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Rating Breakdown
Overall — 5
Value — 4.8
Guide — 4.8
Activities — 4.8
Lodging — 4.8
Transportation — 4.8
Meals — 4.8
Overall — 0
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Activities — 0.0
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Recent Reviews

Amazing!

5.0 April 2019
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  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
The Portugal trip (May 2018) with Kathy was amazing. Every detail of our hikes, lunches at the beach, special dinners, musical presentations, accommodations, and surprises, was orchestrated delightfully! Kathy is a rock star in the world of active travel, adventure, and foodie experiences!
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Tour American Queen Steamboat Company Reviews

Every way possible as wonderful a cruise

5.0 February 2019
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  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
I have taken two cruises in Europe on the #1 company there. Our January cruise on the American Duchess was in every way possible as wonderful a cruise as I have been on. Well done American Queen Steamboat Company!
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Tour American Queen Steamboat Company Reviews

Cruising down the mighty Mississippi was so peaceful and relaxing

5.0 July 2018
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  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Just completed the Memphis to New Orleans cruise on the American Queen and I have got to say this was the best cruise my wife and I have ever taken. Our dinner servers were Sam and Xenia, two of the most professional, caring and thoughtful people that you could possibly ever meet. The food was fabulous, the entertainment was top notch, the shore excursions were educational, and the accommodations were everything you could possibly ask for. Cruising down the mighty Mississippi was so peaceful and relaxing. I would like to go back tomorrow for another cruise if I could schedule the trip. I will be going back on another cruise on the American Queen Riverboat!
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Tour American Queen Steamboat Company Reviews

Tours 2 Trips 0 Trip
Average Trip Price Per Day $ 310 $ 0
Operator Type River Cruise Line Group Tour Operator
Size Local Specialist Local Specialist
Trip Types
  • River Cruises
  • Group Tours
Service Level Standard Luxury
Regions
  • North America
  • Africa
Known For
  • 50+
  • Safari
  • Trekking & Camping
  • Luxury
  • Budget
Headquarters Memphis, Tennessee, USA Arusha, Tanzania
Year Established N/A N/A
Solo Friendly N/A N/A
Tour Languages N/A N/A
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        About American Queen Steamboat Company

        While most Americans may identify river cruising with Europe’s Rhine or Danube, river cruising in the U.S. is alive and thriving, and the American Queen Steamboat Company is one of the leaders in the field. Based in Memphis, the line offers river cruises in both the eastern and western U.S. It’s a chance to see the country from a different perspective – much more calming and relaxed than road travel with no worries about lodging, transportation, food, sightseeing or entertainment once you board your ship.

        What Makes Them Stand Out? 

        The company’s fleet consists of just two ships – the American Queen and the American Empress – but both boast distinctions in the river cruise industry. The American Queen, which features Victorian-era decor and a two-story Grand Salon for theater performances, is said to be the largest riverboat ever built. While the Empress, which sports a signature red paddlewheel and also provides evening entertainment, is the largest riverboat operating west of the Mississippi. 

        Who Travels With Them?

        The river cruise line attracts mostly an older crowd age 50 and above, with some passengers well into their 70os and 80s. Many are American history and literary buffs with an interest in the Civil War, Mark Twain, the Lewis and Clark expeditions, and Americana in general. (A “riverlorian” accompanies each cruise to lecture on regional history and culture.)

        Where Do They Operate?

        The American Queen sails the upper and lower Mississippi as well as the Ohio and Tennessee rivers. (The upper Mississippi extends from Missouri north to Minnesota, while the lower Mississippi runs from Memphis south to New Orleans.)  The Empress travels the scenic Columbia and Snake rivers in the Pacific Northwest. 

        How Does It Work?

        During the voyage, all shore excursions are guided and included in the initial price. (You can go off on your own if you wish.) The fare also includes complimentary wine or beer at dinner and espresso and soft drinks throughout the cruise. Regional cuisine is featured in the dining rooms, and dress is casual. 

        Why Travel With Them? 

        American Queen runs a well-oiled operation that offers good value. While the ships aren’t the most luxurious afloat, they have character and offer a range of activities and cultural enrichment programs, as well as a relaxing river cruise experience.

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