American Queen Steamboat Company cruises some of the most famous rivers in the United States: the Mississippi, Tennessee, Cumberland and Ohio rivers in the heartland, and the Columbia and Snake rivers in the Pacific Northwest. Its ships and itineraries provide intimate, authentic experiences that showcase American history, culture and landscapes.
Modern comforts are blended with classic luxury on the line’s paddle wheelers, which evoke the vessels of Mark Twain’s era with their white “wedding cake” exteriors, black fluted stacks and big red wheels. The vessels are outfitted in Victorian-era decor and staffed by all-American crews well-versed in hospitality.
Guests delve into regional heritage and cuisine and enjoy lectures and showboat-style entertainment aboard the U.S.-built ships: the 432-guest American Queen, the 237-guest American Empress and the 166-guest American Duchess (the first all-suite paddle wheeler).
Here are a few trip-enhancing features that are included in the price of your American Queen Steamboat Company river cruise.
Dinner and Drinks
The line offers regionally inspired meals crafted from locally sourced ingredients. Guests feast on Dungeness crab, fresh Gulf snapper, bananas Foster French toast and airy beignets, to name a few. Each ship has a traditional, elegant main dining room and a more casual alternative venue that provides alfresco seating. There also is 24-hour room service. Complimentary beer and wine are included with dinner, and cappuccinos, espresso, bottled water and soft drinks are free throughout the trip.
Hop-On, Hop-Off Tours
“Hop-on, hop-off” shore excursions are provided by American Queen Steamboat Company in every port of call so that guests can set out independently and explore picturesque riverfront towns at their own pace. You’ll receive a map marked with top spots and attractions that offer complimentary access to the ship’s passengers. Deluxe motorcoaches make stops at each locale every 15 to 20 minutes, so you can get off at the places that interest you, then wait later for another coach to take you to your next destination or back to the ship. Bicycles are available to those who would prefer to pedal through the scenic towns.
Entertainment ranges from nightly Broadway-style shows to musical performances of bluegrass, country, jazz, blues and rock-and-roll. “Riverlorians,” the resident onboard culture experts and historians, give daily lectures and tell the legends and lore associated with the river on which you’re cruising. These enriching experiences allow you to fully immerse yourself in your journey through American history.
To get a feel for the American Queen Steamboat experience, check out the video below.