Step back in time on a grand journey along the mighty rivers that serve as America’s natural highways aboard the steam-powered paddlewheelers American Queen, American Empress, American Duchess and the American Countess.
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The lower stretch of the Mississippi, from carefree New Orleans to vibrant Memphis, is the river of legends. Ol' Man River has been celebrated in print, song and film for generations. Control of the Mississippi was the key strategic goal of the Civil War and even today is the lifeblood of commerce in the Old South. This is the river of centuries-old shaded oak trees, elegant antebellum plantations, cobblestone streets and Victorian mansions. Hear the river's music in blues, jazz, zydeco and rock 'n' roll and savour its diversity with a host of distinctive Creole and Cajun culinary delights.
Launched in June 2017, the all-suite American Duchess is the the first boutique paddlewheeler, boasting the largest accommodation on the Mississippi. American Duchess will follow the itineraries of her sister boat, the American Queen, as well as offering shorter round-trip cruises from Nashville and New Orleans.A first on any US river, American Duchess offers just 83 cabins including four elite Loft Suites. This luxurious and spacious bi-level accommodation comes complete with your own River Butler, private balcony, two full size bathrooms and access to exclusive Commodore Services. These include unpacking and hanging clothes, laundry services and afternoon high tea served in your suite. Your breakfast and dinner can also be served on your private balcony upon request.
American Queen Steamboat Company’s fourth paddlewheeler, the American Countess, launched on the Mississippi River early 2020. Built from an existing hull of a former gambling boat -the Kanesville Queen- and extended some 60 feet, the vessel has undergone significant reconstruction and will accommodate 245 passengers on cruises predominately on the lower Mississippi River.
Offering itineraries from 6 to 15 days, its classical steamboat décor features over its four decks will offer travellers plenty of space to relax after enjoying the included shore excursions, as well as Broadway style showboat entertainment each evening.
On the dining front, complimentary beer and wine are served with dinners onboard, which can be enjoyed in the main dining room. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served in an open-seating environment, and the American Countess will feature a separate speciality dining venue like the rest of her sister paddlewheelers..
American Queen Voyages can be combined with any Bon Voyage holiday itinerary. Ask our tailor-made team to chat through your options.
There's no better time to experience the spirit of New Orleans than during its Mardi Gras season. With your pre-cruise hotel just steps away from the magnificent parades, you can don your best purple, green and gold outfit and take in the amazing sights, sounds, flavors, culture and unparalleled vibrancy of this beautiful port. Onboard, more festive and jubilant activities await, so don’t miss this simple, hassle-free way to enjoy a must-experience event. American Queen Mardi Gras departures typically depart around 22 February from New Orleans to Memphis.