Four years ago when Majestic America Line shut down, steamboat cruises disappeared from Baton Rouge, Louisiana along the mighty Mississippi River. The city is anxious to see the return of the riverboats next April.
The city’s Chamber of Commerce says the infusion of tourism would be good to have again and it’s about to get its wish. Starting in 2012 Blount Small Ship Adventures, American Cruise Lines and The Great American Steam Boat Company will revive the riverboat tradition.
Steamboats are planning to make two dozen stops in Baton Rouge next year and one of the vessels will look very familiar. The American Queen was part of the old Majestic America Line and is having a rebirth through The Great American Steam Boat Company.
The 16-year-old steamboat is called the “largest and grandest” paddlewheeler on the Mississippi – a “floating Victorian mansion.” It has been revamped to live up to a lazy, lovely riverboat reputation for more than 430 passengers.
The paddlewheelers won’t be hovering exclusively in Louisiana. Historically-themeed steamboat cruises are also planned for Mississippi, Tennessee, Missouri, Minnesota, Ohio, Virginia and Pennsylvania.