In 2008 when the historic steamboat Delta Queen discontinued Mississippi River tours, communities up and down the river not only lost a piece of cultural history, they also lost an important tourism asset.
Thus, the state’s Mississippi River communities, still reeling from the recent flood, are all smiles with the announcement this month that the American Queen, a more modern, larger steamboat, is planning to dock in Vicksburg and begin tours next spring.
“It is huge — there has been much discussion about the return of the Queen to the river,”said Bill Seratt, executive director of the Vicksburg Convention and Visitors Bureau. “We had thousands of people arriving on (the Delta Queen), touring our museums, historical homes, restaurants. So, we’re excited.”