Royal river cruising family welcomes new addition

River cruising enthusiasts will have a brand-new option on an authentic paddlewheel riverboat debuting in 2020.

American Queen Steamboat Company sets the standard for cruising on American rivers. Experience the romance of the past in modern comfort on the Mississippi, Ohio, Cumberland and Tennessee Rivers on board our authentic paddlewheelers – the iconic and opulent flagship American Queen® or the luxurious new boutique paddlewheeler, the American Duchess.™ Or explore the great Pacific Northwest on the elegant American Empress.®

The latest addition to our fleet of authentic paddlewheelers – the American Countess™ – offers many of the same exciting heartland and deep South itineraries as her sisters the American Queen and American Duchess. Built from an existing hull, the American Countess underwent significant reconstruction, including lengthening the boat by 60 feet. Enjoy the signature distinctions that have made American Queen Steamboat Company the most award-winning river cruise line in America.

The American Countess’s four decks, including a Sun Deck, and 123 comfortable, inviting staterooms, will make cruising on this gorgeous paddlewheeler a truly unforgettable experience. Cabins feature a sleek and modern design that will provide the perfect place to relax after heading out on an included shore excursion or taking in an evening Broadway-caliber performance in The Theater on board.

As our award-winning culinary team takes full advantage of each region’s diverse bounty of fresh, local ingredients to fashion authentic dishes, our gracious staff charms with friendly, courteous attention to your needs in the Grand Dining Room. A more casual atmosphere is offered in the River Grill, which allows guests to dine at their own pace.

It’s easy to stay active onboard the American Countess in her well-appointed Fitness Center, while the Card Room provides a perfect spot for guests to mingle with fellow travelers and newfound friends.

The best way to experience this new boat may be on her own Mighty Mississippi cruise – an epic 15-day voyage in the tradition of the American Queen and American Duchess. This journey takes guests from the genesis of the mighty river at Red Wing along the Upper Mississippi, all the way to New Orleans, with thrilling stops.

Travel through extensive lock-and-dam systems, see indigenous wildlife, visit river museums, enjoy regional culinary specialties and explore Mississippi Delta heritage and authentic Southern culture. A Mighty Mississippi voyage is an incomparable way to experience a wide swath of America in a single travel experience.

You may also choose a phenomenal pre-cruise City Stay package for your Mighty Mississippi adventure. Discover the rich history of Minnesota’s Twin Cities – Minneapolis and St. Paul. Our deluxe motorcoach weaves through the downtown skyscrapers of Minneapolis and historic Summit Avenue in St. Paul as a local guide introduces the vibrant culture, architecture and history for which the cities are known. The package includes a premium hotel stay, breakfast and priority boarding on the American Countess.

Our all-inclusive cruises offer a pre-cruise hotel night* prior to embarkation; all meals, including 24-hour room service and alternative dining venues; snacks, specialty coffees, soft drinks, and bottled water throughout the voyage; wine and beer with dinner**; and shore excursions in each port of call. Guests also enjoy daily enrichment programs and nightly Broadway-caliber entertainment.

Whichever beautiful authentic paddlewheel riverboat you choose, on a river cruise with American Queen Steamboat Company, you are sure to make memories that last a lifetime.

*American Countess excluded
**Full beverage packages will be complimentary on the American Duchess beginning in 2020.

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