American Queen Steamboat Company

Available Cruise Lines

Experience the historic authenticity of the Mississippi River aboard the celebrated American Queen, American Duchess, American Countess or American Empress and discover America from the indescribable perspective of the river with American Queen Steamboat’s variety of Mississippi River cruises ranging from 5 to 22 nights.

American Queen Steamboat Company offers the most inclusive river cruise experience in North America with pre-cruise hotel stays, wine and beer with dinner, shore excursions in each port and tantalizing, regionally-inspired cuisine. The lower region of the Mississippi exposes you to centuries-old shaded oak trees, elegant antebellum plantations and Civil War memorials – it`s like taking a step back in time. The upper region of the Mississippi reveals the inspiration behind Mark Twain`s famed literary classics while acquainting you with storybook American towns, vibrant cities and indigenous wildlife.

Climb aboard an iconic paddlewheeler and explore a slice of American history on a Mississippi River cruise.
A Mississippi river cruise is the perfect getaway for nature lovers and history buffs alike.

Ships

American Duchess, The Mighty Mississippi ex New Orleans to Red Wing

21 Night Cruise sailing from New Orleans to Red Wing aboard American Duchess. 1 night hotel stay pre-cruise in New Orleans.

American Empress, Pacific Northwest Splendour ex Vancouver to Clarkston

7 Night Cruise sailing from Vancouver to Clarkston (Spokane) aboard American Empress. 1 night hotel stay pre-cruise in Vancouver.

American Queen, Jewels of the Lower Mississippi ex Memphis to New Orleans

7 Night Cruise sailing from Memphis to New Orleans aboard American Queen. 1 night hotel stay pre-cruise in Memphis.

American Countess, Ohio River Cruise ex Louisville to Pittsburgh

7 Night Cruise sailing from Louisville to Pittsburgh aboard American Countess.

American Countess, Ohio River Cruise ex Pittsburgh to Louisville

7 Night Cruise sailing from Pittsburgh to Louisville aboard American Countess.

American Queen, Lower Mississippi Cruise ex New Orleans to Memphis

7 Night Cruise sailing from New Orleans to Memphis aboard American Queen. Hotel stay pre-cruise in New Orleans.

American Empress, Beauty & Bounty of Nature ex Spokane (Clarkston) to Vancouver

7 Night Cruise sailing from Clarkston to Vancouver aboard American Empress. 1 night hotel stay pre-cruise in Spokane.

American Queen, Jewels of Lower Mississippi 2020 ex Memphis to New Orleans

7 Night Cruise sailing from Memphis to New Orleans aboard American Queen. 1 night hotel stay pre-cruise in Memphis.

American Countess, Ohio River Cruise ex Louisville to Memphis

7 Night Cruise sailing from Louisville to Memphis aboard American Countess.

American Empress, Pacific Northwest Splendour ex Vancouver to Clarkston

7 Night Cruise sailing from Vancouver to Clarkston (Spokane) aboard American Empress. 1 night hotel stay pre-cruise in Vancouver.

American Countess, Lower Mississippi ex Memphis to New Orleans

7 Night Cruise sailing from Memphis to New Orleans aboard American Countess.

American Queen, Lower Mississippi Cruise ex New Orleans to Memphis

7 Night Cruise sailing from New Orleans to Memphis aboard American Queen. Hotel stay pre-cruise in New Orleans.

American Duchess, Mark Twain's Mississippi ex Minneapolis to St Louis

7 Night Cruise sailing from Minneapolis to St Louis aboard American Duchess. 1 night hotel stay pre-cruise in Minneapolis.

American Empress, Beauty & Bounty of Nature ex Spokane (Clarkston) to Vancouver

7 Night Cruise sailing from Clarkston to Vancouver aboard American Empress. 1 night hotel stay pre-cruise in Spokane.

American Empress, Pacific Northwest Splendour ex Vancouver to Clarkston

7 Night Cruise sailing from Vancouver to Clarkston (Spokane) aboard American Empress. 1 night hotel stay pre-cruise in Vancouver.

American Duchess, Mark Twain's Mississippi ex St Louis to Minneapolis

7 Night Cruise sailing from St Louis to Minneapolis onboard American Duchess. 1 night hotel stay pre-cruise in St Louis.

American Queen, Upper Mississippi River ex Memphis to St Louis (Alton)

7 Night Cruise sailing from Memphis to St Louis (Alton) aboard American Queen. 1 night hotel stay pre-cruise in Memphis.

American Countess, Lower Mississippi ex New Orleans to Memphis

7 Night Cruise sailing from New Orleans to Memphis aboard American Countess.

American Duchess, Heartland Heritage ex Minneapolis Return

7 Night cruise departing roundtrip from Red Wing onboard American Duchess. 1 Night pre cruise hotel stay in Minneapolis.

American Countess, Lower Mississippi ex Memphis to New Orleans

7 Night Cruise sailing from Memphis to New Orleans aboard American Countess.

Every meal aboard the American Queen is an affair to remember. Regina Charboneau, our Culinary Director and celebrated American chef, draws her inspiration from our great Heartland has created a movable, delectable feast for you to indulge in. From piping hot beignets and bananas foster French toast for breakfast to succulent five-course dinners, every day celebrates the culinary senses.

Creations Befitting a Queen
Even more astounding than the choices you will find on our menus are your daily choices of dining venues. The opulent J.M. White Dining Saloon is the centerpiece, serving breakfasts, lunches and dinners that are befittingly grand. The Front Porch of America offers a wide variety of classic American favorites and can satisfy any craving, at any time, as it is open 24 hours. The Calliope Grill serves up views as spectacular as the grilled fare and fresh salads and offers romantic, alfresco dining in the evenings. Should you be feeling peckish in the wee hours, you will find the Moonlight Supper in the Engine Room Bar offers surprising midnight delights.

BREAKFAST
Early Riser Coffee and Beignets / Front Porch of America
Buffet Breakfast / Grand Saloon
Traditional Breakfast Service / J.M. White Dining Room

LUNCH
Buffet Luncheon / Grand Saloon
Traditional Luncheon / J.M. White Dining Room
Alfresco Lunch / River Grill

DINNER
Traditional Dinner / J.M. White Dining Room
Alfresco Dinner / River Grill


SNACKS AND SANDWICHES
24-Hour Dining Service / Front Porch of America
Afternoon Ice Cream & Cookies / Front Porch of America
Traditional Po’Boy Sandwiches / River Grill
Elegant Southern Tea / Ladies’ Parlor
Pre-Dinner Canapés & Hors d’Oeuvres / Main Deck
Moonlight Supper / Engine Room Bar

Gratuities and Beverage

Service Charges
Our crew works very hard to make sure that every aspect of your voyage meets the highest standards. This includes those crewmembers who serve you directly, such as wait staff, beverage servers and the stewards who service your stateroom each day. There are also many others who support their efforts whom you may never meet, such as galley and laundry staff. To ensure that the efforts of all our crewmembers are recognized and rewarded, gratuities of US$16.50 per guest will be automatically added to your onboard account on a daily basis.

If our service exceeds or fails to meet your expectations, you are free to adjust this amount at the end of the cruise. In addition, a 15% Beverage Service Charge is automatically added to bar charges and dining room wine purchases. These charges are paid entirely to American Queen Steamboat Company crewmembers, and represent an important part of their compensation.

In ports of call and on shore excursions, we suggest that you extend gratuities consistent with customary local practices.

Contact Us

Best Travel, Best House, 104 Market St South, Hastings, New Zealand

e. cruise@besttravel.co.nz     p. 06 876 5111

For any other non-cruise inquiries please contact Holiday travel or Corporate Department at www.besttravel.co.nz