American Queen Steamboat Company Blog

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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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Top 10 Reasons to Take a U.S. River Cruise with Us

1. Largest Owner’s Suites and the First Loft Suites on U.S. Rivers

Nestled in the best location with sprawling views of the river, our 550-square-foot Owner's Suites aboard the American Duchess will have you feeling like Thomas P. Leathers, one of the wealthiest and most successful steamboat owners of the 19th century. Adorned with an intimate interior lounging area amply furnished with a queen sofa-bed, cocktail tables and desk, these lavish suites can accommodate up to four guests and epitomize luxurious river cruising. Our 550-square-foot elegant Loft Suites are a traveler’s dream come true. You will feel right at home in the 350-square-foot lower level featuring a full bathroom, a small dining area, a beautiful lounge section furnished with a queen sofa-bed and desk, along with sliding glass doors to your private balcony where you can unwind and take in the majestic, riverside scenery. Ascend the stairs to the upper level of the loft and you will discover a tranquil retreat with its semiprivate bedroom, a full bathroom and plentiful closet space. These innovative suites accommodate a variety of travel needs and are the ideal choice for family and friends vacationing together.

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What's New In 2017?

There is something special about anything new, especially a new year. With each one, we all find ourselves day dreaming about what is to come. It is a time for modifications and trying something new. As we are anxiously awaiting our newest adventure with the American Duchess™, we are also working on many other new features in the near future. Here are seven new things for American Queen Steamboat Company in 2017.

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The 50s and 60s Remembered - A Nostalgic 5-Day River Cruise

For those of you looking for a brief encounter with the historic south, our first two voyages of the year departing in February could be the ideal journey you have been looking for. These Roundtrip New Orleans cruises aboard the iconic American Queen® are not only packed with the cultural and enriching experiences that make American Queen Steamboat Company voyages so unique, but they are also musically themed voyages (and one of our most popular!): The 50s and 60s Remembered.

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4 Charming Southern Towns You Must See During the Holidays

The season is at its peak and the treasured ports of the Lower Mississippi are bright with holiday cheer. Amid the glittering elegance of an American Queen holiday cruise is a seasonal spirit larger than life. Experience the best of the Antebellum South during a magical time of the year and delight in all of your favorite holiday treats while getting acquainted with the classic traditions of the Cajun culture. Sip a glass of eggnog as you listen to the sweet sound of local choirs and bands serenade the American Queen upon departure from the enchanting ports of Vicksburg and Natchez. Receive a warm welcome from strolling carolers upon arrival to charming St. Francisville. Our exclusive lineup of Christmas markets offers a little something for everyone including music, seasonal goods and locally produced crafts for you to enjoy.

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