Great American Steam Boat Co. purchases American Queen

Riverboat Revival

Great American Steam Boat Co. purchases American Queen

The largest steamboat ever built is soon to be purchased by the Great American Steam Boat Co, a new company on a mission to revive American riverboating.

The 436-passenger American Queen, built in 1995 by the Delta Queen Steamboat Co, will sail on the Mississippi and Ohio rivers from April next year.

While the vessel, which cost $60 million to build in 1995, is considered to be in excellent condition, the company has planned a three- to four-month drydock for technological upgrades and improvements to operating efficiency. Outdoor dining will also be introduced on its top deck and renowned chef Regina Charboneau is a contender for the kitchen.

Three-, five-, seven- and 10-night cruises from Memphis, New Orleans, St. Louis, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Cincinnati, Pittsburgh and Chattanooga will stop at a number of historic towns and cities. The company will also provide bikes on board to use at ports, along with fitness and wellness programs.