I can just see it now… me, sitting on my back porch and right in front of me passes the world’s largest, most luxurious river cruise ship ever built! That’s right, the Steamboat American Queen will be churning up the Ohio River once again, and the most exciting part is that it will be docking right up the street from me at the Limestone Landing! The passengers will disembark and spend the day exploring Historic Downtown Maysville and Old Washington.
The American Queen, which is 418 feet long and 89 feet wide, is currently undergoing a $5 million renovation. She has a capacity of 436 guests and a crew of 160. When the steamboat comes into port during the day, the same drivers and the same guides (from past days) will be there. They actually follow the boats up and down the river during the entire season, integrating the shore excursions into the cruise experience. The American Queen made its last trip up the Ohio River through Maysville in 2008.
The American Queen is a six-deck recreation of a classic Mississippi riverboat and is the only authentic overnight paddlewheel steamboat sailing in the United States. At the end of April the grand American Queen will journey from Memphis up the Ohio River to Cincinnati with a stop in Louisville on the day of the Kentucky Derby and participate for the first time in the Great Steamboat Race against The Belle of Louisville and the Belle of Cincinnati!
The Steamboat American will be in Maysville 4 times during the month of July, the dates are approximately the 14th, 21st, 23rd, and the 31st. For more information check out the links at the bottom of this post. These beautiful scenes are from the owner’s website.