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Experience a U.S. river cruise on our newest addition - the American Countess


The latest addition to our fleet of authentic paddlewheelers – the American Countess™ – offers many of the same exciting heartland and Mississippi River cruise itineraries as her sisters the American Queen and American Duchess. Built from an existing hull, the American Countess is undergoing significant reconstruction, including lengthening the boat by 60 feet. Enjoy the signature distinctions that have made American Queen Steamboat Company the most award-winning river cruise line in America.
The American Countess’s four decks, including a Sun Deck, and 123 comfortable, inviting staterooms, will make cruising on this gorgeous paddlewheeler a truly unforgettable experience. Cabins feature a sleek and modern design that will provide the perfect place to relax after heading out on an included shore excursion or taking in an evening Broadway-caliber performance in The Theater on board.
As our award-winning culinary team takes full advantage of each region’s diverse bounty of fresh, local ingredients to fashion masterful regional cuisine, our gracious staff charms with friendly, courteous attention to your needs in the Grand Dining Room. A more casual atmosphere is offered in the River Grill, which allows guests to dine at their own pace.
It’s easy to stay active on board an American Countess river cruise in her well-appointed Fitness Center, while the Card Room provides a perfect spot for guests to mingle with fellow travelers and newfound friends. It’s also a joy to browse for souvenirs in the Gift Shop, to remember your treasured journey.

The best way to experience this new boat may be on her own Mighty Mississippi cruise – an epic 15-day voyage in the tradition of the American Queen and American Duchess. This journey takes guests from welcoming Red Wing, Minnesota along the Upper Mississippi, all the way to New Orleans, with thrilling stops along the way. 

Travel through extensive lock-and-dam systems, see indigenous wildlife, visit river museums, enjoy regional culinary specialties and explore Mississippi Delta heritage and authentic Southern culture. A Mighty Mississippi voyage is an incomparable way to experience a wide swath of America in a single travel experience. 

You may also choose a phenomenal pre-cruise City Stay Package to add to your Mighty Mississippi adventure. Discover the rich history of Minnesota’s Twin Cities – Minneapolis and St. Paul. Our deluxe motorcoach weaves through the downtown skyscrapers of Minneapolis and historic Summit Avenue in St. Paul as a local guide introduces the vibrant culture, architecture and history for which the cities are known. The package includes a premium hotel stay, breakfast and priority boarding on the American Countess.

American Contess   Accomodations

2020 Outside Staterooms with Open Veranda (AC - B)

Start your morning on the river by opening sliding doors to enjoy fresh air and our gentle drifting past the picturesque landscapes. Indulge in some snacks on the deck outside your stateroom, socialize with fellow guests, or just enjoy a luxurious day of lounging.

American Contess   Entertainment

Award-Winning River Cruise Entertainment 

Make plans to spend your evenings with the American Countess for nightly Broadway-caliber entertainment. Live entertainers will bring down the house in the majestic Theater. Catch nightly entertainment, relive a historical moment or hear a famous river tale originally told by Mark Twain.  Each evening the lights dim, the curtains rise and our talented performers offer you entertainment worthy of Broadway.

American Contess   Fine Dining

Creations Befitting a Countess

Dining aboard the American Countess is inspired by America's heartland and our menus showcase the varied cultural and culinary influences of our nation. Our award-winning culinary team takes full advantage of the region's diverse bounty of fresh, local ingredients to fashion uniquely exquisite dishes that will leave you yearning for the next meal.

Luxury River Cruising Onboard The American Countess 

There’s never been a better time to rediscover America and the American Queen Steamboat Company has the perfect way to explore the heartland of our great nation—aboard the American Countess, the newest paddlewheeler on U.S. rivers.

Discover the beauty of this nation from its most majestic rivers when you plan a river cruise aboard the American Countess. American Queen Steamboat Company has planned every detail and crafted the perfect paddlewheeler to explore the heartland of our great nation. The American Countess is the perfect home away from home during your next river cruise. 

River cruising is a unique blend of American beauty and history, acclaimed cuisine, lively Broadway-calibar entertainment, and the adventure of exploring Mark Twain’s riverside America. You’ll discover a side of our country that few ever see, from the indescribable perspective of the river. So step onboard and experience America in style as the American Countess takes you on a journey that you will never forget.

2020 Voyages Now Available for Booking


If you enjoy planning ahead, then you’re in luck – our 2020 Cruise Atlas and 2020 itineraries are now available! Request a brochure or view online by clicking the button below. Take a look, and start dreaming about next year’s river cruising adventure. When you’re ready to book, call our friendly, experienced reservations team at (888) 749-5280 to save your spot on an unforgettable journey.
Also in 2020, look for the latest addition to our paddlewheeler fleet – the American Countess. She will take you on a journey along the Mississippi, Ohio and Tennessee rivers just as her sisters, the American Queen and American Duchess. Enjoy the service excellence, fine dining and Broadway-caliber entertainment that exemplify an American Queen Steamboat Company experience, and some exciting themes, such as Bourbon to Blues, Maiden Voyage to Pittsburgh and the Chairman’s Cruise – a rare chance to sail with our chairman and CEO, John Waggoner, and his lovely wife, Claudette.
Next year will find fans of the American Duchess delighted by additional regal inclusions that will now be part of every special voyage. Beginning in 2020, fares for journeys on our most luxurious vessel will include an Unlimited Beverage Package and prepaid gratuities, in addition to the fabulous inclusions that guests have always enjoyed.

Now is the time to lock in savings on your 2020 vacations. Call now, or contact your travel professional, to save up to $1,200 on select 2020 voyages.

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