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American Cruise Lines to resume cruises along the Mississippi River in late June

In recent weeks, restaurants have welcomed back customers to their dining rooms and salons and barbershops have welcomed back their trusted clientele. Local businesses have reopened their doors and casinos, under strict guidelines, have welcomed back their patrons.

Now it appears Vicksburg’s riverfront will again be busy as a second cruise line has announced the resumption of service to customers along the Mississippi River.

American Cruise Lines announced this week it would resume sailing in June, with the American Harmony returning to the Mississippi River on June 28. According to the Vicksburg Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Harmony is expected to arrive in Vicksburg June 29 and depart June 30.

American Cruise Lines’ announcement comes weeks after the American Queen Steamboat Company announced the American Queen would also sail in late June, with a docking in Vicksburg scheduled for June 24.

In announcing its return, American Cruise Lines announced the American Harmony would sail at around 75 percent capacity, meaning 180-to-190 passengers would be allowed on its early sailings.

In an effort to better protect passengers and crew during the COVID-19 pandemic, the company said the capacity of the main dining room would be reduced and would be used just once during each meal service.

The company also announced crews will increase cleaning and would adopt a touchless boarding and check-in process. Public restrooms would be closed, with guests asked to use the restroom in their individual staterooms.

About Tim Reeves

Tim Reeves, and his wife Stephanie, are the parents of three children, Sarah Cameron, Clayton and Fin, who all attend school in the Vicksburg Warren School District. The family are members of First Baptist Church Vicksburg. Tim is involved in a number of civic and volunteer organizations including the United Way of West Central Mississippi and serves on the City of Vicksburg's Riverfront Redevelopment Committee.

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