American Duchess

Why cruise on this ship?

American Duchess river cruises give way to discovery. As the most elegant paddlewheeler on U.S. rivers, she is a floating, intimate masterpiece that can carry up to 166 guests through America’s heartland.

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Dining

Every meal aboard the American Duchess is an affair to remember. Our �celebrated American chefs draw their inspiration from our great Heartland to create a movable, delectable feast for you to indulge in. On our river cruises, you'll enjoy everything from piping hot beignets and bananas foster French toast for breakfast to succulent five-course dinners. Every day celebrates the culinary senses.

Even more astounding than the choices you will find on our menus are your daily choices of dining venues.

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The Grand Dining Room

The opulent Grand Dining Room is the centerpiece, serving breakfasts, lunches and dinners that are befittingly grand.

Features

  • Experience: Complimentary
  • Food type: American

The Grill Room

The Grill offers a wide variety of classic American favorites and can satisfy any craving.

Features

  • Experience: Cover
  • Food type: Bbq

Entertaining

Night after magical night, top entertainers bring down the house in the American Duchess's majestic Show Lounge/Auditorium. Each evening the lights dim, the curtains rise and our talented performers offer you entertainment worthy of Broadway.

As history plays such a large part of your cruise experience, the Riverlorian is onboard for each voyage to impart the history and lore of the river on which you are cruising. In addition to the ever-present Riverlorian, they often feature a diverse lineup of guest historians who take to the stage and transport you to another era. You’ll enjoy hearing from these noted speakers who offer astounding insights on the culture and heritage of America's Heartland and the Deep South. Relive a tale from Mark Twain for an enchanted evening and you will retire to your room convinced that you've just had a conversation with history.

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Onboard Activities

American Queen Steamboat Company provides a wide array of onboard activities. You may do as much or as little as you desire. You can attend one of the Riverlorian’s programs, watch a video, or recruit fellow guests for a card game. Perhaps complete serenity is more tempting? Stroll with friends, relax with a book and binoculars on deck or enjoy a cocktail in one of the vessel’s unique bars.

Features

  • Local Entertainment

Enrichment

AmaWaterways takes great pride in crafting enticing shore excursions and pre- and post-cruise city tours with personable local guides. Their tours are designed to delve into the heart of each destination, visiting must-see landmarks as well as out of the way gems. Guests are allocated one of the state-of-the-art personal audio devices, which make it easy to hear every word of their guide’s lively commentary. Whether it’s part of a land program itinerary or a small group shore excursion, your AmaWaterways vacation will include a multitude of experiences that are entertaining, enriching and available exclusively to their guests.

Health and fitness

The river is always flowing and while life here may move at a genteel pace, there is always plenty of activity onboard and ashore for the adventurer in all of us. the American Duchess offers a range of amenities to help you maintain your fitness routine while cruising. You'll find that your active, healthy lifestyle is easily accommodated.

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Gym

Weight and resistance training are simple with their workout bench, dumbbells and other equipment. Guests looking for a more aerobic form of exercise can get their heart rates up using our treadmills or the static bike.

When you travel with the American Queen Steamboat Company, your complete workout routine is easily accommodated!

Features

  • Gym

Kids and teens

There are no dedicated children's facilities onboard.

Accommodation

Her suites range from 180 sq. ft to 550 sq. ft., allowing guests to stay in some of the largest accomodations on the rivers. Unique to the American Duchess are her spacious Loft Suites, that measure at 550 sq. ft..

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2019 Loft Suites with Private Balcony (AD - LFS)

The spacious, elegant Loft Suites are your new home away from home. The lower level features a full bathroom, small dining area, a beautiful lounge section furnished with a queen sofa-bed and desk area, along with sliding doors to access your private balcony where you can unwind and take in the majestic, riverside scenery. Ascend the stairs to the upper level of the loft and you will discover a tranquil retreat with its semi-private bedroom, a full bathroom and plentiful closet space. A large picture window in front of the staircase affords river views from the upper level bedroom. These expansive suites accommodate a variety of travel needs and are the ideal choice for family and friends vacationing together. Boasting every essential modern amenity while providing the ultimate in relaxation and pampering, you will relish the many exclusive benefits of the Commodore Services® while being well attended to by your personal river butler.

Note: Stateroom information provided here is a general representation of the stateroom category. Actual room features and amenities may vary.

Commodore Services®
This elite level of service includes a bottle of wine with fruit basket upon arrival, preferred seating in The Grand Dining Room, reserved seating in our grand theater and an invitation to dine with Senior Officers of the American Duchess.

As a special guest of the Loft Suite, you will also receive the additional services of a friendly River Butler. This service includes a warm welcome with a tour of your suite, unpacking and hanging of clothes in addition to the preparation and packing of your luggage, laundry and pressing services along with shoe shine and conditioning, afternoon tea served in your suite, breakfast and dinner served on your private balcony (upon request), in-suite pre-dinner canapés and post-dinner sweets, as well as a personal escort to your reserved seating in our grand theater.

Features

  • Queen or Twin Configuration
  • Sofa Bed
  • Lounge Area
  • Shower
  • Bath
  • Butler Service
  • TV
  • Coffee Machine
  • Safe
  • Hair Dryer
  • Telephone
  • Desk
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2019 Owners Suites with Private Balcony (AD - OS)

Nestled in the best location with sprawling views of the river, the 2-room Owner's Suites will have you feeling like Thomas P. Leathers, one of the wealthiest and most successful steamboat owners of the 19th century. Slide open the glass doors, accessible from both the bedroom and lounge areas, and step out onto your expansive, private balcony to unwind and take in the beauty of riverside America. Adorned with an intimate interior lounging area amply furnished with a queen sofa-bed, cocktail tables and desk, these lavish suites can accommodate up to four guests and epitomize luxurious river cruising. Boasting every essential modern amenity while providing the ultimate in relaxation and pampering, you will relish the many exclusive benefits of the Commodore Services® while being well attended to by your personal river butler.

Note: Stateroom information provided here is a general representation of the stateroom category. Actual room features and amenities may vary.

Commodore Services®
This elite level of service includes a bottle of wine with fruit basket upon arrival, preferred seating in The Grand Dining Room, reserved seating in the grand theater and an invitation to dine with Senior Officers of the American Duchess.

As a special guest of the Owner's Suite, you will also receive the additional services of a friendly River Butler. This service includes a warm welcome with a tour of your suite, unpacking and hanging of clothes in addition to the preparation and packing of your luggage, laundry and pressing services along with shoe shine and conditioning, afternoon tea served in your suite, breakfast and dinner served on your private balcony (upon request), in-suite pre-dinner canapés and post-dinner sweets, as well as a personal escort to your reserved seating in our grand theater.

Features

  • Queen or Twin Configuration
  • Sofa Bed
  • Lounge Area
  • Dining Area
  • Shower
  • Bath
  • Butler Service
  • TV
  • Coffee Machine
  • Safe
  • Hair Dryer
  • Desk
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2019 Deluxe Suites with Private Balcony (AD - DS)

The 2-room Deluxe Suites give you the feeling of a fine estate home. Upon entry you will discover a lounge area with half bath, a queen sofa-bed and small desk area. Off of the lounge you will enter your private bedroom complete with a full bath, plentiful closet space and sliding doors to your private balcony. Indulge in a soothing soak in your tub and then retire to your cozy armchair, prop your feet up and read through the River Times, their daily program, to discover the delights that await you.

Note: Stateroom information provided here is a general representation of the stateroom category. Actual room features and amenities may vary.

Features

  • Queen or Twin Configuration
  • Lounge Area
  • Dining Area
  • Shower
  • Room Service Available
  • TV
  • Coffee Machine
  • Safe
  • Hair Dryer
  • Telephone
  • Desk
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2019 Veranda Suites with Private Balcony (AD - VS)

Our Veranda Suites offer the perfect respite from a busy day on the river. Settle in at your desk or relax on the couch, slide open the doors to your private balcony and peacefully watch the river banks of America's heartland drift by. Enjoy the finest amenities in these luxurious accommodations featuring generous closet space and a full bathroom.

Features

  • Queen or Twin Configuration
  • Lounge Area
  • Shower
  • Bath
  • TV
  • Coffee Machine
  • Safe
  • Telephone
  • Desk
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2019 Interior Suites (AD - IS)

Surrounded by every modern convenience, you will find your cares disappear within moments upon entry to the welcoming Inside Suites. These tranquil retreats feature ample closet space, a full bathroom and a curtain divider to provide optional privacy between your sleeping space and seating area.

Note: Stateroom information provided here is a general representation of the stateroom category. Actual room features and amenities may vary.

Features

  • Queen or Twin Configuration
  • Lounge Area
  • Shower
  • Bath
  • TV
  • Coffee Machine
  • Desk

Deck plans

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Deck 4 - Sun Deck

  • Sun Deck
  • Pilot House
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Deck 3 - Cabin Deck

  • Owner's Suites
  • Deluxe Suites
  • Veranda Suites
  • Interior Suites
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Deck 2 - Observation Deck

  • The River Club & Terrace
  • Baristas
  • Fitness Centre
  • Loft Suites
  • Veranda Suites
  • Interior Suites
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Deck 1- Main Deck

  • The Grand Dining Room
  • Grand Lobby & Bar
  • The Show Lounge
  • Office
  • Giftshop

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Ship facts
Passengers
166
Crew
80
Launched
2017
Last refit
Tonnage
3560t
Length
103m
Width
Speed
kts
Decks
Wheelchair cabins
No
Currency
USD