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Stay Close and Go Far with American Queen Steamboat Company

· Main destination Mississippi, Mississippi

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Leave the Canadian winter behind and cruise in the warmth of Southern hospitality while experiencing the best in U.S. river cruising. American Queen Steamboat Company’s three authentic paddlewheelers offer voyages to various destinations in the southern United States, exploring cities and towns along the Mississippi, Ohio, Cumberland and Tennessee rivers. You will experience the romance of the past and enjoy the luxuries of modern comfort while on board the iconic and opulent flagship the American Queen, the spacious boutique style American Duchess or the latest addition to the fleet, the American Countess, while enjoying the signature distinctions that have made American Queen Steamboat Company the most award-winning river cruise line in North America.

Feeling adventurous? You can also explore the great Pacific Northwest, following in the footsteps of Lewis and Clark aboard the Gold Rush inspired American Empress, as she sails the Columbia & Snake Rivers, one of the most picturesque areas in the United States.

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. Friendly drivers deliver guests to sights and attractions and expert local guides offer key information on the area’s culture and history. 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 already included in your cruise fare so all you have to do is enjoy yourself and have fun. Guests can also take part in the expertly designed premium experiences available for purchase. Many provide exclusive access to events and venues one would not be able to access on their own. There are plenty to choose from to enhance your vacation experience. You can preview all available options and even pre-book to avoid disappointment of missing out.

Elegant ambiance and warm-hearted service combine to provide a unique and thoroughly enjoyable country club style onboard experience. While serving staff cater to your every need, the culinary team creates tasty, regionally influenced dishes available on daily menus. You won’t go hungry between meals either. A wide range of snacks, including fresh fruit, baked goods, ice cream and popcorn is available for taking throughout the day together with a 24-hour room service offering soups, salads, sandwiches and so much more. Also the ship’s entertainment is never lacking – whether in the form of daily enrichment programs, a nightly Broadway style ensemble, solo act or a musical performance, or a magic show, making sure you are never bored.


  • 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 river cruise options available:

The Lower Mississippi

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 mansions. 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

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. 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 & 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 also offer a wide selection of music themed departures for you to choose from.

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 in the early 1800’s. Cruise through the towering canyons, enjoy breathtaking views of lush landscapes and taste the best local wines and cuisine.

Extend your stay by adding a City Stay package that showcases the highlights of the city in which you are staying and provides accommodations, sightseeing and dining inclusions 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. 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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Stay close and go far with American Queen Steamboat Company.

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