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  • Mississippi River-based line debuted in April 2012
  • Two-ship fleet includes world's largest paddlewheel steamboat
  • Inclusive pricing: dinner drinks, tours, precruise hotel
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72 American Queen Steamboat Company River Cruise Reviews

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Judesterrev
Member Since 2016
1 review
6 helpful votes
Sailed August 2016
Such a relaxing, layed back atmosphere. The crew are so pleasant and ready to help or assist in any way possible. There was an issue with one of the premium excursions and they were quick to listen and respond to feedback. The food is ... Read more
Nora Charles
Member Since 2008
2 reviews
8 forum posts
8 helpful votes
Sailed August 2016
Columbia River Clarkston to Portland We don't want to repeat other reviews so just some additional information some may find helpful. Cabin:- All cabins seem to be the same size. Some have a double bed; some have 2 single beds. ... Read more
SFW
Member Since 2016
1 review
3 helpful votes
Sailed July 2016
We took this Pacific Northwest river cruise for our 30th wedding anniversary. I really wanted a more intimate experience than a large ship/liner and this 220+ passenger boat was a perfect fit. From arrival to the hotel, to transportation ... Read more
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jsal
Member Since 2016
1 review
8 helpful votes
Cruised from Cincinnati, OH to Alton, IL. There are various types of cabins to choose from. Our cabin had an outside door an inside door to the hall ( 2 entrances). Nightly entertainment, two dining times for main dining, but there is ... Read more
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MelbDemon
Member Since 2014
2 reviews
8 helpful votes
This was our fourth river cruise in a row having done the rivers of Europe in past years with Australia Tour co Scenic. This boat was significantly bigger in both people & size(400 pass v 160 pass) with significant differences in ... Read more
cgr17
Member Since 2016
1 review
6 helpful votes
My grandparents wanted to go on a cruise up the Mississippi and I had always wanted to see New Orleans so I came with. I was not aware that there would be absoloutely no one my age (21) on the ship, which made it less enjoyable. Obviously, ... Read more
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George Werderich
Member Since 2015
2 reviews
19 helpful votes
This is second trip on Empress. We were doing it to relive route of Lewis and Clark. Our previous trip on the boat had been very nice. So we did it from the opposite direction. Some of crew was the same and others we had met on American ... Read more
engscot
Member Since 2012
1 review
14 helpful votes
American Queen Steamboat Company (AQSC) Best For: • Guests who enjoy a first-rate, relaxed river cruise experience. • Couples, family & friends traveling together, and parents traveling with adult children. ... Read more
Kfranksigs
Member Since 2016
1 review
1 forum post
11 helpful votes
So delighted with our experience here on the American Queen that I am writing from our cabin before we disembark in a few hours! Really so much to say about this experience that words cannot measure up to our week spent on the American ... Read more
gold1959
Member Since 2011
3 reviews
156 forum posts
7 helpful votes
Taking the Civil War paddle-wheel cruise down the Mississippi has been my US Army Ret. history-buff husband's dream (and mine) for many years- his father actually did a "Huck Finn" thing as a young man, shoveling coal on a ... Read more
Margarethannah
Member Since 2016
1 review
3 helpful votes
New Orleans and the Mississippi was our dream holiday and this cruise ticked all the boxes. We explored the town for 3 days using the sightseeing bus which stopped outside our hotel,the superb Hyatt Regency. We transfered with ease and ... Read more
DVCRUISEWORLD
Member Since 2011
1 review
88 forum posts
4 helpful votes
Sailed August 2015
This was my fourth cruise on American Queen in 15 months, all different itineraries. I am usually an Ocean and Expedition cruiser, but I have totally fallen in love with American Queen. Unlike most river cruise ships, that have the charm ... Read more
Caroline Paulson
Member Since 2015
1 review
1 helpful vote
I sailed on the first Mark Twain theme cruise on the American Queen August 23rd. I suffer from vertigo which becomes massively worse if I lie down and turn my head. This means that I must sleep sitting up, usually in a recliner. I had ... Read more
George Werderich
Member Since 2015
2 reviews
4 helpful votes
This being our fifth trip on the American Queen we had high expectations. And once again they were fulfilled. The service is excellent, the food wonderful and plentiful and very available. The shows are wonderfully staged. The onboard ... Read more
Mithril013
Member Since 2014
1 review
4 helpful votes
Sailed August 2015
We arrived late in the day at the Doubletree Hotel in St Paul and the AQ Desk was closed. We went up to our room which was more than adequate for an overnight stop and then went into the restaurant for a meal. I use the word restaurant ... Read more
kayakbob
Member Since 2008
1 review
74 forum posts
21 helpful votes
My wife and I sailed on the August 9 departure of the American Empress, a 7-night journey that began in Vancouver WA (across the river from Portland OR) and ended in Clarkston WA, about 2 hours south of Spokane. The cruise exceeded my ... Read more
olebiddy2000
Member Since 2013
1 review
Sailed August 2015
My sisters and I AKA "The Texas Happy Ladies" just returned from our 15th trip on the AQ. We traveled on the upper Mississippi. St. Paul to St Paul. We had a wonderful time. The lure of the boat is the fact that it is the ... Read more
padrek
Member Since 2009
30 reviews
66 forum posts
Sailed August 2015
This was my fourth AQ trip - Columbia/Snake River, Ohio River, lower Mississippi and this one on the upper Mississippi from St Louis to Minneapolis/St Paul, MN. As always AQ trips start with an overnight in the embarkation port - this ... Read more
Isako
Member Since 2014
2 reviews
6 helpful votes
We met the American Empress in Clarkston WA, so we flew into Spokane WA and stayed at the luxurious Davenport Hotel in Spokane. American Queen Steamboat Co pays for your stay at the Davenport, including a great breakfast buffet the next ... Read more
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padrek
Member Since 2009
30 reviews
66 forum posts
1 helpful vote
The American Empress is the 2nd ship for American Queen Steamship Co and plies the Snake and Columbia Rivers in Washington and Oregon. Like the American Queen (AQ), the American Empress (AE) is a paddlewheel ship but AE is diesel powered ... Read more
KirbyLiam
Member Since 2015
1 review
This is clearly the most opulent steamboat ever built. The decor was beautiful. Everywhere I looked, there was great detail and beautiful craftsmanship, and all the main areas of this boat were unique and grand. The highlights of the boat ... Read more
miketristangadt
Member Since 2015
1 review
3 helpful votes
Sailed April 2015
We just finished a cruise from Vancouver Wa. to Clarkson Wa. And we were impressed with the quality of the product. Everyone was super friendly, no matter the position or rank onboard.. The food was excellent, the entertainment was ... Read more
tom0445
Member Since 2015
1 review
1 helpful vote
We sailed from New Orleans to Memphis and were very pleased with the experience. We were in suite 513 and it was clean and well furnished. I had wanted to have a private balcony, but was glad I didn't get one after I saw the boat. Being ... Read more
Iguzzu
Member Since 2015
1 review
3 helpful votes
Sailed March 2015
We booked and paid for the cruise over 9 months prior to departure to ensure we had a confirmed early dinner booking as one of the party has a medical condition that prevents them from eating late at night. On arrival we were given our ... Read more
Janetsilverlegend
Member Since 2012
2 reviews
82 forum posts
2 helpful votes
We sailed March 13th. We arrived 3 days early and enjoyed New Orleans. The Hilton was expensive, and had lousy water pressure. The trip began well, but we were stunned at the noise levels for our cabin. Walls are paper thin. Maintenance ... Read more

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