Historic Riverboat visits the Quad-Cities


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Posted Online: Sept. 22, 2008, 12:50 pm
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Press release submitted by the Quad Cities Convention & Visitors Bureau

If you want to get a closer look at a great paddlewheeler on the river, come down to the Oneida Landing off of River Drive in Davenport, Iowa. On Wednesday, September 24th, the American Queen will be docked from approximately 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

PUBLIC TOURS OF THE BOAT WILL NOT BE AVAILABLE, but the docking of the boat provides a great opportunity to take pictures and view its beautiful architecture.

The American Queen, launched in 1995, is the world’s largest steamboat and a $65 million showcase of Victorian splendor. A full 418 feet long, she displays for her 436 passengers the finest attributes of the opulent 19th century “floating palaces.”

Furnished largely with antique furniture, vintage artwork, photographs and books, she rivals fine antebellum homes for grace and character. Her J.M. White Dining Room has filigree woodwork, stunning chandeliers and a magnificent view of the river; her two-story Grand Saloon has private box seats on the mezzanine, bring to mind an 1890s opera house. In addition to her delicate Ladies’ Parlor, leather-furnished Gentlemen’s Card Room, airy Front Porch of American and whimsical Engine Room Bar, she has 22 staterooms and many modern-day conveniences.

Staff and volunteers of the Quad Cities Convention & Visitors Bureau will be there to greet the American Queen’s passengers as they depart for tours of the Quad Cities.

This steamboat used to operate under what was known as the Delta Queen Steamboat Company. It has now combined with American West Steamboat Company into one brand, called the Majestic America Line. For more information about the Delta Queen, visit www.majesticamericaline.com.

For information on the Quad Cities area, contact the Quad Cities Convention & Visitors Bureau at 309-277-0937 or visit their website at www.visitquadcities.com.

The schedule of the boat can change without notice.














 



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