Modeled to resemble the legendary riverboats of the 19th century, the American Queen is a modern vessel built by the McDermott shipyard, with environmental design by Communication Arts. The Delta Queen Steamboat Company takes vacationers on cruises along the Mississippi and Ohio Rivers. Its design represents a calculated blend of picturesque imagery and modern technology, incorporating such features as two extra propellers that can handle situations where its relatively small paddle wheels prove insufficient. While its 418-foot length, 89-foot height, and 222 staterooms for up to 436 passengers make it one of the largest riverboats ever constructed, the Queen discreetly clothes its state-of-the-art facilities in period dress.
Lighting design by RBLD was devoted to capturing the look and feel of the Victorian age whether or not the lighting fixtures are on display. This means the 21st-century sources are masked or concealed from view to let period-style ornamental luminaires display their atmospheric charm. Right down to the carbon-filament lamps that are proudly incorporated in its lovingly assembled decor, the American Queen tells a tale as entertaining as Tom Sawyer.