Thursday, 27 June 2013

High waters force American Queen to alter itineraries

High waters force American Queen to alter itineraries

By Michelle Baran
The 436-passenger American Queen will alter its July 5 and 13 itineraries, previously scheduled to operate between St. Louis and St. Paul, Minn., due to high water levels on the Upper Mississippi River, the American Queen Steamboat Co. said on Wednesday.

Severe downpours struck across the Midwest on Wednesday, according to news reports.

Because of the resulting high water levels, the two affected itineraries will now sail between St. Louis and Cincinnati, calling on Chester, Ill.; Cape Girardeau, Mo.; Paducah, Henderson and Louisville, Ky.; and Madison, Ind.

The July 4 precruise hotel stay in St. Louis remains as scheduled at the Hilton St. Louis. The Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza will now serve as the precruise hotel on July 12.

“Delivering a safe, predictable cruise itinerary for our guests is a priority, and sometimes river conditions are outside our control,” American Queen Steamboat Co. President and COO Ted Sykes said in a statement. “We recognize the need to cruise on the Ohio River for our first two July 2013 itineraries and will then return to our regularly scheduled itineraries.”

Guests booked on the July 5 or 13 sailings have the option to rebook a 2013 cruise with no additional fee or stay on their altered itinerary and receive a $500 future cruise credit per stateroom.