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Special Edition Voyages

Welcome to Special Edition Voyages. These thoughtfully planned cruises feature unique and special voyage programming. Lively onboard events pair with exclusive shore excursions to create meaningful, in-depth and incredible memories.


Explore the roots of iconic American music where it all began. Jazz, blues, country and more await you.

Celebrate the 70s

Travel back in time to tie-dyed shirts and bell-bottom jeans. Each voyage will come alive with hits of the 70s. Guests should come with the attire and rhythm to celebrate the 70s.

An American Music Festival

Enjoy a very special private onboard performance by Lee Greenwood, a national icon known for “God Bless the USA”. In addition, guests will enjoy performances from the American Duchess entertainment team and other special guest performers.

Memphis extension packages

Let the Queen of the Rivers take you to the home of the King of Rock n Roll.

Music is the heart and soul of the city of Memphis. The sounds of rock ‘n’ roll, jazz soul and the blues waltz through the streets with the savoury scents of the cities iconic eateries. Relax at your deluxe hotel accommodations, visit exclusive partner attractions and explore Beale street. Enhance your journey as you discover the musical roots of the Southern Belle.


Learn firsthand with onboard lessons from our talented team. Taste an authentic Kentucky Hot Brown, compare America’s best barbeques or sample fines wines and spirits.

Bourbon – An American Spirit

As we cruise into Kentucky’s bourbon region, we learn about the history of this true American spirit. Speakers and tasting events will fill the voyage. Whether you like your bourbon neat, on the rocks or with a splash, you are sure to enjoy this incredible opportunity.

Grapes & Gorges

Discover the intoxicating influence of one of the world’s classic beverages, and sample the uniquely American notes of Pacific Northwest on our Wine Cruises. A variety of boutique wineries have capitalized on the complex and varied microclimates of the Pacific Northwest, and created new and exciting twists on winemaking. We’ll travel into the heart of wine country, and introduce you to the sources of delicious libations. From vine to glass, we’ll paint a picture of pure elegance.

American Culinary Experience

Highlighting signature dishes from local dining venues, and special presentations by experts and innovators from the culinary industry, this cruise offers something for everyone and is sure to appeal to amateur palates and experienced foodies alike.

Culinary & Cocktails

We’re all about food or drink in some way. But our “Culinary & Cocktails” cruises in 2023 are for those who think about food and drink in EVERY way. 


Thrill to the hoofbeats of the Kentucky Derby from special seating at Churchill Downs — or travel with our founder and CEO, John Wagoner, on a VIP itinerary.

Founder’s Cruise

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to spend time with our company founder? If so, this cruise is for you. Join John Waggoner and his wife, Claudette, on a journey from their hometown in Louisville to St. Louis.

The Kentucky Derby

Enjoy a very special private onboard performance by Lee Greenwood, a national icon known for “God Bless the USA”. In addition, guests will enjoy performances from the American Duchess entertainment team and other special guest performers.

Scenic Gorges in Autumn

The beautiful colors of autumn greet guests around each bend. Enjoy a hot apple cider from a local coffee shop and take in the fresh fall air as you cruise through the most spectacular gouge area east of the Rocky Mountains. Tree-lined bluffs provide a palette of colors. Make sure to come out on the deck as we navigate the highest single-lift lock in the Eastern part of America.


Celebrate a plantation Thanksgiving, a Creole Christmas, a river front New Year’s Eve and an all-American Fourth of July on the river.

Star-Spangled cruise

What better way to celebrate America’s Independence Day than on an American river cruise in the heart of the country? Small towns will be adorned with symbols of our independence, and onboard we will be filled with patriotic pride. A special guest will bless the American Duchess cruise: American music icon Lee Greenwood will perform on board for this special event.


Whether you fancy a traditional turkey dinner with all of the trimmings or perhaps something a bit different to change up your holiday on the river, your dining experience will be equally delightful! Thanksgiving Day is filled with parade streaming, football viewing and the premier of the special holiday production. 

New Year’s Celebration

New Year’s Eve is a time for reflection and celebration with family and friends. Join us to honor the year’s end for an exclusive experience. We’ll dock at Nottoway Plantation on the big day, where on board, a gala is planned to provide hours of music and dancing – complete with a champagne toast.

Holidays on the River

New Year’s Eve is a time for reflection and celebration with family and friends. Join us to honor the year’s Embark on a holiday celebration with your American Queen Steamboat Company family, and return with treasured memories of the season. This Lower Mississippi River cruise offers a special Holiday gala, bonfires on the levee, holiday decorations and performances. Come home to the heart of America and celebrate with traditions both old and new!


Take part in cruises that are dedicated to bettering our river communities. Whether it is a local project, national charity or nature preservation, you can enjoy special camaraderie.

Cruising for a Cure

American Queen Steamboat Company will support research as we cruise from Memphis, TN. During the cruise, guests and crew will have the opportunity to participate in a virtual 5k on the day that the marathon will be held.

Community Outreach

On these cruises, you not only will experience all of the relaxation that paddlewheeling offers, but also balance that with doing good for the communities around you. We will work with our river communities by engaging with unique charities and volunteer opportunities.


Explore America’s heartland on the Upper Mississippi, retrace the steps of Lewis and Clark in the Pacific Northwest, relive the stories of Mark Twain, learn about the Civil War and much more.

Civil War: A Historical Perspective

Our Civil War-themed cruises take you on an amazing journey through “the havoc of war and the battle’s confusion” where historic skirmishes pitted brother against brother in a nation once divided. You will have the opportunity to delve into the tactics, both military and political, that shaped the events of the American Civil War.

Quilting The Fabric of America

Imagine a quilting bee that is traveling up and down the river. Expert guests/quilters will lead hands-on sessions. Think of this as a floating quilting convention.

American Queen

American Queen

The largest steamboat ever built, the grand American Queen is a gracious and elegant triumph of American ingenuity. Our flagship paddlewheeler is a gentle soul packaged within the ornate detailing that embellishes her exterior. Any traveler who chooses to cruise on this iconic riverboat will soon find that her steady heart beats to the rhythm…
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American Duchess

American Duchess

Spacious luxury awaits aboard the floating masterpiece that is the American Duchess. This boutique-style riverboat offers exquisite dining, beautiful decks and exceptional amenities. Her suites range from 180 to 550 square feet, allowing guests to stay in some of the largest accommodations on the rivers and carries just 166 passengers. Unique to the American Duchess…
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American Countess

American Countess

The newest gem in the American Queen Steamboat Company’s riverboat fleet, American Countess welcomes 245 passengers along the Tennessee, Ohio, Cumberland, and Mississippi rivers. Her sleek, contemporary design offers plenty of open space for gathering and sharing the fun, and you’ll love the great forward-facing windows and the portside bar with an 80-foot view. Savor fresh,…
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Flavours of the Rivers

Regionally inspired food is a way of life on the river. Wild salmon, so fresh it might have been swimming this morning, grilled to perfection. Moonshine bread pudding that evokes echoes of the Tennessee hills. A succulent dumpling that reminds you why Washington apples are the world’s favourite temptation.

The Charms of the Rivers

Step on board and enjoy entertainment as congenial as a friendly pub and as lively as a cabaret. Since the days of the legendary showboats, America’s riverboats have been centers of music, folklore and theatrical delight. From the American Queen’s spectacular Grand Saloon to intimate venues throughout every boat, you’ll find so much to see, hear and do that your only problem will be fitting it all in. Entertainment for your mind is abundant, as well, with fascinating storytelling, enlightening lecturers and engaging Riverlorians.

Life on the River

The moment you step aboard, you know this is something special. You’re surrounded by world-class art, beautiful furnishings and perfectly selected amenities. You’re welcomed by crew and staff whose sole desire is your comfort, enjoyment and safety.

And beyond that, you’ll connect with new sights, dialects, cultures and traditions. You’ll meet like-minded travelers who share stories and invite you to do the same. The familiarity of the space grows by the day – with every “good morning,” with each new friendship formed. Memories made on board are the finest souvenirs you’ll take home.

The Wonders of the River

Comprehensive, guided shore excursions are the highlight of every day in port. Expect to connect with people who have made the rivers their home, to learn firsthand how the rivers shape their past and future. Each experience has been thoughtfully designed for you, whether you’re visiting a historic home, losing yourself in a local museum or delving into unique regional traditions and cultures.

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