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Holiday Recipe: Turkey Gumbo, as served on the American Queen

Have turkey leftovers from the holidays or a party? This southern classic is a great dish to prepare with any remaining turkey! Gumbo is a stew originating from Louisiana that consists of meat or shellfish, a flavored stock and vegetables (usually celery, bell peppers and onions.) In honor of many cruises in the south this time of year, we chose this dish to offer our readers. Enjoy!


A Special AQSC Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is a time when people all over the United States sit down with their friends and families and not only share a meal, but also their gratitude for the blessings they have in their lives. In many ways, it is a shame that we most often take time to reflect on all that is positive only once a year when, of course, we should be exercising that same introspection each and every day. Onboard our Thanksgiving river cruise aboard the celebrated American Queen this week, our guests are no different than any of you reading this blog at home. They are sitting down to thoughtfully prepared meals and giving thanks for family, friends, health, happiness and success.


Start the New Year Off Right With a U.S. River Cruise

Are you still contemplating where to go and what to do for your 2017 vacation? Our first cruises of the year include a line-up of uniquely themed river cruises that is better than ever with the return of guest favorites like “Big Band,” “The 50s and 60s Remembered” and “Vineyards, Vintages and Varietals,” in addition to a few new ones that are sure to create a buzz. That’s right! We highly encourage you to kick off the New Year with a river cruise aboard one of our exquisite paddlewheelers, the American Queen or the American Empress. Each vessel offers a themed cruise early in the year to help you get a jump start on creating some brilliant memories for 2017! Read More >>

4 Reasons You Should Spend Your Next Holiday Cruise Aboard The American Queen

If you seek to escape the maddening crowds of the holiday season, enter the oasis of the gracious American Queen for a unique holiday experience that you will not soon forget. Decked out in her Victorian finery with lighted garlands, glittering trees, mouthwatering holiday cuisine and a host of Southern traditions, you would be hard-pressed to find a holiday river cruise quite like this. No other holiday cruise can match the heartwarming ambiance that makes you feel so welcome, so at home and so much like family while affording the opportunity to get acquainted with the best of the Antebellum South and classic traditions of the Cajun and Creole cultures. Here are the top reasons why you should choose to spend your next holiday cruise on the Mississippi River aboard the American Queen: Read More >>

Celebrating the Historic Columbia River Highway

Did you know that this year marks the 100th anniversary of the opening of the Historic Columbia River Highway in the great Pacific Northwest? On June 7, 1916, the Historic Columbia River Highway was officially dedicated and rapidly gained national attention for its iconic design, in addition to its inventive construction, which included bridges and rock walls. Although June 7, 2016 marked the official anniversary, the cities and towns of the region continue to celebrate throughout the year. You are probably saying to yourself, “what makes this highway so special?” Well, the answer is simple; this isn’t just any highway. This is America’s FIRST Scenic Highway and winds through (and leads to) some of Mother Nature’s most brilliant handiwork, such as Mt. Hood, the Columbia Gorge and Multnomah Falls – just to name a few. Read More >>
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