Casino Rock Island to Sail Mississippi River Again
The Casino Rock Island, a gaming riverboat built for the Jumer Family's Rock Island casino will once again be sailing the Mississippi. This time back in her home state of Louisiana as the Riverboat City of New Orleans.
The boat was built by the Leevac Shipyard in Jennings, LA. and had beautiful lines, incredible woodwork, and detailed interiors. She sailed on the Mississippi in the Quad Cities starting in 1992, then was moored at the foot of 17th Street in Rock Island after Governor George Ryan signed the dockside gaming bill in June of 1999. This according to reports in the Quad City Times.
After Jumer's opened their current casino hotel in Rock Island she remained on the river front, then was taken up the Illinois River under her own power to Chillicothe, IL. She remained there until purchased by the New Orleans Steamboat Company to be renovated and put into service on the New Orleans riverfront.
For the past 14 months the former Casino Rock Island has been undergoing a significant refurbishment by the New Orleans Steamboat Company and according to Adrienne Thomas, Director of Marketing and Public Relations for Riverboat City of New Orleans, the boat is expected to launch this March.
According to the New Orleans Steamboat Company here's what one can expect on The Riverboat City of New Orleans:
"The Riverboat CITY of NEW ORLEANS, has a huge bottom deck storeroom and prep galley, with food service areas and bars on every deck. Her beautiful two deck staircase are your entry to the next three enclosed decks, and each are decorated with both elegance and modern conveniences. The decks can host totally separate events at the same time or one large party, with presentation screens on all three decks. The top, open air deck, is ideal for sightseeing, a terrific wedding venue, and home to the steam calliope."
The Riverboat City of New Orleans is expected to have her own cruising schedule including brunch cruises, nightly dinner cruises and private events seven days a week. The New Orleans Steamboat Company also operates the Steamboat Natchez. If you're interested in getting a feel for what The Riverboat City of New Orleans new job will be you can check out Steamboat Natchez's website here.
Not all of the Quad Cities riverboats had a happy life after leaving the Quad Cities. For example, you can read about the sad end to Rhythm City Casino's riverboat here.