Still six months away from the start of its inaugural 2012 season on the Mississippi River, American Cruise Lines has announced its 2013 schedule for Queen of the Mississippi. The brand-new 150-passenger authentic paddlewheeler is currently under construction and nearing completion in Salisbury, MD and will begin service this August from New Orleans. Following the 2012 season, the 2013 schedule for Queen of the Mississippi will feature sailings beginning on February 9th. The new schedule is now available for viewing here.

“We’re excited about the release of 2013 sailings aboard Queen of the Mississippi,” said Timothy Beebe, Vice President, American Cruise Lines. “We received a wonderful response to the 2012 inaugural season and look forward to further accommodating this demand with the 2013 schedule.”

Similar to the 2012 season, theme cruises will be featured throughout, including the Civil War and Mark Twain, with new additions such as musical and holiday-themed cruises. Details on these special cruises will be released later in the year. Entertainment will also be a key component, with various featured local and national entertainers spanning a range of music genres, including Jazz, Dixie Land and Blues. A resident onboard riverlorian (river historian) will also be aboard each cruise, while additional lecturers and experts also join guests along the cruise to educate, entertain and captivate them along the way.