River Cruise Testimonials


Read first-hand accounts and honest testimonials from some of our American Queen Steamboat Company guests. Real guests share their experiences aboard one of our steamboats or paddlewheelers for voyages down the Mississippi, Columbia or one of America’s other great rivers. Let these testimonials answer some of your questions and spark your desire to cruise through nature and culture right here in the U.S.

The only authentic Paddlewheeler on the River

We just returned from a trip on the American Queen. I feel compelled to tell you why we continue to travel on her. It is the fact that she ...

Close to Home, Exploring the Pacific Northwest

We loved the American Empress cruise!  We are both native Washingtonians and were happy to learn more about the eastern part of the state...

Giving Thanks for a Great River Cruise

That was the best week ever. It would be the "Thanksgiving Festival" themed voyage. Being a native Arizonan I was glad that the bitter cold front which moved into the area had ceased by the time of my arrival in Memphis.The weather was back to normal winter temps  and beautiful sunshine and rendered a wonderful Pre-voyage tour of Graceland prior to transport to the American Queen. Seeing that  magnificent boat  for the first time in person was awesome and fulfilled all my expectations!

The Ryans on the American Queen

There are those of us who long for travel as was done in a bygone era. We were born too late. We ache to travel on a train being pulled by a steam locomotive in coaches that reverberate the clickety clack of the rails underneath. We desire to relax on a paddle wheel steamboat up and down the rivers of America’s heartland, visiting small villages and towns along the way. Good News!  We are not too late...

The Beazleys on the American Empress

The "details" on the American Empress must not be overlooked. All the art work on display in the halls on all floors was stellar collection. The old photographs and Native Art pieces gave us much to talk about. A special thank you to the Interior Decorator. The complimentary wine at dinner, the daily River Times newspaper and the fresh flowers in our room did not go un-noticed. Nice touches everywhere.

Why I Love American Queen Riverboat Trips

I am always warmly greeted upon boarding the American Queen.  I see many of the staff members that I have known over the years.  They are fantastic people who are always smiling and very helpful.  My cabin is very nice and comfortable.  There is even a bath tub in the bathroom.  The decor is very nice, it's a step back in time!  It is a very relaxing trip, just being able to sit on the veranda and watch the beautiful river flow by...