American Queen Steamboat Company Reviews

Year Started: 2011
Ships in Fleet: 1
Category: River Cruise

Summary: This cruise line features the largest paddlewheel steamboat in the world plying the Mississippi waterways from New Orleans to Minnesota. Also sails the Columbia river with a smaller vessel.

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American Queen Steamboat Company Editor's Review

Overview

In April of 2012, the grand American Queen resumed her proud role of taking guests on Steamboating adventures through the heartland of America. Once again, you are able to enjoy these unforgettable river voyages with your family and friends.

The Great American Steamboat Company gives you everything you loved about the Delta Queen Steamboat Company, plus much more. By combining all the best attributes of the steamboat experience, we've taken Steamboating to a totally new level of historical enrichment, cuisine, comfort and service.

They offer all the adventures and amenities that have made Steamboating such a cherished American tradition – the history and heritage, the warm ambiance of a floating antebellum mansion, the thrill of exploring Mark Twain's America, the succulent dining, the showboat-style entertainment and dancing the night away to the sounds of swing and big band music. Combine this with gracious service from an all-American staff, and you have an experience that can only be found aboard the American Queen.

We've also added a host of new features to make Steamboating vacations more of a value than ever before. For example, shore excursions are now included in the price of your voyage if you make reservations by December 31, 2011. We're also offering complimentary soft drinks and bottled water, as well as complimentary wines and beers at dinner. And you'll be delighted to know that the American Queen will be serving the acclaimed cuisine of famed American chef Regina Charboneau.

To find out more about the American Queen, our vacation packages and all-new shore adventures, contact your favorite travel agent or browse our website. We look forward to welcoming you aboard America's only authentic overnight paddlewheel steamboat – the grand American Queen.


The Experience

 

The largest steamboat ever built, the grand American Queen is a gracious and elegant triumph of American ingenuity.

Although filled with today's modern amenities, her rooms and accommodations display all the opulence of the American Victorian era. Glistening woodwork, fresh flowers and antiques adorn her interior spaces. Outside, lacy filigree evokes memories of the many stately river steamers that preceded her and so inspired her designers.

While on board, you can select a volume from the vast collection in the Mark Twain Gallery, the boat's library. Or enjoy a sing-along in the Main Deck Lounge, and then tap your toes to a lavish show in the two-deck-tall Grand Saloon, the most elegant showplace on the river.

Combining the best of the old and the new, this beautiful lady of the river epitomizes the grace and grandeur that has made Steamboating a cherished American tradition for more than two centuries. One voyage and you'll see why.

The American Queen offers a very comfortable and casual riverboatin' experience amidst grand Victorian decor. The largest riverboat in existence, American Queen is an authentic steamboat with a 70-ton paddlewheel. The open engine room and gives passengers the unique opportunity of watching the mechanics in action. The riverlorian keeps you informed about the history and nautical aspects of your journey while plying the Mississippi and the rivers of Middle America. American Queen's arrival at towns and cities along the route is announced by the calliope, the steam driven organ whose music can be heard for five miles. It is a great occasion for many of the smaller towns visited with families coming down to watch as the stately riverboat arrives and departs.

The morning mist on the river gives an Impressionist image. Water fowl are frequently spotted along the river bank. Kite flying off the stern is a whimsical experience as you glide peacefully along, perhaps relaxing in one of the many rocking chairs on deck. A strong camaraderie develops between passengers and you feel welcome from the time you step 'aboard.



 

Dining
  • The acclaimed cuisine of famed American chef Regina Charboneau.
  • The only steamboat with multiple, specialty dining options, all at no additional charge.
  • Complimentary bottled water and soft drinks throughout your voyage.
  • Complimentary wines and beers at dinner.
  • All staterooms feature gourmet coffee brewers and Starbucks coffee. 

 

Every meal aboard the American Queen is an affair to remember. Regina Charboneau, our Culinary Director and celebrated American chef, draws her inspiration from our great Heartland and has created a movable, delectable feast for you to indulge in. From piping hot beignets and bananas foster French toast for breakfast to succulent five-course dinners, every day celebrates the culinary senses.

 

American Queen's cuisine reflects a cross-section of regional American specialties. On our recent cruise in the Old South, many Southern favorites were featured including Bayou Stuffed Catfish, Louisiana Seafood Chowder, Black Bean Soup, Blackened Sirloin, Veggie Jambalaya, Cajun Cornish Hen, Fried Green Tomatoes and crawfish. Steaks and fish are well prepared and desserts were outstanding. Dinner is open seatiing starting at 6:00 pm.

Open seating breakfast is served a la carte or buffet style in the Dining Room. Continental Breakfast is available in the forward dayroom. Lunch options include open seating dining in the Dining Saloon, a soup, salad and sandwich bar in the Grand Saloon or hot dogs at the Calliope Bar on deck. 

Cabins

 

  • All staterooms feature gourmet coffee brewers and Starbucks coffee.
  • Gracious, friendly service from a professionally trained all-American staff.
  • The warm and inviting ambiance of an antebellum mansion.

American Queen's 208 staterooms continue the riverboat's Victorian style with assorted floral patterns on wallpaper, carpets, curtains and comforters, beveled glass light fixtures and paintings of riverboat and period themes. All staterooms have air conditioning, wall-to-wall carpeting, telephones and private bathrooms with shower. Inside staterooms have upper and lower berths or twin beds. Most outside staterooms have private verandas; those on Main Deck have a large window. Suites are more spacious with larger verandas. They include a tub and shower and a daybed or sofa-bed in addition to twin, queen or king size beds. One suite is wheelchair accessible.

 

Fellow Passengers

Well-traveled passengers aged 50 and up from around the world enjoy Victorian charm, antiques, and dancing to swing or big band music. American Queen Steamboat Company draws river history buffs and culture connoisseurs, for an in-depth immersion into the history and cuisine of America's heartland.

 

Shore Excursions

Included in the price of the cruise - tours go to great American landmarks along the waterways. The company owns its own motorcoaches which follow the riverboat along the river - always ready to provide an adventure.

Kid's Excursions

none specifically provided

Special Programs

Go here for more information http://www.americanqueensteamboatcompany.com/theme/

There are many different types of theme cruises, from Elvis' Memphis (Graceland is an amazing place to see), to Baseball greats, History of the heartland, culinary themes, fall foliage and more.

Theme Cruises

The company presents special culinary-themed cruises as well as all-Amerucan music cruises such as Dixieland, Mississippi blues and more.

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