The mighty rivers of the United States of America once served as the great highways of early exploration and inspired dreams of discovery. Today, American Queen Steamboat Company® re-creates the same sense of wonder, excitement and inspirations with all the convenience and comfort of modern luxury aboard two of the largest and most elegant riverboats in the world, the American Queen® and the American Empress®. 2017 will introduce the newest addition to our vessel fleet, the American Duchess™. Traveling in the wake of legends, guests are transported to an era of leisurely and romantic travel. At American Queen Steamboat Company, we are both proud and honored to share the dream of American river cruising and as such we maintain a commitment to excellence that far exceeds expectations. The welcome appearance of each of our vessels is richly complemented by a culture of gracious service, elegant decor, rousing entertainment and rewarding enrichment experiences. All of this is accentuated with pre-cruise deluxe hotel stays, remarkable shore excursions included in every port of call and a wealth of complimentary onboard amenities. Spring of 2014 marked the expansion of our elegant and intimate style of travel to the Columbia and Snake Rivers in the Pacific Northwest. The soaring mountains, dramatic landscapes, abundant wildlife and frontier spirit of the fascinating West are the perfect complements to the cultural history, quiet towns and genteel character of our voyages on the Upper Mississippi, Lower Mississippi, Ohio, Tennessee and Cumberland Rivers. Just as the American Queen embodies the heartland and legacy of Mark Twain, the American Empress was exclusively designed to celebrate the rich tradition of exploration in the West. Our continued success has led to further expansion and we are overjoyed to announce our newest lady of the river, the American Duchess. This exciting new addition to our vessel fleet will begin cruising the Mississippi River in June of 2017. She will be the first, U.S. all-suite paddlewheel vessel with the largest accommodations in every cabin category level on the river. The innovative, 166-guest American Duchess will follow in the pedigree of our line's namesake, the American Queen, with itineraries on the Mississippi River and its tributaries. Guests will be treated to an intimate, boutique experience for overnight cruising through America's heartland. Did we mention that she will feature luxurious, two-story Loft Suites? Another first on America's rivers! Nature's beauty and the historical tapestry that blankets this land have been in the making for countless generations. Regardless of which riverboat captures your imagination and regardless of which region wins your heart, a vacation aboard the American Queen, American Empress or American Duchess is one unlike any other. Each voyage offers unique perspectives on America's history, culture and landscape that you can't get anywhere else: up-close, in-depth and unforgettable. As we continually strive to meet popular demand for our Uniquely American River Cruises, we look forward to delivering more unique experiences with our upcoming Uniquely American Coastal Cruises™ and Uniquely American Great Lakes Cruises™. Step aboard and delight in the luxurious modern amenities, gracious service and endless authentic experiences that are synonymous with American Queen Steamboat Company river cruising.