WorkBoat senior editor Ken Hocke spoke recently with Charles B. Robertson, director of marketing for American Cruise Lines, from ACL’s new paddlewheeler, Queen of the Mississippi. ACL built the vessel at Chesapeake Shipbuilding, Salisbury, Md. The 150-passenger sternwheeler started Mississippi River cruises in late July (read Ken Hocke’s story on the first voyage here). The 260’x53’x8’ steel hulled boat has five decks, two Caterpillar C-32 engines, three Caterpillar C-18 generators (400 kw each), two Z drives, two 250 hp bow thrusters and a 30,000-gallon fuel capacity. The maximum speed is 14 knots.
Robertson answers questions about why ACL built this boat and why right now; what the new boat offers that the competition does not; and how sales of cruises aboard the new boat have been. For the full interview, see the video below: