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  • American-Cruise-Lines-Dining-Room.jpg - Take in the passing landscapes over dinner with family or friends on your American Cruise Lines sailing.
  • ACL-Dessert-Dish.jpg - A dessert dish served on an American Cruise Lines voyage.
  • Dining-Room-Table-Setting.jpg - A table setting in the dining room on an American Cruise Lines sailing.
  • Mark-Twain-on-Boat.jpg - Learn more about Mark Twain while visiting memorable destinations, including his hometown, on your American River Cruises voyage.
  • Queen-of-the-Mississippi - American Cruise Line's Queen of the Mississippi was inspired by traditional late 19th century Victorian riverboats yet is outfitted with modern amenities.
  • Queen-of-the-Mississippi-paddlewheel - The paddlewheeler Queen of the Mississippi cruises its namesake Mississippi River year round.
  • 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-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-Magnolia-Lounge.jpg - The largest lounge on Queen of the Mississippi, the Magnolia Lounge on deck 2 features contemporary interiors and a relaxing ambience.
  • 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.
  • 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-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.
  • Houmas-House-Plantation-Front-Dark.jpg - Travel to Louisiana aboard American Cruise Lines and appreciate the festive vibe at the Houmas House during the Christmas season.
  • Oak-Alley-Plantation.jpg - Guests on the Queen of the Mississippi traveling to Louisiana will get a chance to see Oak Alley Plantation, a historic, beautiful landmark with oak trees dating from the early 1700s.
  • Southern-Belle-in-Garden.jpg - Guests sailing to Louisiana aboard the Queen of the Mississippi will get a chance to visit the antebellum estate Houmas House.
  • Vicksburg-Cannons.jpg - American River Cruises takes guests on a journey to Civil War battlefields through a visit to the Vicksburg Military Park in Mississippi, known for its vintage cannons, monuments, a memorial arch and more.
  • Victory-Belles-1.jpg - The singing trio Victory Belles takes you back to the 1940s through their live performances on the Queen of the Mississippi en route to New Orleans.
  • carriage-ride-New-Orleans - A carriage ride in the French Quarter of New Orleans.
  • St-Louis-Cathedral-New-Orleans - St. Louis Cathedral at Jackson Square in Vieux Carre, 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.
  • Minnesota-River-in-Fall.jpg - Take in the colorful fall foliage during a sailing on the Minnesota River.
  • Natchez-Belles.jpg - Meet the Natchez Belles and tour antebellum mansions in Natchez, Miss., during your river cruise.
  • 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.
  • Sunrise-Over-Farmland.jpg - Watch the sun rise over farmlands and plantations during your cruise along the Upper Mississippi River aboard American Cruise Lines.
  • Victory-Belles-2.jpg - Cruise to New Orleans on the Queen of the Mississippi and be entertained with 1940s music and performances from the Victory Belles.
  • 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.
  • Jackson-Square-New-Orleans - Horse-drawn carriages pull up to Jackson Square in New Orleans.
  • cuisine-Luke-Restaurant-New-Orleans - Shrimp and grits at Lüke Restaurant, St. Charles Avenue, New Orleans.

Queen of the Mississippi: Rollin' on the river

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.


Queen of the Mississippi from American Cruise Lines delivers an experience unlike any other riverboat. Launched in 2012 and modeled after traditional Victorian-style riverboats of the late 1800s, she was the first paddlewheeler built for the Mississippi River in nearly 20 years. Queen of the Mississippi offers passengers modern amenities and comforts including large staterooms with private balconies, hotel-style bathrooms, complimentary room service, wi-fi and more.

Transporting guests back in time in the most elegant fashion, the experience aboard Queen of the Mississippi is a seamless blend of old and new. Beneath her historic décor, gleaming woodwork and brass fixtures is a framework of modern cruise ship technology that provides passengers with the most comfortable and upscale vacation imaginable on the Mississippi River.

Note: The vessel has a sibling of similar design, American Pride, which originally carried the Queen of the Mississippi name from 2012 to 2015. Her sister ship is America, which launched in April 2016 and sails many of the same itineraries on the Mississippi. 

Who will like sailing on Queen of the Mississippi

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

Where Queen of the Mississippi sails

American Cruise Lines' Queen of the Mississippi cruises her namesake Mississippi River year round. Winter cruises sail from New Orleans to Memphis, Tenn. Summer cruises feature the Northern Mississippi from St. Louis to St. Paul, Minn. Other itineraries include the Ohio River and Cumberland River. 

Cruises on this ship

Modern conveniences & classic ambience

The Queen of the Mississippi may have just launched in 2012, but it feels like history. This ship, and her sister ship the Queen of the West, are paddlewheelers that ply their passengers down the rivers of the United States.  Seven night cruises travel from New Orleans to Memphis, Tenn., or St. Louis to St. Paul, Minn.

On Queen of the Mississippi, 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 breathtaking scenery from the privacy of your stateroom as the Queen of the Mississippi makes its way down the river.

Additional amenities Include:

  • Largest and most spacious staterooms on the Mississippi
  • Floor to ceiling sliding glass doors to private balconies
  • All interior entrances mean that every stateroom has a private view
  • In room phones for complimentary room service and breakfast served on your private balcony
  • 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 Queen of the Mississippi. Passengers get their exercise by going ashore and walking around the port towns.

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Fast facts

150 Passengers [?]
50 Crew
5 Decks
2015 Maiden voyage
2,700 Tonnage [?]
295 Length in feet
53 Width in feet (max beam)
14 speed (mph) [?]

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