American Duchess

Former names: Bettendorf Capri (casino boat), Isle of Capri

American Duchess last position

American Duchess last location was at US Inland (coordinates 34.61333 N / -86.97833 W) cruising en route to CHESTER IL. The AIS position was reported 8 hours ago.

All Itineraries Current Position

Current itinerary of American Duchess

American Duchess current cruise is 7 days, one-way from Chattanooga TN to Memphis TN. Prices start from USD 2507 (double occupancy rates). The itinerary starts on 18 Oct, 2021 and ends on 25 Oct, 2021.

Date / TimePort
18 Oct    Departing from Chattanooga TN, Tennessee hotels
20 Oct    Decatur AL, Alabama
21 Oct    Florence AL, Alabama
22 Oct    Savannah TN, Tennessee
23 Oct    Paducah KY, Kentucky
24 Oct    Ashport Landing TN, Tennessee
25 Oct    Arriving in Memphis TN, Tennessee hotels

Specifications of American Duchess

Year built2017  /  Age: 4
Flag state USA
BuilderNichols Brothers Boat Builders (Freeland, Whidbey Island WA)
Classpaddle-wheel steamboat
OwnerHornblower Group Inc (via Hornblower Cruises and Events)
OperatorAmerican Queen Voyages
Speed12 kn / 22 kph / 14 mph
Length (LOA)104 m / 341 ft
Beam (width)30 m / 98 ft
Gross Tonnage3560 gt
Passengers166
Crew90
Decks4
Cabins83
Decks with cabins2
Last Refurbishment2019
Former namesBettendorf Capri (casino boat), Isle of Capri
Christened byMarissa Applegate

American Duchess Itineraries

DateItineraryDeparture PortPrice from
2021 Sep 27 7 days, one-way from Louisville KY to Alton IL Louisville KY $2089
2021 Oct 04 7 days, one-way from Alton IL to Memphis TN Alton IL $2100
2021 Oct 11 7 days, one-way from Memphis TN to Chattanooga TN Memphis TN $2503
2021 Oct 18 7 days, one-way from Chattanooga TN to Memphis TN Chattanooga TN $2507
2021 Oct 25 7 days, one-way from Memphis TN to New Orleans Memphis TN $2709
2021 Nov 01 7 days, one-way from New Orleans to Memphis TN New Orleans $2696
2021 Nov 08 7 days, one-way from Memphis TN to New Orleans Memphis TN $2694
2021 Nov 15 7 days, round-trip 8 Night Roundtrip New Orleans 9 days Cruise and Land Tour New Orleans $2693
2021 Nov 22 7 days, round-trip 8 Night Roundtrip New Orleans Cruise and Land Tour New Orleans $2295
2021 Nov 29 7 days, one-way from New Orleans to Memphis TN New Orleans $2108
2021 Dec 06 6 days, one-way from Memphis TN to Clarksville TN Memphis TN $1994
2021 Dec 13 7 days, one-way from Clarksville TN to Memphis TN Clarksville TN $2009
2021 Dec 20 7 days, one-way from Memphis TN to New Orleans Memphis TN $2091
2021 Dec 27 7 days, round-trip 8 Night Roundtrip New Orleans Cruise and Land Tour New Orleans $2089
2022 Jan 16 7 days, one-way from Memphis TN to New Orleans Memphis TN
2022 Jan 23 7 days, one-way from New Orleans to Memphis TN New Orleans
2022 Feb 06 7 days, one-way from New Orleans to Memphis TN New Orleans
2022 Feb 13 7 days, one-way from Memphis TN to New Orleans Memphis TN
2022 Mar 06 7 days, one-way from New Orleans to Memphis TN New Orleans $2590
2022 Mar 13 7 days, one-way from Memphis TN to New Orleans Memphis TN $2602
2022 Mar 20 7 days, one-way from New Orleans to Memphis TN New Orleans $2604
2022 Mar 27 7 days, one-way from Memphis TN to New Orleans Memphis TN $2609
2022 Apr 03 7 days, one-way from New Orleans to Memphis TN New Orleans $2595
2022 Apr 10 7 days, one-way from Memphis TN to New Orleans Memphis TN $2598
2022 Apr 17 7 days, one-way from New Orleans to Memphis TN New Orleans $2608
2022 Apr 24 7 days, one-way from Memphis TN to New Orleans Memphis TN $2893
2022 May 08 7 days, one-way from Memphis TN to Louisville KY Memphis TN $2499
2022 May 15 6 days, one-way from Louisville KY to Clarksville TN Louisville KY $2503
2022 May 22 4 days, one-way from Clarksville TN to Florence AL Clarksville TN $2498
2022 May 29 7 days, one-way from Chattanooga TN to Clarksville TN Chattanooga TN $2509
2022 Jun 06 5 days, one-way from Clarksville TN to Chester IL Clarksville TN $2909
2022 Jun 12 7 days, one-way from St Louis MO to Memphis TN St Louis MO $2493
2022 Jun 19 7 days, one-way from Memphis TN to New Orleans Memphis TN $2899
2022 Jun 26 7 days, one-way from New Orleans to Memphis TN New Orleans $2904
2022 Jul 03 7 days, one-way from Memphis TN to Louisville KY Memphis TN $2507
2022 Jul 10 7 days, one-way from Louisville KY to Memphis TN Louisville KY $2502
2022 Jul 17 7 days, one-way from Memphis TN to Alton IL Memphis TN $2502
2022 Jul 24 6 days, one-way from Alton IL to Red Wing MN Alton IL $2909
2022 Aug 01 6 days, one-way from Red Wing MN to Alton IL Red Wing MN $2891
2022 Aug 07 6 days, one-way from Alton IL to Clarksville TN Alton IL $2491
2022 Aug 21 6 days, one-way from Louisville KY to Clarksville TN Louisville KY $2500
2022 Aug 27 7 days, one-way from Nashville TN to Alton IL Nashville TN $2800
2022 Sep 04 6 days, one-way from Alton IL to Red Wing MN Alton IL $2898
2022 Sep 12 6 days, one-way from Red Wing MN to Alton IL Red Wing MN $2904
2022 Sep 18 6 days, one-way from Alton IL to Red Wing MN Alton IL $2904
2022 Sep 25 14 days, one-way from Red Wing MN to New Orleans Red Wing MN $5497
2022 Oct 09 7 days, one-way from New Orleans to Memphis TN New Orleans $2896
2022 Oct 16 7 days, one-way from Memphis TN to Louisville KY Memphis TN $2889
2022 Oct 23 7 days, one-way from Louisville KY to Pittsburgh PA Louisville KY $2902
2022 Oct 30 7 days, one-way from Pittsburgh PA to Louisville KY Pittsburgh PA $2889
2022 Nov 06 7 days, one-way from Louisville KY to Memphis TN Louisville KY $2494
2022 Nov 13 7 days, one-way from Memphis TN to New Orleans Memphis TN $2506
2022 Nov 27 7 days, one-way from Memphis TN to New Orleans Memphis TN $2102
2022 Dec 24 4 days, round-trip 5 Night Roundtrip New Orleans Cruise New Orleans $1289
2022 Dec 27 4 days, round-trip 4 Night Roundtrip New Orleans Cruise New Orleans $1303
2023 Jan 01 7 days, one-way from New Orleans to Memphis TN New Orleans $2290
2023 Feb 26 7 days, round-trip 8 Night Roundtrip New Orleans Cruise and Land Tour New Orleans $2595
2023 Mar 05 7 days, round-trip 8 Night Roundtrip New Orleans Cruise and Land Tour New Orleans $2589
2023 Mar 12 7 days, one-way from New Orleans to Memphis TN New Orleans $2607
2023 Mar 19 7 days, one-way from Memphis TN to New Orleans Memphis TN $2601
2023 Mar 26 7 days, one-way from New Orleans to Memphis TN New Orleans $2601
2023 Apr 02 7 days, one-way from Memphis TN to New Orleans Memphis TN $2897
2023 Apr 09 7 days, one-way from New Orleans to Memphis TN New Orleans $2903
2023 Apr 16 7 days, one-way from Memphis TN to New Orleans Memphis TN $2893
2023 Apr 23 7 days, one-way from New Orleans to Memphis TN New Orleans $2906
2023 Apr 30 7 days, one-way from Memphis TN to New Orleans Memphis TN $2905
2023 May 07 7 days, one-way from New Orleans to Memphis TN New Orleans $2903
2023 May 14 7 days, one-way from Memphis TN to New Orleans Memphis TN $2907
2023 May 21 7 days, one-way from New Orleans to Memphis TN New Orleans $2892
2023 May 28 7 days, one-way from Memphis TN to New Orleans Memphis TN $2891
2023 Jun 04 7 days, one-way from New Orleans to Memphis TN New Orleans $2890
2023 Jun 11 7 days, one-way from Memphis TN to New Orleans Memphis TN $2900
2023 Jun 18 7 days, one-way from New Orleans to Memphis TN New Orleans $2897
2023 Jul 02 7 days, one-way from Louisville KY to Pittsburgh PA Louisville KY $2795
2023 Jul 09 7 days, one-way from Pittsburgh PA to Louisville KY Pittsburgh PA $2798
2023 Jul 16 7 days, one-way from Louisville KY to Pittsburgh PA Louisville KY $2805
2023 Jul 23 7 days, one-way from Pittsburgh PA to Louisville KY Pittsburgh PA $2790
2023 Jul 30 6 days, one-way from Louisville KY to Clarksville TN Louisville KY $2799
2023 Aug 07 6 days, one-way from Clarksville TN to Alton IL Clarksville TN $2797
2023 Aug 13 6 days, one-way from Alton IL to Red Wing MN Alton IL $2797
2023 Aug 21 6 days, one-way from Red Wing MN to Alton IL Red Wing MN $2792
2023 Aug 27 6 days, one-way from Alton IL to Red Wing MN Alton IL $2804
2023 Sep 04 6 days, one-way from Red Wing MN to Alton IL Red Wing MN $2903
2023 Sep 10 6 days, one-way from Alton IL to Red Wing MN Alton IL $2901
2023 Sep 17 14 days, one-way from Red Wing MN to New Orleans Red Wing MN $5807
2023 Oct 01 7 days, one-way from New Orleans to Memphis TN New Orleans $2897
2023 Oct 08 7 days, one-way from Memphis TN to New Orleans Memphis TN $2908
2023 Oct 15 7 days, one-way from Louisville KY to Pittsburgh PA Louisville KY $2903
2023 Oct 22 7 days, one-way from Pittsburgh PA to Louisville KY Pittsburgh PA $2901
2023 Oct 29 7 days, one-way from Louisville KY to Memphis TN Louisville KY $2895
2023 Nov 12 7 days, one-way from New Orleans to Memphis TN New Orleans $2492
2023 Nov 19 7 days, one-way from Memphis TN to New Orleans Memphis TN $2495
2023 Nov 26 7 days, one-way from New Orleans to Memphis TN New Orleans $2501
2023 Dec 03 7 days, one-way from Memphis TN to New Orleans Memphis TN $2296
2023 Dec 10 7 days, one-way from New Orleans to Memphis TN New Orleans $2305
2023 Dec 17 7 days, one-way from Memphis TN to New Orleans Memphis TN $2297
2023 Dec 24 7 days, one-way from New Orleans to Memphis TN New Orleans $2300
2024 Jan 01 7 days, one-way from Memphis TN to New Orleans Memphis TN

American Duchess Review

Review of American Duchess

American Duchess cruise ship is a paddlewheel steamboat. The vessel started operations for American Queen Steamboat Company (now American Queen Voyages) in 2017 (August 14), following the christening ceremony in New Orleans. The all-suite, 166-passenger riverboat became USA's first newbuild paddle-wheeler on Mississippi River.

riverboat American Duchess cruise ship

In September 2016, the company announced a fleet expansion with a new ship (American Duchess), scheduled for launch in July 2017. However, due to Mississippi's unseasonably high water levels, the launch was pushed back 6 weeks to August 13. The inaugural cruise was on August 14, with prices starting from USD 1500 pp (double-occupancy Interior Suite rates).

For the new all-suite ship was used the hull of a former casino ship ("Isle of Capri") homeported in Bettendorf (Iowa USA). The casino boat was retrofitted for premium cruises on Mississippi River and its tributaries. Ship conversion included adding a new (3rd) deck and a new stern paddlewheel. The vessel has capacity 166 passengers and features the largest US river cruise industry's suites (sized up to 550 ft2 / 51 m2). The ship also features the river travel industry's ever first Loft Suites (2-level staterooms).

Itinerary

American Duchess cruise itinerary program offers several overnight port stays and shorter roundtrip itineraries from Minneapolis-Saint Paul, Nashville TN and New Orleans, and also (for the first time) from Chicago (Ottawa, Illinois).

In addition to Mississippi, the riverboat cruises on Ohio, Tennessee and Illinois rivers. Cruise fares start from around USD 3000 pp.

Cabins

Staterooms (all in suite categories) as sizes range between 180 ft2 / 17 m2 (Interior Suite) and 550 ft2 / 51 m2 (Owners Suite and Loft Suite). All cabins offer as standard amenities individually controlled air-conditioning, flat TV (satellite reception), dark wood wardrobe, dressers (ample drawer space), mini-bar (fridge), personal safe, direct-dial phone, alarm clock, Keurig brewer (tea/coffee machine), binocular, luxury bath amenities (toiletries by Clarins, terry robes, hairdryer), plenty of outlets and lighting.

Staterooms are decorated and equipped with Victorian-style antiques and reproductions. All cabins as decoration feature polished wood, Victorian-era wallpaper patterns, framed paintings. Beds are comfortable, with ample under-bed storage space, luxury bedding sets. Handicap / wheelchair-accessible cabins (for disabled passengers) are also available. The ship has no connecting or family cabins.

Most cabins are with private step-out balconies. Each cabin veranda is equipped with 2 wicker chairs and 1 cocktail table.

riverboat American Duchess cruise ship

American Queen Steamboat Company cruise deals

Operated with all-inclusive cruise packages, American Duchess cruise tour deals are inclusive of:

  • all shore excursions (“Steamcoach Tours” by luxury motorcoaches)
  • 1-night pre-cruise hotel package
  • soft drinks and bottled water (offered throughout the voyage)
  • wines and beers (offered at dinner only)
  • 24-hour room service (menu has the standard for breakfasts fare, plus sandwiches, burgers, macaroni & cheese, fresh salmon, desserts)
  • Wi-Fi Internet
  • Pilot House tour (of the ship's Navigation Bridge).
  • Smoking inside the cabin and on the balcony is forbidden. The only smoking-allowed area on the ship is the sun deck.

"Commodore Services" is the company's set of exclusive services reserved for American Duchess cruise passengers booking categories LFS-Loft and OS-Owner suites. The list of bonus perks (price-inclusive / complimentary privileges) includes:

  • gifts (upon arrival) - fruit basket and a bottle of wine
  • suite tour (upon arrival)
  • priority boarding and dining arrangements
  • reserved balcony seating in "The Auditorium" (boat's theatre/show lounge), with a personal escort to the reserved seats
  • private reception party with the ship's Captain and Senior Officers
  • personal River Butler
  • unpacking, hanging the clothes in the closet, packing, laundry, pressing service, shoeshine (conditioning)
  • in-cabin dining - Afternoon Tea service, Breakfast and Dinner service (on the suite's balcony, upon request), pre-dinner canapes, post-dinner sweets).

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The casino ship MS Isle of Capri was bought from "Isle of Capri Casinos Inc" in August 2016. The vessel had MMSI 367020470, length 85 m (280 ft), width 30 m (87 ft).

American Duchess riverboat's launch was delayed by 6 weeks, resulting in changes in the ship's 2017 cruise schedule. The completely renovated riverboat was launched on August 13 (2017) instead of the pre-scheduled July 1. Several of its summer 2017 Inaugural itineraries were affected.

riverboat American Duchess cruise ship

Marissa Applegate served as the ship's Godmother. She is the daughter of the cruise company's Chairman John Waggoner. The christening ceremony was on August 14, 2017, held in New Orleans. Highlights of the naming ceremony included a bottle of Maker’s Mark bourbon (instead of the traditional Champagne) and live performances by local musicians. The special event was led by godmother Marissa Applegate (daughter of John Waggoner - the Steamboat Company's Chairman).

The Inaugural Cruise (23-days Mississippi River itinerary, August 13 - September 4) was from New Orleans (Louisiana) to Red Wing (Minnesota). Prices started from USD 7300 pp (double occupancy Interior Suite rates), inclusive of a 1-night Boutique Hotel in New Orleans. The maiden voyage's ports of call were New Orleans LA (overnight hotel stay), Nottoway LA, Francisville LA, Natchez MS, Vicksburg MS, Greenville MS, Memphis TN, Ashport Landing TN, New Madrid MO, Paducah KY, Cape Girardeau MO, Chester IL, St Louis MO, Clinton IA, Dubuque IA, La Crosse WI, and Red Wing MN (overnight onboard stay).

The vessel is a retrofitted (functioning) paddle-wheeler that cost USD 2 million. Additionally, AQSC paid nearly USD 3 million for steel alone, building the hull from the ground up. Also new is the boat's propulsion.

Note: You can see the CruiseMapper's list of all river cruise ships and riverboats in the "itinerary" section of our River Cruises hub. All companies and their fleets are listed there.

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