River Cruises are a convenient and relaxed form of travel with all of the benefits of inclusive big ship ocean cruising, but with fewer passengers creating a more personalized, intimate vacation experience. The unique blend of stunning landscapes and profound history, acclaimed regional cuisine prepared with locally source ingredients, multiple dining venues, exceptional entertainment, and the adventure of exploring riverside port cities is just a sampling of the many elements fueling the strong appeal of river cruising. Imagine the freedom of unpacking only once and settling into the comforts of your classically furnished stateroom complete with every modern convenience and the addition of your own personal attendant. Sounds pretty amazing, doesn’t it?
American Queen Steamboat Company,
The largest, most opulent river boat in the world, Included shore excursions in every port of call, Deluxe hotel stay before your voyage - including breakfast, taxes, porterage and transfers to the boat, Complimentary cappuccino, espresso, bottled water and soft drinks throughout your voyage Complimentary wine and beer with dinner, Daily lectures by the Riverlorian, our onboard history and culture expert, Acclaimed entertainment worthy of Broadway - spectacular revues, cabaret, jazz and blues, six-piece orchestra and more, dedicated fleet of deluxe motorcoaches
American Queen Steamboat Company river cruises provide the ideal vacation experience for those seeking an inclusive river cruising experience with all of the fluff and none of the hassles. When you choose a river cruise aboard the American Queen or the American Empress, you will experience an abundance of luxurious amenities along with the signature benefits of pre-cruise deluxe hotel stays, remarkable Hop-On Hop-Off shore excursions in each port, fabulous dining venues with exceptional cuisine, nightly entertainment and dancing, wine and beer with dinner, 24-hour room service, the warm hospitality of an all-American crew and so much more. Whether you seek to explore inviting destinations of the Heartland or wish to embrace breathtaking views of the great Pacific Northwest, prepare for an unforgettable journey from the indescribable perspective of the river. Authentic America is out there just waiting to be discovered and it is unlike anything you have ever experienced before.
Lower Mississippi River Cruises
The Lower Mississippi River is the river of legends. It is the river of centuries-old shaded oak trees, elegant Antebellum plantations, cotton fields and Civil War memorials. River cruising through the rich history and cultural diversity of the Old South is like taking a step back in time. Sugar cane is still grown just as it was a century ago and lovingly restored mansions grace the Great River Road. From the sidewalk cafes and jazz clubs of New Orleans’ French Quarter to the barbecue hot spots and soulful blues of Memphis and everywhere in between, the Lower Mississippi region is a beautiful celebration of modern day attractions and timeless southern traditions.
Upper Mississippi River Cruises
The Upper Mississippi River pulses through the heart of America offering hidden gems around each bend of the river to fuel your sense of discovery. Perhaps no person defined the world’s view of America’s greatest river more than the legendary Mark Twain and his beloved literary characters; Tom Sawyer, Huck Finn and Becky Thatcher are still alive and well in Hannibal, Missouri, Samuel Clemens’ boyhood hometown. Cruising along the Upper Mississippi aboard our classic, steam-powered vessel carries you past peaceful fields of gold and soaring bluffs to storybook American towns and vibrant, bustling cities. Whether you are a fan of nature’s raw beauty and wildlife or an enthusiast of history and culture, the upper reaches of the Mississippi from dynamic St. Louis to the twin cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul will surely pique your interest and capture your heart.
Ohio, Tennessee and Cumberland River Cruises
On these river cruises, you'll discover America’s cultural quilt in the cities and towns of the Ohio and Tennessee Rivers. From Civil War battlefields, forts and homesteads to quaint Main Streets and friendly smiles, this region will welcome you with open arms and enrich you with its storied history. Cruising along the Cumberland River takes you past forest-covered hills into Bluegrass Country and brings to mind old tales of Davy Crockett and Daniel Boone. The Ohio River is quite simply a kaleidoscope of big cities and small towns showcasing the best of American ingenuity and courage while the Tennessee and Cumberland rivers are a reminder of the wilderness that had to be conquered to expand a nation. Whether you are cruising through the deep wilderness, or headed to big cities for exciting attractions like the Grand Ole Opry® and Churchill Downs, adventure awaits by the mile.
Columbia and Snake River Cruises
River cruises on the Columbia and Snake Rivers present a wealth of natural, awe-inspiring beauty and iconic destinations that will leave you breathless. The timelessness and deep-rooted history of the region is evident at each and every port along your journey. As you relive the daring exploits of frontiersmen and adventurers, you will bear witness to the precious land just as it appeared to Lewis and Clark in 1805. From the raw, natural power of Mount St. Helens to cascading waterfalls like Multnomah Falls and the acclaimed wineries of the Pacific Northwest, this captivating corner of America will show you the world from a new perspective.
Dining / Meals
Dining aboard the American Queen SteamBoats is an Epicurean affair that pleases the palate and warms the soul. The award-winning culinary team takes full advantage of the region's diverse bounty of fresh, local ingredients to fashion uniquely exquisite dishes that will leave you yearning for the next meal. Savor each succulent bite, swirl and sip amidst the rich ambiance of The Grand Dining Room. Furnished with a refined decor of extravagant, custom Italian fabrics and rich walnut accents, you will enjoy tantalizing meals morning, noon and night in this exquisite venue which comfortably accommodates all guests. Sweeping windows reveal a gorgeous backdrop of river views to further enhance the glory of your dining experience. Equally decadent with a more intimate experience is our alternative venue. Outdoor dining features covered, resort-style seating for both leisurely lounging and relaxed dining.
Night after magical night, top entertainers bring down the house on the boat. Each evening the lights dim, the curtains rise and our talented performers offer you entertainment worthy of Broadway.
As history plays such a large part of your cruise experience, the Riverlorian is onboard for each voyage to impart the history and lore of the river on which you are cruising. as well as, often a featured and diverse lineup of guest historians will take to the stage and transport you to another era. You’ll enjoy hearing from these noted speakers who offer astounding insights on the culture and heritage of America's Heartland and the Deep South. Relive a tale from Mark Twain for an enchanted evening and you will retire to your room convinced that you've just had a conversation with history.
The river is always flowing and while life here may move at a genteel pace, there is always plenty of activity onboard and ashore for the adventurer in all of us. Amenities include helping you maintain your fitness routine. You'll find that your active, healthy lifestyle is easily accommodated.
Weight and resistance training are simple with our workout bench, dumbbells and other equipment. Guests looking for a more aerobic form of exercise can get their heart rates up using our treadmills or the static bike.
**Not available on all boats or sailings as well as amenities will vary based upon cabin category
American Cruise Line - “Small Ship Cruising Done Perfectly”
American Cruise Lines' modern ships are a testament to premier nautical engineering, luxurious comfort and river cruising convenience. The fleet of vessels feature paddlewheelers and small cruise ships that offer the latest in modern amenities, state-of-the-art navigation and safety equipment.
Cruising on these world-class ships, you will enjoy comfortable lounges and large observation decks that offer the perfect place for guests to relax and enjoy the company of fellow travelers who share their interest in American heritage. Glass enclosed dining salons provide panoramic views of the spectacular scenery you will see on every American Cruise Lines trip.
Spacious staterooms are hotel-like rooms and feature large opening picture windows, roomy baths, and many of our staterooms offer guests private balconies. From charming small towns to gracious southern ports, the American Cruise Lines fleet will bring you to your desired destination in luxury and comfort. Single occupancy & triple accommodations available on most ships.
All-American Crew provide outstanding Service and Hospitality. Complimentary 24 hour Room Service is a normal treat
American Cruise Line DISTINCTIONS **
American Cruise Line River boat Destination include:
Queen of the Mississippi - Built in 2015, Queen of the Mississippi offers an authentic paddle-wheeler experience with all the comforts of home. Guests can enjoy large staterooms with private balconies, hotel-style bathrooms, complimentary room service, WiFi, and more. Experience breathtaking scenery from the privacy of your stateroom as the Queen of the Mississippi makes its way down the legendary river.
America - .Launched in 2016, America is one of the finest Mississippi paddle-wheeler ever built, introducing features never before seen on the Mississippi. America embodies a casual ambiance and relaxed atmosphere while providing panoramic views of the passing scenery. With only 185 guests, fellow guests will quickly become new friends.
“Modern River boat”
With a capacity of 200 guests, this new line of modern River boat will be cruising beginning in September 2018. They were developed to exceed all guest expectations. Carefully crafted, each state-of-the-art River boat was designed with guest's satisfaction and comfort in mind.
Queen of the West - A veteran of the Columbia and Snake Rivers, Queen of the West underwent major renovations with upgrades to passenger staterooms, lounges, galley, and engine room. Meticulous care and attention to detail went into the reconstruction, from the newly designed and custom built furniture to the expanded staterooms and the addition of more private balconies.
American Pride - American Pride offers an unparalleled experience never before available on the Columbia and Snake Rivers. Aboard American Pride, guests will discover the natural beauty, history, and culture of the Pacific Northwest while enjoying the finest in accommodations and personalized service. American Pride not only boasts the largest, most well-appointed staterooms but also offers private balconies and unobstructed views. In addition to the amazing scenery, the master chefs have been busy preparing menus that are tailored specifically to the Pacific Northwest region..
American Cruise Line Coastal Cruise Ships Destination include:
The Independence is equipped with the largest staterooms in the industry with most suites featuring private balconies. With the latest in navigation and safety technology, the Independence is fully stabilized, allowing it to reach even more fascinating destinations in smooth comfort. Complete with an exercise area and putting green, the Independence offers guests a relaxed and casual atmosphere.
The American Spirit is for the traveler who pursues the exceptional. Uniquely designed to navigate the inland waterways of Alaska, the American Spirit brings passengers to some of the most beautiful locations in America. In the intimate atmosphere onboard, guests find that fellow travelers share their passion for these historic places, and often become fast friends. It's easy to relax and feel comfortable in the spacious and relaxing rooms.
The American Star will offer guests the charming small towns to gracious ports, it bring guests to places of historic interest and magnificent beauty. Onboard, each guest will be able to unwind in the friendly and accommodating atmosphere, which is serviced by attentive staff.
American Constellation is uniquely designed to navigate the inland waterways of the East Coast, It n brings guests to beautiful ports the larger ships can't access. In the intimate atmosphere onboard, guests will find the large staterooms, spacious lounges, as well as observation decks and private balconies that offer spectacular views of the passing landscapes.
The newly-announced American Constitution is scheduled to begin cruising the East Coast in spring of 2018. With a capacity of 175 passengers, the American Constitution will feature the latest in technology, modern design, and sophisticated decor. It will feature large well-appointed staterooms with private balconies, as well as a variety of spacious lounges.
**Not available on all boats or sailings as well as amenities will vary based upon cabin category
Information on all Cruise Lines, their ships and boats is subject to change and is current at time of uploading this page. Contact our office and one of our Certified River Cruise Consultant for specific questions and changes and additional which may have occurred since publication.