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American Duchess

Project Specs:

Project Name: American Duchess
Began Service: August 2017
Guest Capacity: 166
Crew Capacity: 83
Staterooms: 82

Vessel Description:

Name: American Duchess
Length: 322 feet
Beam: 99 feet
Decks: 4
Speed: Maxiumum, 13 mph; cruising, 8mph


The American Duchess brings a touch of modern luxury to American Queen Steamboat Company’s fleet of river-cruising paddlewheelers. This stunning, intimate floating masterpiece can carry up to 166 guests through America’s waterways.


This vessel, created from a 1995 hull, was completely reconstructed in a gorgeous blend of Victorian America and contemporary sophistication. Staterooms and suites range from 180 to an expansive 550 square feet. Towering ceilings and lavish loft suites – a first for American river-going vessels – lend the roomy feel of an oceanliner. Austrian crystal chandeliers, Murano glass, and a mesmerizing Monet Art Walk provide a feast for the eyes. And throughout the boat, the marvelous work of noted maritime artist Michael Blaser brings to life the vessels and ports dear to the hearts of American Queen Steamboat Company and its guests.


Our standout culinary team pleases all palates with locally sourced, regionally inspired epicurean cuisine that caters to any dietary need. To round out the sensory spectacle, catch Broadway-caliber entertainment in the welcoming Show Lounge, or take in tales of the river with an enriching lecture by our resident Riverlorian or a walk-on guest speaker.


Our river cruising experiences showcase American travel in many special ways. Immerse yourself in opulence as you admire the rugged beauty of the outdoors from the four decks of the American Duchess, and enjoy a voyage unlike any other.

Our Distinguished Traditions:
  • Private Veranda suites to Loft and Owner’s Suites range from 240 to 550 square feet
  • Included shore excursions in every port of call
  • Included boutique hotel stay before most voyages – includes breakfast, taxes, porterage and transfers to the American Duchess
  • Complimentary wine and beer with dinner
  • Complimentary cappuccino, espresso, bottled water and soft drinks throughout your voyage
  • Regionally inspired epicurean cuisine tailored from the finest local ingredients
  • Open-seating and specialty dining venues
  • Gracious service from a friendly, all-American staff
  • Broadway-caliber entertainment each evening, and spotlight guest performances
  • Our own dedicated fleet of luxury river coaches
  • The Passenger Vessel Association recognizes American Queen Steamboat Company as a member of its Green WATERS Program for the vessel’s dedication and commitment to a cleaner, greener marine environment