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Enrich Your River Cruise - Things to Do in Minneapolis

With an abundance of things to do in Minneapolis, you will certainly want to extend your full-length Mighty Mississippi river cruise journey with our 3-day, 2-night city stay package. Discover the rich history and scenic beauty of Minnesota’s capital city of St. Paul and take advantage of the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to visit Lake Itasca State Park where the mighty Mississippi River begins its long journey to the Gulf of Mexico. Glacier-created and spring-replenished, Lake Itasca is a breathtaking body of water that feeds our nation’s largest river; and if you have come so far as to explore the Mighty Mississippi River on our epic cruise, you will undoubtedly regret leaving Minnesota without trekking to the very place where it all begins. Read More >>

How Does a Steamboat Work?


Great steam-powered paddlewheel riverboats have plied the rivers of the United States for 200 years. The grand American Queen, constructed in 1995 in Morgan City, Louisiana, carries on the tradition of the elegant 19th century steamboat travel.


The Best Cruise Destinations of 2017 Might be Right in Your Own Backyard

Forget the long list of destinations to explore around the world when there is an abundance of spectacular places right here in the United States that you may not have even considered as a top destination for your next vacation. Some of the best destinations that this country has to offer can be visited aboard one of our vessels and better yet, two of those destinations made The New York Times list of “52 Places to go in 2017.” Minneapolis, Minnesota, and Portland, Oregon, made their list and it just so happens that these are jumping off points for American Queen Steamboat Company’s best cruises of 2017.


Travel in Luxurious Style and Comfort in the all-new Luxury Suites on the American Queen®

This year, during her annual six-week lay-up period, the American Queen received four newly-renovated suites. Eight cabins on Deck 5 were combined into four Luxury Suites, due to the large demand for the higher-end cabins on the vessel. These accommodations have been a wild success with guests on the first few cruises of the season and are nearly sold out throughout the fall of 2017.

These lavish new suites are just over 350 square feet including interior and exterior access, both living and sleeping areas and a spacious bathroom. From the interior entrance, you are welcomed by a rich walnut built-in vanity with mirror and desk area, as well as the entrance to the bathroom. The bathroom is stunning, featuring marble tile from floor-to-ceiling. It has a shower and tub combination, as well as a double vanity. As you continue through the suite, you will find a queen bed with a plush headboard and walnut built-in closets for storage, as well as a mini-fridge, Keurig® coffee maker and bar area. A large, flat-screen TV is mounted on the wall towards the center of the suite for easy viewing from the bed and seating areas. A second desk area, two plush arm chairs and a love seat complete the room, along with beautiful French doors that open to the deck.


Inside the Bourbon River Cruise Experience

The bourbon river cruise aboard the iconic American Queen blends unique regional enrichment with the slow pace of steamboat river cruising to create a heavenly week of R&R.

Learn what makes a centuries-old tradition as uniquely American as our river cruises with this rare opportunity to experience an extraordinary journey through America’s Heartland and into the roots of Kentucky’s bourbon region. Traveling from Memphis, Tennessee, to Louisville, Kentucky, this special themed voyage will take you behind the scenes and into the history books to show you where bourbon comes from, how it is made and the ways to distinguish the unique characteristics of different distilleries.

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