Queen of the Mississippi to launch service

Queen of the Mississippi to launch service

By KEVIN McGILL
Associated Press

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A comeback for old-fashioned paddlewheel riverboat travel on the Mississippi River continues in New Orleans this weekend with the departure from New Orleans of the Queen of the Mississippi, a brand new, quintuple-decked vessel mixing 19th century trappings meant to evoke the Mark Twain era with modern amenities including internet access, satellite television, an exercise area and a putting green.

American Cruise Lines has set Saturday as the date for its first seven-night round trip to Vicksburg, Miss.

Future destinations include Memphis, Minneapolis-St. Paul and, on the Ohio River, Pittsburgh.

The Queen of the Mississippi's launch comes six months after the competing Great American Steamboat Co. brought riverboat cruises back to New Orleans with the refurbished American Queen in April.

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