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This page contains information on MS American Queen riverboat cruises Mississippi itineraries, schedule and prices comparison.

The chartered by Avalon Waterways American Queen steamboat sails on exclusively Mississippi river cruises in USA.

American Queen riverboat review

American Queen steamboat

The simple fact is – this is the world’s biggest steamboat ever built, and an authentic paddle-wheeler. She was originally built for DQSC (Delta Queen Steamboat Company) in 1996. After being in service for DQSC (since 2003) she was laid up in Violet LA since 2008. The boat’s new owners AQSC (American Queen Steamboat Company) invested additionally some US$6,5 mill in refurbishments – from engines and new painting to the renovated Victorian decor (chandeliers, lots of polished wood and hand-crafted woodwork), staterooms (new bedding, flat TV’s), the Sun-deck’s new “River Grill”. The riverboat’s new crew and staff is from Memphis TN, and the famous chef Regina Charboneau oversees the onboard cuisine.

The new American Queen paddle-boat was relaunched in April 2012. The idea behind this steamboat (beside profit) is to celebrate the US river history and traditions, and to enjoy country music and great food. A special feature of this huge riverboat is that she is able to lower the funnels in order to go under bridges.American Queen riverboat cruises Mississippi USA

It’s true that the boat’s stern paddlewheel (in the ship’s rearmost part) is powered by a genuine steam engine. But she also have a secondary propulsion being used only in emergencies and for better maneuverability. The secondary propulsion consists of diesel-electric propellers (azimuth thrusters) located on either side of the wheel. These thrusters can rotate 360 degrees and allow fast maneuvering while the riverboat is in ports.

The American Queen steamboat was retired 2008 due to the bankruptcy of the original owner Majestic America. In April 2011 the ship started operations with its new owner being HMS Global Maritime (Hornblower Marine Services, based in New Albany IN). The list of other famous and currently operational paddle-wheeler steamboats includes “Natchez”, “Chautauqua Belle”, “Minne-Ha-Ha”, “Belle of Louisville”. In 2012 AQ participated and won the second place in the USA’s “Great Steamboat Race”.

American Queen paddle-boat cruise rates, dress code, tips/gratuity, entertainment, clientele

  • American Queen river cruiseRates on this river cruise boat are pretty high in comparison to other ships, with prices of US$200+ on Interior cabin deals (PP per day). Included in the fares are pre-cruise hotel stays, transfers to the ship, unlimited soft drinks, bottled water, coffee and tea, and beer and wine (at dinner). Also complimentary are all guided tours/shore excursions, and the use of bicycles in ports of call.
  • Dress code is casual, shorts/T-shirts are not allowed at dinner (in the ship’s Dining Room). Casual dresses and khakis are proper evening attire, bring comfortable shoes for tours. The Captain’s Welcome/Farewell parties (held in the ship’s Mark Twain Gallery) are the right time to dress-up (no formal wear is required).
  • Gratuities (not included in the fares) are US$14,50 per guest per day (added daily), 15% service tipping to all alcoholic drinks.

  • Dining – American breakfast is served daily, 3-course dinners.
  • Enrichment program – local tour guides, artisans, daily lectures by history experts.
  • Entertainment (nightly) – sing-alongs in the Main Deck Lounge, themed deck parties, dancing (Dixieland band music) and watching shows and concerts performed in the ship’s 2-story-tall Grand Saloon.
  • Clientele – mostly Americans, well traveled, many elderly couples (with a history in the Mississippi River and ocean voyages). Some families and students book for the summer trips. The boat is wheelchair friendly (with an elevator).

Besides enjoying the countryside scenery, other entertainment options ob baord are the Sun Deck’s pool, spa treatments (by Pevonia), working out in the Gym, or just sit in a rocking chair and relax reading one of the Mark Twain Gallery’s huge collection of books.

American Queen Mississippi River itinerary information

American Queen Cruise Ship Schedule COMThe Avalon’s USA deals are via a partnership with the American Queen Steamboat Company. This “cruise ship” is cruising the Mississippi River and its tributaries, and also the Ohio and Tennessee rivers on themed sailings.

Since April 2012, American Queen cruises on 3- to 10-night river voyages departing from several ports, the biggest being New Orleans, Cincinnati, St. Louis, Memphis.

American Queen Mississippi River cruises from Chicago to St Paul, Minnesota

  • On this itinerary you’ll embark on a 7-night Mississippi River cruise, also featuring a sightseeing tour in Illinois, 2 nights pre-cruise stay in Chicago. The list of other excursions highlights includes Pontiac (Route 66 Hall of Fame and Museum), a night-stay in Springfield (Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library), St Louis (Gateway Arch tour – 630-ft / 192 m -high). Follows embarkation for your mesmerizing Mississippi riverboat excursion to St Paul. Feature stops along the way are Hannibal, Missouri (Mark Twain), Dubuque, Iowa ( this was the Victorian capital of the US, Galena touring, local restaurant lunch), La Crosse, Wisconsin, and Red Wing, Minnesota.
  • Hotel stays in Chicago and Springfield (see the top-page Avalon Waterways link for the line’s hotel partnerships).

American Queen Mississippi cruises from Nashville to New Orleans, Louisiana

  • On this itinerary, guests will be able to explore some of the South’s major cities and historically important towns located on river Mississippi. It all starts in Nashville, Tennessee,  with visiting the Country Music Hall of Fame (featuring John Carter Cash). Embarkation is in Memphis, with a pre-cruise tour to Sun Studios, guided sightseeing tour (including to the Elvis Presley’s mansion Graceland) and a classy dinner (Beale Street). Feature stops and excursions highlights: countryside & dining (restored plantation homes, American/Southern cuisine), Vicksburg, Mississippi (visiting the National Military Park), Natchez, Mississippi (visiting the Regina Charboneau’s mansion, numerous before American Civil War houses), St Francisville, Louisiana (historical sites, old-charm restaurants, shopping(, Baton Rouge, (the LA’s capital city), tour to the Houmas House plantation. Disembarkation is in New Orleans LA, with a sightseeing guided tour and visiting the National WWII Museum there.

  • Hotel stays in Nashville, Memphis and New Orleans.

American Queen Steamboat Information

Decks 6 Year Built (refurbished) / Links 1995 (2012) / AavalonWaterways / AQSC
Capacity(Passengers-Crew) 436-172 Building Company / Built in McDermott (Louisiana, USA)
Cabins (total) 222 Registry (Flag-State) United States (USA)
Suites 22 Identification (MMSI Number) 366950740
Balcony Cabins 125 Length (ft/m) 420 – 128
RiverView Cabins 22 Width (ft/m) 89 – 27
Inside-Single Cabins 46-12 Cabins floor-plans, decks layouts, ship review American Queen deck plans

American Queen ship facilities & amenities

  • Sun Deck (6) – AQ Athletic Club, Pool,  Lounge Area, Pilot House
  • Promenade Deck (5) – Calliope Bar, Lobby, River Grill, Staterooms (category LS, AAA, A, F)
  • Observation Deck (4) – Chart Room, Lobby, Cabins (cat A, B, C, F, SI)
  • Texas Deck (3) – Front Porch of America (observation lounge), Theater (upper seats), Cabins (cat LS, AA, E, G, H, I, SO)
  • Cabin Deck (2) – AQ Emporium, Engine Room Bar, Card Room, Ladies’ Parlor, Mark Twain Gallery, Lobby, Purser’s & Tour Services Desk, Theater, Cabins (cat D)
  • Main Deck (1) – Galley/Kitchen, Restaurant (JM White Dining Room), Engine Room Viewing Area, Main Deck Lounge, Grand Saloon, Elevators.

American Queen Cabins

A total of 14 cabin categories, staterooms are also with Victorian decors.

  • Suites with balcony (LS, AAA) – spacious, a sitting area with sofa-bed, cocktail table, hot- tub / shower, antique double / queen bed.
  • Superior Balcony (AA) and Deluxe Balcony (A, B, C, E) – French doors, 2 single beds, private bathroom (tub & shower).
  • Deluxe RiverView (D)
  • Inside Cabins (F, G, H, I)
  • Single Cabins – SO (riverview, with French doors) and SI (interior) – single bed, shower.

American Queen steamboat

American Queen itinerary 2014 schedule

Date / Departure Itinerary / Route Prices from
8-day one-way to US & Canada River Cruises from Nashville Fri Nov 21 (Nashville, departing), Fri Nov 21 to Sat Nov 22 (Memphis), Sun Nov 23 (Helena), Mon Nov 24 (Vicksburg), Tue Nov 25 (Natchez), Wed Nov 26 (Saint Francisville), Thu Nov 27 (Baton Rouge), Fri Nov 28 (Houmas House Plantation), Sat Nov 29 (New Orleans, arrive) Balcony $5279
8-day one-way to US & Canada River Cruises from Nashville Fri Nov 21 (Nashville, departing), Fri Nov 21 to Sat Nov 22 (Memphis), Sat Nov 22 (Mississippi River), Sun Nov 23 (Scenic Riverboat Cruising), Mon Nov 24 (Vicksburg), Tue Nov 25 (Natchez), Wed Nov 26 (Saint Francisville), Thu Nov 27 (Baton Rouge), Fri Nov 28 (Nottoway Plantation), Sat Nov 29 (New Orleans, arrive)
8-day one-way to US & Canada River Cruises from Nashville Fri Dec 05 (Nashville, departing), Fri Dec 05 to Sat Dec 06 (Memphis), Sun Dec 07 (Helena), Mon Dec 08 (Vicksburg), Tue Dec 09 (Natchez), Wed Dec 10 (Saint Francisville), Thu Dec 11 (Baton Rouge), Fri Dec 12 (Houmas House Plantation), Sat Dec 13 (New Orleans, arrive) Balcony $5279
8-day one-way to US & Canada River Cruises from Nashville Fri Dec 05 (Nashville, departing), Fri Dec 05 to Sat Dec 06 (Memphis), Sat Dec 06 (Mississippi River), Sun Dec 07 (Scenic Riverboat Cruising), Mon Dec 08 (Vicksburg), Tue Dec 09 (Natchez), Wed Dec 10 (Saint Francisville), Thu Dec 11 (Baton Rouge), Fri Dec 12 (Nottoway Plantation), Sat Dec 13 (New Orleans, arrive)

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