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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 the day.
    • Fine dining in a choice of restaurants.
    • Daily lectures by an onboard history and culture expert.
    • Acclaimed entertainment including shows, cabaret, jazz and a six piece orchestra (American Queen only).

    Special Offers

    Complimentary pre or post cruise sightseeing tour. Call for details applicable to your chosen voyage.

    Save up to £600 per person on selected November and December 2017 sailings aboard American Queen and American Duchess, when booked by July 31st 2017. Cabin restrictions apply. Call for full details.  


    Mississippi River Voyages

    The Spirit of the Antebellum South: Departs from New Orleans, and following a 7 night sailing, calling at Oak Alley, St. Francisville, Natchez, Vicksburg, Baton Rouge and Nottoway, arrives in New Orleans.
    Sailing dates: March 12th 2017, September 3rd, 17th and 24th, October 1st, 8th and 22nd, November 5th, 12th, 19th and 26th 2017.

    Jewels of the Lower Mississippi: Departs from New Orleans, and following a 7 night sailing, calling at Oak Alley, St. Francisville, Natchez, Vicksburg and Helena, arrives in Memphis.
    Sailing dates: March 26th, April 9th and 23rd, May 7th and 21st, June 4th and 18th, September 10th, 17th and 24th, October 1st, 15th and 29th, November 5th and 12th, December 10th and 22nd 2017.

    A Taste of the True South: Departs from Memphis, and following a 7 night sailing, calling at Greenville, Vicksburg, Natchez, St. Francisville, Baton Rouge and Nottoway, arrives in New Orleans.
    Sailing dates: April 2nd, May 14th and 28th, June 11th and 25th 2017.

    Ohio & Tennessee River Voyages

    The Insider’s Bourbon Trail: Departs from St. Louis, and following a 7 night sailing, calling at Alton, Cape Girardeau, Paducah, Henderson, Louisville and Madison, arrives in Cincinnati.
    Sailing date: July 2nd 2017.

    American Music Cruise: Departs from Nashville, and following a 7 night sailing, calling at Clarksville, Dover, Savannah, Paducah and New Madrid, arrives in Memphis.
    Sailing date: September 3rd 2017.

    Columbia & Snake River Voyages

    Vancouver to Clarkston: Departs from Vancouver (Washington State), and following a 7 night sailing, calling at Astoria, Stevenson, The Dalles and Tri-Cities, arrives in Clarkston.
    Sailing dates: April 2nd, 16th and 30th, May 14th and 28th, June 11th and 25th, July 9th and 23rd, August 6th, September 3rd and 17th, October 1st, 15th and 29th 2017.

    Clarkston to Vancouver: Departs from Spokane, and following a 7 night sailing, calling at Clarkston, Tri-Cities, The Dalles, Stevenson and Astoria, arrives in Vancouver (Washington State).
    Sailing dates: April 9th and 23rd, May 7th and 21st, June 4th and 18th, July 2nd, 16th and 30th, August 13th and 27th, September 10th and 24th, October 8th and 22nd and November 5th 2017.