American Queen Steamboat Company Reveals 2016 Season, Celebrating “Uniquely American River Cruises”

December 3rd, 2014

The American Queen Steamboat Company has announced its 2016 sailing schedule. Featuring the most sailings in company history, the two-vessel fleet will explore the heartland of the United States and Pacific Northwest with a combined 82 sailings. For the first time, the American Queen will sail the length of the Mississippi River from St. Paul, Minn. to New Orleans on two epic itineraries available to book in their entirety or as individual segments. The American Empress season features 36 sailings between Vancouver, Wash. to Clarkston, Wash. showcasing the majestic landscapes along the Columbia and Snake Rivers.

“Guests cruising with us continue to plan their next sailing before departing their current cruise and 2016 is already on many minds,” shares American Queen Steamboat Company President & COO Ted Sykes. “From wine tasting in Oregon to more Lower Mississippi River voyages than ever before, our crew looks forward to providing another exciting year of American river cruising at its best.”

American Queen

The American Queen will begin her 2016 season Feb. 21 with a New Orleans round-trip followed by the first of 28 voyages between her homeport of Memphis and the “Crescent City” throughout the year. In response to continued demand for Lower Mississippi River itineraries, the American Queen will sail 31 total voyages on this stretch between the two cities or New Orleans round-trip. The full-length Mississippi River voyage will begin in St. Paul on August 7 and conclude in New Orleans on Sept. 5 followed by the same itinerary up river. The American Queen will feature eight Upper Mississippi River voyage between St. Louis and St. Paul as well as a return to the Cumberland River with two cruises including Nashville, Tenn. The Ohio River and sailings including Cincinnati will put the Ohio River on center stage with itineraries between the Queen City and St. Louis with a stop in the favorite river city of Paducah, Ky.

American Empress

The third season of the American Empress sails through stunning backdrops of the Columbia and Snake rivers, serving as a floating boutique hotel. Beginning March 19 through Nov. 27, the 223-guest riverboat features nine-day journeys immersing guests in the splendor of the Columbia and Snake Rivers. The 223-guest American Empress sails between Vancouver and Clarkston. Featured stops include some of the region’s most celebrated ports including Astoria, Ore.; Stevenson, Wash.; The Dalles, Ore.; and Richland, Wash. Complimentary shore excursions will be available in every port and include the cultural and historical landmarks that signify the living legacy of the region’s first settlers. Travelers with specific interests are encouraged to enjoy the variety of premium experience excursions such as the Walla Walla Wine Trail or a journey to the volcanic crater of Mount St. Helens. Daily lectures are also provided by the Riverlorian, an onboard history and culture expert.

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