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Queen of the Mississippi preparing for New Orleans launch

The Queen of the Mississippi, which will be launched on the Mississippi River in August, arrived at the Port of New Orleans last weekend, where workers are finishing design details and cleaning, and the crew will undergo training.

The Queen sailed to New Orleans from Salisbury, Maryland, after its construction was completed six weeks ahead of schedule at Chesapeake Shipbuilding.

The paddlewheeler, with a capacity of 150 passengers, is the newest and largest in the American Cruise Lines fleet. It will sail itineraries on the Mississippi, Ohio and Cumberland rivers.

The Queen will be the second boat doing overnight cruises on the Mississippi River. The renovated American Queen, which debuted in 1995 and is about three times as large as the Queen of the Mississippi, returned to cruising in April after sitting idle for four years.

Photo credit: American Cruise Lines