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American Queen

Cruise Ships in The US : American Queen

The largest Mississippi steamboat ever built, the American Queen offers a stylish, sedate way of exploring the upper or lower stretches of the grand river. The vessel wonderfully captures the opulence of the American Victorian era; polished woodwork, fresh flowers and antiques adorn the interior spaces.


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Cruising on the mighty Mississippi by paddlewheel on the American Queen will make you feel like you've been transported to the world of Mark Twain. The largest steamboat ever built, the ship offers luxurious cabins, upscale dining, and daily excursions. It truly is an ideal way to experience the most famous river in North America.

Though the American Queen offers Mississippi cruises as far north as St Paul, Minnesota, most passengers opt for the route between Memphis and New Orleans. This trip through the Mississippi delta region takes you through the birthplace of jazz, the blues, and rock and roll. Daily excursions allow you to explore historic towns, battlefields, antebellum mansions, and civil rights landmarks.


With 244 cabins spanning six decks, there are a wide variety of cabins to choose from. The state rooms offer either an indoor or outside deck access, with the Paddlewheel Staterooms including a large viewing window overlooking the paddlewheel. All suites come with either a veranda or private balcony as well as indoor sitting area.


  • Meals focus on the culinary and cultural influences in the United States, with special emphasis on southeastern dishes. Complimentary beer and wine is included with meals. Optional dining areas.
  • J.M. White Dining Room — the more upscale/elegant of the ship's dining options.
  • Front Porch Café — the casual dining option.
  • River Grill and Bar — bar overlooking the paddlewheel, great for drinks and small dishes.


  • New Orleans to Memphis.
  • Memphis to New Orleans.


  • Daily lectures from a historian
  • Professional nightly entertainment
  • Nightly dancing with swing and big band music
  • Shore excursions exploring the history, culture and cuisine of the south


  • The Mark Twain Gallery — the ship’s library
  • Gym
  • Spa
  • Engine viewing room
  • Parlour
  • Card room