The American Queen is coming to Chattanooga. Karen Elliott, host of the long-running and celebrated program “Southern Accents,” has been aboard the historic steamboat filming an upcoming episode of the locally-produced WTCI series.
The boat will dock in Chattanooga on Saturday, in the early morning and will leave to begin a nine-day river journey at approximately 6 p.m.
The largest steamboat ever built, the American Queen is a gracious and elegant example of American ingenuity. This beautiful lady of the river epitomizes the grace and grandeur that has made the steamboat such a cherished American tradition. The American Queen combines the old and the new, glistening woodwork and opulent interior spaces make the journey a rich experience for the passengers who will tour two mighty rivers, the Mississippi River and the Tennessee River, beginning in Chattanooga, and disembarking in St. Louis.
The American Queen is the only authentic overnight paddlewheel steamboat in America and has multiple, specialty dining options complemented by the warm and inviting ambiance of an antebellum mansion with rooms filled with today’s modern amenities. Guests of the nine-day cruise will be entertained by musicians, guest speakers and historians, including Robert W. Merry and Sr. Steven E. Woodworth.
Fans of “Southern Accents” can take a peek behind the scenes of the majestic steamboat in the upcoming season as host Karen Elliott takes them on a riverboat adventure with her and the crew.
Tours are not available while the boat is in port in Chattanooga, but fans can see the largest steamboat ever built at Ross’s Landing Saturday from morning till its departure at 6 p.m.
Visit http://www.wtcitv.org/watch-online/southern-accents/ to see previous episodes of “Southern Accents” and join Karen Elliott on her adventures through the sights, sounds and tastes of the South. Visit WTCI-TV on Facebook or @WTCI on Twitter for alerts about upcoming events and programs.