New Amer­i­can Duchess

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THE Amer­i­can Queen Steam­boat Com­pany is bol­ster­ing its fleet, re­veal­ing the ad­di­tion of new­build, the in Jun 2017.

Con­struc­tion will soon be­gin on an Amer­i­can-made hull, which is set to be “the first pur­pose-built bou­tique pad­dle­wheeler of­fer­ing the river cruiser an in­ti­mate ex­pe­ri­ence through Amer­ica’s heart­land,” the line says.

The all-suite will fea­ture the largest suites on the river and will ac­com­mo­date 166 pas­sen­gers.

She will be the cruise line’s third ves­sel and the first to of­fer overnight stays in port, in­clud­ing in Nashville, along with roundtrips from Nashville and New Or­leans.

Departures from Chicago will also be of­fered for the first time.

“De­mand for more ca­pac­ity on the Mis­sis­sippi River has been over­whelm­ing the past two sea­sons and we look for­ward to de­liv­er­ing a new bou­tique, all-suite ex­pe­ri­ence and the flex­i­bil­ity of two river­boats sailing be­tween New Or­leans and St. Paul,” said com­pany pres­i­dent and coo, Ted Sykes.

will of­fer three 51.1m2 Owner’s Suites, four Loft Suites of the same size and Ve­randa and In­te­rior Suites.

Two din­ing venues, The Grand Din­ing Room and The Grill Room, will have open seat­ing and serve “re­gion­ally in­spired” cui­sine sim­i­lar to that de­liv­ered on the .

A mock up of the is above.

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