American Duchess Set to Sail
The new all-suite, 166-guest American Duchess has arrived in New Orleans to undergo final preparations for her Aug. 14, 2017 inaugural sailing. The luxurious paddlewheeler has been built from the hull up in Morgan City, Louisiana, supporting nearly 200 U.S. manufacturing jobs.
Owned and operated by the American Queen Steamboat Company, the American Duchess will join the U.S.-flagged fleet of the American Queen and American Empress to become the third vessel of the riverboat company.
The first purpose-built boutique paddlewheeler will now receive thousands of pieces of furniture, delivery of soft goods and final coats of paint. Training will commence for her All-American crew along with provisioning for the inaugural season. The American Duchess will offer guests an intimate experience through America’s heartland with the largest suites on the river in every category.
The 166-guest American Duchess follows in the pedigree of the line’s namesake American Queen, sailing the mighty Mississippi and her tributaries. New for the line, the American Duchess will offer overnight stays in port including the heart of Nashville as well as shorter roundtrip itineraries from the “Music City” and New Orleans. For added convenience, guests can also enjoy departures from Chicago (Ottawa, Illinois) for the first time.
Featuring open seating with two dining venues, The Grand Dining Room and The Grill Room will offer regionally inspired cuisine similar to that of the American Queen.