By Brenda Ajay; Adapted from American Queen Steamboat Co Blog
Europe, castles along the Rhine, Budapest at night, and floating along the Siene are what most of us imagine when it comes to river cruising. But just as fabulous and way too often overlooked are the grand iconic paddleboats that sail right here in the USA along the Mississippi, Ohio, Cumberland and Tennessee Rivers, and the Pacific Northwest. American Queen Steamboat Company takes guests on a journey back in time to an age when steamboats dominated America's grand waterways.
Follow the footsteps of Mark Twain or the trail of Lewis and Clark, take in great American music legends or enjoy a Cuisine and Cocktails cruise led by great American Chefs. American Queen Steamboat Company is America’s most authentic paddlewheel riverboat experience offering convenient, safe and unique way to explore the country's waterways and discover the picturesque towns that have sprung up alongside them.
American Queen Steamboat Company has a fleet of four riverboats. American Queen, the company's flagship and largest steamboat in the world, and American Duchess sail the Mississippi, Ohio, Cumberland and Tennessee Rivers, while the elegant American Empress navigates the great Pacific Northwest. American Countess, the newest ship to join the fleet in 2020, will journey along the same rivers as Queen and Duchess.
The vessels are deigned to offer a more intimate and less crowded experience by accommodating less than 400 guests. This low passenger count helps the cruise line keep their cruises a safe and pleasant experience. And guests never sacrifice modern luxury. The state-of-the-art, authentic paddlewheelers offer complementary WiFi and all the comforts of home, breathtaking views and luxurious accommodations. Each riverboat features an elaborate main dining room, casual dining, an entertainment hall for performances, beautiful balconies, gym and immaculate décor.
American Queen Steamboat Company is one of the few river cruise lines in the world that is fully accessible with facilities for wheelchair users, something that most European lines lack. Complete with elevators to all cabin decks, ADA accessible staterooms and a helpful crew to assist in going to and from the coaches on shore, the cruise line is very accommodating.
The award-winning culinary team takes full advantage of each region’s diverse bounty of fresh, local ingredients to fashion authentic dishes, while their gracious crew charms guests with Southern hospitality, tending to their every need.
American Queen's cruises are all-inclusive and represent one of the best values in cruising. Included in the cost of your cruise is:
Wondering about safety? American Queen Steamboat Company's Coronavirus Active Response Engagement (CARE) is setting industry standards for safer cruising. This SafeCruise™ pamphlet is a handy tool to understand how they've evolved their processes to resume safe operations in America's rivers.
Whichever beautiful authentic paddlewheel riverboat you choose, on a river cruise with American Queen Steamboat Company, you are sure to make memories that last a lifetime.
*American Countess excluded
**Full beverage packages will be complimentary on the American Duchess beginning in 2020.
10 things to love about an American Queen Steamboat Rivercruise
from: American Queen Steamboat Co blog
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