She’s Back! The American Queen Steamboat Returns

American Queen

Swinging on the river and watching the world go by. Photo: Great American Steamboat Company

The American Queen, First Lady of the Mississippi

If you have been missing those regal riverboats on the Mississippi, Ohio and Tennessee rivers, I have BIG NEWS. A new Great American Steamboat Company is bringing the American Queen back to service. Her inaugural cruise sails from New Orleans on April 13, 2012.

The American Queen is an authentic paddlewheel steamboat, the largest steamboat ever built. After a four year absence from the cruise scene, word of her return is spreading fast. Some cruises are already sold out.

Theme Cruises

American Queen Staircase

Grand Staircase on the American Queen

Cruises are designed around themes. Choose a themed cruise and enjoy all the luxuries and amenities that create the adventures of your dreams and the memories for a lifetime. Shore excursions provide an in-depth immersion into the history, culture and cuisine of America’s heartland. Selections include Springtime on the River, Southern Culture, Kentucky Derby, holiday cruises including 4th of July, Thanksgiving and Old Fashioned Holidays.

Of special interest to Civil war buffs is the Epic Civil War – Vicksburg – Chattanooga – 12nights, Aug. 9, 2012 – Aug. 21, 2012

Reminisant of Mark Twain’s riverboat days, the Queen is outfitted in America’s Victorian era regalia. The all white livery has returned the traditional look adorned with filigree and gingerbread. Public rooms and accommodations are decorated with Victorian charm and carefully selected antiques.

The interior shines with glistening woodwork, fresh flowers and polished brass. Lavishly adorned public areas include the Mark Twain Gallery which is he boat’s library. American Queen captures the style and grace that continues to capture the hearts of her many repeat passengers.

Example of Deluxe Outside Staterooms with Veranda (A, B, C, E Categories) Photo: Great American Steamboat Company

American Queen voyages are three to 11 nights. It is easy to plan for this vacation. All regular shore tours are included in the price of your voyage. Complimentary wines and beers with lunch and dinner. Even a one-night luxury hotel stay and transfers before or after your voyage included in price.


In addition to selecting your cruise by theme, you can even checkout the stellar entertainment on each cruise. Evening entertainment in the American Queen’s majestic Grand Saloon each evening includes everything from Glenn Miller Orchestra to the Rat Pack, BJ Thomas, and The New Orleans Jazz All-Stars.

There are daily lectures by the Riverlorian, the onboard river historian. Bring your dancing shoes for nightly dancing to swing and big band music. There will even be calliope concerts and a chance for you to play!

The 2012 Schedule
The American Queen Paddlewheel Steamboat will start out in New Orleans and then go to the Ohio River for April and early May. Then she will head South until the end of June. July and August will find her on the Ohio River again. In September through November, for fall foliage, she will be on the Upper Mississippi RIver. Winter cruises will place the American Queen at alternate ports of Memphis and New Orleans.

Dining and Beverages

Fine Dining in the J.M. White Dining Room photo: Great American Steamboat Company

Passengers may take their meals in the main dining hall or at a casual onboard café. Passengers can enjoy three meals a day, plus afternoon teas and moonlight late-night suppers by famed American chef Regina Charboneau. The AQ is the only steamboat with multiple, specialty dining options, all at no additional charge. There are omplimentary wines and beers at dinner and complimentary bottled water and soft drinks throughout your voyage. All staterooms feature gourmet coffee brewers and Starbucks coffee.

The boat is currently under the ownership of the Memphis-based Great American Steamboat Company, headed by Jeffrey D. Krida, who was the president of the Delta Queen Steamboat Company in the 1990’s.

Visit the American Queen at Great American Steamboat Company or call 888-749-5280.