World Travellers

Travel Blog

American Queen Steamboat

Travel is glorious once more. Steamboating is a unique blend of American beauty and history, acclaimed cuisine, lively showboat-style entertainment, and the adventure of exploring Mark Twain’s riverside America. Have you ever wondered what the country looked like to its early explorers and pioneers? The great rivers of America were the highways of early exploration. To discover a side of America that few ever see from the indescribable perspective of the river, the American Queen Steamboat Company has the perfect solution —cruise aboard the grand American Queen, the only authentic overnight paddlewheel steamboat in America.

Travelling on the Mighty Mississippi and its tributaries aboard the American Queen will transport you back in time, to an era of leisurely and romantic travel. Longer than a football field and towering six decks in height, she is the largest steamboat in the world and looks like she has been transported from about 150-200 years ago when riverboats were the preferred means of travel in middle America. The brilliant white exterior, with its ornate filigree and wrap-around decks is set off by the bright red paddle wheel and green decks. The interiors are definitely Victorian and look much more like an elegant hotel than the low slung riverboats in Europe. American Queen SteamboatThe interiors are magnificent, resplendent in polished mahogany, rich fabrics and Tiffany glass. Although this steamboat may appear to belong in a different era, she has all the modern amenities today's travellers expect. You may feel like you are in the 1800's, but will certainly appreciate the air conditioning, comfortable cabins, flat screen satellite televisions, WiFi, and elevators connecting all six decks. The all-American crew is the epitome of Southern Hospitality and they take genuine delight in ensuring that every request and every detail for their 432 guests is fulfilled and attended to.

The American Queen features a Riverlorian (River Historian) on every voyage, lavish showboat style entertainment, big band, Dixieland jazz and music from the '40s, '50s and '60s. There is a bevy of dining options, all at no charge of course! The opulent J.M. White Dining Room offers full breakfast, lunch and dinner service along with specialty buffets and even a New Orleans Jazz Brunch. 

The entire vacation experience doesn’t take place only aboard the American Queen which is why, not only are a number of unique shore excursions in each port of call offered, they also provide a complimentary Hop-on, Hop-off option in every destination. To explore on your own, the complimentary excursion is a great way to see a new city or town. 

The cruises range from 4 to 8 nights out of St Louis on the Upper Mississippi with themes such as Good old Summertime, Fall Colours and Baseball Legends while on the Lower Mississippi some of the themes are Elvis, Southern Culture, Mardi Gras and Thanksgiving. A fantastic itinerary is the 4 night Taste of the True South, a brief encounter with the historic South from New Orleans. Plantations, gardens, historic sites and cuisine in less than a week makes the perfect addition to a USA holiday.

Features:

* The largest, most opulent riverboat in the world

* Complimentary shore excursions in every port

* Complimentary deluxe hotel stay before your voyage including breakfast and transfers to the American Queen

* Complimentary wine and beer with dinner

* Complimentary cappuccino, espresso, bottled water and soft drinks

* Daily lectures by the Riverlorian, the onboard history & culture expert

* Entertainment worthy of Broadway – spectacular revues, cabaret, Jazz and Blues

* American Queen dedicated fleet of luxury coaches at each port

In April 2014, the company will commence voyages in the Pacific Northwest, on the 360-foot American Empress. The American Empress will operate 9-day voyages between Portland Oregon and Clarkston Washington, with ports of call in historic towns such as Astoria, Stevenson and The Dalles and Sacajawea State Park. Her home will be the Columbia and Snake Rivers. The Columbia’s largest tributary at nearly 1100 miles in length is the lesser known Snake River but is equally as fascinating.  Today, the Snake River is far calmer than it once was, although a jet boat ride through Hell’s Canyon, which is available to guests of the American Empress when she begins service in April 2014, will be an adrenaline-pumping reminder of the river’s energetic past.

At the American Queen Steamboat Company, they do more than just take you places. It is their mission to expand your knowledge, your understanding of history and your sense of wonder even as you expand your horizons with new destinations. Call us for the brand new 2014 brochure and full details.

Your comments

Loading comments...
Close

Travel Finder

Choose your region

Or do you have a more specific destination?

What's your travel style(s)?

What's your budget?

(Airfares may be included)

Select your nearest store