If passengers aboard the American Queen riverboat have had a complaint after visiting Hannibal this fall it’s been that their stay in America’s Hometown hasn’t been long enough. Passengers currently aboard the boat will be treated to an extended stay here this weekend.
Gail Bryant, director of the Hannibal Convention & Visitors Bureau, has announced that for the second time this month the American Queen will be docked in Hannibal for three days. The boat is due to arrive around 8 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 28, and depart at approximately 1 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 30.
As was the case when the American Queen was docked here Oct. 11-13, work on a St. Louis-area lock and dam is preventing it from going south as planned.
Travelers arriving on Sunday will be making their regularly scheduled tours around town aboard charter buses that follow the boat up the river. That group of visitors will remain in Hannibal until Monday morning when they will disembark and be bused back to St. Louis.
Around 3:30 p.m. Monday the next group of American Queen guests will arrive on buses. They will make their tourist excursions in Hannibal on Tuesday morning before departing aboard the boat around 1 p.m.
“We expect approximately 800 people being downtown in the two days,” said Bryant in an e-mail to the Courier-Post.
According to Bryant, some downtown merchants will be opening on Sunday and early on Tuesday to accommodate passengers.
Another riverboat that has also been stopping in Hannibal this fall, the Queen of the Mississippi, will return to town at 11 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 1, as was previously scheduled. It will remain in town until noon on Friday, Nov. 2.