American Queen Steamboat Company

What Sets American Queen Steamboat Apart

American Queen Steamboat Company offers multinight cruises of the Mississippi River and its tributaries, as well as the Columbia and Snake rivers in Washington and Oregon. Passengers travel in paddle-wheel steamboats that resemble classic riverboats of the past yet provide all the comforts of contemporary cruising. Mississippi itineraries bring Mark Twain’s America to life, from the vibrant cities of St. Louis and St. Paul to the Southern charm of Natchez and St. Francisville. Pacific Northwest sailings showcase ruggedly beautiful scenery, Native American heritage and the stories of explorers Lewis and Clark.

The company’s three ships sport red paddle wheels, fluted smokestacks and lacy filigree along the decks. The atmosphere on board is casual. Meals feature regional specialties, and entertainment can range from piano sing-alongs and cabaret acts to performances of jazz, blues and country music. An onboard “Riverlorian” shares the histories and legends of the waterways.

Themed voyages explore topics as varied as the Civil War, fall foliage and America’s music traditions. During port calls at riverfront cities and towns, hop-on/hop-off motorcoaches allow guests to explore at their own pace.

American Queen Steamboat Company offers river cruises in the United States.
River cruises are rated according to the quality of the vessel and its accommodations, the number of included amenities and activities both on and off the ship, the class of hotels used for land portions of itineraries, and the level of service delivered. American Queen Steamboat Company cruises are categorized as deluxe on the industry rating scale (budget, first class and deluxe).

Signature Services

  • Included boutique hotel stay before most voyages
    (includes breakfast, taxes, porterage and vessel transfer )
  • Complimentary wine and beer with dinner
  • Complimentary cappuccino, espresso, bottled water and soft drinks throughout your voyage
  • Included shore excursions in every port of call
  • Gracious service and warm hospitality from a friendly, all-American staff
  • Daily lectures by the Riverlorian, our resident history and culture expert
  • Regionally inspired cuisine tailored from the finest, local ingredients
  • Country club casual ambiance, no formal wear required
  • Acclaimed entertainment worthy of Broadway – spectacular revues, cabaret, jazz and blues, six-piece orchestra and more
  • All staterooms feature a balcony or picture window with dramatic scenery unfolding before your eyes
  • Our own dedicated fleet of deluxe motor coaches



  • Lower Mississippi River
  • Upper Mississippi River
  • Ohio & Tennessee Rivers
  • Columbia & Snake Rivers