American Queen Steamboat

American Queen Steamboat Company

Genuinely American river cruises

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 on an all-inclusive American Queen Steamboat paddle wheeler cruise. Do you love jazz? Civil War history? The Kentucky Derby? Make your cruise even more meaningful with itineraries focused on a theme or interest.

In terms of sustainability, the American Queen Steamboat Company is reducing its plastic footprint by over 90%, installing hydration stations and using reusable drink-ware. It is also recycling cooking oil and installing food waste compaction and dehydration systems. In 2019 nearly 1,250 gallons of cooking oil was recycled and food waste was reduced from 400 pounds to 25 pounds.

About American Queen Steamboat

Relive the glorious past of America's steamboating era on the American Queen, the world’s largest and most luxurious paddle wheeler offering overnight cruises, or on the all-suite American Duchess, cruising on the Mississippi, the Ohio, Tennessee and Cumberland Rivers visiting storybook American towns as well as cosmopolitan cities. Or cruise the Columbia and Snake rivers on the American Empress. 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.
America's Heartland
Choose from casual river cruise adventures of 4- 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, along with other themes entertainment. Your itinerary may also visit cities like New Orleans, Natchez, Memphis and St Louis, while shore excursions during the cruise are complimentary.
Pacific Northwest
Along the Snake and Columbia rivers 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.
Lifestyle onboard
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.

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We will match or beat a price when you provide us with a competitor's quote prior to purchase, if it is lower and available.

Onboard Savings

Enjoy a $100 per couple onboard credit on every cruise, and $200 credit on select voyages.

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We've got you covered with our best-in-class service and support-- from booking till after you return home.

“What a fun, enjoyable trip on the American Queen!  Wonderful dining, tours and especially the entertainment (I think it’s even better than on the cruise ships).”

                                                                                                 – Margie & Steve, Los Angeles, CA

Our Cruise Experts

Our cruise experts will arrange your best American Queen cruise and customize your travel arrangements the way you want it. We'll help tailor your experience with customized shore excursions and special requests onboard, arrange pre- or post-cruise hotel stays, your best airfare options, and more.

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