The mighty rivers of the United States of America once served as the great highways of early exploration and inspired dreams of discovery. Today, American Queen Steamboat Company® re-creates the same sense of wonder, excitement and inspirations with all the convenience and comfort of modern luxury aboard the most elegant riverboats in the world, the American Queen,® American Empress,® American Duchess™ and American Countess™. Traveling in the wake of legends, guests are transported to an era of leisurely and romantic travel.
America’s most authentic paddlewheel riverboats move you forward in relaxation and backward in time. Soak up the view as the wonders of the rivers gently slide by. Enjoy the admiration of bystanders who gather to appreciate the beauty of your riverboat’s design. Explore your vessel’s stunning art collection throughout the boat. Share your experience with fellow guests who, like you, have come not only to see, but to experience these magnificent rivers.
At American Queen Steamboat Company, we are both proud and honored to share the dream of American river cruising and as such we maintain a commitment to excellence that far exceeds expectations. The welcome appearance of each of our vessels is richly complemented by a culture of gracious service, elegant decor, rousing entertainment and rewarding enrichment experiences. All of this is accentuated with pre-cruise deluxe hotel stays, remarkable shore excursions included in every port of call and a wealth of complimentary onboard amenities.
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
SNACKS AND SANDWICHES
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.
AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND PASSENGERS:
* 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)