River Cruises

River Cruises are a convenient and relaxed form of travel with all of the benefits of inclusive big ship ocean cruising, but with fewer passengers creating a more personalized, intimate vacation experience. The unique blend of stunning landscapes and profound history, acclaimed regional cuisine prepared with locally sourced ingredients, multiple dining venues, exceptional entertainment, and the adventure of exploring riverside port cities is just a sampling of the many elements fueling the strong appeal of river cruising. Imagine the freedom of unpacking only once and settling into the comforts of your classically furnished stateroom complete with every modern convenience and the addition of your own personal attendant. Sounds pretty amazing, doesn’t it? 

American Queen Steamboat Company river cruises provide the ideal vacation experience for those seeking an inclusive river cruising experience with all of the fluff and none of the hassles. When you choose a river cruise aboard the American Queen or the American Empress, you will experience an abundance of luxurious amenities along with the signature benefits of pre-cruise deluxe hotel stays, remarkable Hop-On Hop-Off shore excursions in each port, fabulous dining venues with exceptional cuisine, nightly entertainment and dancing, wine and beer with dinner, 24-hour room service, the warm hospitality of an all-American crew and so much more. Whether you seek to explore inviting destinations of the Heartland or wish to embrace breathtaking views of the great Pacific Northwest, prepare for an unforgettable journey from the indescribable perspective of the river. Authentic America is out there just waiting to be discovered and it is unlike anything you have ever experienced before. 


Lower Mississippi River Region


The Lower Mississippi River is the river of legends. It is the river of centuries-old shaded oak trees, elegant Antebellum plantations, cotton fields and Civil War memorials. River cruising through the rich history and cultural diversity of the Old South is like taking a step back in time. Sugar cane is still grown just as it was a century ago and lovingly restored mansions grace the Great River Road. From the sidewalk cafes and jazz clubs of New Orleans’ French Quarter to the barbecue hotspots and soulful blues of Memphis and everywhere in between, the Lower Mississippi region is a beautiful celebration of modern day attractions and timeless southern traditions.

Upper Mississippi River Region


The Upper Mississippi River pulses through the heart of America offering hidden gems around each bend of the river to fuel your sense of discovery. Perhaps no person defined the world’s view of America’s greatest river more than the legendary Mark Twain and his beloved literary characters; Tom Sawyer, Huck Finn and Becky Thatcher are still alive and well in Hannibal, Missouri, Samuel Clemens’ boyhood hometown. Cruising along the Upper Mississippi aboard our classic, steam-powered vessel carries you past peaceful fields of gold and soaring bluffs to storybook American towns and vibrant, bustling cities. Whether you are a fan of nature’s raw beauty and wildlife or an enthusiast of history and culture, the upper reaches of the Mississippi from dynamic St. Louis to the twin cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul will surely pique your interest and capture your heart.

Ohio, Tennessee and Cumberland Rivers Region


On these river cruises, you'll discover America’s cultural quilt in the cities and towns of the Ohio and Tennessee Rivers. From Civil War battlefields, forts and homesteads to quaint Main Streets and friendly smiles, this region will welcome you with open arms and enrich you with its storied history. Cruising along the Cumberland River takes you past forest-covered hills into Bluegrass Country and brings to mind old tales of Davy Crockett and Daniel Boone. The Ohio River is a quite simply a kaleidoscope of big cities and small towns showcasing the best of American ingenuity and courage while the Tennessee and Cumberland rivers are a reminder of the wilderness that had to be conquered to expand a nation. Whether you are cruising through the deep wilderness, or headed to big cities for exciting attractions like the Grand Ole Opry® and Churchill Downs, adventure awaits by the mile.

Columbia and Snake Rivers Region


River cruises on the Columbia and Snake Rivers present a wealth of natural, awe-inspiring beauty and iconic destinations that will leave you breathless. The timelessness and deep-rooted history of the region is evident at each and every port along your journey. As you relive the daring exploits of frontiersmen and adventurers, you will bear witness to the precious land just as it appeared to Lewis and Clark in 1805. From the raw, natural power of Mount St. Helens to cascading waterfalls like Multnomah Falls and the acclaimed wineries of the Pacific Northwest, this captivating corner of America will show you the world from a new perspective.