American Queen Steamboat Company

World-Class Journeys on America’s Historic Rivers

The Rivers are Calling.

Storied Rivers. Deeply Moving.

Feel the rhythmic pulse of the paddlewheel, and indulge in the mesmerizing beat of jazz as the gentle tempo of the Mississippi river’s own currents play overture to the experience. Dine on cuisines born along the riverbanks from as many cultures as the river has tributaries, and immerse yourself in river lore.

You're invited to discover famous American landmarks and backwoods roadhouses. Attend the theater without stepping ashore. Embark on a uniquely American river cruise and return with more than memories. Stand on the bow as landing by landing, bend by bend, America reveals itself.

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Coming April 2020: the American Countess

American Queen River Vessels


American Countess

NEW IN 2020 - The latest paddlewheeler to join our fleet and sail the waters of America's heartland.

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American Duchess

The American Duchess is a maritime masterpiece cruising the Mississippi, Illinois, Ohio, Tennessee and Cumberland Rivers.

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American Queen

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

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American Empress

The largest, most elegant riverboat in the Pacific Northwest, the American Empress follows the trail of Lewis & Clark on the Columbia & Snake Rivers.

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River Cruises

Lower Mississippi

Discover the Mississippi Delta on the river’s most authentic paddlewheelers. Take in silent Civil War battlefields, seductive Memphis blues, New Orleans jazz, irresistible southern cooking and an exclusive call at Nottoway Plantation—the South's largest existing antebellum mansion.

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River Cruises

Upper Mississippi

As river bends unspool, the natural splendor comes alive along the dramatic riverbanks and bluffs of this glacial valley. Relax on the veranda as you watch deer sip water from fluvial terraces, or behold bald eagles swoop into the wake of the paddlewheel. Much like Mark Twain would have experienced on his many trips along the river, you’ll be captivated by the people you meet, cultures you discover and bounty that awaits.

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River Cruises

Ohio & Tennessee River Cruises

In America’s heartland, nature unfolds the beauty of each season as we peacefully drift past rolling meadows, charming farms, rustic railroad bridges and towering bluffs. Friendly locals on shore greet our elegant craft like cherished friends as we cruise by. Coursing nearly 1,000 miles, the Ohio River forged through the surrounding valley and opened the West to early explorers and pioneers. Feel the same sense of wonder and possibility that fueled their courageous journeys.

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Giving Back

Columbia and Snake River Cruises

Embrace dramatic scenery and relive the daring exploits of frontiersmen and adventurers. It is here that history thrives in the parade of a quiet land, uplifted by the rocky cliffs and ripened trees that stretch from the ground below. We invite you to experience the serenity of wilderness in the Pacific Northwest aboard the American Empress. The Columbia and Snake Rivers are flowing passageways to rare ventures. Soothing waterways lead to wine country, and allow the ever-moving world around you transform into a vessel of tranquility and peace – ripe for adventuring.

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Exclusive Benefits booking with MVT

  • Pre-cruise hotel stay(excludes American Countess for 2020)
  • Select wine and beer with dinner
  • Hop-On Hop-Off shore excursions
  • Internet service
  • Room service 24 hours a day
  • Even more Virtuoso Voyages benefits

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