Cruise the Mississippi River on the American Queen

American Queen Steamboat in Memphis: Bob Hazlett
Take a river cruise on the American Queen Steamboat. Photo by Memphis Convention & Visitors Bureau
Aerial view of Beale Street Landing Boat Dock in Downtown Memphis. Photo by Wendy Whittemore - Aerial Innovation of TN
American Queen at Beale Street Landing: Andrea Zucker
American Queen Steamboat arrives at Beale Street Landing. Photo by Andrea Zucker.
Enjoy great entertainment aboard the American Queen Steamboat. Photo by the Memphis Convention & Visitors Bureau.
Dine in style aboard the American Queen Steamboat. Photo by Memphis Convention & Visitors Bureau.

Experience the history, heritage and culture of American’s heartland on the American Queen steamboat. Cruising through small towns and historic Mississippi River cities, passengers will learn about the significant events, people and history that have contributed to America’s culture.

The largest steamboat ever built, the American Queen allows passengers to slip back through time to the golden steamboat age where the décor reflects the opulence of the American Victorian era. While the interior space is made up of fine woodwork, fresh flowers and historic antiques, the outside décor conjures memories of the river steamers that preceded her and inspired her look.

As the Mississippi River passes by, passengers can sit down for a card game in the Mark Twain Lounge, indulge in a beverage in the Gentleman’s Card Room or make a stop at Front Porch of America for hot dogs and ice cream. The Grand Saloon, boat’s largest showroom hall, can go from hosting bingo matches to song-and-dance musicals. In the main dining room, delicious Southern cuisine is served, which consists of shrimp and grits, etouffee and ice cream filled beignets.  

The 418-foot steamboat holds 436 passengers and a crew of 160 as it sets sail on voyages across a 13-state area, as well as covering the Ohio and Tennessee Rivers. Steamboat vacations range from three to ten nights and cost about $500 per person per night. Signature cruises include voyages to and from ports including New Orleans and St. Louis.