HEALTH & SAFETY: To learn more about our health and safety procedures, click here.


For up the most current health and safety updates, click here.

Please see vessel update below:

  • American Empress®
    The American Empress, which sails the Columbia and Snake rivers, will resume operations beginning June 14, 2021.
  • American Queen®
    The iconic American Queen, which sails on the Mississippi, Ohio and Tennessee rivers looks to resume operations later this summer.  

We want to thank our guests, travel agent partners, vendors and team members for their patience and understanding during this constantly developing situation. We’ll continue to work closely with ports of call and the local communities we visit and adhere to the recommendations of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and U.S. Coast Guard to safely prepare for sailings when they resume. 

Looking forward to seeing you on board soon!

Updated September 15, 2020, 10:00 AM (EST)

Health & Safety Protocols

AQSC and VCL have created enhanced health and safety protocols to keep guests, crew and the communities the vessels visit safe in the face of COVID-19. New steps being implemented include pre-cruise screening, crew screening, updated boarding processes and increased sanitation measures. These new policies are in place and ready to be implemented when both cruise lines resume operations in 2021. As the situation surrounding COVID-19 continues to evolve, AQSC and VCL is prepared to continue to adjust its operations and protocols in order to ensure the wellbeing of everyone involved and will be introducing new enhancements in the coming weeks.  These policies combined with the new flexible change policy reinforces AQSC’s dedication to guests, protecting their purchase should they choose to change their reservation up to 24 hours before their cruise.

American Queen Steamboat Company

American Queen Steamboat Company(AQSC) is the operator of the U.S.-flagged American Queen™, the largest, most opulent riverboat in the world. Longer than a football field, towering six decks in height and laced with fanciful gingerbread trim, she is a marvel of modern engineering. Her journeys through the heartland offer a unique perspective on America’s history, culture and landscape with convenient departures from some of America’s most iconic river port cities, including Memphis, New Orleans, Cincinnati, Louisville, Pittsburgh, St. Louis and Minneapolis. In April 2014, AQSC began serving the Pacific Northwest with the opulence and grandeur of the American Empress™and added the American Duchess™to the Mississippi River in August 2017. The fourth boat to join the American Queen Steamboat Company fleet is the American Countess™, which will cruise the Mississippi, Ohio and Tennessee rivers.

Victory Cruise Lines

New Albany-based Victory Cruise Lines operates Victory I™ and Victory II™, identical 202-passenger ships, and the upcoming newly built 200-passenger vessels, the Ocean Victory™and Ocean Discoverer.™Victory Cruise Lines operates all-inclusive cruises to Canada, the Great Lakes, New England and Eastern Seaboard, with upcoming itineraries to Alaska on the Ocean Victory™ in 2021 and the Ocean Discoverer™in 2023. For more information about Victory Cruise Lines, contact a travel agent or visit