American Queen

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.

Join us Aboard the Steamboat American Queen for a Memorable River Cruise

The largest steamboat ever built, the grand American Queen is a gracious and elegant triumph of American ingenuity. Our flagship paddlewheeler is a gentle soul packaged within the ornate detailing that embellishes her exterior. Any traveler who chooses to cruise on this iconic riverboat will soon find that her steady heart beats to the rhythm of music and discourse that resound within her walls. 

This paddleboat inspires crowds of onlookers in each port in which she docks. Pictures that capture this authentic American steamboat simply cannot do her justice. In true royal fashion, she glides gracefully along the river and courteously greets onlookers with the wave of her flags as she passes by. 

While classic details adorn the hull of the American Queen, essential amenities are intentional anachronisms that marry modern passengers to the historical period during which she and her steamboat sisters dominated the waterways. Glistening woodwork, fresh flowers and antiques enhance her interior spaces. Outside, lacy filigree evokes memories of the many stately riverboats that preceded her and so inspired her designers.

A gracious host, she offers both formal, upscale dining and relaxed, casual meals to each guest, depending on preference. The American Queen invites her guests into rooms to gather or spaces to sit in silence, and she charters connections among her passengers that flow into lifelong relationships. Linger on one of her decks, listen to the calliope sing of the river and fall in love with this stately spirit.  

Embark on a river cruise on the American Queen, the wondrous steamboat that introduces her riders to the waters that she calls home – the great rivers that have sustained towns, wildlife and memories throughout history.


  • The largest, most opulent riverboat in the world
  • Included deluxe hotel stay before your voyage - including breakfast, taxes, porterage and transfers to the American Queen
  • Complimentary wine and beer with dinner
  • Regionally inspired fine dining
  • Broadway-caliber entertainment and enrichment
  • Comprehensive, guided shore excursions
  • Authentic Paddlewheel Riverboat