Rediscover America Aboard A Paddle-wheel Powered Time Machine
The American Queen offers an experience like no other, an enriching immersion into history, visiting quaint towns that capture the essence of the Heartland of America. The largest and most opulent riverboat in the world, the 436-passenger American Queen features delectable cuisine by famed American chef Regina Charboneau, complimentary wine and beer at dinner, lectures by river historians, gracious service from a friendly all-American staff, and superb showboat style entertainment.
With all her rich heritage and Victorian charm, the American Queen is distinctly modern with comforting amenities throughout such as multiple dining options, lavish staterooms and complimentary Wi-Fi. Our Veranda Suites give you the feeling of a fine Southern estate home, complete with handcrafted antiques and expansive views of the ever-changing scenery. This is river living at its finest.
The American Queen’s itineraries in March along the Mississippi River are both inspiring and magical. The weather is warm but not too hot; the attractions are lively but not overcrowded. And genuine southern hospitality abounds in the generous traditions of Spring Pilgrimage. Since the 1930s, plantation owners, descendants of the homes’ original owners in some cases, offer tours to visitors, or pilgrims, guided by local townspeople dressed in 19th-century apparel. The effect is akin to being transported to the antebellum period providing an unparalleled and authentic experience.
Since steamboats first navigated this natural highway in the early 19th century, the Lower Mississippi has been recognized for its natural beauty and cultural diversity. The Cajun culture of New Orleans and other parts of Louisiana reflects remnants of the French and Spanish influence brought by Louisiana’s first European settlers. Towns like Natchez have held on to their traditional antebellum roots, and cities like Memphis have embraced their musical heritage.
Your river cruise holiday begins with an included hotel stay in such iconic cities as Memphis, St. Louis, Cincinnati, Pittsburgh and Chattanooga. Enjoy complimentary Shore Excursions on our fleet of Steamcoaches™ to historic port towns such as La Crosse, Red Wing, Burlington and Hannibal – hometown of Samuel Clemens, better known by his penname Mark Twain.
The living is easy when you’re onboard the American Queen for a summertime sojourn on the Mighty Mississippi River or its largest tributary, the Ohio River. You’ll relive the era of neighborhood picnics, sandlot baseball, brilliant fireworks and classic music. Select from 4- to 12-night voyages featuring intriguing themes such as Dixie Fest and Gardens of the River.
Whether you prefer to spend your holiday on the river in spring or summer, there is no better way to experience the history, culture and character of America’s Heartland than aboard the American Queen. For more information, contact your Travel Agent today or visit www.AQSC.com.