American Queen Steamboat Company is an American river cruise company with four paddlewheel river cruise vessels. They offer cruises along the Mississippi River, Ohio and Tennessee Rivers, as well as the Columbia and Snake Rivers. They both have an all-American crew.
Facts About American Queen Steamboat Company
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 (Hornblower Marine Services) 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). It was fully upgraded and joined the fleet as American Duchess in summer 2017.
In summer 2017, American Queen Steamboat Company acquired a casino boat (Kanesville Queen). It was built in 1995 and was refurbished into the American Countess in 2020.
In 2019, HMS Global (American Queen’s parent company) acquired Victory Cruise Lines, filling the niche to operate cruises on the Great Lakes.
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Updated: May 30, 2021