The American Queen Steamboat Company recently completed a major milestone in the construction of its fourth vessel, the American Countess.
Set to kick off its inaugural season on April 5, 2020, the stern of this 245-passenger vessel was stubbed to the bow and mid-body section at the Gulf Island Shipyard in Houma, Louisiana. Built using the existing hull of the Kanesville Queen, a former gaming vessel built in 1995, the American Countess was originally cut in two as part of her planned lengthening, with the addition of a 60-ft. 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.
“It’s no secret that American Queen Steamboat Company has led the market in a reignited interest in American river cruising,” said Gulf Island president and CEO Kirk Meche in press materials. “We are proud of this monumental milestone and look forward to continuing to provide the best in marine manufacturing and construction for the American Countess.”
The American Countess will feature four decks, including a Sun Deck, and 123 staterooms in four categories each with a new sleek and modern design. After the inaugural Antebellum South trip departing on April 5, 2020, the American Countess will offer 6- to 15-day itineraries, including her own Mighty Mississippi cruise. Bookings are currently available for the inaugural sailing.