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  • Queen-of-the-Mississippi-Dining-Room.jpg - Guests will enjoy local dishes paired with wines in the dining room aboard your American Cruise Lines sailing.
  • Queen-of-the-Mississippi-stateroom.jpg - Couples can enjoy the perfect honeymoon in one of the spacious staterooms on an American Cruise Lines ship, which feature contemporary furniture and a private balcony.
  • Queen-of-the-Mississippi-Chart-Room.jpg - Passengers can hear a historian tell stories about the history of the Mississippi in the Chart Room, a forward space on the observation deck of your American Cruise Lines ship.
  • Queen-of-the-Mississippi-Sky-Lounge.jpg - Sit comfortably on white wicker chairs, chat with your friends and enjoy the views from the floor-to-ceiling windows in the Sky Lounge of your American Cruise Lines ship.
  • Queen-of-the-Mississippi-Paddlewheel-Lounge.jpg - Head to the vintage-inspired Paddlewheel Lounge on deck 2 of  your American Cruise Lines ship and relax between calls on port cities.
  • America-rendering.png - America, the new paddlewheeler from American Cruise Lines, offers multiple itineraries along the Mississippi River (digital rendering).
  • carriage-ride-New-Orleans - A carriage ride in the French Quarter of New Orleans.
  • Lacrosse-Wisconsin.jpg - Explore scenic wetlands and waterways on an American Cruise Lines sailing to Lacrosse, Wis.
  • Alma-Wisconsin-Wide-River-with-Trees.jpg - Nature lovers will enjoy viewing the natural landscapes of the upper Mississippi River, including Alma, Wis.
  • beignets-Cafe-du-Monde-New-Orleans - Here's the rule: You can't visit New Orleans without trying beignets (pronounced ben-YAYS). A treat at Café du Monde on Decatur Street.
  • Sunrise-Over-Farmland.jpg - Watch the sun rise over farmlands and plantations during your cruise along the Upper Mississippi River aboard American Cruise Lines.
  • St-Louis-Cathedral-New-Orleans - St. Louis Cathedral at Jackson Square in Vieux Carre, New Orleans.
  • Minnesota-River-in-Fall.jpg - Take in the colorful fall foliage during a sailing on the Minnesota River.
  • Natchez-Plantation-Closeup-Vertical.jpg - Take a tour of Civil War era plantations when you reach Natchez, Miss.
  • New-Orleans-Bourbon-Street-Sign.jpg - Cruise to New Orleans and enjoy the festivities and rows of drinking spots along Bourbon Street.
  • New-Orleans-Corner-of-Royal-and-Dumaine.jpg - New Orleans boasts interesting architecture throughout the French Quarter, including this building at the corner of Royal and Dumaine.
  • New-Orleans-Horse-and-Carriage-in-Jackson-Square.jpg - Visit historic Jackson Square in New Orleans for a chance to ride on a vintage horse-drawn carriage.
  • Ohio-River-Wide-2.jpg - Passengers onboard the Queen of the Mississippi will appreciate the peaceful, green scenery as the ship sails on the Ohio River.
  • Sax-Player-Closeup.jpg - Enjoy classic melodies from bar and street performers in New Orleans during your sailing on American Cruise Lines.
  • St.-Paul-Vertical-River.jpg - The northern Mississippi River and skyline of Minneapolis, Minn., during autumn. See it on an American Cruise Lines sailing.
  • STL-Gateway-Arch-Wide-1.jpg - Book a cruise on the Queen of the Mississipi and spend part of your vacation in St. Louis visiting the eye-catching 630-foot Gateway Arch, the world's tallest arch.
  • Oak-Alley-Plantation-1.jpg - Oak Alley Plantation, a historic plantation  on the west bank of the Mississippi River in St. James Parish, Louisiana. See it on a river cruise.
  • Natchez-Belles.jpg - Meet the Natchez Belles and tour antebellum mansions in Natchez, Miss., during your river cruise.

America: Paddlewheel river cruises up the Mississippi

Health advisory: Vaccines may be required in specific instances when necessitated by the ports or states visited, and guests will be asked to show proof of their vaccination status.


The America, the eighth ship from American Cruise Lines, made its maiden voyage in April 2016 on the Mississippi River. The cruise line calls her "the finest Mississippi paddlewheeler ever built, introducing features never before seen on a Mississippi riverboat."

Like her sister ship, the new Queen of the Mississippi, America is a throwback to an earlier era of river cruising, with traditional Victoria-style accents and classic design. At the same time, she boasts modern technology and amenities. Look for gleaming woodwork, brass fixtures, historic decor, the largest staterooms of any small cruise ship and private balconies that are 60 square feet. 

Who will like sailing on America

Travelers who like small riverfront towns and the experience of sailing on an old-timey riverboat will enjoy cruising on America.

Where America sails

America cruises the Mississippi River with 7-night sailings out of New Orleans, a 7-night Memphis to St. Louis and St. Louis to New Orleans cruise, a 21-night cruise up the Mississippi in August, and cruises along the Upper Mississippi to St. Paul, Minn.

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Watch the sun rise over farmlands and plantations during your cruise along the Upper Mississippi River aboard American Cruise Lines.
Courtesy of American Cruise LinesWatch the sun rise over farmlands and plantations during your cruise along the Upper Mississippi River aboard America.

Modern conveniences & classic ambience

America and her sister ship the Queen of the Mississippi are paddlewheelers that ply their passengers up and down the Mississippi.  On America you get the convenience of a modern ship with the ambience of a classic river paddlewheel. Third and fourth deck staterooms and suites feature sliding glass doors to access private balconies allowing you to experience great scenery from the privacy of your stateroom as the ship makes its way down the river.

Additional amenities Include:

  • Large, spacious staterooms 
  • Floor to ceiling sliding glass doors to private balconies
  • Personalized service
  • In room phones for complimentary room service and breakfast served on your private balcony
  • Elevators to all decks
  • Outdoor exercise area and putting green
  • Guest laundry
  • Complimentary wi-fi in all staterooms
  • Satellite TV and DVD player in all staterooms
  • Gourmet coffee brewers in all staterooms

Amenities on this ship

Note: There's no pool, fitness center, spa facilities or casino on America. Passengers get their exercise by going ashore and walking around the port towns.

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Fast facts

185 Passengers [?]
52 Crew
5 Decks
2016 Maiden voyage
266 Length in feet

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