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American Queen Steamboat Company Cruises

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About American Queen Steamboat Company Cruises

Traditional paddlewheels, including world's largest steamship, offer regional food and drink on American rivers.

  • Who goes on American Queen Steamboat Company cruise ships?

  • Do I have to dress up on a American Queen Steamboat Company cruise?

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Who goes on American Queen Steamboat Company cruise ships?

You'll find mature travelers on American Queen Steamboat ships, mostly aged 50 and over. Many are history buffs who are knowledgeable and well-traveled. On summer and holiday itineraries, the ships might pull in a slightly younger demographic, but you'll rarely get a 20-something traveling without an older parent or grandparent. This is one of the few river cruise lines with facilities for wheelchair users: elevators to all cabin decks, accessible staterooms and a helpful crew to assist in going to and from the coaches on shore.

Do I have to dress up on a American Queen Steamboat Company cruise?

No, dress code is casual during the day, moving to country club casual in the evenings, which usually translates into a dress, skirt and blouse or pants suit for women. Some men wear a sport coat in the evening, but it's always by choice. Just don't show up for dinner in shorts or T-shirt.

Is everything free on American Queen Steamboat Company cruises?

Nearly everything. Cruise fares include a pre-cruise night at a hotel, transfer to the ship, dining (including in the alternative venues and 24-hour room service), soft drinks, coffees and bottled water and complimentary wines and beers at dinner. On American Duchess, an unlimited beverage package is also included, and gratuities are prepaid for passengers.

At least one shore excursion in each port is usually free, as are the hop-on hop-off coaches and the bicycles. Wi-Fi is complimentary, but for most of the fleet, you will pay extra for gratuities and for drinks apart from those served at dinner.

What are American Queen Steamboat Company’s most popular activities?

Seeing the ports along the rivers is central to the American Queen Steamboat experience. The line offers a small selection of structured excursions but also encourages individual exploration with dedicated hop-on hop-off buses that provide narrated tours through the towns the ship is docked in. Passengers can also check out bikes to pedal around the destinations.

Life onboard centers around the lounges, which, with their antiques and period touches, are homey and well-used. Passengers take up residence and browse the library, play cards or just hang out and read. Another popular activity onboard is listening to the resident riverlorian, affable experts in the history and lore of the region and steamboating who spin yarns and answer questions along the way in organized lectures and individually.

Most of the passengers attend the evening shows provided by onboard entertainers and guest performers, as well. American Queen Steamboat has astonishingly good entertainment in beautiful spaces (American Queen's Grand Saloon, for example, is a close replica of the Ford's Theatre).

Why go with American Queen Steamboat Company?

  • Offers American river and coastal cruises
  • Fleet includes world's largest paddlewheel steamboat
  • Inclusive pricing: dinner drinks, tours, Wi-Fi

Best for: Mature cruisers who enjoy following in the footsteps of the great steamboat-era travelers but with modern refinements

Not for: Those looking for poolside activities or any type of fast-paced onboard life

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