Welcome to the American Duchess!

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american duchess

We are thrilled to introduce the newest edition to our fleet, the American Duchess. She is the first all-suite paddlewheeler on U.S. Rivers, a floating, intimate masterpiece that can carry up to 166 guests through America's heartland. The paddlewheeler is being created from a 1995 hull and completely reconstructed to become one of the most luxurious river cruising vessels in the country, featuring single-seating main dining and entertainment venues, soaring ceilings, and all of the amenities that guests have come to expect from the American Queen Steamboat Company cruise line.

Her suites range from 180 to 550 square feet, affording guests some of the largest accommodations on the America’s rivers. Unique to the American Duchess are her spacious Loft Suites, that measure 550 square feet. The lower level features a full bathroom, small dining area, a beautiful lounge section furnished with a queen sofa-bed and desk, along with sliding doors to access a private balcony. The loft area upstairs is a tranquil retreat with its semi-private bedroom, a full bathroom and gracious closet space.

Featuring a single-seating schedule in the beautiful Grand Dining Room, dining onboard is an experience. Enjoy epicurean cuisine that creatively blends local flavors with fine culinary traditions. Equally decadent dining with a more casual atmosphere can be enjoyed at The Grill. Single-seating for half the capacity of the Grand Dining Room provides a cozy ambiance, as well as an outdoor terrace featuring covered, resort-style seating for both leisurely lounging and relaxed dining.

We have added new itineraries and destinations on the American Duchess including the cities of Nashville and Chicago. New in 2017 are roundtrip Nashville Holiday themed itineraries, as well as cruises to and from Chicago via the Illinois River.

Combining the best of the old and the new, this beautiful lady of the river epitomizes the grace and grandeur that has made river cruising a cherished American tradition for more than two centuries. Embark on one voyage and you’ll see why.