Let the classic American riverboat transport you to new adventures — and back in time.


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American Queen

The largest steamboat ever built, the grand American Queen is a gracious and elegant triumph of American ingenuity. Our flagship paddlewheeler is a gentle soul packaged within the ornate detailing that embellishes her exterior. Any traveler who chooses to cruise on this iconic riverboat will soon find that her steady heart beats to the rhythm of music that resounds within her walls. Embark on a river cruise on the American Queen, the wondrous steamboat that introduces her guests to the waters that she calls home – the great rivers that have sustained towns, wildlife and memories throughout history.

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American Countess

This bold paddlewheeler boasts a sleek, contemporary design effortlessly hosting up to 245 guests, with plenty of open space for guest gatherings, especially the portside bar, which will delight guests with an expansive panoramic view. With four decks, including a Sun Deck, and 123 inviting staterooms in four categories, this paddlewheeler is a home away from home.

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American Duchess

Spacious luxury awaits aboard the floating masterpiece that is the American Duchess. Combining the best of the old and the new, this beautiful lady epitomizes the grace and grandeur that have made cruising on the Mississippi River a cherished American tradition for more than two centuries. This riverboat offers exquisite dining, beautiful decks and exceptional amenities. Her suites range from 150 to 630 square feet, allowing guests to stay in some of the largest accommodations on the rivers. Unique to the American Duchess are her Loft Suites, which feature two stories enhanced by floor-to-ceiling windows, two full bathrooms, a comfortable dining area, a beautiful lounge with a queen sofa-bed, a private balcony and an upstairs bedroom.

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American Empress

Proudly serving as the largest overnight riverboat west of the Mississippi River, the American Empress cruises the Columbia and Snake Rivers delivering a rich sense of history in modern comfort. Boasting a vast collection of some of the most intricate artifacts and artwork of Native Alaska, Russia, the Gold Rush and the sternwheeler era in and around Portland, Oregon, the corridors of our Columbia and Snake River cruise boat hold nearly as much beauty and intrigue as the dramatic scenery unfolding on the river outside. We invite you to step aboard our authentic paddlewheeler and delight in the luxurious modern amenities, gracious service and endless authentic experiences that await you.


  • 1-night Pre-cruise Hotel Stay with free ground transfers between hotel and vessel
  • Unlimited Guided Tours designed with your comfort in mind aboard private, deluxe motorcoaches
  • Unlimited Beverages including an extensive wine list, choice spirits, local craft beers and specialty coffees
  • Open Bars & Lounges throughout the vessel including a juice bar EVERY morning
  • Locally Sourced & regionally Inspired Cuisine from land and sea
  • Gourmet Selections of freshly prepared choices for breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • In-room Dining Available
  • Pre-Paid Gratuities (NEW)
  • Port Taxes & Fees (NEW)
  • Unlimited WiFi
  • Live, Daily Onboard
    Entertainment & Enrichment
  • Bicycles* and Hiking Sticks
*River Cruises Only

River Cruises

Where else can you set sail if you’ve already crossed the oceans and cruised the European seas? River cruises! Whether you are looking to expand your cruising horizons or begin your cruising experiences altogether, there is no better place to start than embarking on the USA river cruises.


When you step aboard the riverboat cruise with American Queen Voyages, you are catapulted back in time as your set sail on the classic riverboat vessels. Encapsulated in the Victorian-era luxury of your river cruise and gracious hospitality, discover the unique adventures our ports have to offer.


US River Cruise FAQs 

What are the best rivers to cruise in the USA?

The USA is home to the best rivers to cruise, each majestic in its unique way and has played crucial roles in the nation’s development. With such diversity, expect a lot of history, cultural and culinary experiences on your U.S. river cruise. 

One of the most iconic rivers inarguably is the Mississippi river. Because of its astounding size, cruises are usually split into Lower Mississippi river cruises, Upper Mississippi river cruises, and Ohio and Mississippi river cruises. Any of the great American river cruises sailing along the Mississippi let you experience one of the country’s most significant waterways in a way you never thought possible.  

Cruising the Columbia and Snake rivers allows you to experience incredibly picturesque locations along Washington state and the changing landscapes of Oregon. The journey lets you explore incredible nature and taste wines and is an off-the-beaten-path experience.  

On Cumberland and Tennessee River cruises, there is never a dull moment as you enjoy country music in Nashville and sample bourbon, the true American spirit. 


Which US rivers does American Queen Voyages cruise?

  • Lower Mississippi River
  • Upper Mississippi and Illinois Rivers
  • Ohio River and Mississippi Rivers
  • Cumberland and Tennessee River
  • Columbia and Snake Rivers


How much do U.S. river cruises cost?

American Queen Voyages offer an all-inclusive experience. This means the cost will include a one-night pre-cruise hotel stay, ground transfers, unlimited guided tours, exquisite food, unlimited beverage, unlimited Wi-Fi, and live daily onboard entertainment and enrichment.


What is included on a river cruise in America?

Cruises with American Queen Voyages include top-quality amenities, luxury, and comfort to ensure you feel at home away from home. Included in the cost of the cruise you will be welcomed with a one-night pre-cruise hotel stay, ground transfers between hotel and vessel, personally tailored and expertly crafted unlimited guided tours, unlimited beverages at open bars and lounges, acclaimed cuisine in multiple venues, in-room dining, unlimited Wi-Fi, and live entertainment and enrichment onboard. 


Do river cruises include airfare?

Airfare for in river cruises with American Queen Voyages is included on select cruises, read more about it here 


Can you go on USA river cruises without a passport?

American citizens are not required to present a passport when cruising the USA rivers.  


How long are river cruises in the US?

US river cruises can last from 7 days visiting 6 different ports to 16 days and 15 ports, and everything in between. Pick the ideal voyage for you, and if you wish to extend your journey, you can always hop on a back-to-back cruise and keep exploring the American heartland. 


What are the best sights and landmarks to see on a USA river cruise? 

Some of the best landmarks you will explore on a US river cruise are the Gateway Arch soaring over the mighty Mississippi in Missouri, Vicksburg National Military Park, the French Quarter in Louisiana, the home of King of Rock and Roll, Elvis’, in Tennessee, historic homes in Natchez, wineries in Dalles, Oregon, and so much more. Find your perfect voyage and embark on a once-in-a-lifetime river cruise.