Last week we reported that a disagreement between the American Queen Steamboat Company and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) had led to the cancellation of a cruise scheduled for the 21st. Mars rode the line of the last American paddlewheel countess. Fortunately, a last minute postponement allowed the new ship to be christened and depart from New Orleans as planned.

American Countess (photo via the American Queen Steamboat Company’s Facebook page).

The trip was made on the 17th. March cancelled by the CDC, which turned out to be a clerical error.

The CDC’s conditional sailing ban, issued on 30. October 2020, prohibits the operation of cruise ships with more than 250 people, including crew. The American Countess can carry up to 245 passengers and 110 crew, exceeding the limit set by the CDC.

But the shipping company says it always intended to operate the ship at reduced capacity – with total passengers and crew below the limit set by the CDC – and that the CDC had been informed of this. A day later, the country’s health authority announced that the cruise could go ahead.

READ MORE: U.S. Cruise Lines is tired of waiting and wants to go elsewhere.

We welcome the CDC’s prompt review of the allowed passenger flows for American Countess’ christening trip, the airline said in a statement.

All guests were required to arrive in New Orleans the day before the cruise to be tested for COVID-19. From 1. July, American Queen Steamboat requires that all guests are vaccinated.

I can’t believe we’re here, John Waggoner, president and CEO of American Queen, told guests, according to Travel Weekly. So I’ll pinch myself before I start my speech.

The christening, in which the ship’s godmother and daughter, Angie Heck, popped a bottle of bourbon on the ship instead of the traditional champagne, took place almost a year after the pandemic cancelled the original maiden voyage.

Christening of the American Countess (photo via the American Queen Steamboat Company’s Facebook page).

Louisiana Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser was one of the guests who christened the ship and welcomed the cruisers back on the Mississippi. He told the crowd he hoped the return of the Mississippi River cruise would help boost tourism in the state.

The Queen Steamboat Company of America, which currently operates four river sternwheelers, launched its first trip in more than a year early last week with the first of two full charter trips of the American Duchess on the Mississippi River between New Orleans and Memphis. This ship accommodates only 166 passengers and up to 70 crew members, so it can fit into the CDC order even without reducing capacity.

READ MORE: With cruise ships heading back out to sea, the mask remains an important issue.

While the American Countess’ first cruise was packed with guests, the first scheduled flight from Memphis to New Orleans is scheduled for Sunday the 28th. March expected.

A small coastal and river cruise resumes in the United States after a one-year hiatus. American Cruise Lines (ACL) recently made its first voyage since the start of the pandemic when the 100-passenger coastal cruise ship Independence left Jacksonville and Amelia Island, Florida, for Charleston, South Carolina.

Meanwhile, pressure is mounting on the CDC to communicate the next steps needed by major cruise lines to prepare for a gradual reboot of the industry.

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