American Queen Steamboat Co. deems 2017 a smash

Godmother Marissa Applegate smashed a bottle of bourbon to usher in 2017's American Duchess Godmother Marissa Applegate smashed a bottle of bourbon to usher in 2017's American Duchess

American Queen Steamboat Co., owner and operator of American Queen, American Empress and the new American Duchess, reported 2017 as the most successful year in its six-year history.

The trio of US-flag paddlewheelers exceeded sales goals and recorded the highest guest satisfaction scores to date. The August debut of the purpose-built boutique paddlewheeler American Duchess, newly expanded wine voyages on American Empress sailing the Pacific Northwest and American Queen's popular 23-day 'Mighty Mississippi' cruises were among the company's 2017 highlights.

AQSC's Ted Sykes, president and COO, called it an 'incredible year' as the company expanded its fleet and carried more passengers than ever before.

'Demand for US river cruising is higher than ever before and I want to thank our loyal guests and dedicated travel agent partners for being a part of our record-breaking year,' Sykes added.

American Queen is currently sailing the lower Mississippi River as part of its second annual 'Holiday Christmas Market' season, showcasing local artisans, seasonal décor and river town traditions in ports such as Natchez, Mississippi, and St. Francisville, Louisiana.

American Duchess recently departed on the first of several round-trip Nashville holiday itineraries sailing the Ohio, Cumberland and Tennessee rivers for the conclusion of its inaugural season. American Empress has wrapped its Pacific Northwest season and will resume sailings in March.    

Posted 05 December 2017

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Anne Kalosh

US editor of Seatrade Cruise Review and Seatrade Cruise News

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