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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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62 American Queen Steamboat Company River Cruise Reviews

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Kfranksigs
Member Since 2016
1 review
1 forum post
7 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
DVCRUISEWORLD
Member Since 2011
1 review
75 forum posts
1 helpful vote
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
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
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
0 forum posts
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
0 forum posts
2 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
11 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
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
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
0 helpful votes
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
0 forum posts
2 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
0 helpful votes
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
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
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
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
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
0 forum posts
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
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
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
1 review
81 forum posts
1 helpful vote
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
ewphillips1999
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed December 2014
Our family, grandparents, parents, and teenage boys went on the Christmas cruise from New Orleans to Vicksburg and back. Seven nights. We had a wonderful time and would recommend it to other families. Yes, the average age was 70+ but this ... Read more
Maeshel
Member Since 2011
3 reviews
87 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed December 2014
First time river cruise. We enjoyed it very much Food: The food was better than I expected. Can't say that I had a meal I didn't enjoy. Only time there was a problem was at 1 breakfast. Mom is a diabetic and they didn't have sugar free ... Read more
Geraldmacboingboing
Member Since 2012
2 reviews
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed November 2014
First sailed on the Queen when she was new (1998) so was interested to see how she has fared during this time with multiple owners and being mothballed. The good news she meet all our expectations and a few more. Our trip was themed Civil ... Read more
Martysteam
Member Since 2014
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed November 2014
We have been on many cruises (11), four of them river cruises. I am a history buff so the ship itself is important to me. The American Queen is the only Steamboat with overnight passengers in the U.S. Even the engine room is amazing to ... Read more
rossgregg
Member Since 2012
2 reviews
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed November 2014
The stay at the Hilton Hotel was just ok. The Hotel is very large and difficult to navigate. We checked in at the hotel because we did the premium tour of New Orleans. Check in was fairly easy. The tour of New Orleans was very good. They ... Read more
DavidandPamela
Member Since 2014
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Due to a mistake on MY part, my wife, mother-in-law, and I showed up for our cruise one year to the day early (I signed up for a 2015 cruise through a third party when I thought I was signing up for a 2014 cruise!). The first purser, ... Read more
Noelle George
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed October 2014
Last October 2014 I had the pleasure of taking the American Empress cruise on the Columbia River from Vancouver, WA to Spokane, WA. I have been on several cruises, on both larger and smaller boats and enjoyed them all, but this by far was ... Read more
Nadomom
Member Since 2014
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed October 2014
My husband and I recently enjoyed a hassle-free, drama-free truly enjoyable Columbia River cruise aboard the American Empress. I'll concede that some of the 'fabulousness' I attribute to this trip was to due to luck. The weather was ... Read more
Janiceanne
Member Since 2014
1 review
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed October 2014
Let's begin at the beginning. We stayed the first night at the Davenport Hotel in Spokane. This beautiful hotel, a gem in downtown Spokane, has been restored to its former glory. It was opulent in every respect, a fun way to begin the ... Read more
smurfjet
Member Since 2013
2 reviews
7 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Sailed September 2014
The difficult aspect of this review is to be accurate and objective, without sounding like a company shill. My wife and I were on the Sept. 20, 2014 cruise from Portland (Vancouver) to Clarkston. Of course, no voyage is perfect, so ... Read more

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