American Queen Steamboat Company

There's No Business Like Show Business

May 15, 2013

A riverboat is a truly unique form of waterborne transportation. We find that while many of our guests have enjoyed ocean cruises in the past, they prefer the intimacy of a river journey. Instead of carrying over 4,000 passengers, the American Queen accommodates just 400 guests in grand style. Riverboats are always within sight of land so there’s always something to see out the stateroom window, from your balcony or out on deck. Traveling on a river gives a true sense of the country and the communities in which you’re spending your vacation.

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The Art of Service

March 21, 2013

There are many things in this world that are solid and beyond debate. For example, the final score of a college basketball game denotes a winner and a loser. In the beloved NCAA Tournament, more commonly known as March Madness, each victory advances a team to the next tier of competition. Win, and you’re in. Lose, and you’re out. It’s as simple as that. There is no gray area. It’s all black and white.

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Meet the Riverlorians

The river historians aboard the American Queen, or Riverlorians, are dedicated to sharing their vast knowledge of the rivers, bringing its rich history to life with vivid historical accounts and mystical tales. On your American Queen voyage, they will give lectures relevant to your location on the river, recommend reading, explain river navigation, give tours of the vessel and even play the calliope! Through a lifetime of experience on America’s rivers, they have forgotten more about the river than most people will ever know. Travis Vasconcelos and Jerry Hay are truly masterful in their knowledge of the river and their ability to share that knowledge in a way that makes their love for the river contagious. That is what Travis and Jerry like to refer to as edutainment, and it is a big part of what has kept people returning to the American Queen year after year.

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Behind the Cuisine

January 3, 2013
By Timothy Rubacky, Senior Vice President

When we created the American Queen Steamboat Company, we set out to craft a genuinely unique vacation experience. Plenty of companies and people say they’re going to do something unique, but how many really do it? When we decided to return the American Queen to the rivers, we wanted to bring the warmth, friendship, creativity and passion of the people ashore aboard the boat in our cuisine. First we turned to acclaimed Southern Chef Regina Charboneau for inspiration. She brought her family recipes to the American Queen and spent several weeks supervising their creation and setting the standards to ensure that the love of her family ends up on each and every plate.

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It's All In The Attitude

August 3, 2012
By Christopher Kyte, President

So many of our crew interact directly with guests that it’s critical each do all they can to make every voyage unique and memorable. In my own travels, it’s always amazed me how just one person’s knowledge or kind words can make a huge difference.

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