American Queen Steamboat Company

The American Queen Steamboat experience

The iconic paddlewheeler ships of the American Queen Steamboat Company provide a trip back in time to the nostalgic days of Mark Twain’s ‘Huckleberry Finn’ novels. Featuring cruises along the legendary Mississippi River – with branches on the Ohio and Tennessee rivers – and new journeys now available on the Columbia and Snake Rivers in the northeast, the four ships of the fleet showcase the best of river cruising in the United States.

American Queen Steamboat Company also offer uniquely themed river cruise voyages and feature special entertainment creating a river cruise experience unlike any other. From American BBQ, Civil War, Bourbon to Blues, and American Music Festival, just to name a few - the possibilities are endless.

American Queen Steamboat Cruises are best for

The American Queen Steamboat Company allows travellers to truly immerse in a destination. A unique approach to cruising is provided with itineraries featuring guest lecturers and hop-on/hop-off coaches in most ports of call to allow clients to discover a deeper history at their own pace.

The mighty Mississippi River is covered all the way from New Orleans in the south to Minneapolis in the north with a selection of 4 to 14-night cruises (based on the 2021 season); showcasing the natural beauty of Oregon, Washington State and Idaho for nature lovers throughout the journey.

Atmosphere & Experience onboard 

With an all-American crew onboard, this is an all-American experience! For entertainment – think jazz, blues and country. Each vessel has her own unique character, from American Queen's southern charm style to the elegant of the modern American Duchess.


Anyone with a penchant for experiential travel and an opportunity to learn a deeper history of locations visited will enjoy the ships of American Queen Steamboat.  Suits a mature clientele including couples, solo travellers and groups.

At a glance

Ship size: Small
Class: River
Style: Paddlewheelers, River Cruises


Authentic Paddlewheeler travel just like in the early days of the United States.
Inclusions: Hop-on,hop-off shore excursions, wine and beer with dinner, Free Wi-Fi (speeds may vary), onboard evening entertainment and 1 night pre-cruise complimentary hotel-stay (Fleetwide 2021 onwards).

Food & Dining with American Queen Steamboat

With beautiful dining venues and cuisine true to the local area, expect a full dining experience onboard. Beer and wine included with lunch and dinner.

American Queen Steamboat Fleet

American Countess
Built: 1995
Refurbished: 2020
Passengers: 245
Crew: 98
American Duchess
Built: 2017
Passengers: 166
Crew: 83
American Empress 
Built: 2003
Refurbished: 2014
Passengers: 221
Crew: 88 
American Queen    
Built: 1995
Refurbished: 2017
Passengers: 417
Crew: 172

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