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Mississippi River Drought Affects Paddlewheeler

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You would not really think that the drought in the Mississippi River would affect cruise traffic, but it is. The American Queen Steamboat Company had to revise itineraries on their American Queen paddlewheeler this week because of low waters on the Mississippi, according to Travel Pulse.

These changes are “due to the record low water levels on the Mississippi, the lowest in more than two decades,” said the company.

American Queen has been stuck in Memphis, guests on the August 10 sailing and previous are receiving a $1,000 room credit on a future sailing. Other land activities are planned to try to make the best of the situation.

“You can’t control the river and can’t fight the river, but what you can do is control the guest experience,” said Senior Vice President Tim Rubacky.

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