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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.


Holiday Cruises on the American Queen

There is something special about the holidays. We spend most of our year focused outward on the world around us whether it is through careers, volunteer efforts or simply attending to the minutia of our daily lives. There rarely seems to be a chance to take a deep breath and truly focus on our family and friends. More importantly, we don’t often take the time to truly appreciate those we love or to look inward and count our blessings. Life always seems to be getting in the way yet, ironically, it is life itself that is such a blessing.


Journals of Exploration

There are several ways to take a vacation. You can book it and go. Or you can do what many American Queen Steamboat Company guests do: book it and then dive into the history of the places you’ll be visiting. For those who travel with us on the grand American Queen for the first time, we always suggest that they pick up a copy of the immortal Mark Twain’s fascinating Life on the Mississippi. While many of his other books such as the Adventures of Tom Sawyer and the Adventures of Huckleberry Finn give a brief peek into small town life and what it was like grow up along the banks of the Mississippi River, his Life on the Mississippi takes a broader view. Though the book is about his experiences as a riverboat cub pilot, it encapsulates the details of sailing the river in the 1800s - both is beauty and its perils. Because of its detail, the book has become much more than just the amusing tales of a humorist on the river and is now a historical reference to how certain riverboat procedures were performed.