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American Queen Steamboat Company


President & COO:

Ted Sykes



New Albany, IN



American Queen, cruises the Mississippi, Ohio, Tennessee, and Cumberland Rivers

American Duchess, cruises the Mississippi, Ohio and Tennessee Rivers


American Empress, cruises the Columbia and Snake Rivers

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Our overnight cruises division – American Queen Steamboat Company – specializes in overnight cruise vessel management and operations. Steamboat/riverboat overnight cruises along America’s rivers and inland waterways are a resurgent part of the American experience.


The mighty rivers of the United States of America once served as the great highways of early exploration and inspired dreams of discovery. Today, American Queen Steamboat Company re-creates the same sense of wonder, excitement, and inspiration with all the convenience and comfort of modern luxury aboard three of the largest and most elegant riverboats in the world, the American Queen and the American Empress, and American Duchess. Traveling in the wake of legends, guests are transported to an era of leisurely and romantic travel.


At American Queen Steamboat Company, we are both proud and honored to share the dream of American river cruising, and as such, we maintain a commitment to excellence that far exceeds expectations. The welcoming appearance of each of our vessels is richly complemented by a culture of gracious service, elegant décor, rousing entertainment and rewarding enrichment experiences. All of this is accentuated with pre-cruise deluxe hotel stays, remarkable shore excursions included in every port of call, and a wealth of complimentary onboard amenities.


In August 2017, our newest vessel – the intimate and luxurious American Duchess – joined our flagship vessel, the American Queen, on scenic voyages on the Mississippi, Ohio, Tennessee, and Cumberland Rivers. The elegant and stately American Duchess offers spacious loft cabins with sweeping views. Just as the American Queen and American Duchess embody the heartland and legacy of Mark Twain, the American Empress was exclusively designed to celebrate the rich tradition of exploration on the Columbia and Snake Rivers in the Pacific Northwest.

Spring of 2014 marked the expansion of our elegant and intimate style of travel to the Columbia and Snake Rivers in the Pacific Northwest. The soaring mountains, dramatic landscapes, abundant wildlife and frontier spirit of the fascinating Northwest are the perfect complements to the cultural history, quiet towns and genteel character of our voyages on the Mississippi, Ohio, Tennessee and Cumberland Rivers. Just as the American Queen embodies the Heartland and legacy of Mark Twain, the American Empress was exclusively designed to celebrate the rich tradition of exploration in the Northwest.


Nature’s beauty and the historical tapestry that blankets this land have been in the making for countless generations. Regardless of which riverboat captures your imagination and regardless of which region wins your heart, a vacation aboard the American Queen or the American Empress is one unlike any other. Each voyage offers unique perspectives on America’s history, culture and landscape that you can’t get anywhere else: up-close, in-depth and unforgettable. Step aboard and delight in the luxurious modern amenities, gracious service and endless authentic experiences that are synonymous with American Queen Steamboat Company river cruising.