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American Queen Voyages

To really see North America, to understand the land and its people, you need to explore not only the iconic cities, but the pathways between. American Queen Voyages encourages guests to slow down and meander the waterways, to explore an America you thought you knew, in an entirely different way.

American Queen Voyages embodies the story of America’s fabled rivers in their iconic red paddlewheelers. Over the past 10 years, their flagship riverboat, American Queen, has traversed the waterways throughout the Deep South and the Heartland. She meanders as far north as Minneapolis, as far south as New Orleans, and as far west as Pittsburgh, on occasion even journeying along the Tennessee and Cumberland rivers. American Empress calls the Columbia and Snake rivers of the Pacific Northwest her home, while American Countess travels where the soul of the American South flows. They’ve built an award-winning fleet of paddlewheelers and boats, including the newly built Ocean Victory which is built for exploration in earth's most fragile places. They’re your home away from home, and wherever they go, curious locals line up along the shores welcoming guests when they arrive and waving goodbye when they leave. Every journey is all-inclusive and complete with onboard activities, shore excursions, genuine hospitality, elevated dining, and sophisticated accommodation. On every journey, discovery runs deep. From the sounds of New Orleans Jazz to the taste of Memphis barbeque and the tales of Mark Twain, our iconic red paddlewheelers churn with new possibilities and adventure ahead.


Every meal aboard the American Queen is an affair to remember. Regina Charboneau, our Culinary Director and celebrated American chef, draws her inspiration from our great Heartland has created a movable, delectable feast for you to indulge in. From piping hot beignets and bananas foster French toast for breakfast to succulent five-course dinners, every day celebrates the culinary senses.

Creations Befitting a Queen
Even more astounding than the choices you will find on our menus are your daily choices of dining venues. The opulent J.M. White Dining Saloon is the centerpiece, serving breakfasts, lunches and dinners that are befittingly grand. The Front Porch of America offers a wide variety of classic American favorites and can satisfy any craving, at any time, as it is open 24 hours. The Calliope Grill serves up views as spectacular as the grilled fare and fresh salads and offers romantic, alfresco dining in the evenings. Should you be feeling peckish in the wee hours, you will find the Moonlight Supper in the Engine Room Bar offers surprising midnight delights.

Early Riser Coffee and Beignets / Front Porch of America
Buffet Breakfast / Grand Saloon
Traditional Breakfast Service / J.M. White Dining Room

Buffet Luncheon / Grand Saloon
Traditional Luncheon / J.M. White Dining Room
Alfresco Lunch / River Grill

Traditional Dinner / J.M. White Dining Room
Alfresco Dinner / River Grill

24-Hour Dining Service / Front Porch of America
Afternoon Ice Cream & Cookies / Front Porch of America
Traditional Po’Boy Sandwiches / River Grill
Elegant Southern Tea / Ladies’ Parlor
Pre-Dinner Canapés & Hors d’Oeuvres / Main Deck
Moonlight Supper / Engine Room Bar

Gratuities/Beverage Service Charges

Our crew works very hard to ensure that every aspect of your voyage meets the highest standards. That includes crew members who serve you directly, such as wait staff, beverage servers, housekeepers and many others who support their efforts, whom you may never meet. To ensure that the efforts of all our crew members are recognized and rewarded, gratuities of $19.50 per guest will be automatically added to your onboard account on a daily basis. If our service exceeds or fails to meet your expectations, you are free to adjust that amount at the end of the cruise by visiting the Purser's Office.

Beyond the free-flowing house drinks, a 15% Beverage Service Charge is automatically added to bar charges and dining room purchases of premium spirits, premium beers and premium wines. These charges are paid entirely to American Queen Steamboat Company crew members.

In ports of call and on shore excursions, we suggest that you extend gratuities consistent with customary local practices.

* Ships gratuities are pre-paid. In ports of call and on shore excursions, we suggest that you extend gratuities consistent with customary local practices.
* NEW FROM 2021: Complimentary onboard cruise Unlimited Beverage Package - including beer, wine by the glass, spirits and cocktails valued at up to US $12 in value per drink including 15% gratuity (does not include special tasting events onboard)