American Queen

American Queen last position

American Queen last location was at US Inland (coordinates 33.40574 N / -91.07447 W) cruising en route to TUNICA, MS. The AIS position was reported 1 day ago.

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Current itinerary of American Queen

American Queen current cruise is 7 days, one-way from New Orleans to Memphis TN. Prices start from USD 2107 (double occupancy rates). The itinerary starts on 29 Nov, 2021 and ends on 06 Dec, 2021.

Specifications of American Queen

Year built1995  /  Age: 26
Flag state USA
BuilderMcDermott Shipyard (Houston, Texas)
Classpaddle-wheel steamboat
Building costUSD 65 million
OwnerHornblower Group Inc (via Hornblower Cruises and Events)
OperatorAmerican Queen Voyages
Speed12 kn / 22 kph / 14 mph
Length (LOA)127 m / 417 ft
Beam (width)27 m / 89 ft
Gross Tonnage3707 gt
Passengers436
Crew160
Decks6
Cabins222
Decks with cabins4
Last Refurbishment2019
Christened byPhyllis Dale

American Queen Itineraries

DateItineraryDeparture PortPrice from
2021 Nov 29 7 days, one-way from New Orleans to Memphis TN New Orleans $2107
2021 Dec 06 7 days, one-way from Memphis TN to New Orleans Memphis TN $2000
2021 Dec 13 7 days, one-way from New Orleans to Memphis TN New Orleans $1994
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 $2106
2022 Feb 21 7 days, one-way from New Orleans to Memphis TN New Orleans $2202
2022 Feb 28 7 days, one-way from Memphis TN to New Orleans Memphis TN $2405
2022 Mar 07 7 days, one-way from New Orleans to Memphis TN New Orleans $2399
2022 Mar 14 7 days, one-way from Memphis TN to New Orleans Memphis TN $2398
2022 Mar 21 7 days, one-way from New Orleans to Memphis TN New Orleans $2391
2022 Mar 28 7 days, one-way from Memphis TN to New Orleans Memphis TN $2409
2022 Apr 04 7 days, one-way from New Orleans to Memphis TN New Orleans $2691
2022 Apr 11 7 days, one-way from Memphis TN to New Orleans Memphis TN $2307
2022 Apr 18 7 days, one-way from New Orleans to Memphis TN New Orleans $2690
2022 Apr 25 7 days, one-way from Memphis TN to New Orleans Memphis TN $2690
2022 May 02 7 days, one-way from New Orleans to Memphis TN New Orleans $2700
2022 May 09 7 days, one-way from Memphis TN to New Orleans Memphis TN $2698
2022 May 16 7 days, one-way from New Orleans to Memphis TN New Orleans $2689
2022 May 23 7 days, one-way from Memphis TN to New Orleans Memphis TN $2703
2022 May 30 7 days, one-way from New Orleans to Memphis TN New Orleans $2697
2022 Jun 06 6 days, one-way from Memphis TN to Clarksville TN Memphis TN $2694
2022 Jun 14 6 days, one-way from Clarksville TN to Louisville KY Clarksville TN $2689
2022 Jun 20 6 days, one-way from Louisville KY to Clarksville TN Louisville KY $2589
2022 Jun 28 6 days, one-way from Clarksville TN to Memphis TN Clarksville TN $2592
2022 Jul 04 5 days, one-way from Memphis TN to Dover TN Memphis TN $2591
2022 Jul 12 6 days, one-way from Clarksville TN to Memphis TN Clarksville TN $2600
2022 Jul 18 7 days, one-way from Memphis TN to Alton IL Memphis TN $2594
2022 Jul 24 8 days, one-way from St Louis MO to Louisville KY St Louis MO $2596
2022 Aug 01 7 days, one-way from Louisville KY to Pittsburgh PA Louisville KY $2692
2022 Aug 08 7 days, one-way from Pittsburgh PA to Louisville KY Pittsburgh PA $2709
2022 Aug 15 7 days, one-way from Louisville KY to Alton IL Louisville KY $2592
2022 Aug 22 6 days, one-way from Alton IL to Red Wing MN Alton IL $2692
2022 Aug 30 6 days, one-way from Red Wing MN to Alton IL Red Wing MN $2698
2022 Sep 05 6 days, one-way from Alton IL to Red Wing MN Alton IL $2706
2022 Sep 12 14 days, one-way from Red Wing MN to New Orleans Red Wing MN $5091
2022 Sep 26 7 days, one-way from New Orleans to Memphis TN New Orleans $2700
2022 Oct 03 6 days, one-way from Memphis TN to St Louis MO Memphis TN $2689
2022 Oct 10 6 days, one-way from Alton IL to Red Wing MN Alton IL $2709
2022 Oct 18 6 days, one-way from Red Wing MN to Alton IL Red Wing MN $2697
2022 Oct 24 6 days, one-way from Alton IL to Clarksville TN Alton IL $2708
2022 Oct 31 7 days, one-way from Clarksville TN to Chattanooga TN Clarksville TN $2689
2022 Nov 07 7 days, one-way from Chattanooga TN to Clarksville TN Chattanooga TN $2305
2022 Nov 15 6 days, one-way from Clarksville TN to Memphis TN Clarksville TN $2294
2022 Nov 21 7 days, one-way from New Orleans to Memphis TN New Orleans $1999
2022 Nov 28 7 days, one-way from New Orleans to Memphis TN New Orleans $2199
2022 Dec 05 7 days, one-way from Memphis TN to New Orleans Memphis TN $2207
2022 Dec 19 7 days, one-way from Memphis TN to New Orleans Memphis TN $2192
2023 Feb 13 7 days, one-way from New Orleans to Memphis TN New Orleans $2209
2023 Feb 20 7 days, one-way from Memphis TN to New Orleans Memphis TN $2195
2023 Feb 27 7 days, one-way from New Orleans to Memphis TN New Orleans $2207
2023 Mar 06 7 days, one-way from Memphis TN to New Orleans Memphis TN $2405
2023 Mar 13 7 days, one-way from New Orleans to Memphis TN New Orleans $2398
2023 Mar 20 7 days, one-way from Memphis TN to New Orleans Memphis TN $2389
2023 Mar 27 7 days, one-way from New Orleans to Memphis TN New Orleans $2389
2023 Apr 03 7 days, one-way from Memphis TN to New Orleans Memphis TN $2696
2023 Apr 10 7 days, one-way from New Orleans to Memphis TN New Orleans $2691
2023 Apr 17 7 days, one-way from Memphis TN to New Orleans Memphis TN $2694
2023 Apr 24 7 days, one-way from New Orleans to Memphis TN New Orleans $2709
2023 May 01 7 days, one-way from Memphis TN to New Orleans Memphis TN $2693
2023 May 08 7 days, one-way from New Orleans to Memphis TN New Orleans $2708
2023 May 15 7 days, one-way from Memphis TN to New Orleans Memphis TN $2700
2023 May 22 7 days, one-way from New Orleans to Memphis TN New Orleans $2700
2023 May 29 7 days, one-way from Memphis TN to New Orleans Memphis TN $2707
2023 Jun 05 7 days, one-way from New Orleans to Memphis TN New Orleans $2698
2023 Jun 12 7 days, one-way from Memphis TN to New Orleans Memphis TN $2707
2023 Jun 19 7 days, one-way from New Orleans to Memphis TN New Orleans $2696
2023 Jun 26 6 days, one-way from Memphis TN to Clarksville TN Memphis TN $2692
2023 Jul 04 6 days, one-way from Clarksville TN to Memphis TN Clarksville TN $2593
2023 Jul 17 6 days, one-way from Alton IL to Red Wing MN Alton IL $2593
2023 Jul 25 6 days, one-way from Red Wing MN to Alton IL Red Wing MN $2597
2023 Jul 31 6 days, one-way from Alton IL to Red Wing MN Alton IL $2594
2023 Aug 08 6 days, one-way from Red Wing MN to Alton IL Red Wing MN $2598
2023 Aug 14 6 days, one-way from Alton IL to Clarksville TN Alton IL $2594
2023 Sep 04 7 days, one-way from Memphis TN to New Orleans Memphis TN $2697
2023 Sep 11 7 days, one-way from New Orleans to Memphis TN New Orleans $2701
2023 Sep 25 6 days, one-way from Alton IL to Red Wing MN Alton IL $2706
2023 Oct 02 14 days, one-way from Red Wing MN to New Orleans Red Wing MN $5402
2023 Oct 16 7 days, one-way from New Orleans to Memphis TN New Orleans $2689
2023 Oct 23 7 days, one-way from Memphis TN to New Orleans Memphis TN $2691
2023 Oct 30 7 days, one-way from New Orleans to Memphis TN New Orleans $2692
2023 Nov 06 7 days, one-way from Memphis TN to New Orleans Memphis TN $2290
2023 Nov 13 7 days, one-way from New Orleans to Memphis TN New Orleans
2023 Nov 20 7 days, one-way from New Orleans to Memphis TN New Orleans $2297
2023 Nov 27 7 days, one-way from Memphis TN to New Orleans Memphis TN $2296
2023 Dec 04 7 days, one-way from New Orleans to Memphis TN New Orleans $2195
2023 Dec 11 7 days, one-way from Memphis TN to New Orleans Memphis TN $2207
2023 Dec 30 7 days, round-trip 8 Night Roundtrip New Orleans Cruise and Land Tour New Orleans

American Queen Review

Review of American Queen

The 1995-built American Queen cruise ship was initially operated by Delta Queen Steamboat Company (now defunct). Now operated by AQSC (American Queen Voyages), the 436-passenger riverboat is similar to fleetmate American Empress, and also to ACL-American Cruise Lines vessels Queen of the Mississippi and Queen of the West.

riverboat American Queen cruise ship

American Queen is the largest steamboat ever built in the world. Before relaunching in April 2012, the ship received a USD 6,5 million renovation to make the Victorian decor. Cabins got new LCDTVs and bedding. A top-deck bar (River Grill) was also added. Today, the steamboat feels much more like a historic boutique hotel than a riverboat.

American Queen cruises the Upper and Lower Mississippi, Ohio and Tennessee rivers with 5- to 14-day itineraries. Departure ports include New Orleans, St Louis MO, Minneapolis-St Paul MN, Memphis TN, Cincinnati OH.

riverboat American Queen cruise ship

American Queen Steamboat Company cruise deals

Operated with all-inclusive cruise packages, American Queen 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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American Queen riverboat was built in the USA and christened in Nashville TN by Godmother Phyllis Dale (owner of Phyllis Dale Travel Agency, Winter Springs Florida). As flag-state, the USA flag requires all officers, crew and hotel staff on the vessel to be American (US citizens).

By design, this USA-based river cruise ship is classified as "paddle-wheeler" (paddle-wheel boat). The vessel is similar to the fleet mate American Empress, and the famous American Cruise Lines ships Queen of the Mississippi and Queen of the West. They all feature a huge, stern-mounted paddle wheel.

riverboat American Queen cruise ship

American Queen became second in 2012's Great Steamboat Race. First prize was for the steamboat Belle of Cincinnati. The vessel is acknowledged to be the world's largest steamboat ever built. The ship is 6-decks high and built as Mississippi riverboat replica vessel for the Delta Queen Steamboat Company (currently non-operational USA cruise line).

Just like the classic USA riverboats from the late 1800s which used to sail on the country's largest rivers (like Mississippi, Ohio, Snake, Columbia), the American Queen steamboat has a huge paddlewheel. It is a feature component of the vessel's main propulsion system. The impressive paddle wheel is driven by a hydraulic motor powered by a steam plant. Besides the paddle wheel, for better maneuverability and during emergencies, the ship uses its two Azimuth thrusters (aka Z-drives). These are modern marine propulsion units (diesel-electric propellers) mounted on either side of the stern paddlewheel. Both Z-drives are fully submerged underwater, and able to rotate at 360 degrees.

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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