Mississippi Levels Upset River Boat Cruise Schedules

August 6, 2013

(4:30 p.m. EDT) -- A month after unseasonably high Mississippi River waters forced American Cruise Line and American Queen Steamboat Company to relocate their upper Mississippi sailings onto the Ohio River, low waters are doing the same to American Cruise Line.

"We have had to make several itinerary changes to Queen of the Mississippi due to the low water levels on the Upper Mississippi River," a spokesperson for the cruise line told Cruise Critic.

The current cruise will end in Cincinnati instead of St. Paul, and the next sailing, which was supposed to start in St. Paul, will depart from Cincinnati and end in St. Louis.

"We have been and will continue to closely monitor the river conditions with the help of the Army Corps of Engineers and U.S. Coast Guard," the spokesperson added.

American Queen Steamboat Company told Cruise Critic it has not needed to make any changes.

--by Dori Saltzman, News Editor