American Empress

Proudly serving as the largest overnight riverboat west of the Mississippi River, the American Empress delivers classic elegance and modern luxury on a grand scale. One step onboard and you will quickly discover that there is far more to this vessel than her welcoming appearance and signature red paddlewheel.

Cruising aboard the American Empress incites moments of sheer perfection with her seamless blend of stunning backdrops, exceptional dining venues, dynamic public spaces and stunning décor. American Queen Steamboat Company invite you to step aboard and delight in the luxurious modern amenities, gracious service and endless authentic experiences that await you.


Welcome to your home on the Columbia and Snake Rivers. Each American Empress accommodation features a custom-built hardwood entertainment centre and spacious, illuminated armoire. Fine linens and plush bedding will ensure you are well-rested to fully enjoy every included shore tour, historical lecture and toe-tapping musical performance. A flat-screen TV, mini refrigerator, coffee maker and safe are provided for your comfort and convenience.


Food & Drink

Dining aboard the American Empress is as decadent as it is delightful. Their award-winning culinary teams take full advantage of each region’s diverse bounty of fresh ingredients to prepare uniquely exquisite dishes while our gracious, all-American staff charms you with friendly, attentive service so that you may enjoy each meal in a most relaxed atmosphere.


Life on Board

Each day and evening aboard the American Queen and the American Empress lends a splendid variety of entertainment to keep you fully engaged throughout your voyage. Whether it is a themed voyage special event, a captivating tale told by our onboard Riverlorian or an energised musical performance led by top entertainers, there is always an impressive line-up of entertainment that is sure to satisfy.

Life on Board


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American Empress Cruises

May we present you with a small selection of the wide range of cruises available on American Queen Steamboat' American Empress. For more details click on one of the links below.

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Deck Plans American Empress

Browse American Empress's deck plans to get a feel of her layout. Explore cabins, restaurants, entertainment and shared spaces at your leisure.

American Empress Deckplans

The American Queen Steamboat Fleet

Climb aboard an iconic steamboat and explore a slice of American history on our Mississippi River cruises. Offering a unique on-the-river perspective, our voyages create the perfect getaway for nature and history lovers alike. Enjoy our richly appointed paddlewheelers and steamboats that offer beautiful staterooms and suites, restaurants and spacious decks for watching the river sights go by.

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