Break out the beads, the masks and your sense of adventure as we celebrate the quintessential New Orleans holiday! French for Fat Tuesday, Mardi Gras is a time of good music, new friends and fantastic fun. We’ll carry that unmistakable spirit from the French Quarter and Bourbon Street to the American Queen’s Grand Saloon and J.M. White Dining Room as you immerse ...Learn More
Our Baseball Legends voyage can easily be considered the next best thing to scoring a VIP seat at your favorite stadium. Where else do you have the opportunity to cruise through America's Heartland and interact with some of Major League Baseball's living legends? Sit back and enjoy an in-depth journey through the highs and lows of America's favorite pastime. Batter up!
Special ...Learn More
Immerse yourself in the literature, music and culture of the South, as well as its traditions, history and cooking. Our Southern Culture Vacations carry you deep into the worlds of William Faulkner, Flannery O’Connor, Tennessee Williams and Harper Lee. You’ll visit the towns that inspired literary and musical greatness. Along the way, you’ll experience the sounds of the Delta blues and sample ...Learn More
Gentle river breezes waft through the live oaks and willows of the South’s most delightful, fragrant and colorful gardens. A profusion of color greets the eye as you stroll the brick walkways, admiring the sculptures set among flowering blossoms of formal and informal gardens originally planted in the gracious antebellum era.
Learn how the formal gardens of European estates inspired the owners of southern ...Learn More
Straw hats, suspenders, cool pitchers of lemonade, brass bands, picnics, ice cream socials and porch swings were part of the fabric of summer in American not all that long ago. Be transported to a simpler time when summer was about fun, freedom, friends and food. Fly kites off the top deck, enjoy apple pies and cherry cobbler and immerse yourself in the music and stories ...Learn More
Amid the glittering elegance of an American Queen Holiday cruise is a seasonal spirit larger than life. Make our home your home for the holidays and encounter one or more of these special features on your voyage...
Delight in all of your favorite holiday treats and experience classic Cajun and Creole traditions of the antebellum south
Exquisite dining with exclusive holiday menus prepared by celebrated ...Learn More
If you were a child of the 60s, here’s a vacation voyage just for you. During this special tribute to the '60s, you can dance to the sounds of Motown artists plus other R&B and rock favorites. You will also have the chance to meet and talk with well-known musicians and cultural icons. There’s never been a decade quite like the '60s ...Learn More
Start the New Year just like Mark Twain might have 150 years ago with this special voyage on the American Queen. Imagine celebrating the arrival of Baby New Year in the Grand Saloon, surrounded by Victorian details, confetti, champagne and newfound friends. Ring in 2014 the old-fashioned way and be one of the select few who can claim to have celebrated New Year’s Eve ...Learn More
Never has there been a Civil War experience quite so immersive as this. Delve into the strategies, military and political, that shaped the events of the American Civil War. Tribute artists will bring key figures to life and set the stage with period music. The most noted Civil War historians in the nation will offer enlightening lectures. Click your voyage itinerary below for details.Learn More
Elvis Presley is known around the world as the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll. Enjoy a leisurely cruise from Elvis’ hometown of Memphis, Tennessee to New Orleans, Louisiana in style with luxurious accommodations and fabulous Southern cuisine – visiting the charming and historic ports of America’s Heartland along the way. Renowned tribute artists will perform your favorite Elvis Presley hits.Learn More
There’s no blues quite like the Delta Blues, one of the earliest forms of this uniquely American musical art form. Trace the rise of soulful and toe-tappin’ tunes along the Mississippi from New Orleans to Memphis and recognize the nuances of the slide guitar, cigar box guitar and harmonica. Greats such as Blind Lemon Jefferson, Skip James, Charlie Patton and Robert Johnson have left ...Learn More
Enjoy Pittsburgh as the city buzzes with Independence Day festivities. Brass bands and red, white and blue bunting are the order of the day on this special voyage. Spark the child inside as you watch fireworks reflect off the steel and glass towers of glittering downtown Pittsburgh. Tip your hat to America’s Founding Fathers as we celebrate the birth of the United States and ...Learn More
The American Queen brings us to the stories, places, people and unique customs that make up our history as well as who we are today. The deep relationships that the American Queen Steamboat Company has in Kentucky enable the sharing of a “sense of place” here. There are a few more quintessentially American things that “came to be” here: Abraham Lincoln, the Louisville Slugger, the ...Learn More
Imagine a quilt of bright reds, electric oranges, effervescent yellows and rich golds laid gently over rolling hills, swaddling small towns and pressed neatly against the shoreline of a mighty river. Each autumn, nature takes out her paintbrush and splashes a riot of vibrant colors across the land, white church steeples poking up amidst the splendor. But look deeper and you’ll see more than ...Learn More
There was a time when the rivers were alive with paddlewheels, tall stacks and colorful characters and during this celebration of the classic riverboat Belle of Louisville’s 100th birthday, history repeats itself. An impressive fleet of riverboats, including our own American Queen, which is the largest of all, will descend upon graceful Louisville and sister city Jeffersonville for events on the river and festivals ...Learn More
America has given rise to many forms of music but few are recognized as being more quintessentially homegrown than country music. The melodies of Johnny Cash, Glen Campbell, Hank Williams, Loretta Lynn and Dolly Parton have shaped generations of new artists ranging from Garth Brooks to Carrie Underwood.Learn More
Surround yourself with a whole new list of things to be thankful for with this special holiday cruise on the American Queen. Famed Southern chef Regina Charboneau presents a cornucopia of traditional treats. Surrounded by elegant décor and new friends with the river rolling by, you’ll have a deep appreciation for all your many blessings.Learn More
Resolve to have more fun and greet the New Year on the American Queen. The celebration carries throughout the week, but a special New Year’s Eve gala in the marvelous Grand Saloon will surround you in elegant decor, confetti, champagne, newfound friends and the uplifting refrains of “Auld Lang Syne.” Be one of the select few who can claim to have celebrated New Year ...Learn More
Get “in the mood” for our sensational Big Band Vacations, when special onboard guest orchestras play the tunes you know so well, all in the original arrangements that made them legendary. If you are a fan of the big bands, this is a sentimental journey you won’t want to miss.Learn More