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There’s no more unique way to enjoy a Mississippi River cruise and experience the history, heritage and culture of America’s heartland than a voyage aboard a genuine steamboat like this beautiful lady of the river. The largest steamboat ever built, the American Queen epitomizes the grace and grandeur that has made steamboating a cherished American tradition for more than two centuries.
Explore historic ports of call like New Orleans, Natchez, Mark Twain’s Hannibal, Chattanooga and Pittsburgh, just to name a few. Visit magnolia-filled squares, gracious mansions, sculptured gardens and historic landmarks - all infused with the charming allure of a bygone era. Along the way, you’ll learn about the great events and people that have contributed to America’s history and culture.
Choose from a variety of itineraries on the Upper
Mississippi, Lower Mississippi and Ohio & Tennessee Rivers.
On the Upper Mississippi: Early explorers and native tribes left their legacy behind in town names here: Joliet. Red Wing. Dubuque. Rolling farmland stretches out to the horizon, barges are measured in acres, and man-made lakes and locks channel the river’s flow.
Lower Mississippi: When cotton was king and the plantation lifestyle was at its zenith, the North and South were at war, each armed with conflicting visions for the country. Look back as each battlefield and grave marker has a story to tell. Then celebrate the living, breathing places where Southern culture continues to enjoy a modern-day renaissance.
Ohio & Tennessee Rivers: Coursing nearly 1,000 miles with a watershed encompassing 14 states, the Ohio River opened up America’s movement West. Here too are the great Tennessee and other wilderness rivers coursing through Bluegrass country, conjuring up tales of Davy Crockett and Daniel Boone.
Though equipped with all the modern conveniences, American Queen displays the opulent elegance of the Victorian era. Each evening, onboard musical revues and high-energy cabaret shows entertain guests. And each sailing is given a special theme. So if Delta Blues, Southern Culture, Gardens of the River or Fall Colors, among others, aren’t quite what you’re looking for, maybe a festive Fourth of July or an Old Fashioned Holidays cruise will be your cup of tea.
Price for all itineraries includes:
• 1-night luxury hotel stay with full American breakfast and transfers before or after your voyage
• Cruise accommodations aboard American Queen
• All onboard meals plus wine and beer at dinner
• Complimentary bottled water and soft drinks throughout
• Daily lectures by the "Riverlorian," an onboard river historian
• Nightly showboat-style entertainment
• Complimentary shore excursions offering in-depth immersion into the history, culture and cuisine of America’s heartland