American Queen is receiving stateroom upgrades. // © 2013 American Queen Steamboat Company
In addition to the reinforcement of its paddlewheel drive shaft, the 436-passenger American Queen paddlewheeler will receive half a million dollars in stateroom refurbishments for its first 2013 sailing on Feb. 23.
New woodwork, custom-milled carpets and period fabrics in jewel tones reflect the sternwheeler’s heritage, and all furniture in both public areas and suites is being either reupholstered or replaced. New mahogany plantation shutters are being added to the staterooms, and additional river scenes by artist Michael Blaser are being placed in hallways.
The J.M. White Dining Room has a dramatic new marble and granite entryway, new wallpaper and carpeting, along with empire-style dining chairs, a mahogany wine wall and a new double-sided buffet to accommodate a greater selection of culinary specialties at breakfast and lunch.
The relaxing and popular Front Porch of America is now the Front Porch Cafe, a more comprehensive alternative dining option with the addition of a small prep kitchen executing a light menu for breakfast, lunch and dinner, along with new furniture.
“The American Queen is a national treasure,” said president and COO Ted Sykes. “After her makeover, public areas will appear even richer and more opulent, while back-of-the-house changes and additions improve efficiency.”