American Queen Steamboat Company Kicks off 2018 Season

NEW ALBANY, Ind., February 1, 2018 – American Queen Steamboat Company, operator of America’s most luxurious riverboat fleet, recently kicked off its seventh season. The U.S.-flagged cruise line and its iconic American QueenAmerican Empressand new American Duchess riverboats will sail itineraries this year on the Mississippi, Cumberland, Ohio, Tennessee and Columbia Rivers and offer guests all-inclusive voyages complete with award-winning shoreline excursions in each port.

Inspired by the great riverboats of the 19th century, traveling aboard the American QueenAmerican Empress and American Duchess allows guests to relive the experience of a previous generation but with all of the modern amenities that today’s travelers expect. Combining the best of the old with the new, personal touches and attention to detail abound in the itineraries and on the boats themselves.

“The American Queen Steamboat Company is coming off an incredible year as we expanded our fleet and showcased the beauty of America’s heartland and the Pacific Northwest to more guests than ever before,” shared Ted Sykes, American Queen Steamboat Company President and COO. “We’re moving full speed ahead into 2018 in anticipation of another record breaking season as we showcase our authentic American experience to both returning guests and first timers.”

Offering the most inclusive river cruise experience in North America, nine-day sailings on the American Queen begin at $1,999, American Empress fares begin at $2,399 and American Duchess fares begin at $2,699. All nine-day journeys include a one-night pre-voyage hotel stay, shore tours in all ports, complimentary wine and beer with dinner and a host of other amenities.

Highlights of the 2018 season include:

  • Family Suites onboard the American Queen offer the perfect respite from a busy day on the river. With an open veranda and private sitting area, guests can peacefully watch the river banks of America’s heartland drift by from the comfort of their own suite. The amenities of these spacious, single-room suites accommodate a variety of travel needs and are the ideal choice for families and friends vacationing together.
  • New American Duchess itinerarieson the Ohio, Tennessee and Cumberland Rivers as well as on the Upper Mississippi and Illinois River including a nine-day Kentucky Derby-focused itinerary from Louisville, Ky. to Cincinnati, Ohio. Other new itineraries include Cincinnati, Ohio to Memphis, Tn., Louisville, Ky. to Pittsburgh, Pa. and vice versa, and Nashville, Tn. to Chattanooga, Tn. and vice versa.
  • Pacific Northwest Adventure theme cruises on the American Empress offer soft-adventure activities that appeal to guests of all ages, making it the ideal choice for a phenomenal summer family vacation. Enticing shore excursions, such as a tandem ride on a kayak or zip-lining through towering trees, highlight the beautiful terrain and one-of-a-kind experiences that nature has to offer in this captivating corner of America.

American Duchess Itinerary Overview

The first all-suite paddlewheeler on the U.S. rivers, the American Duchess is a floating, intimate masterpiece that can carry up to 166 guests through America’s heartland. The paddlewheeler, whose superstructure was completely built out new in 2017, is being launched as an all-suite vessel, one of the most luxurious in the country, featuring some loft suites, single-seating dining and entertainment venues, soaring ceilings, and all of the other features that guests have come to expect on American Queen Steamboat Company cruises. With 49 sailings in 2018, the American Duchess will mirror the route of the American Queen, showcasing the history and beauty of America’s heartland along the Mississippi River with new stops and overnights in vibrant ports including Nashville and Chicago.

American Empress Itinerary Overview

The largest and most elegant riverboat west of the Mississippi, the 223-guest American Empress, embarks on her fifth season sailing the Pacific Northwest beginning March 17, 2018. Embarking on compelling stops along the Columbia and Snake Rivers, such as Multnomah Falls, Mt. St. Helens and the Walla Walla Wine Trail, the riverboat features 39 departure dates sailing between Portland/Vancouver, Wash. and Clarkston, Wash.  Highlights include five-day roundtrip Portland sailings which bookend the 2018 season as well as the newly added Pacific Northwest Adventure Theme cruises taking place in July.

American Queen Itinerary Overview

From carefree New Orleans to vibrant Memphis, the historic American Queen steamboat explores the diverse and unique destinations along the Mississippi, Ohio, Tennessee, and Cumberland rivers. Embarking on her seventh season on February 19, 2018, the American Queen transports guests back in time to relive the full grandeur of bygone eras such as the Antebellum South, Music of the 50s and 60s, and the Civil War. With 42 total itineraries in 2018, each voyage is steeped in history and culture from pre-cruise hotel stays in New Orleans to tracing the steps of Mark Twain in Hannibal, Mo.

American Queen Steamboat Company

The American Queen Steamboat Company (AQSC) is the owner and operator of the U.S. flagged American Queen, the largest, most opulent riverboat in the world.  Longer than a football field, towering six decks in height and laced with fanciful gingerbread trim, she is a marvel of modern engineering. Her journeys through the heartland offer a unique perspective on America’s history, culture and landscape with convenient departures from some of America’s most iconic river port cities including Memphis, New Orleans, Cincinnati, Louisville, St. Louis and St. Paul. In April 2014, AQSC began serving the Pacific Northwest with opulence and grandeur on the American Empress and added the American Duchess to the Mississippi River in August 2017. For additional information and reservations, contact the American Queen Steamboat Company at 888-749-5280, visit us online at or call a professional travel agent.