Cruise Critic Special Offer

Celebrate the holidays with family and friends on a festive U.S. river cruise!

Plan a memorable river cruise this holiday season! See America’s most beautiful rivers and their cities decked out in their holiday best, and save with these river cruise deals from American Queen Steamboat Company. We offer packages and promotions to make your holiday getaway memorable and hassle-free. Leave the cooking to us this season, and spread holiday cheer on a river cruise. Spend a magical holiday season cruising through America's festive ports aboard the exquisite American Duchess™, American Empress®, or American Queen®. A variety of itineraries, destinations, and cruise lengths are available! You can view our 2018 Holiday brochure here:

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This sale has a deal for all travelers:


2-F-1 FARES*

Dec. 16, 2018, voyages only.

(Mention offer code 2018 End of Season.)



(Mention offer code 2018 Family Holiday.)



(Mention offer code 2018 Single Holiday.)


American Duchess

Dec. 16 | Plantation Holidays

Choosing fabulous handmade gifts at local Christmas markets is always a joyful experience. A traditional holiday show, ornament making, and cookie decorating are guest favorites. And for the icing on the...well, gingerbread, it'll be smooth sailing with the sultry and soulful R&B sounds of guest artist Henry Rhodes on this special voyage.

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American Queen

Dec. 16 | Holiday-Christmas Markets

Classic markets, a special holiday performance, a holiday gala, a bonfire on the levee, and fireworks create a voyage to remember! Also, spend this special time with legendary American author Mark Twain...or at least the second-best thing -- talented tribute artist Lewis Hankins; and join Tim Hobbs, renowned historian as he talks about the Crescent City.  

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American Duchess

Dec. 23 | Christmas Cruise

Amid the glittering elegance of an American Duchess 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 spending time and celebrating with friends new and old.

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American Queen

Dec. 23 | Creole Christmas

Make our home your home for the holidays, and get acquainted with classic traditions of the Cajun and Creole cultures. Satisfy your appetite and share the season's joy at a special holiday dinner. Also, enjoy special performances such as our holiday show, New Orleans-based magician Danté, and Mark Twain tribute artist Lewis Hankins.

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Call 888-802-1853 for reservations and more information. Sale ends September 30.

Can't make it in 2018? Check our early booking discounts for 2019 cruises!

2019 Offer Details


Interested in learning more about our U.S. river cruises? Check out our blog:

6 Traditions That Make Our Holiday Cruises Unforgettable

Decked out in elegant finery, with lighted garlands, glittering trees, mouthwatering holiday cuisine, and memorable Southern traditions, the American Queen and American Duchess offer holiday river cruises like none other.

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Top 10 Reasons to take a river cruise

River cruising is a rapidly growing industry in the United States, and we couldn’t be more excited about it! While there are several companies you could choose to travel with, cruising with American Queen Steamboat Company is the best choice! Here are 10 reasons why...

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The Essential Guide to Packing for Riverboat Cruises

While you may be gearing up for the river cruise of a lifetime, the days of forging ahead with overloaded steamer trunks in tow are long gone. Today, you need tobring only the bare essentials to enjoy a fabulous vacation on the river. In simple terms, there is no need to over pack.

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What our guests are saying:

"I have enjoyed well over 30 cruises on America's Inland Rivers. The American Queen Steamboat Company has perfected river cruising once again, with so many extras too numerous to mention..."

- I Luv Steamboatin on

*Terms and Conditions
*2-FOR-1 offer means 1st guest in double-occupancy stateroom pays full cruise fare and 2nd guest in the same double-occupancy stateroom pays no cruise fare. Offer is valid only on available cabin categories on 2018 American Duchess voyage: 12/16 and 2018 American Queen voyage: 12/16. American Duchess offer not valid on category OS. Buy two cabins with double occupancy, get one free. Applicable to cabins with double occupancy only on the following American Duchess 2018 voyages: 12/16, 12/23 and the following American Queen 2018 voyages: 12/16, 12/23. Complimentary cabin is of equal or lesser value. Solo travelers pay supplement rate of 125% on the following American Duchess 2018 voyages: 12/16, 12/23 and the following American Queen 2018 voyages: 12/16, 12/23. Not applicable to American Queen cabin categories SI and SO. Offer expires on 9/30/18 or when no valid cabins remain. Offer is valid only on new, paid-in-full bookings. Full payment at time of booking is required to redeem this offer. Offer is based on cabin availability, and only while inventory lasts. Not valid on group bookings or existing reservations; cannot be combined with other promotions or discounts. Promotional fares and amenities are capacity-controlled, may vary by sailing, and may be withdrawn without notice. Cruise fares quoted are in U.S. dollars, are per person, and do not include government taxes and fees, port charges, gratuities, airfare, insurance, personal expenditures, or transportation costs incurred while traveling to and from embarkation ports. Not responsible for errors or omissions. Additional terms and conditions may apply. Call for details, and mention offer code 2018 Family Holiday for buy two cabins get one free offer. Mention offer code 2018 Single Holiday for single supplement offer. Mention offer code 2018 End of Season for 2-FOR-1 offer.