River Cruise News

American Cruise Lines and Smithsonian.com Present “Exploring the American Experience”

May 6th, 2014 American Cruise Lines has announced “Exploring the American Experience” as a new initiative with Smithsonian.com to promote American history, culture and literature. “As the premium provider of American river cruises, we knew immediately this joint initiative was… read more >

American Empress Cusine Puts Spotlight on Pacific Northwest

April 29th, 2014 The American Queen Steamboat Company has  introduced a new culinary program onboard the American Empress, which began her inaugural season April 5, 2014. Staying true to her Pacific Northwest surroundings, the culinary team is taking full advantage of… read more >

Queen of the West enters fifth year of service on Columbia River

April 29th, 2014 American Cruise Lines has announced that Queen of the West’s 2014 season on the Columbia and Snake Rivers is off to a successful start. Currently on its third sailing of the year, the 120-passenger paddlewheeler has 31… read more >

American Empress Christened by Godmother Claudette Waggoner

April 6th, 2014 American Queen Steamboat Company’s American Empress has been christened in downtown Portland, OR. The 223-guest riverboat, the largest west of the Mississippi River,  officially joins the company’s fleet with the Memphis-based American Queen. Claudette Waggoner, wife of chairman and CEO… read more >

American Empress Arrives in Homeport of Vancouver, WA

April 5th, 2014 The American Queen Steamboat Company’s American Empress arrived in her homeport of Vancouver, WA, on April 4th, 2014 after her first voyage on the Columbia River since 2008. The largest riverboat west of the Mississippi River, the 223-guest vessel… read more >

American Cruise Lines Introduces Susatinable Dining Program

April 5th, 2014 American Cruise Lines has announced the introduction of “Cruise Local. Eat Local”, a new dining initiative for locally-sourced produce, meats and ingredients to provide the most delicious regionalized menus onboard. Sustainable cuisine supports the many small… read more >

The American Empress to Call Vancouver (Washington) Home and Headquarters

March 20th, 2014 The American Queen Steamboat Company announces its second vessel, the 223-guest American Empress, which will make Vancouver, WA her home port. She will officially join the fleet’s Memphis-based American Queen on April 5, 2014. In… read more >

Godmother Claudette Waggoner and Former Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood To Lead American Empress Christening

March 13th, 2014 Today the American Queen Steamboat Company announces christening ceremony details for the U.S. riverboat owner and operator’s second vessel. The 223-guest American Empress, the largest riverboat west of the Mississippi, will officially join the fleet… read more >

American Queen Steamboat Company Extends Partnership with National Trust

February 20th, 2014 The American Queen Steamboat Company announced the extension of its partnership with The National Trust for Historic Preservation. In an effort to preserve American heritage, the company will donate $100,000 to the National Trust’s Campaign… read more >

American Cruise Lines Designates Newbuilds for Mississippi & Columbia Rivers

February 4th, 2014 American Cruise Lines today confirmed it will be placing the first of four upcoming newbuilds on the Mississippi River, where it currently operates its newest riverboat, Queen of the Mississippi. The second newbuild will operate… read more >