â€œSomething old, something newâ€ pretty much sums up the Mississippi River steamboat scene next year. Steamboats have been around since before Huck Finn took his joy ride down-river. But you might not know that steamboat cruises on the Mississippi have disappeared over the last few years, only to be revived in 2012 with two very different boats â€“ one old, one new, and both perfect for low-key honeymoons.
American Cruise Lines is building a brand new 140-passenger paddle wheeler called the Queen of the Mississippi, which is set to launch in August of 2012. Rates start at $3,995 for 7 nights, but are discounted by $400 if you book three months in advance.
The other boat on the water will be the 436-passenger American Queen, one of the largest steamboats ever built. The Great American Steamboat Company is refurbishing and upgradingthe ship, originally built in 1994, and launching what they call their â€œVictorian palaceâ€ next year also. A larger ship means a few more amenities, like a jazz lounge, fitness program, and hiking and biking shore excursions. No prices are listed yet.
A riverboat cruise might not be a typical honeymoon trip, but that’s part of its charm. Victorian elegance with modern amenities, soaking in history along with a lot of mint juleps â€“ it’s not a bad option if you’re thinking of staying in-country.