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Get Ready to Meet the American Countess

· Main destination New Orleans, Louisiana

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This week the American Queen Steamboat Company welcomes the newest gem in its American riverboat fleet, the American Countess. Carrying just 245-fortunate guests on board, this new paddlewheeler will visit historical ports along the Mississippi, Tennessee, Ohio, and Cumberland rivers starting with her March 27th inaugural sailing. Her contemporary design offers plenty of personal space, and you’ll love the great forward-facing windows and the portside bar which offers an 80-foot view of the river and its river bank. Take in the sunrise with a cup of coffee as you sit on your own or one of the many open verandas, curl up with a freshly baked cookie and a good book or have a drink in the Grand Lobby with your newly met travelling companions. The rhythm of the river is as slow as a southern drawl and will allow you to enjoy every minute of your time on board.

There’s a Lot to Love about the American Countess

Savour fresh, regional cuisine in the Grand Dining Room with its floor to ceiling windows offering panoramic views of the shoreline. Inspired by America’s heartland and the company’s Southern heritage, menus showcase the varied cultural and culinary influences of the regions the ship sails through including popular Cajun and Creole dishes. If you are looking for a more casual dining atmosphere, the River Grill is the one for you. Meals there feature favourite main dishes, such as roast prime rib alongside irresistible sides like roasted new potatoes, classic mac-and-cheese and fresh salads just to name a few.

You can work out in the contemporary gym with its brand new equipment. Watch a movie on a flat-screen TV in the privacy of your stateroom or make your way to the Card Room, Library or Theatre for a friendly game, a new best-seller or live cabaret style entertainment. You’ll find so much to see, hear and do that your only problem will be fitting it all in.

Learn more about the region in which you are travelling with a number of enrichment programs the ship offers. The cruise line’s onboard historians – called Riverlorians – provide engaging lectures on the history, river lore and legends, as well as culture that surrounds you as the ship rolls down the river.

See for yourself the highlights of each port you visit on one of the included guided Hop-On Hop-Off shore excursions. The ship’s deluxe motorcoaches continually make the rounds of the local attractions so that you can enjoy the tour at your own pace. Expert local guides offer key information on the area’s culture and history and you can ride the entire loop or get off at every stop. The choice is yours! Admission fees to a majority of the local attractions are included in your fare. You can also take part in the expertly designed exclusive access premium experiences available for purchase. There are plenty to choose from to enhance your vacation experience and to make sure you more than just go there. You can preview all available options and even pre-book to avoid disappointment of missing out.

The American Countess offers you three accommodation categories to choose from, ranging from 170 sq. ft. to 255 sq. ft. in size and including an Inside Stateroom option in Category E, Deluxe Outside Stateroom with Open Veranda (Category B) and a Deluxe Outside Stateroom with Private Veranda (Category A). There is also one true Single Outside Stateroom with Open Veranda on deck 3 with a view of the paddle wheel and priced accordingly to accommodate the independent traveller; six accessible staterooms spread across categories A, B and E as well as triple occupancy staterooms in category B available for booking.

All double and triple occupancy staterooms feature a queen-sized bed (or two single beds), full bathroom with shower, flat-screen TV, mini refrigerator, coffee maker and safe, writing desk with a chair, as well as a lounge area with sofa and sliding doors open to deck or veranda (categories B & A only).


  • All meals on board
  • Complimentary beverages, including beer, wine and spirits throughout the day
  • Coffee, tea, cappuccino, espresso, ice-cream, popcorn and freshly baked cookies
  • Alternative dining options with no additional charge
  • 24-hours room service
  • Pre-cruise hotel stay including breakfast, 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
  • And memories that last a lifetime

Here are some of your American Countess 2021, 2022 & 2023 cruise options available:

The Lower Mississippi River

From carefree New Orleans to vibrant Memphis, Mississippi is the river of legends, centuries old shaded oak trees, elegant antebellum plantations, cobblestone streets and Victorian-style mentions. Take in silent Civil War battlefields, seductive Memphis blues, New Orleans jazz, irresistible southern, Creole and Cajun cooking and an exclusive call at Nottoway Plantation—the South's largest existing antebellum mansion. You will also visit St. Francisville, Natchez, Baton Rouge, Vicksburg and the ports of the Mississippi Delta such as Greenville and Tunica, all living testaments of the region’s historic and cultural significance.

The Upper Mississippi River

Cruise through the legendary world of Mark Twain, discovering the very best of America’s heartland.With three national parks and wildlife refuges along this section of the river, the natural splendour comes alive along the riverbanks and bluffs of this glacial valley. Relax on your veranda as you watch bald eagles swoop into the wake of the paddlewheel. You’ll be captivated by the people you meet, cultures you discover and bounty that awaits. Visit St. Louis, Hannibal (Mark Twain’s birthplace), Bettendorf, Dubuque, La Crosse, Winona and Red Wing to name a few.

The Ohio, Tennessee and Cumberland Rivers

In America’s heartland, you will peacefully drift past rolling meadows, charming farms, rustic railroad bridges and towering bluffs. From Civil War battlefields, forts and bourbon traditions to quaint main streets and friendly locals, feel the same sense of wonder and possibility that fueled early explorers and pioneers’ courageous westward journeys. Visit cities like Louisville, Cincinnati, Pittsburgh, Paducah, Madison and Nashville (Clarksville). Very popular with music lovers, the Ohio, Tennessee and Cumberland river itineraries offer a wide selection of music themed departures for you to choose from.

Extend your stay by adding a City Stay package that showcases the highlights of the city in which you are staying and provides sightseeing and dining inclusions and upscale accommodations at an incredible value. Available as an add-on to your cruise at your embarkation or disembarkation ports.

American Queen Steamboat Company (AQSC) has introduced SafeCruise, an enhanced set of health and safety protocols, displaying the line’s commitment to their guests’ safety and security throughout the entire cruise experience, and featuring pre-boarding, boarding and onboard processes to enhance your health and safety. Beginning with the July 1st, 2021 departure, all guests boarding the AQSC vessels will need a proof of a COVID-19 vaccination to board the ships. Visit SafeCruise for details and updates.

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