Any time a country or region imposes any sort of visa stipulation - even if it’s a waiver - the travel industry sighs a collective groan, knowing the obstacles and headaches to come.
American Queen Steamboat Company sets the standard for cruising American riverways. Experience the romance of the past in modern comfort on the Mississippi, Ohio, Cumberland and Tennessee Rivers onboard our authentic collection of paddlewheelers: the iconic and opulent flagship American Queen® or the luxurious new boutique paddlewheeler, the American Duchess.™ For a completely different experience, explore the great Pacific Northwest on the elegant American Empress.®
Our all-inclusive cruises offer pre-cruise hotel night prior to embarkation; all meals, including 24-hour room service and alternative dining venues; snacks, specialty coffees, soft drinks and filtered water throughout the voyage; wine and beer with dinner; and shore excursions in each port of call.
There are also daily enrichment programs and nightly Broadway-caliber entertainment. Our Riverlorians ensure that there is a deep understanding of each location we visit through daily sessions that highlight the history of the regions we visit. Our talented band of musicians and ensemble’s performances leave nothing to dismay. And all of the day’s festivities lead into late-night, solo performances that captivate the lounges onboard.
Our masterful regional cuisine finds our guests savoring dishes from pan-seared trout to rich, flavorful gumbo, to a classic surf and turf – followed by decadent desserts – in a specialty or alternative dining venue. And at dinner, service goes unmatched: from the very start the maître d’ greets guests by name, river views capture the eye and desires become standard.
Our imaginative shore excursions team takes care of all the details for both premium experiences and included hop-on, hop-off excursions. The hop-on, hop-off program offers guests the opportunity to choose from several different attractions and shops throughout each city or town. Premium experiences showcase culture and provide stimulating affairs. We invite our guests to take advantage of the all the opportunities provided for both interactive and introspective activities and experience a new place without the anxieties of the unknown.
We are proud to continue the tradition of overnight cruising on America’s rivers with our trademark level of service aboard these authentic paddlewheel riverboats. We think you will agree that our friendly crew outdo themselves with gracious hospitality befitting our discerning guests. Join us on one of our Uniquely American River Cruises® to experience this beautiful land from a perspective unlike any other.