Testimonials and Awards

Hear from our previous guests what sets us apart:

I wanted to take the time to email you and let you know what a truly fabulous holiday our mum and dad had on board the American Queen. … They both had an incredible time, and described how everything on board was first-class, and all the staff were so friendly, attentive and in general just great people! … Sending the most heartfelt, sincere, huge thank-you to everyone involved – from us all.”

Rebecca P.

Our experience on your boat FAR EXCEEDED anything we imagined. You all have a terrific business. My sisters and I could find nothing – nothing – that we could even begin to see as a shortcoming on your part. The staff were top-notch, the musicians were great and those who waited on tables were professional. Great attitudes. … Upon disembarking, my sisters and I were asking, ‘When can we do this again?!’”

– Doug W.

Thank you to the whole crew, who cared for and entertained the passengers and kept the vessel clean and moving. A special thank-you to Richard, for his personal service and sharing his talent making towel animals.”

– Ron and Virginia B.

This was my third cruise with American Queen Steamboat Company, and I loved every one. … I Would not hesitate to recommend your company to anyone wanting to take a river cruise in the United States.”

– Charles P.

We enjoyed our trip, and have been going on for days about all of the amenities, great food and entertainment that your boat provided. We are in the midst of planning another trip soon."

Robin P.

…(A) crew member tracked us down and said there was a kids’ science museum at an upcoming port of call that my 3-year-old granddaughter might enjoy. That’s going way beyond the call of duty.”

– Cruise Critic review

Our recent awards:


Winner – Cruise Critic Editors' Pick 2018


Gold Winner – 2019 Travvy Awards


Editor's Pick – 2018 TravelAge West Wave Awards


2012-2018 – The World Ocean Cruise Liner Society


Finalist – 2014-2017 Condé Nast Traveler Readers' Choice Awards

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Featured Voyages:


American Queen

Aug. 25 | Antebellum South

Experience authentic Southern culture as you journey through living history and soak in the romantic spirit of the antebellum era. Memory flows deep and sentiment eddies and swirls along the Lower Mississippi River. Revitalized river towns, historic mansions and Civil War battlefields transport travelers back in time on this momentous voyage.

FARES FROM: $2,299 per person*


American Empress

May 26 | Pacific Northwest Spendor

Nowhere is the timelessness of rivers more apparent than in the pristine Pacific Northwest – a captivating corner of America that boasts its awe-inspiring, natural beauty to leave you breathless. Cruise past fertile fields, impressive mountains and vertical canyons to bear witness to the precious land just as it appeared to Lewis and Clark in 1805 – majestic and unimaginably glorious.

FARES FROM: $3,799 per person*


American Duchess

Jun. 9 | Antebellum South

Century-old oak trees, indigenous wildlife, Civil War memorials and vast plantations await you on a Lower Mississippi River cruise. Look back: each battlefield, passing landscape and epochal river town has a story to tell. Celebrate the living, breathing places where Southern culture continues to enjoy a modern-day renaissance.

FARES FROM: $2,999 per person*



Earn up to a $500 per-person air credit on select 2019 voyages!

Ready to reserve your cabin onboard one of our gorgeous paddlewheelers? Call 888-749-5280, and mention 2019 SAVINGS. Sale ends May 31.

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Terms and Conditions:
*Receive a $500-per-person air credit with the purchase of any cabin on the following American Duchess 2019 voyages: 5/19, 5/26, 6/2, 6/9, 6/16, 6/23, 9/8, 9/15, 9/22, 9/29, 10/6, 10/13, 10/20, 10/27, 11/3, 11/10, 11/17, 12/1, 12/8, 12/15, 12/22. Receive a $150-per-person air credit with the purchase of any cabin on the following American Empress 2019 voyages: 4/28, 5/12, 5/26, 6/9, 6/23, 8/4, 8/18, 9/1, 9/29, 10/13, 10/27, 11/10, 11/17. Receive a $500-per-person air credit with the purchase of cabin category C or above or a $150-per-person air credit with the purchase of cabin categories D or E on the following American Queen 2019 voyages: 5/19, 5/26, 6/2, 6/9, 6/16, 7/21, 8/25, 9/1, 9/8, 9/15, 9/22, 9/29, 10/6, 10/13, 10/20, 10/27, 11/3, 11/10, 11/17, 11/24, 12/1, 12/8, 12/15, 12/22. Air credit will be shown as an additional discount on the cruise invoice. Airfare does not have to be purchased in order to receive the credit. Offer not valid on American Empress cabin categories CS and LS.
Offer expires 5/31/2019, or when no valid cabins remain. Valid on new, paid-in-full bookings. Singles booked in double-occupancy cabins will receive double the discount. 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, 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 2019 SAVINGS.