The line has given the honour to Phyllis Dale “a nationally-recognised travel agent and small ship cruise expert” according to a release. The ceremony will take place on 25 August 2012 before the vessel departs on an eight day voyage from Nashville to St. Louis.
“The christening of Queen of the Mississippi is a meaningful way to celebrate the official launch of American Cruise Lines service on the Mississippi River,” said Charles Robertson, president and CEO of American Cruise Lines. “Guests now have access to the industry’s best amenities aboard an authentic paddlewheeler with a historic appearance.”
The ship is the first ‘authentic paddlewheeler’ to be built for the Mississippi in 20 years.
“There’s a reason I’ve booked hundreds of clients with American Cruise Lines. They simply love the intimacy, history and pure nostalgia of leisurely cruising our country’s smaller waterways,” said Phyllis Dale, co-owner of Great Escapes Travel. “After boarding this beautiful vessel, it’s clear Queen of the Mississippi offers the finest of amenities, ambience and décor. This, combined with outstanding pampered service from a personable crew creates a recipe which will bring passengers back to enjoy all of the Queen’s itineraries. I’m honored and proud to have been asked by American Cruise Lines to christen this beautiful vessel.”