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    Mississippi ResizedAmerican Cruise Lines’ new Mississippi River paddler wheeler (set to operate our pick for the Best New Domestic Itinerary in 2012), the 150-passenger Queen of the Mississippi will offer single-occupancy staterooms, slated to comprise about 15 percent of the guestrooms available onboard the new vessel. The dozen units, many of which will feature private balconies and sliding-glass doors, will be unusually spacious for the single-cabin industry standard, at 211 square feet (that’s about twice the size of Norwegian Epic’s 100 square-foot single cabins), and are an altogether rarity for the cruise industry, which works largely on a double-occupancy model. The single cabins will start at $4,685/passenger (or pay $400 more for a balcony upgrade) for a 7-night itinerary; normal double occupancy rates start from $3,995/person, so this represents a digestible rate bump for solo travelers.

    The cruise line has likewise announced additional new amenities aboard the new-build ship, which is currently nearing completion in a Maryland shipyard, including even more cabins equipped with sliding-glass doors and private balconies (some 85 percent of the ship will have balconies). The Queen of the Mississippi‘s staterooms will also offer Wi-Fi, satellite TV, DVD players, and gourmet coffee brewers. Room service, afternoon tea, and bottled water and soft drinks are among the other welcomed extras being additionally made available to guests.


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