The American Queen: An American Classic

She was born in 1995, the biggest river steamboat ever built: 418 feet long and 89 feet wide, a six deck re-creation of a classic Mississippi riverboat with 222 staterooms for a capacity of 436 guests and a crew of 160. Re-launched in April 2012 after a $6.5 million makeover, the “new” American Queen is a Victorian beauty, her decks graced with white gingerbread trim, her grand staircase illuminated  with a sparkling chandelier, upholstery refurbished, dark wood …

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American Queen Steamboat Company enters refurbishment preparing for third season

The American Queen Steamboat Company, owner and operator of the largest riverboat in the world, announces refurbishment details of the 432-passenger paddlewheel currently underway at the New Orleans’ Boland Marine Shipyards.  As part of the American Queen’s scheduled annual layup, which includes the renovation of the steam plant, many of the engineering and cosmetic enhancements will be evident to past guests boarding for the launch of her third season on Feb. 21.     “For our second season, we …

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The American Queen Steamboat Company closes on purchase of American Empress

The American Queen Steamboat Company, owner and operator of the U.S-flagged American Queen, announces the closing on financing and full ownership of its second vessel, the American Empress.  The company entered into a purchase agreement of the 223-guest riverboat with the U.S. Maritime Administration (MARAD) in May 2013 and has had a team onboard preparing for her April 2014 launch on the Columbia and Snake River.  All documents were signed by MARAD and American Queen Steamboat Company …

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The American Queen Steamboat Company Introduces 2014 Bourbon & Bluegrass Itineraries

The American Queen Steamboat Company, owner of the largest and most opulent riverboat in the world, is proud to announce its exciting new Bourbon & Bluegrass itineraries beginning in Aug. 2014 between St. Louis, Mo. and Cincinnati, Ohio.  The nine-day journey offers guests the chance to experience a dynamic blend of historic discovery, music and the Kentucky Bourbon Trial, with tours to renowned distilleries and celebrated ports including Cape Girardeau, Mo.; Paducah, Ky.; Henderson, Ky.; Louisville, Ky.; …

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The American Queen Steamboat Company announces details on American Empress Experience: Pacific Northwest voyages begin April 2014

The American Queen Steamboat Company, will launch its newly  refurbished the American Empress on her maiden voyage departing Portland, Ore. on April 5, 2014.  The nine-day journey aboard the largest and most elegant riverboat west of the Mississippi River will immerse guests in the splendor of the Columbia and Snake Rivers featuring stops to some of the region’s most celebrated ports including Astoria, Ore.; Stevenson, Wash.; The Dalles, Ore.; Sacajawea State Park, Wash.; and finally Clarkston, Wash.  …

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Snack fit for a king

Memphis – Now I know why Elvis loved them so much. I also know why he packed on so many pounds. With the American Queen riverboat now based in Memphis, Tennessee, I have another good reason for visiting one of my favorite cities. I also make it a point to drop by Graceland whenever I’m in town. Not only is there always something new to see at Graceland and something old to remember, there is also that …

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The American Queen Steamboat Company unveils guest loyalty program: “Steamboat Society of America”

Much of the American Queen Steamboat Company’s early success can be attributed to guests sharing stories of their memorable trips with friends, family and booking another voyage shortly after arriving home. Valued return guests share a passion for U.S. river cruising and can now join the Steamboat Society of America, the company’s loyalty program, for special benefits and rewards on the American Queen and soon-to-be sailing American Empress (April 2014). Among the many benefits, guests receive their …

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American Queen Steamboat Company Announces Partnership with National Trust for Historic Preservation

This week, the American Queen Steamboat Company announced a partnership with the National Trust for Historic Preservation, pledging to make a corporate donation of five dollars to the National Trust for every river cruise booking.  They will also offer their guests the chance to make a matching donation. Beginning June 30, 2013, the company will begin to promote the work of historic preservation professionals in both onboard and onshore demonstrations of preservation concepts and techniques.  Passengers aboard the American Queen will …

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American Queen Steamboat Company completes technology upgrade

Guests keeping up on the latest headlines via tablet or documenting their American Queen voyage to friends on Facebook are now assured of a stronger  and more stable internet experience onboard the world’s largest riverboat. The American Queen Steamboat Company recently installed a new satellite ball instantly improving internet speeds throughout the vessel. Additionally, in-room entertainment options have been added with new television channels and a 24-hour movie channel. “Staying connected to friends, family and business is …

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American Queen Steamboat Company to celebrate Mardi Gras and return to lower Mississippi

Laissez les bons temps rouler or “let the good times roll” will be a common greeting onboard the American Queen as the American Queen Steamboat Company  makes its Mardi Gras debut this February to begin the 2013 Lower Mississippi River season.  The steamboat will dock in the heart of the French Quarter, just steps away from famed Café Du Monde and a short walk from the revelry of Bourbon Street. American Queen guests will enjoy taking in …

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