Wednesday, 15 January 2014

American Queen Calls To British Cruisers

One of the most intriguing 'newcomers' to the Telegraph Cruise Show last weekend was the UK sales launch of the American Queen steamboat.

The classic vessel, with its authentic steam-powered paddlewheel, is the largest riverboat in the world and travels the Mississippi River and its tributaries, and it is now on sale to British customers for the first time through the booking agency of Light Blue Travel.

The American Queen towers six decks high and is longer than a football field; it features broad shaded decks and an abundance of filigree, fretwork, antique furniture, stained glass and mahogany panelling with a choice of wonderful accommodation, including staterooms and suites with genuine verandas. 

A choice of itineraries take passengers back to a slower pace of life on seven-night themed voyages that include the Civil War, Mardi Gras, Blues & Barbecue, Dixie Fest, Southern Culture, Louisiana History and Culture, Gardens of the River, The Great Steamboat Era and even an Elvis Presley tribute cruise, which includes a visit to Graceland (Priscilla Presley is the riverboat’s Godmother). The vessel’s main ports of embark and disembarkation are New Orleans, Memphis, St Louis, St Paul, Pittsburgh and Chattanooga.

Sales manager Graham Clubb explained: “We’ve already had an enthusiastically received UK travel trade launch for the American Queen and the Telegraph Cruise Show is the perfect launchpad to the consumer – we couldn’t ask for a better audience. 

"The American Queen is like no other river ship - she brings a unique perspective on America's history, culture and landscapes through the heartland of America – it’s all very Mark Twain/Gone with the Wind! She is the largest riverboat in the world and a marvel of American engineering with a giant paddlewheel, a sight to behold.”

Seven nights on the American Queen start from £2,495 per person inclusive of scheduled flights from London, transfers in the US, full board, excursions, entertainment on board, port charges and one night pre-cruise in a hotel.

More info: email or call 01223 568904.

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