A Super Bowl stay on a paddlewheeler
December 18, 2012
Looking for a place to stay and
party during Super Bowl weekend in New Orleans with a few hundred of your
closest friends and associates? Then for just over $500,000, you can have the
entire 418' American Queen, one of
two paddlewheelers that brought regular overnight cruising back to the
Mississippi River in 2012.
They’re marketing a block of 200 rooms from
Jan. 31 to Feb. 4. American Queen
Steamboat Co. is selling the block, not individual cabins, on the 436-passenger
Queen that will be docked at Bollinger Shipyard’s Powder Street
Wharf location across the river the French Quarter and 1.2 miles from the Superdome.
The all-inclusive price of $579,000 (or
$362 per person, per night based on double occupancy) includes a Super Bowl
reception, nightly entertainment, breakfast, tips, port charges and taxes.
The American Queen finishes a Memphis, Tenn., to New Orleans cruise in
early January and then is scheduled for some yard work, a company spokesman
said. Regular itineraries begin again Feb. 7. The vessel began cruises in
Ramon Santos, vice president,
global events for Miami-based Landry
& Kling Inc., which arranges events at sea and is offering the rooms,
said he’s gotten a few calls but nobody’s grabbed the block yet.
Cruise ships have been used in the
past as overflow housing for big events. Jacksonville, Fla.’s host committee
for Super Bowl XXXIX in 2005 booked five ships to help meet the NFL’s minimum