Historic. Magnificent. Grand. The American Queen.

The largest steamboat ever built, the grand American Queen is a gracious and elegant triumph of American ingenuity. Although filled with today’s modern amenities, her rooms and accommodations display all the opulence of the American Victorian era.  Glistening woodwork, fresh flowers and antiques adorn her interior spaces.  Outside, lacy filigree evokes memories of the many stately river steamers that preceded her and so inspired her designers.

While on board, you can select a volume from the vast collection in the Mark Twain Gallery, the boat’s library. Or enjoy a sing-along in the Main Deck Lounge, and then tap your toes to a lavish show in the two-deck-tall Grand Saloon, the most elegant showplace on the river.

Combining the best of the old and the new, this beautiful lady of the river epitomizes the grace and grandeur that has made steamboating a cherished American tradition for more than two centuries. One voyage and you’ll see why.

The Great American Steamboat Distinctions

  • The only authentic overnight paddlewheel steamboat in America.
  • The acclaimed cuisine of famed American chef Regina Charboneau.
  • The only steamboat with multiple, specialty dining options, all at no additional charge.
  • Complimentary bottled water, soft drinks, and specialty hot beverages throughout your voyage.
  • Complimentary wines and beers at dinner.
  • Gracious, friendly service from a professionally trained all-American staff.
  • The warm and inviting ambience of an antebellum mansion.
  • Public rooms and accommodations are decorated with Victorian charm and carefully selected antiques.
  • Elegant-casual attire throughout your voyage, no formal wear required.
  • Daily lectures by the Riverlorian, our onboard river historian.
  • Professional showboat-style entertainment nightly.
  • Nightly dancing to swing and big band music.
  • Enthralling calliope concerts and a chance for guests to play!
  • Exciting shore excursions provide an in-depth immersion into the history, culture and cuisine of America’s Heartland.
  • The greatest value in All-American vacations!

Fine Dining

Every meal aboard the American Queen is an affair to remember. Regina Charboneau, our Culinary Director and celebrated American Chef, draws her inspiration from our great Heartland and has created a moveable, delectable feast for you to indulge in. From piping hot beignets and bananas foster French toast for breakfast to succulent five-course dinners, every day celebrates the culinary senses.

Even more astounding than the choices you will find on our menus, are your daily choices of dining venues. The opulent J.M. White Dining Saloon is the centerpiece, serving breakfasts, lunches and dinners that are befittingly grand. The Calliope Grill serves up views as spectacular as the grilled fare and fresh salads and offers romantic, alfresco dining in the evenings.


the American Queen steamboat dining room

  • J.M. White Dining Saloon
  • River Grill


  • J.M. White Dining Saloon
  • River Grill


  • J.M. White Dining Saloon
  • River Grill


  • River Grill

American Queen Accommodations

Aboard the grand American Queen, you can relax in a warm, inviting atmosphere of Victorian charm. Appointed with the most luxurious amenities, all suites and staterooms feature plush bedding and fine linens, large mirrors, ample storage space, wall-to-wall carpet and a private bathroom with a shower. All accommodations enjoy nightly turn-down service along with complimentary bottled water. Room size, decor and layout may differ within a particular category.