By: Nathan Jeffersnjeffers@heartlandpublications.com
October 2, 2012
POINT PLEASANT — Point Pleasant’s Riverfront Park was the site of another rendezvous with royalty on the Ohio River on Tuesday, with a visit from the Queen of the Mississippi.
Described as a modern paddlewheeler, it was reported this was the Queen of Mississippi’s first stop here in Point Pleasant and she will be back for another visit on Tuesday, Oct. 9. While docked on Tuesday, her passengers were also able to visit various tourism spots around Point Pleasant.
Owned by American Cruise Lines, the Queen of the Mississippi is the newest addition to their line of riverboats, being built in 2012 with a passenger capacity of 150. It was also stated the boat has the most spacious staterooms and more space per passenger than any other riverboat. Each room has an interior entrance, which in turn means each room also has a private view and some also have a private deck with a floor to ceiling sliding glass door.
Other amenities featured on the Queen of the Mississippi include: Satellite TV and a DVD player in each room, as well as Wi-Fi in each room, a grand dining room, which can seat all passengers at once, a top deck café, lounges, the Mark Twain Library and chart room, as well as elevators to every deck, a calliope, an exercise area and putting green, and the latest navigation and safety equipment.
Other riverboats on the American Cruise Lines include the Queen of the West, the Independence, the American Star, the American Spirit, and the American Glory.
As previously reported, the Queen of the Mississippi is not the first visit of riverboat royalty for the Point Pleasant Riverfront Park, as the American Queen docked several times earlier this summer as part of its’ cruises on the Ohio River. Locals not only had the opportunity to view the American Queen and listen to a performance from her Dixieland band, her passengers also were able to visit tourism hot spots around Point Pleasant including Tu-Endie-Wei State Park, the Point Pleasant River Museum, and Fort Randolph.
For more information on the Queen of the Mississippi and American Cruise Lines, visit www.americancruiselines.com.