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Dale-100x140 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 April.

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 room requirement.


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