American Duchess™

TThe 6 deck American Queen is nearly two-and-a-half times wider than river cruisers in Europe and it's the largest paddle wheeler ever built. Spanning 90 feet across she offers two restaurants including a gorgeous 2-story main restaurant, lots of public rooms a variety of staterooms and suites, a small pool, gym, and of course a giant paddle wheel. The crew is all-american and you'll enjoy their southern hospitality. A lot of the crew members are from Memphis, Tennessee and they're just downright friendly. Perhaps the most impressive thing about the American Queen is the array of senses that she stirs. I've taken to calling her the Americana Queen. I enjoy the nostalgia of this vessel, especially the rocking chairs and swings where you can relax and enjoy the river. Staterooms range from cozy interiors to spacious suites with verandas, making it easy to not only find a space where you enjoy living but a price point that meet your budget. I enjoyed a wonderful dining experience on the American Queen especially the Southern style dishes, a twist on the comfort food that I grew up with Beer and wine, and some that are considered premium wines, are included with dinner. Also included at no extra charge on the American Queen internet, soft drinks, specialty coffees, popcorn, ice cream, and a lot more. You'll also enjoy some fun entertainment. There are some great production shows, plus there's a movie theater and a good selection of bars and lounges including the popular Engine Room bar. As an added bonus I appreciate the free guided tours on the hop on hop off steam coaches. The coaches also make it easy to explore on your own to experience all that these wonderful ports have to offer. The American Queen defies comparison. It overlays the best aspect to the ocean liner on a river cruise vessel cruising through the heartland of America.

Indulge in Luxury Aboard the American Duchess

American Duchess river cruises give way to discovery. As the most elegant paddlewheeler on U.S. rivers, she is a floating, intimate masterpiece that can carry up to 166 guests through America’s heartland. The riverboat, created from a 1995 hull, was completely reconstructed to become one of the most luxurious river cruise boats in the country, featuring open-seating dining, upscale décor, soaring ceilings and the exceptional service that guests have come to expect on any American Queen Steamboat Company river cruise.

Spacious luxury awaits aboard the floating masterpiece that is the American Duchess. This boutique-style riverboat offers exquisite dining, beautiful decks and exceptional amenities. Her suites range from 180 to 550 square feet, allowing guests to stay in some of the largest accommodations on the rivers. Unique to the American Duchess are her Loft Suites, which feature two stories enhanced by floor-to-ceiling windows, two full bathrooms, a comfortable dining area, a beautiful lounge with a queen sofa-bed, a private balcony and an upstairs bedroom. 

Let our courteous staff and opulent furnishings welcome you aboard. Stop by The Grand Dining Room or The River Club & Terrace for delicious, fresh culinary delights, and enjoy world-class entertainment each night in The Show Lounge. Make plans to spend your evenings aboard the American Duchess enjoying nightly river cruise entertainment. 

Live entertainers will bring down the house in The Show Lounge. Catch world-class performances, relive a historic moment or hear a famous Mississippi River tale initially told by Mark Twain. Come back night after night for unmatched entertainment you’ll always remember! Each magical evening, the lights dim, the curtains open and our talented performers offer you a show worthy of Broadway.

Combining the best of the old and the new, this beautiful lady epitomizes the grace and grandeur that have made cruising on the Mississippi River a cherished American tradition for more than two centuries. One voyage on the American Duchess, and you’ll see why.

There’s never been a better time to rediscover America, and American Queen Steamboat Company has the perfect way to explore the heritage of our great nation – aboard the elegant American Duchess, one of the most opulent paddlewheelers in the world.


  • High-end luxury paddlewheeler
  • Private Veranda Suites to Loft and Owner's Suites
    range from 240 to 550 sq. ft.
  • Included boutique hotel stay before most voyages
    (includes breakfast, taxes, porterage and vessel transfer )
  • Open seating and specialty dining venues
  • Masterful regional cuisine
  • Enrichment and Broadway-caliber entertainment
  • Comprehensive, guided shore excursions