|The American Queen|
This is her maiden journey since being acquired last year by Great American Steamboat Company of Memphis.
The American Queen left New Orleans Friday and after her stop here, will turn around and head back sometime around 4:00 this afternoon. I will try and get some pictures as she leaves Vicksburg later today to post tomorrow. Thursday, the boat will return upriver on its second cruise and stop again in Vicksburg April 23 on its way to its home port of Memphis.
While here, passengers will disembark for day excursions that include time to visit downtown shops and museums, the Outlets of Vicksburg and tours of the Old Court House Museum and Vicksburg National Military Park.
About $5 million was spent to ready the ship for the 2012 season.
Other lower-Mississippi River cruises this year will feature day stops here, and in the summer, Vicksburg will be a featured city for several Civil War-themed cruises that will originate or terminate here.
For more info and American Queen river tour schedules, visit http://www.greatamericansteamboatcompany.com/american_queen/
People were boarding the Grande Caribe at the waterfront. I was surprised to see this boat at the water front. The Grand Station Casino boat is in the background.
There was two American Queen buses plus another bus that could have been for the Grande Caribe for tourists to make way to their destinations.