American Cruise Lines christened their 150-passenger sternwheeler Queen of the Mississippi today in downtown Nashville, Tennessee on the Cumberland River. At 11:30am godmother and small ship expert Phyllis Dale christened to vessel by busting the traditional bottle of champagne over the bow of the ship. After the celebratory bottle of champagne was broken the CEO of American Cruise Lines, Charles Robertson, presented the emotional godmother with a plaque celebrating the milestone.
“River cruising isn’t just cruising, it’s like having an extended family,” said godmother Phyllis Dale.
Queen of the Mississippi is the first new-built sternwheeler on the Mississippi River in 17 years, boasting seven public areas, free shipboard wifi, complimentary beverages and an average stateroom space of 300 sq. ft.
“Mississippi River cruises have been very popular, we had to hire extra help in the call center just to keep up with the demand,” said CEO Robertson.
Queen of the Mississippi will be based year-around on the Mississippi River and its tributaries.
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