Friday, 24 February 2012

American Cruise Lines Plans Mark Twain Tribute Sailing

Queen of the Mississippi, 150-passenger sternwheeler
By Theresa Norton Masek (Travelpulse)

American Cruise Lines, getting into the spirit of its new Mississippi product, is offering a special Mark Twain tribute cruise aboard the new Queen of the Mississippi on Sept. 15 roundtrip from St. Louis. Planned stops include an extended visit to Twain’s childhood hometown in Hannibal, Mo.

The cruise will feature a Mark Twain impersonator, a tour of Mark Twain Boyhood Home & Museum, an onboard display of a first edition copy of “Life on the Mississippi,” and a guided trolley ride through Hannibal. Guests will receive special edition copies of “Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn.”

The Queen of the Mississippi, which will makes its debut in August, carries 150 guests in staterooms with private balconies. American Cruise Lines intends to operate the paddlewheeler over the entire Mississippi River system, including the Ohio and Cumberland rivers