The mighty rivers of the United States of America once served as the great highways of early exploration and inspired dreams of discovery. Today, American Queen Steamboat Company© re-creates the same sense of wonder, excitement and inspiration with all the convenience and comfort of modern luxury aboard two of the largest and most elegant riverboats in the world, the American Queen® and the American Empress®. Traveling in the wake of legends, guests are transported to an era of leisurely and romantic travel.
At American Queen Steamboat Company, we are both proud and honored to share the dream of American river cruising and as such we maintain a commitment to excellence that far exceeds expectations. The welcoming appearance of each of our vessels is richly complemented by a culture of gracious service, elegant décor, rousing entertainment and rewarding enrichment experiences. All of this is accentuated with pre-cruise deluxe hotel stays, remarkable shore excursions included in every port of call and a wealth of complimentary onboard amenities.
Longer than a football field and towering six decks in height, the American Queen is the largest riverboat in the world and a marvel of American engineering. Laced with gingerbread trim, fluted stacks and a giant red paddlewheel, she is a sight to behold. Her interiors are equally magnificent, resplendent in polished mahogany, rich fabrics and Tiffany glass. As opulent as she is, you will find an atmosphere that is warm, welcoming and friendly as her proper southern origins require.
Spring of 2014 marked the expansion of our elegant and intimate style of travel to the Columbia and Snake Rivers in the Pacific Northwest. The soaring mountains, dramatic landscapes, abundant wildlife and frontier spirit of the fascinating Northwest are the perfect complements to the cultural history, quiet towns and genteel character of our voyages on the Mississippi, Ohio, Tennessee and Cumberland Rivers. Just as the American Queen embodies the Heartland and legacy of Mark Twain, the American Empress was exclusively designed to celebrate the rich tradition of exploration in the Northwest. Visit www.AQSC.com to learn more.