The American Queen Steamboat Company (formerly Great American Steamboat Company) was formed with the purchase of the American Queen in 2011.
The American Queen was originally built in 1995 for the Delta Queen Steamboat Company and then operated by the Majestic America Line before they went out of business as well. In 2011, HMS Global Maritime along with tour operator, Uncommon Journeys formed the American Queen Steamboat Company purchased the American Queen and spent over $6 million in revitalization efforts before reintroducing the American Queen in 2012.
In 2013, American Queen Steamboat Company partnered with Avalon Waterways to offer land and cruise vacations onboard the American Queen.
In 2014, American Queen Steamboat Company purchased the ex-Empress of the North and renamed her American Empress after undergoing a major refurbishment.
In September 2016 it was announced that American Queen Steamboat Company had acquired an American-made hull (1995) and that the American Duchess will be fully upgraded and join the U.S. – flagged fleet in June 2017.
The American Queen offers cruises along the Mississippi River, Ohio and Tennessee Rivers, while the American Empress cruises along the Columbia and Snake Rivers. They both have an all American crew.
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Updated: October 26, 2016