American Queen Steamboat Company Blog

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Steam Calliope

Driven by historical authenticity, the American Queen’s design is based on meticulous research into 19th-century documents and records. The result is a grand steamboat that pays homage to the floating palaces of the mid-1800s. And essential to any self-respecting steamboat is her steam calliope.

 
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River Cruising vs Ocean Cruising

If you are a seasoned ocean cruiser and enjoy sailing the open seas, perhaps you are now ready for something a bit different. Perhaps something more intimate with less crowds and more intrigue. Well, river cruising offers you exactly that and then some. A river cruise offers the opportunity to experience the historic and cultural significance of old destinations from an entirely new perspective…the indescribable perspective of the river. What might you expect from making the switch to river cruising vs ocean cruising?

 
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Packing For a Cruise: More Fun, Less Baggage

While you may be gearing up for the river cruise of a lifetime, the days of forging ahead with overloaded steamer trunks in tow are long gone. Today, you need only bring the bare essentials to enjoy a fabulous vacation on the river. In simple terms, there is no need to over-pack. Here are some things to keep in mind when packing for a cruise.
 
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Mississippi River Facts

The Mississippi River is full of intriguing history and fascinating scenery from end-to-end. Touching ten states from its beginning in Minnesota to its end in Louisiana, it touches a wide variety of cultures and heritages, but also has many impressive characteristics that are as unique as the communities through which it flows. Read More >>

Cradle of the Blues

The American Queen Steamboat Company is headquartered in Memphis, TN and while we employ many natives, we’ve also brought a number of people to the area as well. And we’ve noticed that the newcomers are often as enthusiastic, if not more so, than those who have spent their lives in this distinctive community. What engenders such passion? There are many reasons, ranging from traditions such as the march of the ducks at the Peabody Hotel, the many varieties of barbeque found throughout downtown, the presence of the mighty Mississippi River, and Elvis’ sprawling Graceland just south of the city. However, the one area that everyone flocks to time and time again is legendary Beale Street. This is the area where the blues was nurtured and dreams come true. Read More >>
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