Paddlewheel of the American Queen

The American Queen

There's never been a better time to take a Mississippi River cruise. 

American Queen by Andrea Zucker 


The American Queen is the only authentic overnight paddlewheel steamboat in the United States. Decorated in the lavishness of the Victorian era, but stocked with today’s modern amenities, the American Queen is the perfect way to see the America’s heartland.

River cruises with The American Queen Steamboat Company journey in three general destinations. Take a trip to the Upper Mississippi River where you’ll see the fall colors in ports such as St. Paul and St. Louis. Voyage to the Lower Mississippi and fill your soul with stops in New Orleans, Natchez, Helena and of course, Memphis. Big band music calls your name along the Ohio and Tennessee River with cruises to Louisville, Cincinnati, Pittsburgh and Chattanooga. Whatever your preference, the American Queen can take you there.


Multiple specialty dining options mean you’ll never go hungry. Acclaimed American chef, Regina Charboneau, crafts piping hot beignets, perfect po’ boys and succulent five-course dinners. Every day on this river cruise is a celebration and your taste buds are the guest of honor. On a special diet? The chefs aboard the American Queen are always accomodating and happy to make low sodium, gluten free and heart healthy meals. 

On tap, the American Queen offers complimentary wines and beer with dinner and free bottled water and soft drinks throughout your cruise.

Riverboat rides on the Mississippi River
Theater inside the American Queen Steamboat
Dining Room on American Queen Steamboat
Paddlewheel of the American Queen


Night after entertaining night, top entertainers fill the majestic Grand Saloon of the river boat with Broadway hits to bluegrass songs. Put the swing in big band music and party with the New Orleans All-Stars, bring that doo-wop sound back from the 50s with Herb Reed's Platters and fly to the moon with the Vegas Rat Pack Show. With all the dancing you’re bound to be doing, your feet will need a vacation from your vacation.  


Cruising on the Mississippi is like connecting with America from a brand new perspective. To help acclimate you with your surroundings, the American Queen offers daily lectures by a Riverlorian – he’s the big brain, onboard river historian. Exciting shore excursions give you a chance to stretch your legs and explore the in-depth history of America’s soul.

If you’re into the Civil War, special themed cruises will plant you knee deep in the battlefields of the blue and gray. Take the tour from Vicksburg to Louisville and learn about the tumultuous times that often bound brother against brother.  

For more information on Mississippi River cruises and themed tours, start here