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The American Steamboat Company

  • Overview

  • The American Steamboat Company

    • American Queen


    • Sail along the Mississippi River


    • American Queen on The Mississippi


    • American Queen Dining Room


    • American Queen, Docked at Cave in Rock, Illinois


    • American Queen Gangway


    • American Queen Stateroom


    • American Empress


    • Onboard Entertainment


    • American Queen stern


    • Upper Mississippi sunset


    The American Queen Steamboat Company offers a unique cruising experience aboard a choice of three paddlewheel steamboats; American Queen which sails the majestic Mississippi, Ohio and Tennessee Rivers, American Empress which traverses the Columbia and Snake Rivers in the Pacific Northwest and the brand new American Duchess, complementing the American Queen on the mighty Mississippi.


    As opulent as the paddlewheeler steamboats appear, once onboard you’ll find a relaxed, warm and welcoming atmosphere and a highly trained crew. An elegant selection of staterooms offers the upmost in comfort, with rich furnishings and authentic antebellum décor. Many accommodations aboard American Queen, and all aboard the American Empress and American Duchess feature beautiful sweeping river views from the picture windows or verandas. When it comes to dining, there is a wonderful array of culinary experiences. Award-winning chefs have carefully selected the best seasonal ingredients to re-create traditional recipes and invent new innovative creations.


    Fully refreshed, whilst remaining sympathetic to the ship’s heritage, todays modern amenities complement the opulence and décor you would expect from the American Victorian era. As one of the largest and most elegant steamboats ever built, stepping aboard the American Queen is like walking into the warm and inviting ambience of an antebellum mansion. Glistening woodwork, fresh flowers and antiques adorn the interior spaces, and the fabulous service and entertainment perfectly capture the spirit of bygone era.


    Proudly serving as the largest overnight riverboat west of the Mississippi River, the American Empress offers classic elegance on a grand scale. Once onboard you’ll quickly discover that there is far more to this ship than her signature red paddlewheel. Boasting a vast collection of some of the finest historical artefacts and artwork of the Native Alaska, Russian and Gold Rush eras, the corridors of the American Empress hold nearly as much beauty and intrigue as the dramatic scenery unfolding on the riverbanks outside. These river cruises incite moments of sheer perfection; stunning backdrops combining with exceptional dining venues and quirky décor.


    Becoming the first all-suite paddlewheeler in the USA, the newest ship in the fleet is one of a kind. American Duchess is a floating, intimate masterpiece, carrying up to 166 guests through America’s heartlands. Featuring open seating in a choice of two restaurants; The Grand Dining Room and The Grill Room, exciting evening entertainment and shore excursions at every port, American Duchess offers everything you would expect from an upscale riverboat experience.

    The great rivers of America were the highways of early exploration, and offer a unique perspective on America’s history, culture and landscape. Every sailing aboard these two wonderful ships takes full advantage of this rich tapestry. Those looking for an even more unique experience, should consider one of the themed sailings available, which include options dedicated to Fall Colours, Elvis Presley, Civil War and Big Band. Whichever voyage you select, it is sure to be a memorable holiday. 


    • Shore excursions in every port.
    • One night pre-cruise hotel stay.
    • Transfers to the ship.
    • Wine and beer with dinner.
    • Cappuccino, espresso, bottled water and soft drinks throughout your voyage.
    • Fine dining in a choice of restaurants.
    • Daily lectures by an onboard history and culture expert.
    • Acclaimed entertainment worthy of Broadway. 


    The Might Mississippi Voyages

    Experience one of four epic voyages of either 16 or 23 days onboard either the American Queen or American Duchess.

    Selected dates in July, August & September

    The Lower Mississippi River

    Choose from a vast range of sailings of either 5, 8 or 9 day duration's throughout the year.

    Round trip New Orleans or one way sailings between Memphis & New Orleans (in either direction)

    The Ohio, Tennessee & Cumberland Rivers

    Sailings of 8 or 9 days from April through December will give you the opportunity to explore these majestic rivers in America's musical heartland.

    Upper Mississippi & Illinois Rivers

    Through the summer months of July, August & September, enjoy one of eight sailings on a variety of itineraries sailing between these beautiful rivers.

    The Columbia & Snake Rivers

    Choose from a variety of itineraries of either 5 or 9 days in duration, sailing through the spectacular scenery of Washington State & Oregon between March & November.