Imagine for a moment, standing on the teak deck of one of America’s most authentic paddlewheel riverboats, you know the type, so familiar from movies and travel shows.
You are watching small river towns and lush landscapes slowly pass by before drifting beyond the cinematic horizon as sunlight plays upon the deck. A moment of pure tranquillity and that feeling of being excited and immersed in something special. This is the experience and the fulfilment that an American steamboat river cruise offers.
An authentic paddlewheel riverboat cruise moves you forward in relaxation and backward in time. You’ll soak up the view as the wonders of the rivers gently slide by. Enjoy the admiration of bystanders who gather to appreciate the beauty of your riverboat’s design. Explore your vessel’s stunning art collection throughout the boat.
Share your experience with fellow guests who, like you, have come not only to see, but to experience these magnificent rivers. Rivers that by their very names ignite the imagination, as we explore below.
The Lower Mississippi
Discover the Mississippi Delta on the river’ paddle-wheelers. Take in silent Civil War battlefields, seductive Memphis blues, New Orleans jazz, irresistible Southern cooking and an AQSC exclusive port of call at Nottoway — the South’s largest existing antebellum mansion.
The Upper Mississippi
As river bends unspool, the natural splendour comes alive along the dramatic riverbanks and bluffs of this glacial valley. Much like Mark Twain would have experienced on his many trips along the river, you’ll be captivated by the people you meet, cultures you discover and bounty that awaits.
The Ohio & Tennessee Rivers
In America’s heartland, nature unfolds the beauty of each season as we drift peacefully past rolling meadows, charming farms, rustic railroad bridges and towering bluffs. Friendly locals on shore greet our elegant craft like cherished friends as we cruise by.
The Columbia & Snake Rivers
Experience dramatic scenery and relive the daring exploits of frontiersmen and adventurers. It is here that history thrives in the parade of a quiet land, uplifted by the rocky cliffs and ripened trees that stretch from the ground below.
This is the call of American river cruising. Where time moves forward, cultures change and evolve, the world becomes a new and different place. But the rivers remain, as old as Earth itself, as new as the sunrise greeting you around each bend.