Ever consider a riverboat cruise in the US?

I haven't given this any thought but saw an article for a new riverboat launching in 2017. I don't know as we would try it but am interested in others' thoughts.


"American Queen Steamboat Company, which owns and operates the 436-passenger American Queen on the Mississippi and 223-passenger American Empress in the Pacific Northwest, said it will launch a new vessel, the 166-guest American Duchess, in June 2017 on the Mississippi.

American Queen president Ted Sykes said construction will begin soon on a recently purchased American-made hull for a boat that will become the Memphis-based company’s third vessel. The all-suite American Duchess will be the first purpose-built boutique paddlewheeler, offering guests the largest suites on the Mississippi in every category...."



16 Answers

I have concidered a river cruise on the Delta Queen a few years ago.


I'm curious to know what stopped you between considering and booking it?

I still receive information, At the moment, it's too expensive.

I have never giving it much thought. I know very little (honestly-nothing) about them. It's only recently that I realize how popular and interesting they are.

Not for the US so much as Europe

I have looked into it but it is much more then an ocean cruise.

American Cruise Line out of Connecticut does some unique tours. Also somewhat exspensive.

I keep seeing the Viking ads on TV but I think my cruise kitty would need to win the lottery.

We very much enjoy river cruising and will do some here in the US at some point. We’re trying to see Europe (especially river cruises in Europe) now while we still have no trouble with the long flights, cobblestone streets and steep hills.

River cruising is definitely more expensive than ocean cruising, but so much more is included. Complimentary wine/beer with meals (on most lines), most of the shore excursions are included, free WiFi, bottled water, specialty coffees, and did we mention the free flowing wine and beer with meals? Plus the intimate cruise experience (less than 200 people on board with you), personalized service (the crew knows your name and what you like the first day), awesome scenery the whole time, no motion sickness, immersion in the local culture (entertainment, food, etc), and more. We find river cruising to be much more all-inclusive than ocean cruising. (We’re certainly not giving up our big ship cruises though – we love those too!)


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