River Views™, a River Cruise Blog

Discover the news from the river with River Views, the official river cruise blog of American Queen Steamboat Company. We will share stories form our steamboat and paddlewheelers, details of our port stops and excursions, dining and crew spotlights and any other important and fun news from the river. Our blog strives to keep our past and former guests informed, even if they aren’t onboard with us. Journey through America’s heartland without leaving your home, and read through River Views today.


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The Best Time of the Year to Book River Cruises

It doesn’t matter if you are a first-time river cruiser or if you are a seasoned river cruiser looking to experience new ports of call, the looming question for all travelers seems to be: When is the best time of the year to book American river cruises? Planning a river cruise vacation is not just about when you choose to travel, but it is also about when you choose to book your travel and there are some things to take into consideration.  Read More >>

Meet our Riverlorian: Q and A with Jerry Hay

The rivers of America are a great source of history and culture. In order to share and enlighten our guests of all of the uniqueness within our ports of call, we decided we needed a storyteller of the river and someone well versed in the history of river travel – we needed a Riverlorian.

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A Salute To America

What did you do yesterday? If you’re like many Americans, you had the day off and you spent it with friends and family. Perhaps you went to a baseball game. You might have enjoyed a picnic with all the trimmings: hot dogs, corn on the cob, barbeque ribs, potato salad, coleslaw and apple pie. Perhaps you took advantage of the many Memorial Day sales and spent the day shopping. No matter what you did, we hope that you took a few moments to remember the reason for the holiday.

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Traveling in a Wheelchair

Testimonial and Images courtesy of:
Stan and Barbara Rohrer
San Diego, California

I lost my left leg in 2010 due to an aneurysm in the back of the knee and the right leg in 2014 for the same reason. I was 87 in January 2017, but I still move around fairly well playing wheelchair tennis in San Diego Tuesday evenings and often kayaking in San Diego’s Mission Bay 6-9 miles in one of the four wooden kayaks that I built.

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Kentucky Derby Cruise – New Themed Cruise Showcasing an Old Tradition

The first weekend of May is an exciting one around Louisville, KY, celebrating the time-honored tradition of the Kentucky Derby. The thoroughbred race has taken place every year since 1875, under the famous twin-spires of Churchill Downs and is preluded by a two-week festival including a large fireworks display over the Ohio River, concerts, hot-air balloon race and Steamboat Race.

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