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Come aboard and relive the glorious past of America's steamboating era on the American Queen, the world’s largest and most luxurious paddlewheeler offering overnight cruises, or on the second largest river ship in the US, American Empress, cruising the Columbia and Snake rivers. Now you can enjoy the ambiance of the 1800's with the casual comforts of the 21st century and discover the heartland of America on a historic riverboat experience. 

The timelessness of America's inland rivers enables you to discover America in much the same manner as did the original 19th-century steamboat travelers. Perhaps you’ll even unleash your inner Mark Twain. For rexample, the American Empress features a Victorian riverboat character with pressed tin ceilings, lace curtains, stained glass windows and a fine art collection.

Choose from casual river cruise adventures of 3- to 14-nights as you travel through some of the country’s most famous waterways. Along the way are antebellum mansions to visit, America's history to explore, and blues and jazz musical traditions to savor. Your itinerary may also visit cities like New Orleans, Natchez, Memphis and St Louis, while shore excursions during the cruise are complimentary.

Along the Snake and Columbia in America's Pacific Northwest, experiencing the Columbia Gorge and forested Cascades, enjoy Washington and Oregon wines and beers as you taken in the varied landscapes from the Front Porch area. In each port of call you can enjoy the hop-on and hop-off private coach service to explore local highlights, or use the complimentary bicycles.

Your stateroom is richly appointed, reminiscent of a Victorian bed and breakfast, featuring a plush pillow-top bed, fine linens and down pillows. Aboard American Queen there are a number of connecting staterooms, convenient for families. For solo travelers there are single cabins available. Steamboating wouldn't be half as enjoyable without music, and onboard your American river cruise, music is at the heart of onboard entertainment, with Dixieland, jazz and more. You’ll be thrilled with the calliope concerts, and in The Grand Saloon, which is an exact replica of Ford's Theater in Washington D.C., you’ll enjoy professional showboat-style entertainment.

Our travel experts will be pleased to answer your questions and make your arrangements, including the best airfare options and any pre- or post-cruise extensions you might desire.