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American Queen Steamboat Company
Cruise Line Review

2019 Brochure

2020 Brochure

When one thinks of a Mississippi riverboat cruise it kind of conjures up so many interesting and diverse thoughts.
For many of us, Mark Twain, Huck Finn and Tom Sawyer race across our minds, followed quickly by places like Natchez, Vicksburg, Chattanooga and of course, the biggest “happening” in the States, the one and only New Orleans. You’ll experience history up close and personal as you visit antebellum mansions and the places that molded America for ever.

Before we tell you more about how enjoyable and rewarding an American Queen cruise will be, we think it is very important to note that ALL American Queen ships are ADA Compliant which means they can welcome almost everyone on board one of their beautiful river ships to enjoy a cruise.

There is more history along the Mississippi and Ohio Valley than probably any other region in the States. And while we think of Steamboating along the mighty Mississippi, you can also enjoy (during select times of the year) the luxurious American Queen along the 1,000 miles of the Ohio River as well.

And when you think about steamboating, you may initially think of old, rickety ships with squeaky floors, billowing smoke and Bret Maverick roaming the decks, but you would be oh, so wrong. Although from a far she looks just like what you envision, the brand new American Queen is the antithesis of that memory, that time and that genre of passenger.

The ship is now the only authentic overnight paddlewheel steamboat sailing in America. She was built to exacting specifications of 19th century paddle wheelers, but with the tastes of today’s discriminating travelers in mind. The American Queen accommodates about 450 passengers in a myriad of beautifully appointed suites and staterooms, including single cabins at very affordable rates. No matter which accommodations you select, you can enjoy the resort-casual environment, sip on a “mint julep” and leave the formal wear at home.

Public areas of the ship are expansive and like your beautiful stateroom, decorated in Victorian style with real period antiques. The lounges are reminiscent of bygone times aboard river cruises and we guarantee you’ll be amazed and entertained by the nightly showboat-style entertainment each night of your cruise. They even have an opportunity to play a song on the ship’s own calliope or just sit down and listen to an old fashioned calliope concert or two…bet you can’t get that anywhere else. The Queen even has what is called a “Riverlorian,” a resident river historian that provides fascinating lectures about the various historical places you’ll visit along the river. And, if you enjoy a dance or two, there’s nightly dancing to swing and big band music.

Aboard the Queen, you will be treated like kings and queens by an all American crew who are focused on one specific charge, provide you with the best and friendliest service imaginable, and make this one of your most memorable cruise vacations ever.

And while you may enjoy some grits for breakfast should you choose, the meals you’ll enjoy while aboard this marvelous vessel are more like fine southern cuisine, than the cafeteria style food you get on other cruise ships. The delightful menus you will experience are designed and orchestrated by master chef Regina Charboneau, and can be enjoyed in a number of unique, period dining venues aboard the Queen. Oh, did we say that you’ll also enjoy complimentary fine wines and beers with your evening meal, and bottled waters and soft drinks at any time.

One of the other really cool features that you may enjoy aboard the American Queen is the ability to pick a departure date based on a cruise “theme.” While some cruise lines offer one or two, the queen offers a theme on almost every departure throughout the year. We don’t have room to mention them all, but consider: Lincoln and the Civil War, American Hootenanny, Fall Foliage, Thanksgiving, Southern Culture, Southern Gardens, Baseball Legends, the list goes on and on.

The launch of the American Empress on the Columbia and Snake Rivers made her the largest river ship west of the Mississippi. She sails through some of the world's most dramatic scenery, from the lushly forested Cascade mountains to the breathaking Columbia Gorge; it's all here waiting for you.

While the Empress is not a brand new ship, she has been completely rebuilt inlcuding the addition of a beautiful indoor/outdoor dining venue called the River Grill which serves breakfast and lunch as well as a reservations required gourmet dinner. The space is very similar to the very popular "Front Porch" on the American Queen and we guarantee that dinner here will be one of the highlights of your river cruise experience.

The accommodations on the Empress range from 150 square-foot veranda cabins (No inside cabins on this beauty.) to spectacular 410 square foot luxury suites. This is most certainly not your grandfather's type of steamboat as she is ultra-luxurious with all the amenities of a fine four star resort.

This is without a doubt one of the best if not the best "close to home" cruise you could ever enjoy and the scenery of the area is absolutely spectacular.

To make this Northwest adventure even better, all of your shore excursions are inlcluded, even an hop on hop off type sightseeing tour with their own fleet of buses that shadow the ship. Also included in your fare are complimentary wines and beers at dinner, coffee's, teas and soft drinks at any time during your voyage and some of the best lecturerers by a wonderful group of "Riverlorians" that make you feel a part of the living history that surrounds your Columbia and Snake River cruise.

If you are looking for something a bit different in the way of a fine American river cruise experience, you are most certainly in the right place. River boat cruises are open for sale and the best values are right now, so please book your Mississippi, Snake or Columbia riverboat cruises now. We GUARANTEED the BEST prices right now! Please call and speak with one of our river cruise experts to get the inside scoop on a truly remarkable experience and book your memorable American Heartland river cruise. We're not kidding when we write that... the key dates will sell out soon, so call soon!

For complete cruise information, itineraries and pricing please call the United States and North American river cruise experts at Premier River Cruises, today... 855.255.1200 toll free, or email to

Bon Voyage... American-style!

PS: For your reading pleasure, we've included the following links to help you get started planning your memorable American Queen river cruise vacation.

American Queen Mississippi Basin River Map
American Queen Columbia and Snake River Map
American Queen Deck Plan with Stateroom Diagrams
American Empress Deck Plan with Stateroom Diagrams
American Duchess Deck Plan with Stateroom Diagrams
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