American Queen Steamboat Company opened sales for the 2020 season of its fourth vessel, the American Countess. As the newest paddlewheeler on U.S. rivers, the American Countess will officially debut for her inaugural voyage on April 5, 2020 and will travel from New Orleans to Memphis.
Built using the existing hull of the Kanesville Queen, a former gaming vessel built in 1995, the American Countess was cut in two as part of her planned lengthening, with the addition of a 60-foot mid-body section.
The American Countess will offer many of the same heartland and deep South itineraries as her sisters – the American Queen and American Duchess, and will sail from April 2020 to January 2021, with additional sailing seasons to be announced.
The American Countess will accommodate 245-passengers over the course of six- to 15-day itineraries, including her own “Mighty Mississippi” cruise. The new boat will feature four decks including a Sun Deck, and 123 staterooms in four categories.
The unveiling of the American Countess follows the recent addition of the M/VVictory I and M/V Victory II to the American Queen Steamboat Company fleet under the Victory Cruise Lines name, alongside the flagship American Queen, the American Duchess, a 166-guest paddlewheeler sailing the Mississippi and Ohio Rivers and the American Empress in the Pacific Northwest.