American Cruise Lines is constructing a brand new riverboat that will run Mississippi river routes previously traveled by the Delta Queen.
The new paddlewheeler called the Mississippi Sternwheeler is said to recreate the grandeur of past historic riverboats while using the latest safety, environmental and construction technologies.
It will make four stops in Cape Girardeau next year including one in August, one in September, one in October and one in November.
The ship will offer seven-night cruises for up to 140 passengers traveling as far north as St. Paul Minnesota.
It is currently under construction at Chesapeake Shipbuilding in Salisbury, Maryland.
For more information on the new boat and its routes, visit http://www.americancruiselines.com/semin...
Steamboats often passed by Cape Girardeau on excursions to and from New Orleans until about two years ago.
Ambassadors International Inc. of Newport Beach, Calif., which owned the Delta Queen, Mississippi Queen and American Queen announced in 2008 that the cruises were over and put the boats up for sale.
American Cruise Lines currently operates five smaller ships with capacities from 50 to 120 passengers.