American Queen Steamboat Company Reviews in the Press

The media is shining a spotlight on our paddlewheelers and steamboat. Featured in outlets like the Chicago Tribune and Travel Pulse, reviews of American Queen Steamboat Company are a must-read for anyone considering an American river cruise. Don’t just take our word for it, read on to discover what news outlets across the US have to say about our American Queen steamboat and the rest of our fleet.

American Queen Steamboat Company Announces Agreement to Acquire Victory I/II Vessels


NEW ALBANY, Indiana, Nov. 12, 2018 Today, American Queen Steamboat Company announced a definitive agreement to acquire the Victory I and sister ship Victory II from Sunstone Ships, Inc., as well as the Victory brand.  These vessels are currently being marketed by Victory Cruise Lines as overnight cruise ships. Terms of the transaction are not being disclosed and expected to close in early January 2019.

“We are pleased to purchase the Victory I and Victory II which will fuel the continued success and growth of American Queen Steamboat Company,” said American Queen Steamboat Company Chairman and CEO John Waggoner. “We look forward to working closely with Victory Cruise Line’s new and existing travel partners. These vessels enable us to provide guests with more diverse cruising options particularly in the Great Lakes, a region that our customers have been requesting for years.” 
The 5,000-ton, 300-foot-long, 202-passenger Victory I and Victory II are both identical and details of upcoming operations on both of vessels will be announced in the coming months.
The Victory I and Victory II will join the American Queen Steamboat Company fleet under the Victory Cruise name, alongside the flagship American Queen and 166-guest boutique paddlewheeler American Duchess sailing the Mississippi and Ohio Rivers and American Empress in the Pacific Northwest. The new American Countess, currently under construction in Louisiana, will debut in 2020.
“Victory Cruise Lines has established itself as the leading cruise line on the Great Lakes, and our bookings for 2019 are already 35% ahead of our actuals of 2018. AQSC’s established and strong product and brand is well-suited to take the Victory vessels and Victory Cruise Line brand forward creating one of the largest North American Great Lakes and U.S. River cruising companies in the country,” said Victory Cruise Lines President and CEO Hans Lagerweij.

For additional information about Victory Cruise Lines’ call 888-907-2636 or visit
For additional information about Sunstone Ships, Inc call 305-400-8055 or visit
For additional information and reservations, kindly contact the American Queen Steamboat Company at 888-749-5280, visit or call a professional travel agent.
Editor Note: Image link to Victory I and Victory II jpegs
American Queen Steamboat Company
American Queen Steamboat Company (AQSC) is the operator of the U.S. flagged American Queen, the largest, most opulent riverboat in the world.  Longer than a football field, towering six decks in height and laced with fanciful gingerbread trim, she is a marvel of modern engineering. Her journeys through the heartland offer a unique perspective on America’s history, culture and landscape with convenient departures from some of America’s most iconic river port cities including Memphis, Nashville, New Orleans, Cincinnati, Louisville, St. Louis and Minneapolis. In April 2014, AQSC began serving the Pacific Northwest with the opulence and grandeur of the American Empress and added the American Duchess to the Mississippi River in August 2017.
Victory Cruise Lines
Miami-based Victory Cruise Lines operates Victory I and Victory II, identical 202-passenger ships, and has a new build 180-passenger vessel, the Ocean Victory, on order for 2021. Victory Cruise Lines operates all-inclusive cruises to Canada, the Great Lakes and New England. For more information about Victory Cruise Lines, contact a travel agent or visit

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Critical Acclaim

Popular Mississippi River cruises offer fresh view of American history
by Ellen Uzelac, Chicago Tribune

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by Bobbie Dempsey, Travel Pulse

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by Carolyn Spencer Brown, Cruise Critic

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