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The U.S. Rivers are Calling!

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The U.S. Rivers are Calling!

Experience the romance of the past in modern comfort on the Mississippi, Ohio, Cumberland and Tennessee rivers on board three authentic paddlewheelers – the iconic and opulent flagship the American Queen, the luxurious boutique style American Duchess or the latest addition to the fleet, the American Countess, or explore the great Pacific Northwest on the elegant American Empress, while enjoying the signature distinctions that have made American Queen Steamboat Company the most award-winning river cruise line in North America.

The company’s culinary team takes full advantage of each region’s diverse bounty of fresh, local ingredients to fashion authentic dishes, while their friendly staff charms with courteous attention to your needs in the Grand Dining Room. A more casual atmosphere is offered in the River Grill, which allows guests to dine at their own pace.
You won't go hungry; between meals, they offer a wide range of snacks, including fresh fruit, baked goods, ice cream, popcorn, as well as a 24-hour room service.

J.M. White Dining Room

Uniquely themed river cruise voyages feature special entertainment creating a river cruise experience unlike any other. From Civil War and Mark Twain to Plantation Holidays and the Mighty Mississippi, the possibilities are endless.

Here are some of your river cruise options available:

The Lower Mississippi

Discover the Mississippi Delta and take in silent Civil War battlefields, seductive Memphis blues, New Orleans jazz, irresistible southern cooking and an exclusive call at Nottoway Plantation—the South's largest existing antebellum mansion.

The Upper Mississippi

With three national parks and wildlife refuges along the river, the natural splendour comes alive along the dramatic riverbanks and bluffs of this glacial valley. Relax on your veranda as you watch bald eagles swoop into the wake of the paddlewheel. Much like Mark Twain would have experienced on his many trips along the river, you’ll be captivated by the people you meet, cultures you discover and bounty that awaits.

The Ohio & Tennessee Rivers

In America’s heartland, nature unfolds the beauty of each season as we peacefully drift past rolling meadows, charming farms, rustic railroad bridges and towering bluffs. Coursing nearly 1,000 miles, the Ohio River forged through the surrounding valley and opened the West to early explorers and pioneers. Feel the same sense of wonder and possibility that fueled their courageous journeys.

Our own fleet of deluxe motorcoaches

The Columbia & Snake Rivers

We invite you to experience the serenity of wilderness in the Pacific Northwest aboard the American Empress. Embrace dramatic scenery and relive the daring exploits of frontiersmen and adventurers as you travel along the epic route forged by Lewis and Clark. Cruise through the towering canyons, enjoy breathtaking views of lush landscapes and taste the best local wines and cuisine.

American Queen Steamboat Company’s cruises offer a pre-cruise hotel night prior to embarkation; all meals, including 24-hour room service and alternative dining venues; snacks, specialty coffees, soft drinks, and bottled water throughout the voyage; wine and beer with dinner; and hop-on, hop-off shore excursions in each port of call. Guests also enjoy daily enrichment programs presented by the onboard Riverlorians and nightly Broadway-caliber entertainment.


  • All meals on board
  • Complimentary wine and beer with dinner
  • Unlimited beverages
  • Filtered water and soft drinks
  • Coffee, tea, cappuccino, espresso, ice-cream, popcorn, freshly baked cookies throughout the day
  • 24-hours room service
  • Pre-cruise hotel stay including breakfast, taxes, porterage and transportation to the ship on embarkation day
  • Comprehensive, guided Hop-On Hop-Off shore excursions in each port of call
  • All onboard entertainment
  • Wi-Fi internet access on board

The Steamboat Syncopators with The Ensemble cast

To ensure the safety and comfort of guests on board, many new health measures are being implemented to ensure guest safety. These include new steps in pre-cruise screening, crew screening and boarding processes. Both onboard and ground operations will feature enhanced cleaning procedures as well. You can read all about the new health and safety protocols here.

So whichever beautiful authentic paddlewheel riverboat you choose, you are sure to make memories that last a lifetime.

Stay close and go far with American Queen Steamboat Company.

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