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A letter from our Founder:

Dear American Queen Consumer,
My wife, Claudette, and I would be honored to have you join us on our newest vessel, the American Countess, for an exclusive Chairman’s Cruise on May 31, 2020, from Alton (St. Louis) to our hometown, Louisville, Kentucky. We can hardly contain our excitement about the opportunity to welcome you aboard our latest addition. Every paddlewheeler launch is dear to our hearts, and we appreciate the chance to share the experience with fellow travelers who love river cruising as much as we do.
The mighty rivers of this country served as highways of early exploration, and inspired dreams of discovery. American Queen Steamboat Company is proud to continue the tradition of overnight cruising and pioneering spirit with our trademark level of service aboard authentic, uniquely American vessels:
The American Queen – the world’s largest, most opulent paddlewheel steamboat, with itineraries on the Mississippi, Ohio and Tennessee Rivers.
The American Empress – the largest, most elegant paddlewheeler in the Pacific Northwest, with spectacular itineraries on the breathtaking Columbia and Snake Rivers.
The American Duchess – a luxury paddlewheeler with modern, expansive accommodations and a variety of itineraries covering the Mississippi, Ohio and Tennessee Rivers.
The American Countess – Launching in 2020, this newest addition to our royal family will offer the same exceptional voyages and high standards of service that you’ve come to expect from American Queen Steamboat Company.
From our flagship vessel, the American Queen, to the remainder of our growing fleet, we are deeply proud of our boats and the amazing journeys they provide. Our guiding principle has always been dedication to our customers through outstanding service from a knowledgeable, enthusiastic team, with top-of-mind safety awareness and a focus on environmental and social responsibility.
We invite you to join us for a world-class, uniquely American river cruise. We hope to see you soon!
John W. Waggoner,
Chairman and CEO,
American Queen Steamboat Company


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$300 on board credit per a couple*

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Our Favorite Voyages

American Queen

Jun. 16 | Antebellum South

Explore the land of bawdy blues and Southern belles. This journey showcases the diversity and drama of the Lower Mississippi River. From Memphis to New Orleans, the river rolls slowly and expansively, smooth as a southern drawl. The bayous and woodlands along the shore create dramatic landscapes that are virtually unchanged since the days of the French fur traders. 

FARES FROM: $2,299 per person*


American Empress

Apr. 28

You will visit many historic, scenic and enjoyable sites along your Columbia and Snake River voyage to Clarkston. If you’re looking for something tailored more to a specific interest, you might enjoy the Premium Shore Excursion to Multnomah Falls or a trip to the Western Antique Aeroplane & Automobile Museum.

FARES FROM: $3,399 per person*


American Duchess

Jun. 2 | Antebellum South
Memory flows deep and sentiment eddies and swirls along the Lower Mississippi River. Experience authentic Southern culture as you journey through living history and soak in the romantic spirit of the Antebellum era. Fertile cotton fields, vast sugar cane plantations and imposing pillared mansions will transport you back in time, as will the Civil War battlefields. 

FARES FROM: $2,999 per person*



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