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American Queen's Unique Cruise Experiences


As history plays such a large part of the river cruise experience, Riverlorians, the resident history and culture experts, are onboard every cruise to impart the legends and lore of the river on which passengers are cruising. Attend an enlightening lecture, relive a tale from Mark Twain or enjoy a recounting of the Lewis & Clark Expedition for a spellbinding evening.

Included Shore Excursions

Regardless of which vessel you choose for your river cruise vacation, each voyage includes our signature Hop-On Hop-Off guided shore excursions – your ticket to experience the freedom of choosing your own path in great river cities with selected admissions and narrated tours. You will receive a map of the Hop-On Hop-Off tour route with numbered stops and local attractions. As you enjoy the narrated tour throughout each port of call, the motorcoach will make scheduled stops along the tour route where you may hop off and visit your
preferred attractions.

Cruise Themes

Many itineraries are uniquely themed and feature special entertainment to create a river cruise unlike any other. Enjoy music-themed cruises such as The 50s and 60s Remembered for a fun-filled trip down memory lane. If you have been dreaming of getting away for the holidays, the Thanksgiving Festival, Holiday – Christmas Markets or New Year's Celebration could be the ideal vacation you have been waiting for.


Premium Shore Excursions

American Queen's award-winning Premium  Shore Excursions an opportunity to delve deeper into your specific interests.  An extensive list of Premium Shore Excursions are available for purchase and provide comprehensive, in-depth and rare experiences at an amazing value.  Civil War history buffs may want to grasp the full essence of Vicksburg, Mississippi, with our “On the Front Lines of the Civil War” premium experience; whereas wine enthusiasts can take full advantage of the Pacific Northwest’s fertile wine country on our “Wine and Spirits on Red Mountain” premium experience. Please visit us online to explore all of the options.

River Cruises

Charms of the South

8- or 9-day River Cruise: New Orleans to Memphis (or reverse)

The Lower Mississippi River has stories to share – a legacy that flows from Memphis to the Gulf of Mexico. Embark on more than just a cruise, and return with more than memories: experience, understanding, an enlightened perspective. Let us introduce you to the American South and show you all the great sights and port cities as we cruise the legendary Mississippi river between Memphis to New Orleans. A new chapter awaits as we cruise around each river bend.


8- or 9-day River Cruise: Roundtrip New Orleans

Explore unique sites and attractions along the Mississippi River and admire the beauty of the world around you on a roundtrip river cruise from New Orleans. Uncover the treasures of Lower Mississippi River cities as you indulge in iconic Louisiana cuisine spiced with the cultural flavors of the region’s past. Beginning and ending in one of America’s iconic cities, a roundtrip New Orleans journey offers a sample of the South with stops in stunning port cities like St. Francisville, Natchez and Vicksburg.


15- or 16-day River Cruise: Minneapolis (Red Wing) to New Orleans

Watch landscapes, cultures and even language transform as we cruise along the Mississippi river from Minneapolis to New Orleans abroad our fleet of luxury vessels – each new experience is as rare and beautiful as the last. Traversing the entire Mississippi River is a venture, a true bucket-list experience. On a Mighty Mississippi journey, travelers find adventure, an escape from the ordinary and the romance of the steamboat era.


9-day River Cruise: St. Louis to New Orleans

Midwestern graciousness gives way to Southern charm as we journey from St. Louis, America’s Gateway City, to New Orleans, where Cajun and Creole influences rule the day. As we cruise down the Mississippi River, the colors of autumn erupt in a welcoming symphony lining the path to our equally colorful destination.

For Cruise Dates and Itineraries contactAAA Travel.