200 years ago when riverboats were the preferred means of travel in middle America. The brilliant white exterior, with its ornate filigree and wrap-around decks is set off by the bright red paddle wheel and green decks. The interiors are definitely Victorian and look much more like an elegant hotel than the low slung riverboats I've sailed on in Europe.
Although this steamboat may appear to belong in a different era, she has all the modern amenities today's travelers expect. Guests can feel like they are in the 1800's, but will certainly appreciate the air conditioning, comfortable cabins, flat screen satellite televisions, WiFi, and elevators connecting all six decks.
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