Queen of the Mississippi is a ship owned and operated by American Cruise Lines (ACL). It was built in 2012 by the Chesapeake Naval Construct in Salisbury, Maryland to navigate the river overnight in the continental United States. The vessel has a capacity for 150 passengers in its 77 cabins. Of them, 65 have private balconies. All have private bathrooms, windows, Wi-Fi, and interior entrances.
Queen of the Mississippi entered service in 2012 joining her in sister ship the queen of the West in fluvial fleet of ACL. On August 4, 2015, ACL announced that the ship would be renamed and repositioned from the Mississippi River to the Columbia Snake River System in early 2016 and replaced on the Mississippi by the Americas. Another new vessel is being built in Chesapeake Naval construction will assume the Queen of the Mississippi name.
Its 20-tonne paddle-mounted wheel is driven by a hydraulic motor, powered by diesel engines. This is augmented by two Z-drive units to provide superior cruising speed and more maneuverability of typical boats.