American Queen Steamboat Company, operator of the most opulent riverboats in the world, invites guests to enjoy the dramatic landscapes that have long inspired artists, writers and steamboat passengers on one of their famed voyages along the Mississippi, Ohio, Tennessee, Cumberland, Columbia and Snake rivers this year. All river cruise itineraries aboard the company’s three iconic, uniquely American paddlewheel riverboats include top-notch service, luxurious accommodations, and an authentic connection to America’s history, geography, music, culture and cuisine.
“Our team was thrilled with the 2018 sailing season and the many awards we earned including Cruise Critic’s Editors’ Picks in the River Cruise ‘Best Enrichment’ category,” shares John Waggoner, Chairman and CEO of American Queen Steamboat Company. “We look forward to welcoming both new and returning cruisers to sail in the new year and exceeding their expectations with an exciting season.”
Below are selected voyages aboard the American Queen, American Duchess and American Empress throughout the 2019 season:
ANTEBELLUM SOUTH – New Orleans to Memphis – (American Queen – Feb. 17-25 & June 9-17 / American Duchess – June 2-10, 16-24 & June 30-July 8:
Memory flows deep and sentiment eddies and swirls along the Lower Mississippi River. Guests can experience authentic Southern culture as they journey through living history and soak in the romantic spirit of the antebellum South. Ports of call include Nottoway Plantation (an American Queen Steamboat Company exclusive port); St. Francisville, LA; Natchez, MS; Vicksburg, MS; and Greenville/Tunica, MS.
JEWELS OF THE LOWER MISSISSIPPI – Memphis to New Orleans – (American Queen – Feb. 24-March 4, June 2-10 & 16-24 /American Duchess – June 9-17 & June 23-July 1): Showcasing the diversity and drama of the Lower Mississippi River, this journey allows guests to explore the land of bawdy blues and Southern belles. History is everywhere – in silent Civil War cemeteries and virtually everywhere you turn in Memphis, best known for blues, barbeque, and of course the King of Rock and Roll and his home at Graceland. Ports of call include Helenna, AR; Vicksburg, MS; Natchez, MS; Baton Rouge, LA; St. Francisville, LA; and Nottoway Plantation.
AUTHENTIC AMERICA ON THE MIGHTY MISSISSIPPI – New Orleans to Red Wing (Minneapolis, MN) (American Queen – June 23-July 15: Traveling on the Mississippi and its tributaries, cruisers will be transported back in time to an era of leisurely and romantic travel. Storybook American towns and vibrant, bustling cities combine with the sweeping panoramas that inspired the works of Mark Twain. Ports of call include Nottoway Plantation; St. Francisville, LA; Natchez, MS; Vicksburg, MS; Greenville, MS; Memphis, TN; New Madrid. MO; Paducah, KY; Cape Girardeau, MO; Chester, IL; St. Louis, MO; Alton, IL; Hannibal, MO; Clinton, IA; Dubuque, IA; La Crosse, WI; and Red Wing, MN.
WELCOME TO THE MAGNIFICENT PACIFIC NORTHWEST – Roundtrip Vancouver, WA (Portland) – (American Empress – March 24-April 1): This voyage through the Pacific Northwest gloriously exhibits the bounty and beauty of nature, as well as the history and heritage of the people who inhabited this diverse region. The Cascade Range separates the dense forests of the coastal regions of Washington and Oregon from the arid rolling hills and wine country of the Red Mountain region. At each port, visitors can embrace the culture and history of this region on an included shore excursion. Ports of call include Astoria, WA; The Dalles, OR; Stevenson, WA; and Portland, OR.
PACIFIC NORTHWEST SPLENDOR– Vancouver, WA (Portland) and Clarkston, WA – (American Empress – March 31-April 8): Beginning in Vancouver near the Pacific Ocean, the ultimate objective of Lewis and Clark’s expeditionary party, the Corps of Discovery, this voyage invites guests to experience the same sense of excitement and wonder while visiting many historic sites and scenic natural landscapes along the Columbia and Snake Rivers. For something more tailored to a specific interest, guests may choose a premium shore excursion such as Multnomah Falls or a trip to the Western Antique Aeroplane & Automobile Museum. Ports of call include Astoria, WA; Stevenson WA; The Dalles, OR; Richland (Tri-Cities), WA; and Clarkston, WA.
For additional information and reservations, please contact the American Queen Steamboat Company at 888-749-5280, visit www.AmericanQueenSteamboatCompany.com or call a professional travel agent.
American Queen Steamboat Company
American Queen Steamboat Company (AQSC) is the 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 Minneapolis. In April 2014, AQSC began serving the Pacific Northwest with the opulence and grandeur of the American Empressand added the American Duchessto the Mississippi River in August 2017.