The American Queen Steamboat Company, operator of America’s most opulent and luxurious paddlewheel vessels, is preparing for the 2016 season. 2016 marks the upcoming fifth season of the U.S.-flagged river cruise line and its iconic American Queen and American Empress riverboats.
The American Queen Steamboat Company closed out 2015 earning accolades from its loyal guests for innovative shore excursions, authentic locally-sourced cuisine and vibrant-themed voyages. New for 2016 includes two Mighty Mississippi Voyages stretching between St. Paul and New Orleans and new Commodore Services. Guests can begin planning their 2016 holiday on the American Queen and American Empress exploring the waters and towns throughout the Heartland of America and the Pacific Northwest.
Highlights of the new 2016 season include Commodore Services, which offer an exclusive level of hospitality and amenities to guests staying in suite-level accommodations onboard the American Queen and the American Empress. This elite level of service includes access to private voyage check-in and pre-boarding privileges, a fruit basket upon arrival, preferred dining arrangements, reserved balcony seating in the Grand Saloon and a private reception with Senior Officers. Guests also receive the services of a friendly River Butler.
New Themed Voyages onboard the American Queen include itineraries such as Presidents & Politics, which immerses guests in the history of the American presidency and Five Rivers of the Heartland, which allows guests a rare opportunity to touch the Mississippi, Illinois, Ohio, Tennessee and Cumberland Rivers in one incredible voyage.
The largest and most elegant riverboat west of the Mississippi, the American Empress, embarks on her third season sailing the Pacific Northwest beginning March 19, 2016. Embarking on compelling stops along the Columbia and Snake Rivers, the riverboat features 32 departure dates sailing between Portland/Vancouver, Washington and Clarkston, Washington. The season begins and ends with two roundtrip Portland itineraries featuring the highlights of Astoria, The Dalles, Stevenson and Portland.
Embarking on her fifth season on Feb. 18, 2016, the American Queen transports guests back in time with antebellum decor and stops along the Mississippi, Ohio, Tennessee and Cumberland rivers. With 46 total itineraries in 2016, each voyage is steeped in history and culture.
Journeys include a 1-night pre-voyage hotel stay, shore tours in all ports, complimentary wine and beer with dinner and a host of other amenities. For more information, call (888) 749-5280 or visit aqsc.co.