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American Queen Voyages (formerly American Queen Steamboat Company) Cruises

424 Reviews
2 Awards
American Queen

About American Queen Voyages (formerly American Queen Steamboat Company) Cruises

Traditional paddlewheel river cruise ships, including world's largest steamship, offer regional food and drink on American rivers.

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American Empress
American Empress

7 Night
Roundtrip Portland, OrDetails

95 Reviews
Leaving:Vancouver
Cruise Line:American Queen Voyages (formerly American Queen Steamboat Company)
Mar 12, 2023
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American Countess
American Countess (Photo: American Queen Steamboat Company

6 Night
Louisville To CincinnatiDetails

30 Reviews
Cruise Line:American Queen Voyages (formerly American Queen Steamboat Company)
May 1, 2023
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American Countess
American Countess (Photo: American Queen Steamboat Company

6 Night
St. Louis To Minneapolis (red Wing)Details

30 Reviews
Leaving:Alton
Cruise Line:American Queen Voyages (formerly American Queen Steamboat Company)
Jul 3, 2023
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American Countess
American Countess (Photo: American Queen Steamboat Company

7 Night
Louisville To PittsburghDetails

30 Reviews
Cruise Line:American Queen Voyages (formerly American Queen Steamboat Company)
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6 Night
St. Louis To Minneapolis (red Wing) (9-days)Details

46 Reviews
Leaving:Alton
Cruise Line:American Queen Voyages (formerly American Queen Steamboat Company)
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7 Night
Minneapolis To St. Louis (alton) (9-days)Details

46 Reviews
Leaving:Red Wing
Cruise Line:American Queen Voyages (formerly American Queen Steamboat Company)
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7 Night
Louisville To St. LouisDetails

30 Reviews
Cruise Line:American Queen Voyages (formerly American Queen Steamboat Company)
Aug 21, 2023
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6 Night
St. Louis To Minneapolis (red Wing) (9-days)Details

30 Reviews
Leaving:Alton
Cruise Line:American Queen Voyages (formerly American Queen Steamboat Company)
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14 Night
Minneapolis To New Orleans (16-days)Details

46 Reviews
Leaving:Red Wing
Cruise Line:American Queen Voyages (formerly American Queen Steamboat Company)
Sep 16, 2023
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7 Night
Louisville To PittsburghDetails

46 Reviews
Cruise Line:American Queen Voyages (formerly American Queen Steamboat Company)
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7 Night
New Orleans To MemphisDetails

30 Reviews
Leaving:New Orleans
Cruise Line:American Queen Voyages (formerly American Queen Steamboat Company)
Nov 6, 2023
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7 Night
New Orleans To MemphisDetails

46 Reviews
Leaving:New Orleans
Cruise Line:American Queen Voyages (formerly American Queen Steamboat Company)
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7 Night
New Orleans To MemphisDetails

46 Reviews
Leaving:New Orleans
Cruise Line:American Queen Voyages (formerly American Queen Steamboat Company)
Nov 11, 2023
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Memphis To New OrleansDetails

46 Reviews
Leaving:Memphis
Cruise Line:American Queen Voyages (formerly American Queen Steamboat Company)
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6 Night
Louisville To NashvilleDetails

30 Reviews
Cruise Line:American Queen Voyages (formerly American Queen Steamboat Company)
Jun 19, 2023
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American Queen Voyages (formerly American Queen Steamboat Company) Cruise Tips, Activities, and Overview

Who goes on American Queen Voyages (formerly American Queen Steamboat Company) cruise ships?

You'll find mature travelers on American Queen Voyages 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 Voyages (formerly 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 Voyages (formerly 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 Voyages (formerly American Queen Steamboat Company)’s most popular activities?

Seeing the ports along the rivers is central to the American Queen Voyages 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 Voyages 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 Voyages (formerly 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

American Queen Voyages (formerly American Queen Steamboat Company) Cruises Cruiser Reviews

Beautiful Ship With Gorgeous Scenery

The variety and quality of the food offerings was impressive.As always, the food was exceptional.Read More
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georgiafrlittle

10+ Cruises

Age 60s

Autumn in New England - Worst cruise ever

Our "adventure" began when we had to stay an additional night in the departing city of Boston because our ship was stuck in Halifax due to bad weather.Well, there was no representative at the harbor to tell us where to go and there wasn’t a bus waiting to meet us to take us back to the cruise ship when the Whale Watch was over.Read More
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perlmtr

6-10 Cruises

Age 70s

What a mess!

The day before we were supposed to fly to MSY, we were notified they couldn’t sail south of MEM because the river levels were too low so we needed to change our flight reservations to MEM.When I sent in the change fare to the correct address, I was advised they don’t refund first class fares.Read More
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acablitke08

10+ Cruises

Age 60s

Disaster

From the beginning a Disaster Boarding through a dirty port gangway Very weak welcome aboard Dirty Boat Sparse crew Boat broke did not go for two days Food awful and cold Bars terrible Only 3 not open most of the time Only two bartenders Dirty glasses everywhere food, dirt on decks Cigarettes' buts on floor Housekeeper sporadic Ports cancelled Excursions awful I have many photos of filth Not fun on board They told us 6 days into the trip there were several passengers and crew put off the boat because of Covid days prior without telling us I got covid 2 days after the trip ended I wrote the CEO of the company, he never responded The captain was non existent The entertainment was good The cruise director was fair at best DO NOT TAKE THIS CRUISE It seems this boat ran around decades ago when on their first cruise and it has not changed sinceRead More
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cmichaelcornely

10+ Cruises

Age 70s

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