American Queen

Why cruise on this ship?

The largest steamboat ever built, the grand American Queen is a gracious and elegant triumph of American ingenuity.

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Dining

Dining aboard the American Queen is as decadent as it is delightful. Their award-winning culinary teams take full advantage of each region’s diverse bounty of fresh ingredients to prepare uniquely exquisite dishes while our gracious, all-American staff charms you with friendly, attentive service so that you may enjoy each meal in a most relaxed atmosphere.

J.M. White Dining Room

Your first decision each morning: whether to relax in bed with a cheerful breakfast tray of freshly brewed coffee and piping hot beignets, linger in the elegant dining room, or enjoy the informal atmosphere of an alternate venue. Menu choices are many, including made-to-order omelettes, egg strudel with spinach, tomato and feta, andouille hash with corn cakes, and decadent bananas Foster French toast.

The nightly five-course dinner in the American Queen’s elegant J. M. White Dining Room showcases the varied cultural and culinary influences of the American nation. Inspired by the American Heartland and their Southern heritage, each offering is a celebration of flavour. Perhaps you will start with a sweet, golden brown beignet topped with a savoury mushroom cream sauce and perfectly seasoned crawfish tails followed by a tender baby spinach salad tossed with lightly sweetened sour cream-shallot dressing. For the entree, try the wild- harvested Gulf snapper dressed with jumbo shrimp, Creole style tomato sauce and accompanied by steamed jasmine rice.

Of course, no meal is complete without dessert and you will not be disappointed with the heavenly confections that are artfully prepared each evening to satisfy your sweet tooth and offer a sweet exclamation to end another perfect day.

Features

  • Experience: Complimentary
  • Food type: American

The Front Porch Cafe

This alternative dining venue offers the ideal respite for a relaxing, al fresco lunch or dinner, affording idyllic views of the river and passing scenery. You will feast on freshly grilled meats, sumptuous seafood, a medley of vegetables and salads and a supreme selection of desserts.

If you are feeling peckish any time of the day or night, the Front Porch Café offers a selection of sandwiches, fresh fruits, popcorn or soft-serve ice cream, while 24-hour room service is just a phone call away.

Features

  • Experience: Complimentary
  • Food type: American

Entertaining

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

The palatial Grand Saloon is two decks tall and resembles the small town opera houses of the 19th century with details modeled after Ford's Theater. Rousing musical revues and high-energy cabaret from our immensely talented and energetic cast take center stage each evening. Nightly performances bring authentic regional music to life with rich historical context. After the show, dance and swing to stellar performances of jazz, blues, ragtime, bluegrass, country and rock and roll in the handsome Engine Room Bar, or join in a lively piano sing-a-long in the Main Deck Lounge.

As history plays such a large part of your cruise experience, our Riverlorian is onboard for each voyage to impart the history and lore of the river on which you are cruising. In addition to our ever-present Riverlorian, we 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.


Grand Saloon

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

The palatial Grand Saloon is two decks tall and resembles the small town opera houses of the 19th century with details modeled after Ford's Theater. Rousing musical revues and high-energy cabaret from our immensely talented and energetic cast take center stage each evening. College on the Mississippi® performances bring authentic regional music to life with rich historical context.

Features

  • Theatre
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Engine Room Bar

Dance and swing to stellar performances of jazz, blues, ragtime, bluegrass, country and rock and roll in the handsome Engine Room Bar.

Features

  • Bar

Main Deck Lounge

A more intimate atmosphere can be found in the vessel’s Main Deck Lounge; a popular alternate venue featuring smooth solo performances and soft piano music in the afternoon. Take pleasure in this intimate atmosphere which is ideal for sharing pre-dinner cocktails. For your late-night entertainment, we’ll pick up the pace and play all your favourites as you dance the night away in a lively piano sing-a-long.

Features

  • Lounge

The Mark Twain Gallery

Perhaps you would like to simply relax on deck with a copy of Huckleberry Finn or another imaginative selection borrowed from our revered Mark Twain Gallery? The Mark Twain Gallery is a plush, jam-packed lounge room that serves as the vessel's main meeting area. Comfy leather chairs, couches, tables, steamboat models, birdcages, bookshelves, a piano ... you name it, you'll find it. It's one of the best spots to tap into the boat's free Wi-Fi, and there's a 24 hour cappuccino machine available as well as Puzzles and various board games.

Features

  • Lounge
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Ladies Parlour

Take afternoon tea in the Ladies Parlour, open to anyone who ventures inside, bedecked in Victorian design, with potted plants and flowers, a light colour scheme, and a "swooning couch" and seats by the windowsill this is an ideal spot for reading, Web-browsing and watching the world float by.

Features

  • Lounge
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The Captains Bar

The Captain's Bar is located just outside the dining saloon as part of the Main Deck Lounge; there's piano music every night, often accompanied by a singer. It's the best place for an after-dinner cocktail.

Features

  • Bar
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The River Grill

Another watering hole is the River Grill, located aft on the top deck. With a great view of the paddlewheel its a magical place to relax onboard.

Features

  • Bar
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The Gift Shop

Browse over trinkets in the gift shop and purchase those last minute gifts for friends and loved ones at home.

Features

  • Shop

Enrichment

The main attraction on any American Queen Steamboat Company cruise is the award-winning shore excursions. Their shore excursions, both included and premium, provide plenty of activity and endless enjoyment for guests.

All of their shore excursions are thoughtfully designed to optimise the guest experience; helping you to get the most out of the charming river towns and historic sites.

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Riverlorian & Historical Lectures

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, a diverse lineup of guest historians 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.

Features

  • Education
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Guided Ship Tour

If the inner workings of their classic, steam-powered vessel truly fascinate you, as they do most of their guests, they recommend taking guided tours of the Engine Room and Pilot House for a remarkable one-of-a-kind experience. Witness the latest high-tech electronics that help them navigate their classic paddle wheeler up the changing currents of Old Man River.

Features

  • Excursions

Hop-On Hop-Off Guided Shore Excursions

Their signature Hop-On Hop-Off guided shore excursions are the best way to experience the freedom of choosing your own path in these great cities. You will receive a map with the Hop-On Hop-Off tour route and its numbered stops. You may visit each attraction with a gold star, show your boat ID, and your admission is included. Some of these attractions do not require an admission fee, but they would love to know that you are a guest of the American Queen or the American Empress.

Features

  • Excursions
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Narrated Tours

With their deluxe motor coaches, you will have the freedom to board at the dock and enjoy a locally narrated tour throughout each port of call. They encourage you to hop off the motor coach whenever the urge catches you, because another one is on its way to pick you up and continue the historical narration of your river port city. Motor coaches typically stop every 15 to 20 minutes. At each stop, you will have access to many attractions and historical sites along with plenty of unique places to find that perfect souvenir.

Features

  • Excursions

Premium Shore Excursions

While their complimentary Hop-On Hop-Off guided tours are a great way to get acquainted with the historically rich ports that you’ll encounter on your river cruise journey, their Premium Shore Excursions offer you the opportunity to delve even deeper into your specific interests.

Premium Shore Excursions are available for purchase and provide comprehensive, in-depth and rare experiences at an amazing value.

Features

  • Excursions

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 Queen 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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Fitness Centre

While onboard the American Queen, get a full workout in the state-of-the-art fitness centre. Weight and resistance training are simple with their workout bench, dumbbells and versatile Kinesis® One apparatus. Guests looking for a more aerobic form of exercise can get their heart rates up using their treadmills or the static bike.

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

Features

  • Gym
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Sun Deck Pool

A great place to relax and enjoy the sun whilst watching the beautiful scenery go by.

Features

  • Pool
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The American Queen Spa by Pevonia

While cruising aboard the American Queen, take some time to pamper yourself during your river cruise with a luxurious spa treatment. Unwind, relieve stress and slow down with a professional massage to make sure you leave feeling your very best. Our spa offers an array of treatments, like hot stone, Swedish massage or reflexology, ensuring that you get the service you need to relax. One session with our professional Massage Therapist will have you feeling like royalty.

EXPRESS BOOSTER FACIAL

Enjoy this deep cleansing facial that revitalizes your skin and exfoliates to promote hydration and healing.

EXPRESS TREATMENTS

  • Back, neck and shoulder massage
  • Half body hot stone massage
  • Reflexology treatment
  • Foot and ankle massage
  • Indian scalp massage
  • Hand and arm massage
  • Back, neck and shoulder exfoliation

Combine any of the 2 above express treatments or express booster facial to create and customize your own mini pamper package for one hour of spa enjoyment.

TOP TO TOE

Enjoy a full body massage followed by a reflexology treatment. This package is completed with an express booster facial, all combined to leave you feeling de-stressed and revitalized.

SWEDISH MASSAGE

First-class aromatherapy care for a perfect massage, and the fragrance invites the total relaxation of body, mind and soul.

HOT STONES MASSAGE

The ultimate in relaxation, a massage using heated volcanic stones anointed with aromatherapy oils to balance the mind, body and soul. The deep penetrating heat of the stones combines with traditional aromatherapy massage techniques to release muscular tension and you leave you feeling totally relaxed.

REFLEXOLOGY

Reflexology uses pressure point massage on the soles of the feet to balance the chakras and energy flow through the whole body. Float away feeling relaxed from the soles of your feet through to the rest of your body.


Features

  • Spa
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Complimentary Bikes

Complimentary bicycles and helmets are made available at each port on your river cruise. With so many picturesque towns along the rivers, cycling is a great way to explore the shops and sites while getting in your daily dose of cardio. The onboard staff will also provide you with local attraction maps and guides so that you may explore each port as you wish along your river journey.

Features

  • Wellness

Kids and teens

Please note: there are no facilities dedicated to Kids & Teens onboard American Queen.

Accommodation

Welcome to your home aboard the elegant American Queen where you can relax in a warm, inviting atmosphere of Antebellum charm without sacrificing modern conveniences. Fine linens and plush bedding will ensure you are well-rested to fully enjoy every included shore tour, historical lecture and toe-tapping musical performance. Open veranda categories afford neighboring guests the unique opportunity to enjoy a social atmosphere, swapping stories and forming lasting friendships with fellow travelers. From cozy staterooms to opulent suites, the American Queen has accommodations for a variety of lifestyles and budgets.

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2019 Luxury Suites with Private or Open Veranda (AQ - LS)

Located on the Promenade and Texas Decks these Luxury Suites are spacious and elegantly furnished featuring French Doors opening onto the deck treating you to a sweeping river view.

The cabin also features a queen size bed dressed with fine linens and boasts an ensuite bathroom where you can soak in the luxurious bath or shower. A cozy and intimate sitting area with sofa-bed and cocktail tables with expansive views of the river.

For those evenings you wish to relax in the cabin you can entertain yourself with the use of the Flat Screen TV.

Should you wish some privacy while dining there is a complimentary 24 hour room service which is sure to be an elegant treat.

Features

  • Queen or Twin Configuration
  • Lounge Area
  • Bath
  • Room Service Available
  • TV
  • Safe
  • Hair Dryer
  • Telephone
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2019 Suites with Open Veranda (AQ - AAA)

Located on the Promenade Deck these Luxury Suites are spacious and elegantly furnished featuring French Doors opening onto the deck treating you to a sweeping river view.

The cabin features optional queen size bed or twin beds dressed with fine linens and boasts an ensuite bathroom where you can soak in the luxurious bath or shower. A cozy and intimate sitting area with sofa-bed and cocktail tables with expansive views of the river.

For those evenings you wish to relax in the cabin you can entertain yourself with the use of the Flat Screen TV.

Should you wish some privacy while dining there is a complimentary 24 hour room service which is sure to be an elegant treat.

Features

  • Queen or Twin Configuration
  • Lounge Area
  • Bath
  • Room Service Available
  • TV
  • Safe
  • Hair Dryer
  • Telephone
  • Desk
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2019 Superior Outside Staterooms with Open Veranda (AQ - AA)

Located on the Texas Deck the Superior Outside Staterooms feature an open 40 square foot private veranda.

The cabin features optional queen size bed or twin beds dressed with fine linens and boasts an ensuite bathroom where you can soak in the luxurious bath or shower. Sit in your cozy armchair and prop your feet up on the ottoman as you read through the River Times and discover the delights that await you. with expansive views of the river.

For those evenings you wish to relax in the cabin you can entertain yourself with the use of the Flat Screen TV.

Should you wish some privacy while dining there is a complimentary 24 hour room service which is sure to be an elegant treat.

Features

  • Queen or Twin Configuration
  • Bath
  • Room Service Available
  • TV
  • Safe
  • Hair Dryer
  • Telephone
  • Desk
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2019 Deluxe Outside Staterooms with Private Veranda (AQ - A)

Settle back on the couch in your sitting area, open the French doors to the deck, and greet the day as the banks of the river slip majestically by. Some staterooms in this Category offer a view of the paddlewheel, while others offer expansive views of America’s Heartland from 5 decks above the river on the Promenade and Observation Decks.

The cabin features optional queen size bed or twin beds dressed with fine linens and boasts an ensuite bathroom where you can soak in the luxurious bath or shower. A cozy and intimate sitting area with couch and cocktail tables with expansive views of the river.

For those evenings you wish to relax in the cabin you can entertain yourself with the use of the Flat Screen TV.

Should you wish some privacy while dining there is a complimentary 24 hour room service which is sure to be an elegant treat.

Features

  • Queen or Twin Configuration
  • Lounge Area
  • Room Service Available
  • TV
  • Safe
  • Hair Dryer
  • Telephone
  • Desk
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2019 Single Outside Staterooms with Open Veranda (AQ - SO)

A single traveler will not find a better value than this. In these spacious staterooms with French doors opening onto the Texas Deck, you will find all of the luxury and charm of a double-occupancy stateroom, but a more amenable fare for a single traveler.

The cabin features a queen size bed dressed with fine linens and boasts an ensuite where you can soak in the luxurious, extra large shower.

For those evenings you wish to relax in the cabin you can entertain yourself with the use of the Flat Screen TV.

Should you wish some privacy while dining there is a complimentary 24 hour room service which is sure to be an elegant treat.

Features

  • Queen or Twin Configuration
  • Shower
  • Room Service Available
  • TV
  • Safe
  • Hair Dryer
  • Telephone
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2019 Outside Stateroom with Open Veranda (AQ - B)

Can you imagine opening French doors to a sweeping river vista and the sweet scent of magnolia trees? In these staterooms, there’s no need to dream any longer. Sit on the Observation Deck outside your stateroom and greet early morning strollers, relax in bed with your favourite book, or soak in a hot bath.

The cabin features optional queen size bed or twin beds dressed with fine linens and boasts an ensuite bathroom where you can soak in the luxurious bath or shower.

For those evenings you wish to relax in the cabin you can entertain yourself with the use of the Flat Screen TV.

Should you wish some privacy while dining there is a complimentary 24 hour room service which is sure to be an elegant treat.

Features

  • Queen or Twin Configuration
  • Shower
  • Room Service Available
  • TV
  • Safe
  • Hair Dryer
  • Telephone
  • Desk
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2019 Outside Staterooms with Open Veranda (AQ - C)

Can you imagine opening French doors to a sweeping river vista and the sweet scent of magnolia trees? In these staterooms, there’s no need to dream any longer. Sit on the Observation Deck outside your stateroom and greet early morning strollers, relax in bed with your favourite book, or soak in a hot bath.

The cabin features optional queen size bed or twin beds dressed with fine linens and boasts an ensuite where you can soak in the luxurious, extra large shower.

For those evenings you wish to relax in the cabin you can entertain yourself with the use of the Flat Screen TV.

Should you wish some privacy while dining there is a complimentary 24 hour room service which is sure to be an elegant treat.

Features

  • Queen or Twin Configuration
  • Shower
  • Room Service Available
  • TV
  • Safe
  • Hair Dryer
  • Telephone
  • Desk
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2019 Single Inside Staterooms (AQ - SI)

Unaccompanied travellers should never have to sacrifice the comforts of home. Surrounded by wonderful period details and with every modern convenience, you will find your cares disappear within moments upon entering your cozy home away from home. No expense has been spared on the small details that make all the difference in the world.

The cabins are located on the Observation Deck and feature single beds dressed with fine linens and each boast an ensuite where you can soak in the luxurious shower.

For those evenings you wish to relax in the cabin you can entertain yourself with the use of the Flat Screen TV.

Should you wish some privacy while dining there is a complimentary 24 hour room service which is sure to be an elegant treat.

Features

  • Queen or Twin Configuration
  • Shower
  • Room Service Available
  • TV
  • Safe
  • Hair Dryer
  • Telephone
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2019 Deluxe Outside Staterooms with Bay Window (AQ - D)

Can you imagine opening French doors to a sweeping river vista and the sweet scent of magnolia trees? In these staterooms, there’s no need to dream any longer. Sit on the Cabin or Texas Deck outside your stateroom and greet early morning strollers, relax in bed with your favourite book, or soak in a hot bath.

The cabin features optional queen size bed or twin beds dressed with fine linens and boasts an ensuite where you can soak in the luxurious, extra large shower.

For those evenings you wish to relax in the cabin you can entertain yourself with the use of the Flat Screen TV.

Should you wish some privacy while dining there is a complimentary 24 hour room service which is sure to be an elegant treat.

Features

  • Queen or Twin Configuration
  • Shower
  • Room Service Available
  • TV
  • Safe
  • Hair Dryer
  • Telephone
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2019 Inside Staterooms (AQ - E)

An expansive bay window overlooking the ever-changing scenery of America’s Heartland is the main draw of this category. Curl up in front of the window with a new novel and savour a moment that belongs to only you.

The cabin features optional queen size bed or twin beds dressed with fine linens and boasts an ensuite bathroom where you can soak in the luxurious bath or shower.

For those evenings you wish to relax in the cabin you can entertain yourself with the use of the Flat Screen TV.

Should you wish some privacy while dining there is a complimentary 24 hour room service which is sure to be an elegant treat.

Features

  • Queen or Twin Configuration
  • Shower
  • Room Service Available
  • TV
  • Safe
  • Hair Dryer
  • Telephone
  • Desk

Deck plans

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Sun Deck

  • Pilot House
  • Gym
  • Pool
  • Sun Deck
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Promenade Deck

  • River Grill & Bar
  • Luxury Suites with Open Veranda
  • AAA Suites with Open Veranda
  • Deluxe Outside A Staterooms with Open Veranda
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Observation Deck

  • Chart Room
  • Deluxe Outside A Staterooms with Open Veranda
  • Outside B Staterooms with Open Veranda
  • Outside C Staterooms with Open Veranda
  • Inside F Cabins
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Texas Deck

  • Forest Perch Cafe
  • Theatre
  • Luxury Suites with Open Veranda
  • Superior Outside AA Staterooms with Private Veranda
  • Deluxe Outside A Staterooms with Open Veranda
  • Outside D Staterooms with Open Veranda
  • Single Outside Staterooms with Open Veranda
  • Inside G Cabins
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Cabin Deck

  • Gentlemans Card Room
  • Ladies Parlour
  • Mark Twain Gallery
  • Boutique Q
  • Upper Hall
  • Grand Saloon
  • Engine Room Bar
  • Outside D Staterooms with Open Veranda
  • Deluxe Outside E Staterooms Bay Window
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Main Deck

  • Gallery
  • J.M. White Dining Room
  • Main Deck Lounge & Bar
  • Grand Saloon
  • Engine Room
  • Viewing Area
Ship facts
Passengers
436
Crew
170
Launched
1995
Last refit
2011
Tonnage
3707t
Length
127m
Width
28
Speed
7kts
Decks
6
Wheelchair cabins
No
Currency
USD