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America: Paddlewheel river cruises up the Mississippi
The America, the eighth ship from American Cruise Lines, made its maiden voyage in April 2016 on the Mississippi River. The cruise line calls her "the finest Mississippi paddlewheeler ever built, introducing features never before seen on a Mississippi riverboat."
Like her sister ship, the new Queen of the Mississippi, America is a throwback to an earlier era of river cruising, with traditional Victoria-style accents and classic design. At the same time, she boasts modern technology and amenities. Look for gleaming woodwork, brass fixtures, historic decor, the largest staterooms of any small cruise ship and private balconies that are 60 square feet.
Who will like sailing on America
Travelers who like small riverfront towns and the experience of sailing on an old-timey riverboat will enjoy cruising on America.
Where America sails
America cruises the Mississippi River with 7-night sailings out of New Orleans, a 7-night Memphis to St. Louis and St. Louis to New Orleans cruise, a 21-night cruise up the Mississippi in August, and cruises along the Upper Mississippi to St. Paul, Minn.
Modern conveniences & classic ambience
America and her sister ship the Queen of the Mississippi are paddlewheelers that ply their passengers up and down the Mississippi. On America you get the convenience of a modern ship with the ambience of a classic river paddlewheel. Third and fourth deck staterooms and suites feature sliding glass doors to access private balconies allowing you to experience great scenery from the privacy of your stateroom as the ship makes its way down the river.
Additional amenities Include:
- Large, spacious staterooms
- Floor to ceiling sliding glass doors to private balconies
- Personalized service
- In room phones for complimentary room service and breakfast served on your private balcony
- Elevators to all decks
- Outdoor exercise area and putting green
- Guest laundry
- Complimentary wi-fi in all staterooms
- Satellite TV and DVD player in all staterooms
- Gourmet coffee brewers in all staterooms
Amenities on this ship
Note: There's no pool, fitness center, spa facilities or casino on America. Passengers get their exercise by going ashore and walking around the port towns.
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