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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.


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.


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.

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