American Queen Steamboat Company
American Queen Steamboat Company has historical links dating back to the post-World War II era, when the Delta Queen initiated cruises on the Mississippi River. Its success led to building new boats, including the American Queen and (in the Pacific Northwest on the Columbia and Snake Rivers) the American Empress. For those who love our country’s history, the cruises are a deep and delicious plunge into Americana, including its music, food, river lore, small town life, and Native American culture.
What We Love
Made in America: The boats, most of the passengers, the sights along the way, and everything onboard have America written all over them.
Best Known For
Onboard Historians: They are experts on the rivers and may have worked on boats, whether aboard the big tows or the steamboats, so listen up and take in some scuttlebutt mixed with genuine American history.
Cruising Down the River: See America from your floating "front porch" rocking chair while you meet opposing river traffic, lock through to a higher level, pass between towering bluffs, and ease up to a town landing that’s there because of the river.
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Who It's Best For
Old-Timers with Curiosity: Most who come are up there in age, and enjoy both the ease of river travel and the option to stay aboard or explore ashore.
Don't Say We Didn't Warn You
Slow Pace: Some may find the small towns dull. But take in the welcome of the locals who greet the boats and you may experience something more than worthwhile — and have fun doing it.
Theodore W. Scull is a New York-based contributor to ShermansCruise who has written several books on crossings.